David Warther Master Carver Making Basswood Pliers

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[David Warther Master Carver Making Basswood Pliers]

WOODCRAFT
Helping You Make Wood Work

Making Basswood Pliers
with
David Warther Sr.

WOODWORKINGADVENTURES.com

Pliers

My name is David Warther, Dover, Ohio, Warther Museum.

I’m going to show you how to cut a pair of working wooden pliers like you see here in the museum.

This is a block of basswood. Linden tree is another name for it. White pine, sugar pine many woods would work, but we like the basswood, the best.

We buy the planks; buy the whole tree really, cut it to length, heights from this and you have to follow a straight grain. If the grain doesn’t straight, your pliers will never open right, and sometimes things get bloody.

From this point on, we can either take it on a belt sander or a block plane and plane it into a nice square like this.

The knife I’m using of my dad designed and built back in the early 1900’s a little blade. Biggest mistake people make trying to make pliers is their blades are too long, the longer than your thumb [it gets in your road].

There’s ten cuts to make a pair of working wooden pliers.

The first four are quarter way deep, 450 degree angle to the block.

Number three, same thing, but the distance between here and here has to be greater than the width of the wood, are they cannot open, but sometimes you have to make more than one cut to get the depth.

And I’m indexing across. I’m going on a 450 degree angle and I have to be deep enough to pass. These are the two cuts.

Distance going uphill.

You can check your depth by holding your thumb on it, wriggling it out and that’s how deep I am. It was only that deep it couldn’t possibly open.

Number seven and number eight are very simple, you push straight through and you rock your blade just a little bit.

Number nine is a split from the top.

Number ten, and there is your working wooden pair of pliers.

And there is no secret to it. It’s just trial and error.

And it took me a few packages of Band-Aids to learn and do. It might you do, but you can do it. There is nothing to it.

David Warther Master Carver Making Basswood Pliers

David Warther Master Carver Making Basswood Pliers

Visit the Warther Family
331 Karl Ave.
Dover, Ohio 44622
(330) 343-7515
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