Birdcage Awl

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I've been making moulding planes both the woodworking and metalworking. When I make the blades I've been cutting out what I need from old hand plane blades.
I can't bear to throw scrap away because it could be useful. So in the photo you will see a piece I started shaping for making a Birdcage Awl.



I turned a shank insert and a handle out of torrefied maple. Here's the exploded assembly of the shank, shank insert, and handle.



This is the fully assembled Birdcage Awl.



So to finalize it the question is.... do you like it better with or without the brass ferrule?







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14 Comments

beautiful awl rick.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thank you Pottz!  So would you choose the brass ferrule or not?

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Gotta go with the brass! Pimp it out!

Do you re-harden the tip?
Brass it is! I went through the heat treatment process. Annealed first, shaped, hardened, then tempered and final honed. It is wicked pointy sharp I'll tell ya! I went to carefully touch the tip and drew blood. I was really surprised 🙄

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Brass it is! 
Lemme guess, It was already stuck on and you couldn't get it back off? 🤔

Sharp and stabby, what's not to love?

Cool use for those brass tubing ferrules, I hoard them!
Nicely done!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

SplinterGroup...I bonded the ferrules on just after your comment. I agree. They dress it up!
BTW...Those brass ferrules are actually plumbing brass compression sleeves. Dirt cheap and beautiful. 

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Thanks Ryan!

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Yep, my household plumbing is dependent on those compression rings!
I even have copper ones just like it. It popped against the wood as well. 

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Nice awl, brass sets it off in looks.   Well done

Ron

Hey... thanks Ron.

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Good job making use of the waste.   They look great.
Thanks Swirt!

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