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Re-handling the $16 Bahco...
Sep 1st, 2012 at 6:56pm
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In between household jobs today I had a go at putting a new handle on my Bahco knife, really just practice at handle shaping for the project knife I am working on in another thread.

I had already removed the original plastic one by sawing down the side a few days ago



Then I found a piece of Pohutukawa I got from a neighbour who had to trim a limb from his tree. I had already cut this on the circular saw some months back into square lengths. They were just scraps using for various things and rough on the oustide.

I had measured the tang at 7.5mm wide so drilled a same size hole into the wood deeper than the tang
I used a Ryobi copy of a Dremel to shape a recess to accommodate where the tang widens. Then roughly shaped it on the belt grinder



As I said I was doing this between 'jobs' (read; concealing that I was F-ing around) so I was removing wood fast - it got smoking hot at times  Grin



Then shaped the rest of it with a B&D Orbital sander. Final sand by hand with 400 grit wet'n'dry





Pretty happy so far. Tomorrow might get some dark stain(?) not really sure how what to do with the wood from here, keen to hear from anyone who's used Pohutukawa before.

And then I will Araldite the handle in.
  
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Reply #1 - Sep 1st, 2012 at 8:11pm
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Nice  Smiley
What about a 2 pot varnish like they use on Kauri clocks?
  

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Looks good,well done.I would be getting a bit of off cut and try a bit of stain on it first.Also try some oil can't remember the name of it but wood i'v seen oiled looks real good.
  
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Reply #3 - Sep 1st, 2012 at 11:37pm
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Try linseed oil on a spear bit of wood. if it looks ok then do your handle. Nice peice of crafting there mate.
  

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boiled linseed looks better in my opinion rather than unboiled, nice project by the way Cool
  

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Reply #5 - Sep 2nd, 2012 at 5:24pm
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I give mine a couple of coats of bri-wax every now and then. Seams to do the trick

Q. Will it still fit the sheath?? LOL
  
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Reply #6 - Sep 2nd, 2012 at 5:49pm
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Hey 7mm08Roks, yeah I am doing it for your sheath!!!

Finishing in Teak Oil (better I am told for oily hardwoods), one coat so far



  
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You have done a great job
  
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I would have suggested Tung oil ( its used on outdoor furniture)
But it looks like a great job anyhows!!
  
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Reply #9 - Sep 3rd, 2012 at 7:42pm
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that looks awesome, i may even try it myself if I can find some time.  thanks for the photos. never really like the garish orange of Bahco, but they are hard to lose on the ground
  
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Reply #10 - Sep 3rd, 2012 at 7:58pm
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mint! I saw a box of them at Bunnings today @ $16 a knife I was tempted...
  
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Thats come out lookin great! Nice Job. Smiley
  

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Reply #12 - Sep 4th, 2012 at 6:28pm
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From someone who hasn't done anything like this yet - but likes the idea of it:  how did you actually 'fix' the tang into the handle?  By drilling a hole there isn't actually anywhere for the notch on the tang to 'grip' onto like in the molded plastic handle is there? 
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Reply #13 - Sep 4th, 2012 at 7:10pm
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Hewie wrote on Sep 4th, 2012 at 6:28pm:
From someone who hasn't done anything like this yet - but likes the idea of it:  how did you actually 'fix' the tang into the handle?  By drilling a hole there isn't actually anywhere for the notch on the tang to 'grip' onto like in the molded plastic handle is there? 
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I bought Araldite that comes with a premixing 'needle' that fits on the end of the twin syringes....and guess what it fits down the hole! Filled the hole about 50% with araldite, slipped the tang in and then topped up what little it needed. Nice and tidy.
  
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Reply #14 - Sep 4th, 2012 at 8:53pm
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That handle get a tad slippery when wet? Just thinking as those blades are a wee but on the sharp side.
Could probably do with a checkering job
  
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