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    I own a number of marking knives but the one I use the most is an old exacto knife I've had since my plastic model building days. The blade is only .02 wide and you can reach into tight spots (inside dovetail pins). I used the thimble, #10-24 threaded blade holder and #11 blade. I turned and threaded a brass sleeve that gets epoxied into the turning blank. The two shown here are turned from ebony pen blanks. Finished with turners polish.
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    Chris Gorman in Ottawa

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    Very Nice Chris, Great idea.

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      Really nice Chris. I'm curious - do you modify the blade in any way to use as a marking knife? I would have thought with the long very sharp blade it could tend catch and start riding up the side of a dovetail while marking.

      Again, nice modification to a common tool.

      Kerry

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        What a great idea ,something new for me to try turning .
        nicley done .

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          Nice modification to the lowly #1 X-Acto knife!! I have a lot of them, some are getting pretty old and ratty and your idea is a nice way to up-scale them.

          Thanks for sharing.

          Ken in Ottawa

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            Those do look nice!

            Does that mean I have to stop using the tail of a file for marking?
            Egon
            from
            The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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              Yes, it's time to go for a finer scribed line. You have been shown the way

              Ken in Ottawa

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                I realized that I can use the original knife handle. I turn a shoulder on the barrel, cut 'V' grooves for epoxy and part it off. Also added a threaded piece to allow space to turn the blank down to the diameter of the barrel flange for a nice transition. Works better.
                Can be found on ebay at:
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                Chris Gorman in Ottawa

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                  Chris,

                  I'll chuck one up in the metal lathe and give it a bash as soon as I get the second bathroom done!! Thanks again for sharing the idea and the photos. Have you had any issue with the wooden handles splitting? Any opinions on using a brass tubing ferrule?

                  Ken in Ottawa

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                    Another nice tool Chris. Kerf cutting tool works great.
                    Pat Larkin

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                      I made a few wooden X-Acto knives as gifts a few months ago. I neglected to take photos of them however I do have one left and took some photos this afternoon. Apologies in advance for the crappy photo quality...



                      I cut the handle off so it was about 1.5" long and glued it into a hole cut in the handle blank.



                      Then I glued the knurled sleeve into another section of the wood blank.



                      There is a bit of a tenon on the handle and a small mortise in the retaining sleeve section to better hide the join between the two pieces. After final turning it assembles just like a regular X-Acto knife.



                      The project was made almost exactly as described in an issue of Woodturning Design magazine from a couple of years ago.

                      I've got a couple more glued up and rough turned but haven't gotten around to finishing them.
                      Steve
                      Richmond, BC

                      Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

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