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Marking Knife Illustrations by Mike Del Rizzo An accurate line is the cornerstone of good woodworking.It sets the standard for how well the wood you've crafted will come together in the finished work by guiding the steel of your tools through an exact plane in the wood.
The Marking Knife is one tool that will not only improve the marks you make to guide your cuts, it will also be a welcome addition to your collection of hand tools.If you don't already have one, you'll soon realize how useful it can be.
If you're already using a store bought knife, you'll appreciate using one that you've made yourself.With it's thin, sharp point, the marking knife scores the wood exactly where the cut needs to be, so you never again have to wonder which side of the pencil line to cut.
To use the knife accurately, keep the bevel flush against a square or ruler when marking.To make the knife, you need to start with a good blade.The one I use is from Lee Valley Tools.If your blade is different, be sure to change the dimensions on the stock accordingly.
Begin by cutting the two pieces for the handle.I used oak,...