|Project by BTimmons||posted 02-06-2015 02:44 PM||1603 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
I made some new knife scales for a friend, using book matched pieces of Madagascar (black & white) ebony. Also cleaned up the blade and sharpened it well beyond what any reasonable use would require. Because I love wood, and I love sharp stuff, too.
The scales are bookmatched, so the pattern you see on one side of the knife handle is perfectly mirrored on the other side. Makes a really great visual effect, since the pattern in the ebony is so dramatic to begin with. The process basically went as follows.
- Clean the black gunk off the blade with a belt sander.
- Choose stock for scales, band saw, bookmatch, flatten, and epoxy in place.
- Once the epoxy is dry, use the disc sander on outer curves and the front of the belt sander for inner curves, flush the scales up to the tang of the knife.
- Sand the grips until they look nice.
- Mask off the blade, finish grips with several coats of satin spray lacquer, buff for final polish.
- Sharpen the blade by hand, finish on a strop.
All told it probably took me an hour to do. It was a really fun project, and seeing the look on my friend’s face when it was done was definitely worth it. I need to do more like this.
-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com