|Project by exelectrician||posted 01-30-2013 10:52 PM||3118 views||18 times favorited||22 comments|
Cut these handles using Lee Valley Tools free template out of hard sugar maple. To get the XL size I made my cut line 1/32” outside the line and used 1,1/16” thickness stock. Routed the excess in four gentle steps with a 1/2” carbide roundover bit.
Maple is difficult to stain dark, using fellow LJ’s advice I used RIT liquid dye in the following way: 9 capfulls of dark brown mixed with 2 capfulls of cherry red in 1 quart of very hot water. (I used my wifes electric serving buffet to get the mixture hot) submerge the handle for about 4 mins, untill the colour is just right. Dry over the register in the house for a day.
Seven to ten coats of teak oil with a very light sanding between the fourth and 5th coats gets the job done.
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