Making all wood folding knives #4: Setting,Shapening the Blades and Body

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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 04-30-2016 09:50 PM 493 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Some critical fitting in this entry Part 4 of Making all wood folding knives series Part 5: Final Assembly and Finish »

Lets work the blades. Hold them together and put them into the body with bolster and blade holes in line. Push down on them a bit and push a sharpened 6p nail thru all four parts.

Shape the back end of the blades as shown in the picture. The nail will be the temporary pin for a while.
Extra careful now as I have broken a spring in some of these next steps. You now have tension between the blade ends and the spring ends. Now one at a time gently close a blade half way then finish to close slowly. When it is closed as much as it can mark the length at the end of where it will rest when finished. Now open it back and do the same with the other blade. Take the pin out and cut both blades to length where marked. Now shape the blades to a similar shape as shown in second picture. You can shape them like mine or like a knife you may have. You can draw the shape on and cut out with a scroll or bandsaw. Shape further with a sander. Put the blades back into the body with the pin in and see if they will close down into the body. There should be tension when open all the way. When half open the tension should be relaxed and then have very slight tension when closed all the way. Until you are used to this procedure you may have to take them in and out several times to sand and shape to make the action as described above.

Congratulations then you have got this working the most tedious part is done. I know you want to shot me but now the fun parts. Time to shape the knife body assembly to resemble my knife or one you have or from a picture but for now keep it simple. When you have the body shaped and sanded smooth I would give it a coat of spray can lacquer. If you have not already cut the finger nail groove and and the taper to form the tang which is just above the notch in the lower blade. You have been shaping the blades now finish them by sanding with a little belt sander to make them look like a real knife blade. If you plan on writing on the blade tang now is the time. Next I give them a heavy coat of spray shellac. You need not do more to the blades now but you will probably want to sand and put another couple coats of lacquer on the body. Next session will the last and we will finish pinning and spacing the blades into the body.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#1 posted 04-30-2016 10:03 PM

coming right along, Vernon.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-30-2016 10:58 PM

Git Er Done, Vernon

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 05-01-2016 12:58 AM

I hate those tiny holes. I always screw up on them. Looks like a knife now.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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