Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
drawknife

Bruce Mack
I've recently acquired two, an Arno convex and a Two Cherries straight knife for spoon making from cherry logs. The Arno is better built but the 40 degree angle of the cutting edge causes a fair amount of resistance in a slicing cut. I may try to alter the bevel but for now I'll use the Arno for the resistant areas such as grain reversals at which it does well.
The knives surprise me with prodigious wood removal from dried stock, walnut and 2x4s albeit with some tear out. I'm considering using them to thin the long edges of 5/8" thick wood panels, gradually approaching the centerline, in effect creating convex surfaces. The panels will be made into small boxes.
Question - what if any use have you found for drawknives in other than green woodworking?

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