Stock Knife

Since this leverage idea works so well, let's extend the idea by making a knife with one end anchored by a loose hook set into a block and the other end extending to form a lever. With a low-hanging T-handle grip for control, the stock knife was the preferred tool of wooden clog makers. The hooked end limits the length of work that will fit under the blade, but, by definition, clog makers don't work wood much more than a foot long.

A stock knife is supposed to be safer than a hatchet for trimming the edges off short stock—which is probably why I almost lost my thumb to one. The shape of this particular stock knife abetted the mishap. The blade was riding below the line of the hook and handle. Properly configured, with the blade riding at or above a line drawn between the hook and the handle, it is dead stable.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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