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Knocked out a few eucalyptus burl Mach III razors this weekend. Plenty of mini-strokes along the way working with all of the voids and internal bark. Ended up turning down to near finished shapes and then filling all voids with 5 minute epoxy, then turning (light scraping with spindle gouge) down to finished profile. A few coats of CA before wet sanding with micro mesh pads and then final coat of Hut Ultra Gloss.

Those of you who have turned burl before are probably smiling now. Some burls can be a a bugger to work with.

I experimented with a few profiles to see what feels best in hand.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 08:36 PM

These look great but I’m not sure what they do ? do you shave with these?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 08:50 PM

Theses are awesome, do you need my address to send me one? Just to test of course. Don’t expect them back, you will be disappointed, LOL :)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Elizabeth

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 09:48 PM

Jim, they’re handles for attaching disposable Mach III razor heads – PSI sells the kits:

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/PKRAHAN.html

McLean, nice work! I haven’t tried to turn burl wood yet, but I’d like to someday. Which profiles did you like the most?

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 09:50 PM

Thanks Elizabeth

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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McLeanVA

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 10:04 PM

Sorry Jim, I thought you were joking given the beard in your profile. Like… “what’s a razor for?” My apologies. Yes, as Elizabeth mentioned, PSI sells them and so does Woodcraft. I prefer the shape of Woodcraft’s more. They use a 7mm brass tube and consist of 3 parts that press into the tube, head screws on. Pretty simple little projects if you turn.

Elizabeth, I turned a cherry burl razor a few weeks ago and absolutely love the profile as it gives my thumb a natural resting place when shaving.

Photo here:

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 10:11 PM

The close up helped , us white beards needs lots of help, next i’ll be drooling all over the place LOL

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Elizabeth

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 10:20 PM

Ah, I didn’t realise they were 7mm. That’s the only size of mandrel item I’m set up to make right now. Maybe I’ll pick up a kit and make one for my husband. Thanks!

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McLeanVA

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 10:27 PM

Elizabeth, the Woodcraft kits are 7mm for sure. Not sure about the PSI versions. They sell bushings, but I used an old set of bushings for Woodcraft’s Navigator pen kit (similar in size). Easy enough to eyeball. Super simple project and the assembly is very easy.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#9 posted 02-22-2012 11:51 PM

These look great. I have been thinking about picking up a few of these kits as I have been using that razor for a long time, well when I do use one that is. Know a few friends that might like one though.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 02-23-2012 12:01 AM

those are very sharp (sharp like razor) :) they all look really good. I jus git a little wee-bee-geee-bee when I see a razor, and, holy moly! I’m lookin at a bunch. The finish on these are spectacular. I’m a bit green on using CA as a finish. Could you indulge me on how it’s done? (yea, I’m a rookie) thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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McLeanVA

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#11 posted 02-23-2012 01:03 AM

@Chris – I’ve always been a fan of the Mach 3. Very easy kit and they make great gifts. I would suggest experimenting with the shape/profile. I know it sounds funny, but pick your razor up and pretend you are shaving your face and pay attention to where your fingers are. Make a mental note and take that to the lathe.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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McLeanVA

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#12 posted 02-23-2012 01:05 AM

@Roger. Thank your for the comment. I will PM you with the CA finish steps. Pretty easy and really pays off in the end. A little tougher on burl, but easy enough to troubleshoot.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#13 posted 02-23-2012 01:33 AM

Those razor handles look very well done. I am sure they will used for a long time

-- Norman

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#14 posted 02-23-2012 04:39 PM

Wow, best looking razors I’ve seen. Harkens back to the days of quality all metal and wood grooming accessories.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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rdjack21

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#15 posted 02-23-2012 04:59 PM

Oh man I really want one of those. But alas no lathe yet but I’m keeping my eyes open for one.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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