Restoring an old machete

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Project by B posted 06-30-2014 07:36 PM 1437 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An old machete I found at my boss’s work that was rusted,dull,and had a broken handle.Made a new cherry handle pegged with 1/4” epoxied dowels,and sharpened to a decent finish.Handle finished with butcher block finish,polyurethane, and beeswax.

1: Finished machete

2: 1/4” hardwood dowels and handle epoxied to blade

3: Handle halves screwed to bench,so they could be flush trimmed and rounded over with a hand router

4: shaping one piece to be flush trimmed

5: blade stuck to two pieces of cherry with double sided tape,and being drilled through rivet holes for perfect alignment of the handle

6: the machete when I first found it

-- A poor workman blames his tools. Mr.B, Ontario Canada -

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 08:38 PM

Nice job. Like a lot. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 06-30-2014 10:46 PM

I’ve refurbed a lot of tools, six hours a week for charity…long story… here’s a few before and afters…

i think the handle on that is amazing. I think twenty minutes with a file and twenty minutes with a stone and twenty minutes with some wet/dry sandpaper might give you a mirror finish. Good start…lots of work yet, but it is great to see old tools made new again.

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 06:57 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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