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    • September 8, 2019 5:56 PM EDT
    • Linum usitatissimum
      Linseed oil, also known as flaxseed oil or flax oil, is a colourless to yellowish oil obtained from the dried, ripened seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). The oil is obtained by pressing, sometimes followed by solvent extraction.

    • September 8, 2019 11:55 AM EDT
    • I like the finial protector for the awl, nice touch.  

    • September 8, 2019 7:32 AM EDT
    • Hammer time!

    • September 8, 2019 6:13 AM EDT
    • It's Hammer time!

    • September 8, 2019 1:02 AM EDT
    • Lol Joe. It is actually a hammer. To be exact it's a dead blow hammer. There is 5 or 6 oz of loose shot inside. So its coremrect name is a dead blow HAMMER. 

    • September 7, 2019 10:07 PM EDT
    • Sure, now it's a hammer. At first it was a mallet!

    • September 7, 2019 8:33 PM EDT
    • Damn phones

    • September 7, 2019 8:32 PM EDT
    • Ray,


      I wondered about how to do this, the order. I didnt want to oil the pads. So I opted to wait. I was careful to try and not oil the ends. Definitely avoided wax. Right before glueing them on I sanded the ends again. I have since removed the clamps and trimmed the leather. They seem completely adhered 

    • September 7, 2019 8:02 PM EDT
    • Beautiful! I too love the oiled and waxed look. 


      I'm surprised though, that the pads are being glued on after the oil/wax treatment. I would have thought it wouldn't stick.


    • September 7, 2019 6:42 PM EDT
    • I can't think of it right know but I do know what plant linseed oil comes from.


      So here is the finished awl. It stopped taking oil after four coats which as pretty fast. So I was able to wax it. I really love the look of hand rubbed oil finishes. And as a tool that will be used its a more durable finish than polyurethane and quite honestly shiny tools don't look right. Even my screw drivers which were semi gloss poly are to shiny. The oil and wax just has a rich "use me" look. I also was going to stick a cork on the end of it for shipping but got the idea to turn a little finial that the recipient can use on a project. I left it un finished so that they can finish it to their desire.


      The hammer has been oiled and waxed as well. Now the leather pads are being glued on the ends. This picture is just the first coat of oil and no wax. Sure pretty, I like the cherry and walnut. Very pleased with that bing cherry.



      And Pete,


      Just like on here the blokes on that forum are some talented craftsman. I have seen their work from prior swaps and I am just hoping to hold my own with them and make something they will be pleased to own. And I do think I did that. They ain't to shabby for tools.



    • September 7, 2019 3:37 PM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      sand down to 500 grit and them coat after coat after coat of boiled linseed oil.

      If only I had a lin to get seeds from......

    • September 7, 2019 11:58 AM EDT
    • Are you sure this isn’t some new guy initiation process? Are you going to be really dissapointed when you get a rock tied to a tree branch and a flint knife in return for all that hard work? 

      Dang looks like Thor’s hammering wood ! 

    • September 7, 2019 9:19 AM EDT
    • sand down to 500 grit and them coat after coat after coat of boiled linseed oil.

    • September 7, 2019 9:06 AM EDT
    • Job well done, Devon.  That will be a nice addition to the shop for some lucky bloke.  What are you going to use for the finish?  Love the awl.  Nice lathe work.

    • September 7, 2019 1:58 AM EDT
    • Very cool!

    • September 6, 2019 9:36 PM EDT
    • Ready for finising


      I found out that the guys include something extra in the box. So I made a matching awl to go with it.


      I used a shell casing for the ferule for the awl. Kinda a unique idea that isn't mine.



    • September 5, 2019 10:50 PM EDT
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Great start, Devon.  The walnut and cherry will compliment each other very well.

      I am very pleased with this cherry. I have worked with American black cherry before but that isnt a real fruit tree but a native hars wood. So wasnt to sure what this stuff was going to be like. But it's a nice wood to work with other than I am allergic to it. But that wont stop me. 

    • September 5, 2019 10:47 PM EDT
    • Need a big wooden thing to smash model trains that arent working out so well. 

    • September 6, 2019 4:22 AM EDT
    • If I didn't know better, I'd swear you worked for the Nevada Tourist Board. 

    • September 6, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

    • Here's another video from my recent trip. This one features some of the fantastic scenery and amazing wildlife that I saw in Nevada.



      This is the seventh in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. 



      “Native American Flute Solo” by Art-of-Sound

      Licensed by AudioJungle