Making an awl for 25¢ | DIY

Making an awl for 25¢ | DIY

Easiest way possible to make a marking awl.
Quick and easy project to spend some good time with my lates!
The awl is a very handy tool to mark or pierce holes in wood and leather and for many other application that require a long and pointy tool. I used the other one I have very often in the shop.

Using a large needle for the spike seems very convenient because it’s already the right shape, made of hardened steel and can be replaced very easily if it ever breaks. Also extremely cheap, I bought the four pack of needles you see in the video for only 1€.

Index of operation and materials:

0:05 Turning ferrule out of a scrap piece of brass round stock. Holes size based on needle and stock size, definitely not critical.
1:52 Tapering the top side of the ferrule just for aesthetic
2:50 Turning wood handle. After breaking the top part two times in a row I shaped most of the handle before taking that part to size.
5:45 Glueing the ferrule with ca glue
6:00 Refining transition between ferrule and handle and sanding up to 400 grit
6:32 Sealing the wood with ca glue
6:45 Finishing with sandpaper up to 1200 grit
7:04 Cutting excess with band saw
7:20 Sanding the bottom to shape with 2×72 belt grinder
7:43 Drilling hole in the wood for the needle
8:05 Shearing the eye of the needle
8:17 Press fitting
8:20 White mineral oil as final finish for the wood

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Black Beard Projects says:

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Josafat07 says:

you need to realign that tail stock XD

Peter Hall says:

Nice shiv. ….not sure how practical it would be as a tool.

Ржавые лики войны says:

All at a high level, well done! Good luck!

Alissa Ivie says:

I love the wood though

Michael Tellurian says:

I don't get the point of this.

Manuel Lopez says:

Felicidades amigo, verte trabajar es todo un arte, tanto así que también estoy haciendo lo mismo pero con muy pocas herramientas, eres un ejemplo a seguir, sigue así que aquí tienes un buen seguidor.

winqooq says:

Самая безполезная хуйня если честно, шило можно сделать более простым вариантом та и по лучше этого будет

TheRedhawke says:

Nicely done sir.

Joshua Schell says:

I was thinking…that wood is all huge on one side and he's making that end all small…it's gonna. It broke.
and again. There we go. shape that down first. lol

JosStrange says:

25 cents… plus thousands in machinery; years of experience and hours of labor

Lukas don says:

Dear god please align your tailstock!

(also, inserts made for aluminium are MUCH better at cutting brass! They give an amazing surface finish.)

Neraxia says:

Please try not to kill yourself next time…..

Gellert Grindelwald says:

What kind of wood is that handle made of? It's so pretty!!

ValDer ValDer says:

Не длинновата игла?

Sparky 415 Everythings Adjustable says:

Beautiful work BB 👍

Pedro Lima says:

BBP? I like before i watch. I always love the way you work.

alfred king says:

Never seen that happen Before

Валера, Валера! says:

Зачем ты просверлил такую глубокую дыру, а потом срезал с торца всю её глубину? Взял и сточил половину болванки.

Med Sousane says:

Nice work 👍👍👍👍👍

Huy vlogs says:

Nice video you

Scubadog says:

That's almost a pithing needle

Struyk says:

жестокое обращение с иголкой

Cihan Altun says:

I think you should fill the gap between the handle and the awl. It looks loose while you are using it. Still very good craft.

Eugene Chrome says:

я делаю шило из старых крестовых отверток. обтачиваю на наждаке. тоже неплохо получается

Fenrir _in_Denim says:

Beautiful example of woodwork!

Naz Nomad says:

Total respect for anyone that's not afraid to show their mistakes. <3

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