How Do You Make A Draw Knife?
This simple but effective design for a drawknife is reminiscent of the pioneer days, when scrap stock such as old barrel hoops and wagon-wheel rims were hammered flat and made into tools for use on the homestead. This type of drawknife was used to strip bark off trunks for fence posts, and to square off hand-hewn beams. The drawknife is held with a hand on each side and is pulled toward the user, shaving the wood in wide, thin flakes. Use metal stock with the general proportions as in the picture here. Stock that is 1/4 to 3/8 inches thick is desirable for a stiff blade. The length should be 18 to 24 inches. Cut off the corners at 45-degree angles, shaping the metal stock as in the picture here. Use a hacksaw or band saw with a metal-cutting blade to make the cuts. File the edges smooth and straight, removing any burrs from the surface. Drill holes for two rivets on each side. Place the rivet holes at a distance half the width of the handles from the outside top edges. Refer to the acc