All the skews I have bought
been at least 1/4” thick.
I thought I was sharpening them
correctly, but obviously, I was not. I recently came
across a thin skew, and it changed my life.
I decided to make one. I used a
piece of High Speed Steel power hacksaw blade, It is
about 1” wide and 3/32' thick. I cut piece about 6”
long and ground off the teeth.
Then I ground a tang on one end and
a cutting edge on the other end.
The tang only needs to be about 2”
I made a lathe tool handle and bored
a 7/16” diameter hole so I wouldn't have to do a lot
of burning in of the tang.
To fill the voids on either side of
the tang, I cut a piece of dowel in half longwise
and fitted it.
This is the finished tool.
And this is how it works. I really
love my thin skew!
James D. Thompson
The Old Millrat in Riverside, CA