Spalted Maple Knife handle

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Project by Tooch posted 11-20-2016 08:06 PM 1021 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as a Christmas gift for my Dad… last year. Then it was going to be a birthday gift, a Father’s day gift, an anniversary gift, etc. I just kept putting it off because I wasn’t feeling it, and I just didn’t have the right piece of wood.

Fast forward to about 2 months ago. My buddy’s mom gave me a piece of spalted maple off of a pallet that she had (random, I know), but it was split in several locations and practically falling apart. Then a lightbulb went off my head – “Hey, I still have that knife project for dad!”

So I finally mustered up the courage to open it and get started. The process wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, just very tedious. The screws are super tiny, and I think I received the wrong amount of short vs long screws.

The scales (sides) are held on with bith screws and epoxy, shaped mostly before attaching them. The finish is several coats of Tung Oil and 2 coats of spray lacquer. I also used some Loctite on the 3 shirt screws for the pocket clip to help hold them in place.

Thanks for looking, now get back to the shop and finish all those Christmas presents you’ve been putting off!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 11-20-2016 08:14 PM

Beautiful knife and piece of wood you choose. Your father finaly has a present.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 11-20-2016 08:19 PM

We must sometimes wait for the right inspiration. Great job sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-20-2016 08:24 PM

It looks like it was worth the long wait. Your photo work really shows the knife well.

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#4 posted 11-20-2016 08:55 PM

A wait well worth waiting for. You did a fine job too. Spalted Maple is beautiful wood.
I have a knife for myself and for two months now, still waiting for that right piece as you say.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 11-20-2016 09:40 PM

Very nice knife scales, Mike. I know what you mean about not feeling right making something until you get the right piece of wood. I’m waiting for the right piece now and it has not come to me yet!


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

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#6 posted 11-21-2016 12:08 AM

Really nice. I have always wanted to try one of these. The wood is perfect. Well worth the wait!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 11-21-2016 05:58 PM

We do much better work when we listen to the wood!

Very well done!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 11-21-2016 06:50 PM

That looks really good. I’ve still got Christmas projects from last year I ain’t finished yet. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 11-30-2016 03:20 PM

Super nice

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

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