The protect the edges of small carving tools, stick a
wine bottle cork on them. Synthetic corks work best
because they don’t break apart as easily as natural cork.
Allow the cork to dry for a couple weeks before using
it. If the cork is still damp inside, it can rust the tool.
To make a cork cap, stand the cork on your bench
and let go of it—or clamp it upright in a handscrew,
placed on the bench. Th en carefully push the tool into
the cork. However you do it, keep both hands behind
the cutting edge of the tool. If the tool slips, you don’t
want to spend the rest of the day in the ER.
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker April/May 2012, issue #159.