CL Knife Covers

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Project by robscastle posted 08-03-2013 10:21 PM 1018 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife Aurora and her friend Mirasol bought these two knives for camping.
I made the covers to prevent accidents back in May 2012, but I must have not bothered to post them as a project.
I commented on Aaron’s (AaronSKuehn) drawer divider and mentioned I had made some Knife covers that may be of interest to him.

I then realised I had not done a post!

Fairly straightforward construction, selected some nice featured Camphor laurel, used my milescraft lettering to route the names, cut it in half, removed enough material from the inner sides to accommodate the knife blade added a rare earth magnet to hold it on, glued it back together again surface finished it and added some finishing oil for preservation.

Apologies Aaron!!

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 02:56 AM

Cool. Use of the camphor wood will help prevent rust too. Nice job.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 03:13 AM

My husband thinks I am crazy, but I am planning on making a few of these as a Christmas gift for my son and new so -in-law who is a chef! I am just getting started in wood working so forgive my question. What is camphor wood and why will it help against rusting? Does it really matter what wood you use as long as it is hard wood? Again please forgive the newbie questions!

Thank you,

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 04:09 AM


The knife covers are possibly a good entry level introduction to wood working.

The covers don’t have to be of any particular timber, just as long as you treat it with a food safe finish.

Its really a personal choice and it doesn’t even have to be a hard wood species.

Camphor Laurel is a Asian tree introduced into Aust and is now declared a pest/weed.

You may have heard of Camphor Chests, there are clothing chest usually carved ornately and as the camphor has a unique quality its a natural insect killer, i.e. moths and moth lava, so you do not have to worry about holes getting eaten in them whilst in storage.

Also as the Doc correctly said the timber vapour again by its nature is a form of turpentine which is a natural rust preventative, much like applying a vapour of rust preventative to your tools, only in this case its automatic.

There are a few down sides of working with camphor, inhale enough dust particles and it will in a compounding ingestion situation will firstly cause you to lose your appetite, irritate your nasal passages, make you feel sick, and possibly the lack of the appetite goes hand in hand.

Then with enough abuse it can cause death, so don’t build a enclosed box for a pet or the likes to live in as it may harm them in the long run.
I guess like any other substance abuse it and it will have undesirable results.

Apart from that it is a great timber to work with has some great visual features grain wise is reasonably gentle on tool cutting surfaces and is very light.

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 04:00 PM

They look good and cool, really suits the your knife with wooden handle. Great work and thanks for the great information.

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