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Offline PeterE

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A scratch awl and a brad awl
« on: March 20, 2017, 05:03:12 PM »
Yes, I needed those and had none. What to do? Go to the tool shop and buy one of each for a fiver or so? Go via the golf club and find a lost ball. Ram a five inch nail through it at home and done?

Naahh not madmodder style I think. DIY is the way to go.  The start:

One stainless steel scratch bit, a brass fixing for it, a dark wood collar (to recover an error  :palm: ) and an Ash handle. Some epoxy glue later and I had this:

Way more my style and it cost me nothing apart from time as all bits were found in the good-to-have box. Why the mushroom on the handle? Well, it just turned out that way and kind of looks nice - I think.

Also made a brad awl at the same time:

Another kind of handle as this tool is turned to drill a lead hole for a screw by pushing in a screwdriver-style tip into the wall/box/WHY.

/Peter
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Re: A scratch awl and a brad awl
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 07:10:56 PM »
Very neat tools. I would much prefer the latter one, if I was going to clunk it firmly with my palm.  :clap:
Pete

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Re: A scratch awl and a brad awl
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 07:51:32 PM »
Nice work  :thumbup: I scrolled through the pictures and wondered why you didn't put a dark wood collar on the second one  :scratch: It was only when i went back and read the text   :bang:  Nice to see you admitted your error  :loco: I would have just put it down as artistic license  :lol:
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Re: A scratch awl and a brad awl
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 04:38:23 AM »
Thank you for nice comments both!

Spurry,  I find that I very, very seldom have to "clunk" the scratch awl to make the impression I need for locating a starter hole. For me it is enough with a firm push.

mexican jon,  Well goofing up happens and this was the easiest way out to avoid making a new handle, so just had to make it look as if it was intended.  I was pondering about making a collar for the second one also, but laziness prevented that  :palm:

/Peter
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Re: A scratch awl and a brad awl
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2017, 06:31:01 AM »
Looking nice. Good work. I prefer round too, although I know that round handle should have a flat to prevent it rolling off the table.

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Re: A scratch awl and a brad awl
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2017, 04:46:53 AM »
Thank you Pekka.

Yes the flat on the handle is a good idea, will add that ´cause it is annoying when the tool just rolls off the work surface at precisely the time it is needed ......

/Peter
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Re: A scratch awl and a brad awl
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2017, 06:00:53 AM »

.........´cause it is annoying when the tool just rolls off the work surface at precisely the time it is needed ......
/Peter

It is slightly *more* annoying if the pointy end hits your foot.  :D
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Re: A scratch awl and a brad awl
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2017, 09:21:46 AM »
Agree Spurry, couldn't have said it better myself.  :D

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Re: A scratch awl and a brad awl
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2017, 06:39:17 AM »
Nicely made & shown Peter - thank you.

..... but laziness prevented that.....

NO, not laziness - tis the principle of conservation of energy - don't expend it unless you need to!  :coffee:

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Re: A scratch awl and a brad awl
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2017, 01:00:50 PM »
Thanks DMIOM,

How true, we must always be careful about spending our energy right.  :D

/Peter
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