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Ed Weber
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Jan 14th, 2017 at 1:07pm
 
Does anyone know of a supplier that has these kits available?
It seems they are discontinued. I have sent inquires but have yet to get a response.
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You used to be able to get these kits from most of the usual suppliers in Brass, Chrome or even Gold.
Any information is appreciated, thanks
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Re: Scratch Awl Kit
Reply #1 - Jan 14th, 2017 at 1:27pm
 
I bought a scratch awl from HF for $2.99 and took the original wooden handle off then turned one of my own design and re-assembled. It is made out of steel not brass.
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Reply #2 - Jan 14th, 2017 at 2:54pm
 
Dwight, these kits have a steel shaft, only the cap and ferrule are brass. They are either natural brass or plated chrome or gold.
I've already started looking for inexpensive replacements like you suggested. I can't find these kits anywhere, I'm guessing the Asian supplier quit making them or something, since every vendor I checked is either out of stock or no longer has them listed.
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Reply #3 - Jan 14th, 2017 at 6:44pm
 
Ed , I've bought kits from Czeck Edge before and they are top quality. I see they sell a Birdcage Awl kit now. You may have to try a personal contact though, as it's a small family business. Good luck Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Reply #4 - Jan 14th, 2017 at 7:15pm
 
Alan Lacer has an awl kit at Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Reply #5 - Jan 14th, 2017 at 10:47pm
 
Thanks for the links Buck and Tony   Smiley
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Reply #6 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 3:18pm
 
Ed: Ernie at Bear Tooth Woods shows that he has 21 chrome ones in stock.
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Reply #7 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 4:24pm
 
Thanks Grant,  Thumbs Up
I thought I had checked there but I guess I missed them.
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Reply #8 - Jan 18th, 2017 at 9:08am
 
The brass ferrule from Alan's kit can be purchased from a big box store
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Reply #9 - Jan 18th, 2017 at 9:56am
 
Thanks for the suggestions and links everyone.
I have purchased some kits and will also be working on my own.

IMO
It's important to keep the price of the kit and/or hardware as low as possible. This all but eliminates the kit from Alan Lacer. If I were inclined to, I could use Ron's links and come in at less than half that price, even with shaping the shaft myself.
(nothing personal, that's just how it is)
  Sometimes it's less expensive to purchase ready made parts. I've ordered some awls  that should work for my purposes. They should be quick and easy to disassemble without damage to the shaft.
I'll post photos of any shop made versions I make.

Whether or not I use any of your suggestions and/or links, I do appreciate you taking the time to post. You've given me some food for thought.
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Reply #10 - Jan 18th, 2017 at 2:38pm
 
Ed Weber wrote on Jan 18th, 2017 at 9:56am:
It's important to keep the price of the kit and/or hardware as low as possible. This all but eliminates the kit from Alan Lacer. If I were inclined to, I could use Ron's links and come in at less than half that price, even with shaping the shaft myself.

Whether or not I use any of your suggestions and/or links, I do appreciate you taking the time to post. You've given me some food for thought.


But it won't be personally heat treated by Alan Lacer, himself Wink.

No offence taken - a similar thought ran through my mind when I posted the link. Alan demo'd at our club about three years ago and I remembered that he had the kit.
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Reply #11 - Jan 18th, 2017 at 3:37pm
 
Ed Weber wrote on Jan 18th, 2017 at 9:56am:
Thanks for the suggestions and links everyone.
I have purchased some kits and will also be working on my own.



If I'm not mistaken, Mike Peace had an article in the late, lamented WoodTurning Design Magazine on making awls using 'music wire' from the hobby shop and copper/brass plumbing fittings.
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Reply #12 - Jan 18th, 2017 at 4:32pm
 
Louie Powell wrote on Jan 18th, 2017 at 3:37pm:
If I'm not mistaken, Mike Peace had an article in the late, lamented WoodTurning Design Magazine on making awls using 'music wire' from the hobby shop and copper/brass plumbing fittings.


Again, no offense but I think my point might have gotten a bit lost, maybe i didn't explain my position very well.
[i]I don't want to have to make all of my own parts, if I don't absolutely have to[/i].
It's faster, easier and therefore less expensive for me (and maybe the customer  Roll Eyes) to locate and utilize ready-made pieces or kits.
While I know I can make an awl using any of the suggested bits and pieces, I can't keep the cost down if I have to start machining and hardening metal shafts in addition to the woodturning.
For those that haven't seen them, here is a finished kit from many years ago.
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