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Awl – Scratching and Poking Your Way To Perfection

By on Feb 15, 2013 in Awls, Buying Guides, Buying Hand Tools | 0 comments

What is an Awl? Awl is simply a long pointed spike (2 to 6 inches) with a handle attached. An awl is a tool you can use to mark wood for cutting and drilling.  You can use it to scribe a fine line that you can follow when cutting with a saw or chisel.  Sometimes called a scratch awl, it is basically a steel spike with its tip sharpened to a fine point. The tip of the spike is drawn across the wood, leaving a shallow groove. You can use it to mark a point by pressing the tip into the timber. This tool is generally used when dimensioning and for laying out with the grain. It may also be used across the grain, but a knife is better for cross grain because it doesn’t tear the wood as much. Two other types of awls you may see are a stitching awl which is used to sew heavy materials and a Brad awl that has a rounded point and is used to set nails into wood. by: Paul Sikkema Do you need...