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Project by Wstein posted 12-20-2016 08:32 PM 414 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of weeks ago I saw on Rockler some cheap bar key kits that you epoxy knife scales to and then finish up as nice bar key. I jumped at it and decide that would make some great small presents for family, friends, favorite bar tenders, etc. I bought 6 keys and a bunch of knife scales of various woods to finish them with.

After I got everything in, I decided I needed to get a small belt belt sander, so I purchased Rikon 51-150 sander that was perfect for this.

Anyway, I completed the first one today. My first time working with a belt sander and using it to shape the wood handles. I also learned to apply PLENTY of epoxy, and make sure I thoroughly clamp it up so that there isn’t any gaps between the bar key and the wood. Also mark up the scales so that they are properly aligned with each other and the little pin holes.

-- I would offer moral support, but I have questionable morals - Me, 2005





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Wstein

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#1 posted 12-21-2016 08:01 PM

Day two of making fancy bar keys. Figured walnut finished with teak oil. Applied the things I learned from yesterday, got a cleaner setup, still a gap at the end of the handle and bar key

-- I would offer moral support, but I have questionable morals - Me, 2005

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 04:58 AM

I saw those kits too and wondered how good they were. Should have snagged a couple.

One of the perks of this project is testing each one for proper function, right?

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 05:46 AM

yeah, can’t give away something that doesn’t work right

-- I would offer moral support, but I have questionable morals - Me, 2005

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