|Project by docholladay||posted 12-09-2014 04:39 PM||1200 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
It’s been awhile since I posted any projects. To be quite honest, there haven’t been many for awhile. Things with job and other stuff has cut back on shop time tremendously for the last year or so. I bought a knife kit from Woodcraft 2 or 3 years ago as a Christmas gift for my youngest son thinking it would be fun for the two of us to make this knife since, at that time, he was collecting knives. Anyway, life happened (he’s now in college) and we never got around to completing the knife. One day recently, I came across the kit, I had some time to play with on the weekend, so I found an appropriate piece of wood (padauk) and got busy. I worked at it a little bit at a time over 2 days (mostly because I did not have any epoxy to glue the scales on and had to go get some). Basically, the process was to cut the scales to rough size. Then I stuck the two together with double stick tape. I drew out the shape and then used my scroll saw to cut them out. I cut them a little oversize (left the line and then a little more). I glued one side on and then used the holes in the knife blank to guide in drilling through the first scale. Then, I glued on the second scale and drilled through the first scale and the knife blank. At that point, I inserted the pins. The kit came with aluminum and that is what I used, but I really wish I had waited and gotten some brass. I think brass would have been nicer. I just glued the pins in at this point. I let the glue cure overnight at that point. The next day, I peined the pins a bit and filed off the excess length. Then I went to a sanding drum on my drill press to sand the scales down to match the shape of the knife blank. After I had everything nice and flush around the edges, I then used a chisel, rasp, files and sandpaper to round all of the corners and make it nice and comfortable to the hand. I sanded it all the way to 800 grit and then 0000 steel wool. Then I applied several coats of wax. I sharpened it up nicely and you can see the results. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc