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Here is the link to GaryK’s original post the same design. While I didn’t have any snakewood (or have seen it for that matter), I thought it worked well with some other species. I’ll be curious to see which holds an edge the best. These are quite simple to make and only require a bit more than a pen blank worth of wood. In all, it took less than an hour to get it ready for finish.

Steps Taken:
~Printed Gary’s photo to the size I wanted and taped it to some hardboard.
~Cut the photo/hardboard on the bandsaw and lightly sanded to create a template.
~Used template to layout the design to be cut on the bandsaw on the various species.
~Sanded with a stationary sander.
~Hand sanded to make comfortable as well as sharp
~Used a little oil to amplify the grain and used a few coats of poly to protect it.

Species in photo are (Left to Right):

Hardboard Template, FS White Oak, Cherry, Cherry, Cocobolo, Purpleheart, and Peruvian Walnut.

-- Jeff, South Carolina





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rikkor

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#1 posted 2340 days ago

I am going to make a few of these, too. Thanks Jeff and Gary.

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 2340 days ago

You guys better not try to sneak these through airport security. Next thing you nkow, we’ll all have to go through wood detectors.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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GaryK

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#3 posted 2340 days ago

Interesting Jeff. Your link to my post has the letters “of” after it do the link doesn’t work. Easy to fix though.

Very nice job!

So what conclusions have you drawn concerning the hardness of the variuos woods?

If you are interested I can provide you with a 1:1 template.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2340 days ago

Hi Jeff,

These are nice letter openers. I guess you and Gary are starting a trend here. I am not sure what you can do with this many openers but it is a good use of off cuts and gets you some shop time. Nice job. The cocobolo is my personal favorite.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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rikkor

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#5 posted 2340 days ago

Gary, I would be interested in that template.

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GaryK

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#6 posted 2340 days ago

Here you go to all that are interested in a template. Just print it out.

Here's a 1:1 PDF File

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Richard M. Petti

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#7 posted 2340 days ago

Jeff nice job they look good. Gary love to have the temp on these. Always looking for ways to use up cut offs.

-- Just believe and God will take care of the rest

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rikkor

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#8 posted 2340 days ago

Thanks Gary.

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GaryK

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#9 posted 2340 days ago

rikkor – Post your results when you finish.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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USCJeff

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#10 posted 2340 days ago

Thanks Gary, The 1:1 is helpful. I saved your photos and skewed them to size. A template is the way to go though.

Scott, I’m actually down to 1 of the opener’s now. I had some people in mind when starting. I have 6 family members with birthdays between March 2 and April 19. One of them is turning 3 so she didn’t get it as I can see it used on little brother for playing with her Ponies. Not kidding. :) My wife picked the Walnut one and I gave the Cocobolo to my brother as he is the only guy and it seems to look a bit more masculine.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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GaryK

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#11 posted 2340 days ago

Jeff – Are you going to make more.

How close were yours to my 1:1? Kinda curious.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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USCJeff

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#12 posted 2340 days ago

They started out being very close in size. The template was almost the same as 1:1. After sanding the contours, ithey ended up slighty smaller. I had my wife hold them so as to make them comfortable for her grip. I did several using my grip as well since my hand are a decent bit larger.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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USCJeff

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#13 posted 2332 days ago

UPDATE: I thought I should add a little comment after putting one of the designs to personal use. I gave away all but one. I kept a cocobolo one that is not pictured. I found that they were all a little to thick to work properly. I’d suggest not making them any thicker than 1/4”. I haven’t tested a smaller thickness, but I think I’d aim for the 1/8” mark as a starter. The edge held very nicely, but the thickness made for a steep angle that impeded the cut. Otherwise, they worked nicely.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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GaryK

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#14 posted 2332 days ago

The handle on mine is 1/8” but the blade is thinner.

Closer to .093

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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gator9t9

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#15 posted 2314 days ago

good job …
Nice looking Letter openers ….

See Gary has created a monster!

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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