Project Toolmaking

Living in the computer-driven Information Age, we don't necessarily think of fire or tools as technologies. But by definition technology refers to the "practical application of knowledge in a certain area." Learning how to make "stone chip" tools proved an invaluable technologicamgauge1.gifl advance in human development. Likewise, early woodworkers have devised tools specific to their craft. For example, the marking gauge pictured right has been developed and used for centuries to help lay out joinery such as dovetails, mortise and tenons and dados.

Many of the tools carpenters developed were either hand made by the designer themselves or crafted by the village blacksmith. In this project, you are going to make your own tool for woodworking use. I've provided a sample list of some typical projects below (which is not exhaustive).
  • Screwdriver
  • Awl
  • Marking gauge
  • Nail set
  • Mallet
  • Chisel
  • Planes
  • Clamps
  • Marking tool
  • Spokeshave
Some of these projects may require you to bring in a bolt, nut or old drill bit or piece of steel, from home depending on your design. This project will require you to seriously analyse your needs, take stock of your skills and hopefully will open up the world of not only making your own projects, but your own tools. The table below provides a few sample designs and should be seen as a place to get started. As always you will have to do some research, draw an Inventor design, and carefully write down your procedure for making your tool (even if this is later modified). If in doubt about how and where to start, please ask!



Marking gauge



Bevel gauge