Discarded pocket knife gets new life
new scales from Masur birch
My friend Flemming passed the shop and gave me a old pocket knife, where the scales were missing, he gave it to me with the words; ‘you can probably make something out of this…
Being me it was impossible not to take the challenge, being you makes you the judge, Flemming saw the result and was pleased, in fact he seemed to enjoy what he saw.
I had a wonderful piece of Masur birch that Flemming gave me some time back, so I thought it would be right to use this on the knife.
First splitting it in half on the band saw.
Then gently tap the brass pins into the wood with a hammer, like this it is possible to locate where to drill.
Then mark out the outline and what side.
Now drill a hair deeper than the pins.
Using a drill bit app the size of the pin, fine with a little smaller.
Rough sawing the shape.
Then less shaping will be needed later.
Carefully cover the blade to prevent glue from sticking to it.
Then mix epoxy and put the scales on.
Remember to clean and sand the surfaces that you glue.
Now apply pressure and leave it to cure.
We got a knife!
Ok it might need a little work to look and feel nice…
Now shape it!
I used my occ sander, but you can use what ever, knifes, files, sandpaper or what you have at hand.
A few minutes later.
From here I will use sandpaper in grids from 120 to 800, don’t skip any grids if you want it perfect, I just did 120, 320 then 800, like this it will have few marks and not look too new, just as I prefer my tools these days.
Some oil will bring out the life.
Beautiful wood, flames, full of life.
Perhaps torture but I brand it.
Once the oil is set, it is time for the finish.
First polish it up to a shine.
Then a wax buffing.
Sharp and ready.
Now it will sometimes live in my pocket and bring joy.
I always carry a pocketknife and these with a story are the best, they bring me a smile each time they see the light.
Hope it can be a inspiration for others to bring life back to tools that was discarded.
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.