Making a Folding/Pocket Knife #3: Scales and lots of shaping

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Blog entry by bobasaurus posted 03-24-2013 02:43 AM 3436 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Still working on this thing:

Hand planing a bocote knife scale flat on one face and one edge. I’m going to resaw one scale into two on the bandsaw, and this needs two flats square to each other for good results.

Resawing the single bocote scale into two thin bookmatched scales on my bandsaw.

Bookmatching the grain looks pretty nice.

Gluing a brass liner to one of the scales. I used the super glue with curing spray trick again… it has been working great so far.

I cut out the center of the plywood fitting jig to act as a drill guide for the scales.

After drilling the scales.

I pinned together the newly-drilled scales to do some rough shaping on the spindle sander.

Scale outlines are done. The bocote grain looks nice.

Another shot of the finished-outline scales.

Drilling the thumb stud/opener hole in the blade.

Grinding and filing the blade bevels while trying to make a “plunge” line where the edge ends. Lots of work, and I kind of suck at it so I gave up on the fancy grind I initially planned and just straight beveled the sides.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 05:41 PM

This is a neat build. I’m going to be making a regular tanged knife soon, and I’m picking up quite a few tips from you.

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 10:44 PM

looking good

-- Joel

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