Custom razor handles of desert ironwood

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Project by AaronSKuehn posted 11-19-2012 05:31 PM 2300 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A customer asked for a custom handle for his single-blade razor. He has large hands and that standard grip was too small for his comfort. I turned two from desert ironwood. They are about 4 inches long. I embedded a nut into a recess in the end, secured with CA glue, to accept the threads. I finished with three coats of polyurethane.

-- Aaron

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#1 posted 11-19-2012 06:06 PM

Great job really nice…..

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#2 posted 11-19-2012 07:09 PM

Beautiful wood. Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-19-2012 10:48 PM

Have to ask how well did the wood turn. I have a small piece of it, and have been waiting for the right project to turn it.

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#4 posted 11-19-2012 11:34 PM

@kapanen: It turns great. Off the skew it gets a finish like glass. This is was my first project with it. I live near the headquarters for and they have a big box of blanks. They’re about twice the size of pen blanks (I’m guessing 1.5”x8”-ish) for a buck a piece. So I had to try them. And I’m pleased.

One caveat, and one of the guys at the store told me this, this wood can get voids inside…and it can break apart without warning. I’ve had two do that to me already. Where it breaks you can see a vein, almost like dirt or dead wood. You can’t tell from the blank that anything is wrong. It can be frustrating, but the wood is great for turning.

-- Aaron

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