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BossDog

KnifeDogs.com & USAknifemaker.com Owner
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30 years ago I dabbled in chainsaw and traditional carving. Just recently I have decided to get back into carving but more whimsical relief and caricature whittling. Naturally I thought I better make the tools.
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Here are some small blades for whittle type knives. This 15n20 in .060” thickness.

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I made a small metal basket to hold the blades in the oven.
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oil quench. Get the whole thing under the surface or it flares up pretty good. This was basically heat to 1490f, quench, temp 2x at 300. Shooting for 62rc
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this is a small handle I turned in black ash. Turning wood is new to me so this stupid little handle is an accomplishment for me
A hidden pin and some 5 minute epoxy and you have a carving knife C79062B1-82D7-4E54-9EDB-8D506CDAB3E1.jpeg

I am not making these to sell but FYI there is a market for custom whittling knives.

after I make a bunch of carving knives I will switch to making chisels and gouges.
 

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opaul

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Looking amazing! Are you gonna have storage in some type of loft/attic area? Looks tall enough
I used a steep pitch for the roof but opted to go with prefab trusses so minimal storage in the ‘attic’. I went with 10’ studs on two courses of block which gives me about a 12’ ceiling. I’ll have plenty of wall space for tool storage and higher bin storage if needed. I put a shed roof off the back which will be enclosed to house a 850 gallon well fed cistern providing water for the main house.
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KentuckyFisherman

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I hope to be moving equipment in around the first of the year.
Tell us more about the design of that shop, Opaul. I see you live in North Carolina, so I'm wondering why the steep pitch on the roof. I would expect that in heavy snow areas, but not so much down your way. Having seen your knives and your posts, I'm sure a lot of thought went into the design. Love the idea of a sizable cistern for the house.
 

Smallshop

KNIFE MAKER
new batch done...Changed the design a bit for nicer sheath fit...looks better, feels better, fits better...
 

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