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Project by Brit posted 03-27-2017 04:23 PM 835 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got a Nic Westerman TWCA cam. I have tried several times to purchase one in the past, but as soon as the next batch appears on his web site, they’re gone faster than a politician’s promise on election day. I ended up back-ordering one and since I now had it in my hand, it was time to make a handle for it.

I started by ripping a 40mm2 section of European beech, 14” long. Then I planed that into an octagon. After rounding over one end to fit in the palm of my left hand, I tapered the last 3” of the other end for my right hand to grip. I made sure I left enough of a shoulder in case I want to use it with a neck strap at some point in the future. After easing all the corners, I drilled a hole in the tapered end to accept the TWCA cam shaft and epoxied it in. The finish is BLO followed by clear Briwax.

The tool has great authority in use and leaves a wonderful finish on the wood. I’m looking forward to using it on a real project.

Thanks for looking.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrrupt man who is doing it."





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mafe

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 05:04 PM

Hi Andy,
Wonderful iron!
What a beauty and what a beautiful handle you made to bring it into life.
Looks like a crisp fellow.
Nice to see you, hope life is sweet.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Don W

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 05:11 PM

I’ll be watching what you make with that Andy. It sure looks promising!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 05:22 PM

WOW! What wonderful shavings you’ve scooped. Such a nice tool to own for a super craftsman. Enjoy it to the fullest, and please continue to post your products from using it.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 05:33 PM

What a wonderful tool. The handle looks quite functional.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 06:26 PM

Nice work Andy.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 03-27-2017 06:53 PM

Excellent looking tool, great handle to complement it. I don’t imagine it’s fun to sharpen.

Fantastic photos as well.

-- ~Tony

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Brit

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#7 posted 03-27-2017 07:46 PM

Since it comes razor sharp Tony, I hope I never have to sharpen it. It is a bit like carving chisels. Once you get the geometry how you like it, you just hone the edge to keep them cutting well. Whilst the geometry of TWCA cams varies from maker to maker, Nic Westerman’s are easy to hone. The inner face is concave and that is the face you hone. All you need is a strop on a dowel loaded with your compound of choice. You register the dowel on the front and back edges of the inner face and push away from the cutting edge. There’s no need to touch the outer face unless you get a nick in the cutting edge. If you look at the last photo I posted where I am using it, you can see the front and back edges I am referring to on the inner face.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 03-27-2017 07:55 PM

Interesting, I do see the edges. Thank you for the edification.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 03-27-2017 09:33 PM

Beautiful tool Andy and great handle as well. Thanks for the information.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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CFrye

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#10 posted 03-27-2017 09:59 PM

Great looking handle and knife, Andy! I’ve seen videos of such a knife being used with a neck strap. Please share your experience when/if you try it. Congratulations on the new tool!

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 03-28-2017 02:59 PM

Classic lines on that handle will make it beautiful to behold for centuries.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 03-28-2017 07:29 PM

That is a beauty.

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Brit

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#13 posted 03-29-2017 11:36 AM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate your comments.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrrupt man who is doing it."

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murch

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#14 posted 03-31-2017 11:28 AM

Nice work Andy, as always. Looking forward to seeing the results of its use.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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Brit

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#15 posted 04-01-2017 09:29 PM

Thanks murch.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrrupt man who is doing it."

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