Short Novice Guide: Draw Knife

A draw knife shaves wood, removes splinters, and scrapes off paint. It’s like a chisel that has been ground down on both sides to make a blade with an edge on only one side. You can use the draw knife differently depending on the type of wood you’re working with..

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Types: Draw Knife, Cabinet Draw Knife, Wooden Draw Knife

Three types of draw knives exist The Draw Knife, Cabinet Draw Knife and Wooden Drawknife. Each has unique characteristics and uses, but all can be used for general-purpose woodworking.

The Draw Knife is the most common of the three types. It has a flat blade with a sharpened edge on one side and a flat back on the other. This allows it to function like an adze or chisel when used with one hand at its thicker end (which is also referred to as “the toe”) while being able to remove stock quickly by sliding over surfaces with ease at its thinner end (also known as “the heel”). The drawknife has been used since ancient times as an efficient form of cutting trees down and shaping logs into boards or planks after they were felled.

A Cabinet Draw Knife will typically have two different-sized blades: one large blade that measures around 4 inches wide along its length while another small blade measures around 2 inches wide along its length (though some cabinet drawknives come equipped with only one large blade). These blades allow you greater control over how much material you remove at any given time. However, there is only enough room between them for your thumb if you’re holding onto them very tightly, which can be uncomfortable after a while. So consider this factor before selecting which type best suits your particular needs!

Best used for: smoothing uneven surfaces on wood 

The draw knife is the perfect tool for smoothing warped or uneven surfaces on wood, shaving to a predetermined thickness. In addition, its long blade can be used to make long cuts in wood or bark and take off fine shavings from rough-sawn pieces of lumber. The drawknife is also commonly used by carvers to quickly remove large amounts of material.

How to use

  • Pull the implement toward you with both hands firmly on the handles.
  • Turn the workpiece around and finish the angle in the opposite direction.
  • Maintain an angle of 30-45 degrees for all draw cuts.
  • Pull the implement towards you with both hands firmly on the handles.

You will use your drawknife to cut a rough shape into your workpiece. However, you do not want to apply pressure or push down with the blade when using a drawknife, which can cause it to bind in the wood and break.

To use a drawknife:

  • Pull the implement towards you firmly on both handles with straight wrists and arms.
  • Keep the blade at an angle of 30-45 degrees as it cuts through the wood, being careful not to push down with any force on the tool, as this could cause damage or breakage over time if not used properly.
  • Turn the workpiece around and finish the slope in the opposite direction.

Regarding the slope, you will want to turn your workpiece around and finish the slope in the opposite direction. This will give you a smooth slope on your workpiece and can be done with or without a gouge. The process is exactly like drawing with a draw knife, except that when you’re starting, you’ll need more than one practice run before getting it right. Also, you should always use both hands when cutting with a drawknife (as opposed to one hand) so that if something goes wrong, your fingers won’t get caught underneath the blade! Here are some tips:

  • Maintain an angle of 30-45 degrees.

The angle of your knife is the second most important part of this process. If you’re careful, you can avoid ending up with a rough and uneven edge that will be difficult to use. Because many variables are involved in the draw knife process, specific angles vary depending on the project. However, 30-45 degrees angle works best for most applications. Your best bet is to experiment with different angles and see what works for you—you’ll have a better idea after some practice!

Once you find an angle that works well for you, maintain it throughout the entire project so that all your cuts are consistent and even.

  • Do not apply too much pressure not to damage the wood surface.

To avoid damaging the wood surface, do not apply too much pressure.

The brand of draw knife you choose will determine your blade’s quality, durability, and shape. The best brand is Osbourne, followed by Blue Spruce Toolworks and Crown Hand Tools. The next best brands are Fiskars and McMaster-Carr, which could be better than the top three.

The price range

The price range for an electric drawknife depends on the brand but generally starts at about $20 up to about $300. The quality of the blade is one of the main factors in determining a drawknife’s price. You can expect to pay more for a high-quality blade that will last longer and cut smoother than a cheap model with inferior blades.

A draw knife is really useful for wood projects.

A draw knife is a tool used to shave wood. It can be used to shave wood to a predetermined thickness and smooth warped or uneven surfaces on wood.

The tool consists of a blade that is sharpened on one side and flat on the other. The user then moves the blade across the surface of the wood, shaving off thin layers until they reach their desired thickness. A draw knife can also shave the bark from logs to make them more pliable for splitting into boards.


A draw knife is an essential tool for any woodworker. This tool can help you smooth warped or uneven surfaces on wood and shave to a predetermined thickness. The best part about using one of these tools is that they are inexpensive yet very effective at what they do. If you have been considering purchasing one but need to know where to start, this article has all the information you need!

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