Make Your Own Traditional Hand Tool
A drawknife is a fast, versatile and vital shop tool for shaping wood. It can be used to quickly remove waste to thickness stock or cut bevels, and make a variety of cuts to shape legs, spindles and other furniture parts, and more. Master blacksmith Peter Ross shows you step-by-step how to use two materials – rod iron and high-carbon steel – to craft a perfect spokeshave blade. You’ll learn to weld the materials together, draw tangs, techniques for heat treating and sharpening, handle installation and much more! And once you’ve learned to forge this blade, you can apply the same steps to make blades in a number of different sizes. The drawknife is a great addition to your tool chest – and especially rewarding when you’ve made it yourself!
The drawknife is a great addition to your tool chest!
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Peter Ross was introduced to blacksmith work while in high school, then attended the Rhode Island School of Design. After his schooling, Ross worked under Dick Everett, an accomplished smith specializing in the reproduction of 18th century work. In 1979 Ross became a journeyman blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg, and three years later was made master of the shop. For the next 25, years Ross studied surviving artifacts and worked to re-discover forgotten historic methods. Today, Ross operates his own company making holdfasts, compasses and other tools for woodworkers.
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