A few more Mach 3 razors

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Project by McLeanVA posted 02-27-2012 04:53 PM 2280 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few more Mach 3 razors I turned this weekend. These were made out of some pieces of Eucalyptus burl and Red Mallee burl. I had not worked with Red Mallee before, but am really impressed with the color and the crazy grain pop. Will definitely add that to the list of favorite turning woods.

Like last time, I experimented a bit with the shape/profiles to fit different sized hands.

The only tricky part (assuming you are familiar with turning) was filling the small voids and bark inclusions that some burls offer. I found it much easier to turn my blanks to near-finished shape and sand with 150 grit. At this point you can inspect the wood for any small cracks or voids that will show up on the finished project. Then mix up some 5 minute epoxy to fill the gaps. When the epoxy is dry (longer than 5 minutes) use a sharp spindle gouge or something that gives you precise control to gently turn the epoxy blobs back down to the original shape. Then sand through your grits (150 up to 600).

I did a total of 8 coats of CA glue on each blank and then wet sanded with micro mesh (up to 4000 grit). Finished off with a coat of HUT Ultra Gloss at max lathe speed to really heat it up. Thanks for looking. Lots of very happy customers with incredibly smooth faces.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 05:32 PM

Beautiful wood choices with nice turnings and the finish looks superb : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 06:18 PM

Beautiful wood and a great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 08:31 PM

These look as good as the last ones, the wood choice was spectacular. I seem to remember you wanting to send me one to test, that was probably all in my head, but I would gladly except it, if it shows up, LOL

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

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 08:56 PM

Very cool work love that grain!
Great work keep it up!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 10:19 PM

that finish on that wood is incredible! very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 12:45 PM

Neat little project, beautiful wood and fine job!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 04:00 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. The finish technique is pretty easy and really makes a difference in the end product for sure.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 04:14 PM

awesome improvement to the best razor on the market.

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 04:16 PM

@Brianf, I couldn’t agree more. Been using the Mach 3 for a long time. Never switched even when others started offering more blades.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 04:44 PM

Nice job. I just ordered my first kit. Can’t wait to get it.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#11 posted 02-28-2012 06:27 PM

So clean cut…oh and the razors are nice too.

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 02-28-2012 06:40 PM

Beatiful work nice wood. Where did you get the parts for the razors??

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#13 posted 02-28-2012 06:49 PM

@triw – Woodcraft sells them, as well as PSI and Packard Woodworks. I am preferential to Woodcraft because of the shape and fit of the kits. They are a snap to assemble. I would recommend a tiny dab of CA glue on the threaded head to make sure it doesn’t ever come apart. Give one a shot. If you turn, it’s a no-brainer.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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