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Turned Key Ring Pocket Knife

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Key Ring Pocket KnifeThe Key Ring Pocket Knife turning kit from Rockler is a fun a little project that you do in just a couple hours.  The knife is made of stainless steel, and has a sharp (very sharp) blade.  In this post I’ll go over how I turned an acrylic blank and assembled this kit.

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Material List

  • (1) Key Ring Pocket Knife Kit
  • (1) Acrylic or wood blank at least 7/8″ square and 3″ long.

Milling & Assembly

 Turned Knife KitI purchased this pocket knife kit from Rockler.  It’s available online or if your lucky like me you have a rockler retail store near you.
Turned Knife Mark Up Turned Knife AssemblyTo get started with the pocket knife key ring I struck a line about 1/16″ to 1/8″ longer than the length of the included brass tube.  I then used a miter saw to cut the acrylic blank to length.
Turned Knife Centering Turned Knife Drill OutNext up I found the center of the acrylic blank on one end.  I used a center finder(nice to have), but you can certainly just use a ruler.  After that I drilled out the center using a 19/32″ drill bit.  This is a large drill bit so you’ll want to take this slow to avoid a blow out.  In fact some people like to pre-drill with a smaller bit first clearing out waste, and then working up to a larger bit.
Turned Knife Glue Up Turned Knife AssemblyAfter the blank is all drilled out; the next thing is to work on the brass tube that will be inserted into the key ring pocket knife.  To get the brass tube ready, first use some sand paper to mar up the smooth brass.  This will help give the glue something to grab onto.  After that I used a medium CA glue and applied it all over the tube.  Be careful as you don’t want to get any glue on the inside of the tube.
Turned Knife TurningAfter the glue has dried, insert the blank using the bushings designed for this kit onto the mandrel.  As the blank is fairly large there isn’t a lot of turning required on this one.  I like to  start with a bowl gauge until the rough edges are gone and then move to a skew.
Turned Knife Buffing Turned Knife AssemblyTo finish off the blank I first worked my way through a set of micro mesh sanding pads, and then used a buffer to make it smooth as glass.




The last step for this is to insert the caps into each end.  I used a pen press to help with mine.  If you’re going to get serious about turning pens or working on kit projects like this, then a pen press is an essential part of this.  I really like the minecraft pen press kit show in the picture.

Turned Knife Finished Turned KnifeAfter everything is assembled there are three pieces (not including the key ring) that make up the kit.  When your not using the knife it stows away very nicely and is protected inside the tube.


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Items Used to Finish this

Key Ring Pocket Knife Hardware Kit, Gold Finish – $11.99

from: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Bushing Set for Key Ring Pocket Knife – $4.99

from: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

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