Chevy II; The Canadian Cousin #3: The Handle, an Adventure with Cocobolo and Hide Glue.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 04-26-2011 01:47 AM 5769 reads 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know I kind of wound this blog up last time but this little adventure was enough fun to warrant another post. As you know if you read the last entry, The knob was about the only thing left to make. How hard can that be? ............. Hard.

I started out with a stack of 2 1/4” square x 7/8” Cocobolo blocks and a few thin pieces of Arbutus and Paduk. Here’s where I went wrong, maybe. I didn’t try to remove surface oil before gluing. The gluing process was very simple. Glue the stack and wait overnight. Then after squaring up and cleaning up the stack, the fun began. I cut the stack on the diagonal, added a veneer of Arbutus and re-glued. Then I did the opposing diagonal and in turn each of the other “rays”.

Even though I reduced the blank to an octagon, the torque was too great on the lathe and the glue lines began to fail.

I tried a ROS and that seemed to work, although I don’t think I’m young enough to have done the whole knob that way.

I needed a plan B and , for a boatbuilder, the bandsaw is the go-to tool.

The next part was easy. If the sander worked but was too slow,...... DUH… Get a bigger sander, with 40 grit.

In the end, it all worked out fine. Fortunately the handle is pretty much of an ornament on the chevalet so it will probably last forever.

I made one other small auxiliary part today, my own invention. It’s a lock, pictured here first open and then locked. What it does is to hold the foot pedal down. That means that when you are trying to thread a blade through a tiny hole in a packet of veneers, if the lock is set, it will hold the packet and let you use both hands for the blade and clamps. It will just kick in and out of position and it’s far more elegant than putting a C clamp on the jaws as I was on Chevy I. :-)

Bye for now


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 01:55 AM

Is this the other way to skin a cat? :) Good thinking Paul

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 03:22 AM

The handle shows the maker’s skill. It marks who a real shipbuilder is. However, if anyone have not seen this blog on how it was made… then one will say that it was only made through lathe. Agree with Jim, a good way to skin and for me I will still keep those small pieces for futre project … a plug or dowel. Thanks for posting Paul. You also make my life easy with the competency you have shown here.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 03:55 AM


-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 05:25 AM

Who says tools can’t be both utilitarian and beautiful?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 07:38 AM

That is a beautifull handle.

Your change of tools to solve problems demonstrate your expertise.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 08:11 AM

Nice save Paul. It looks beautiful.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 04-26-2011 01:30 PM

Hello Paul, To mistake anything I say here for a “fact” or the “truth” could well be a mistake, BUT. I began making classical guitars about 40 years ago, using Brazilian rosewood and ebony and on occasion I will make a rocking chair from an exotic wood, thus I have had some experience gluing “oily” woods. I have used the old acetone wash and I have to say, never found it that effective. I am glad to say that there are a lot of new glues available to us woodworkers now and (now I am getting to the point) I have a very strong suspicion that Titebond III works a lot better on oily woods than other glues. Could be superstitious reinforcement but it certainly seems so to me. I have not done any testing, which I normally would do, so I can not be sure. Have you tried it on this wood?

-- Hal, VA,

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#8 posted 04-26-2011 02:34 PM

Hey Paul,
What can I say. You persisted and got out of a jam with style.
It looks beautiful.
You got skills Sir.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 04-26-2011 02:45 PM

Nice save Paul, That is one nice looking handle!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 04-27-2011 04:22 AM

Hi Paul, that handle turned out beautiful…and I really like the jaw lock invention. Imagine that the design of this tool has been unchanged for 200 years, and you come along and within a few months make a significant design contribution. Amazing! I will definitely be adding this feature to mine!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#11 posted 04-27-2011 04:26 AM

I can say it works well and is easy to kick in and out of lock without bending over. I can’t say no one has done this before, but thanks and keep me posted on yours.

Gotta get back to the hockey game.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 04-27-2011 02:06 PM

Paul,Indeed you have brilliant perfectionist ..
You post about one detail, one handle .. again I started to think about the value and size of each detail of any job.


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