Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Dovetail Marking Knives
I've just finished a small batch of 21 (why 21?!) dovetail marking knives. Here are the parts laid out for finishing and final assembly.
I purposely left some sapwood in the some of the last lot of handles and I've used one of them in the batch. The sapwood on African Blackwood is just as hard as the heart wood and gives a nice contrast especially when finished to a high standard.
The Pink Ivory is a shocking pink colour and stunning. It will hold this colour as long as it is kept out of direct sunlight, otherwise it goes a brown colour in time.
Snakewood is the most popular despite the extra cost. Unfortunately it is getting very difficult to get hold of and I'm down to my last 20 or so blanks.
Brazilian Tulipwood completed the very colourful batch. All these woods have an SG of 1 or more and wood sink if put in water, perish the thought!!