|Project by romansfivefive||posted 10-25-2008 09:25 PM||3725 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
I was in the TSC store (these are farm supply stores in southern ontario ) the other day and they were blowing out these aluminum sided 11 function jack knives on sale for $2.50 . I bought one of the knives just to have in the vehicle and when I got to looking at it, I noticed that the sides weren\t welded on and I was able to pry off the tins on the sides of the knife. I decided to try making some wooden sides.
I took the side tins and placed them on the 1X1X4 scrap wood (one was cherry and I am not sure about the other) and used a hammer to tap the edges of the tins into the wood to mark the perimeter. I used the scroll saw to cut out the blank. then I set up the bandsaw to cut out 25 millimeter slices. If you look closley at the side of the knife in the last pic, I think you can see that once you peel off the side tins, there are rivits that stick up a little. On the inside face of the slices, I had to drill some shallow holes to accomodate the rivit heads. Then I glued the wood to the knife with Gorilla glue.
Gorilla glue works great, but it is messy. I didn’t masked off the exposed edges of the knife on my first attempt and I ended up picking little bits of foam out of little nooks and spaces for a long time. A few minutes of taping saved a lot of grief. Once the glue is dry, I used a dremel tool to sand and round over the edges, sandpaper to even it out and a little steel wool to finish it up.
For the red knife, I cut out the blank, drilled holes and glued in maple toothpicks before i sliced them on the band saw. then followed the same steps.
I sprayed a little clear acrylic before I peeled the masking tape off and this is what you get.
I bought a bunch of them and I am going to experiement with some lettering and different wood groupings. I think this is my budget (2.50 for the knife, scrap wood and a little time) Christmas present for the guys on my list. Does anyone think it is odd to give a knife as a present? I know I would appreciate one, but so many people see them as weapons instead of tools now. Any thoughts?
-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.