|Project by jfk4032||posted 01-08-2014 05:59 PM||4278 views||47 times favorited||17 comments|
I first saw these bow bread knives at a craft show in FL earlier this year and then searched here on LJ and found a few and where to buy the blades and accompanying stainless steel screws (KenCraft Co. Inc. Toledo, OH sells these kits)
I made all 5 of these over the past 2 months in between some other holiday gifts and projects. The first one is just a simple solid piece of ambrosia maple. The wood was amazing and I was happy how that turned out and wanted to add some complexity to that…something I tend to do with most of my projects.
The second one I utilized a cool scrap cutoff from some cutting boards I’ve been working on. It is an alternating set of maple and cherry stripes. I glued two of those strips together and then I cut the padauk template with a curved arc through it and used the two resulting pieces of padauk as a gluing form to laminate in the set of striped woods into it.
The third one was meant to look like the Syracuse Orange football helmet. I used padauk as the base and laminated in lengthwise stripes of maple and wenge to look like the tape going up the middle of the football helmet. I switched to a wider radius roundover bit than the first two knives I made to better emulate the rounded shape of a football helmet. I finished it by countersinking in a Syracuse logo golf ball marker.
The fourth one is my favorite. I used wenge as the base with cherry and maple for the laminated stripes to look like viewing down a rifle site. I countersunk a bullet casing into the piece and this made a perfect gift for my brother in law who is a gun enthusiast. The side grain wenge is just spectacular.
The last one I just finished up this morning was for my son who graduated from JMU. So I tried to get the purpleheart to match the school’s purple color. It’s more reddish brown with just a tinge of purple in it. I complemented the purple with yellowheart, again, to try to match the school colors. I finished it by countersinking in a JMU Duke logo golf ball marker.
As far as the OUCH, these carbon blades are extremely sharp and you can make the blades extremely taught through clamping pressure before drilling the holes and screwing in the screws. Once clamped in with a little bend you drill and screw the blade into place. After doing that you release the clamps and the wood stretches back to the original unclamped shape and the blade is now actually under some real tension; you can pluck it and it makes a musical twang it is so tight! I made it through the first four with no incidences, but this last one got me this AM. The stainless steel screws that came with the kits are relatively soft by nature and when attempting to screw them into the very hard purpleheart, I stripped out one of them and my hand slipped when this happened cutting my thumb pretty good. CA glue, bacitracin and a good cloth bandaid did the trick for now…I don’t think stitches will be needed.
Nonetheless, I plan on ordering more of these soon, they are fun, relatively easy and useful gifts to make for family and friends. As always I enjoy finding ways to make these simple kinds of projects more personalized to the intended recipients. By simply using golf ball markers or bullet casings or anything pertinent that is small and can be worked into a project, anyone can do this on any of your projects as well.
Because these blades are so sharp, I wanted to protect my family and friends from unintentionally cutting themselves…as I did on the last possible operation of the last knife! I cut the protective plastic sheath that my Resaw King bandsaw blade came packaged (155” long) with into 9.25” pieces that fit over the exposed blade section as seen in some of the pictures.
-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!