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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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TJ wrote on Sep 4th, 2012 at 8:53pm:
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Could probably do with a checkering job


Yeah who does that? (don't start me I don't need anything else to learn right now.....)
  
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Ha good one TJ..was just gonna suggest some checkering! Not that hard to do,I bought a set of checkering tools of TM, about $70 2nd hand but like new.Practiced on an old air rifle stock then done a sporting 303..came up like a pro's job even if I say so myself!
  
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Reply #17 - Sep 5th, 2012 at 9:11am
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I would suspect that checkering such a small area would be interesting. Holding it steady with a f*cking sharp blade a nats tit away from your hand would get my attention.

Keep practising SK, I have done around 60-80 odd stocks now and still make the occasional "ah f*ck"
Those moments get less over time though Grin
  
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made another one last night.....this time from a piece of blue gum firewood



help.....

.......this knifemaking is taking over my life  Grin Grin Grin
  
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really like the look of them.  me thinks a trip to bunnings is in order
  
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Better piece of wood this time from the firewood pile (Casuarina)

also reprofiled the blade due to a slight mis-measurement on my wood blank


  
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The walnut I have here for you looks positively boring compared to that one! Good on you. Smiley
  

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You have some walnut? Cool.
  
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i like the progression of your handle shapes. that casuarina is very pretty is that finished with teak oil to . man i envy your skill
  
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That timber hasn't been oiled at all yet, just finely sanded and cleaned with acetone to remove the fine sanding dust. Its a rare piece of casuarina thats like that, so when i find them in the woodpile I put them aside.

Ludwig made me one of his masterpieces with a piece of it. you should see that!!!! Makes mine look like a $2shop knife
  
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Really nice, well done. Cool Can I send you mine, and some cherry wood Grin
  

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Really nice, well done. Cool Can I send you mine, and some cherry wood Grin

Wouldnt you rather do it yourself?
  
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Yo Mr S,Dont forget to put up a pic of them cleavers...before and after pics would be great! Smiley
  
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Roger that Sikakila

I haven't started on them yet. They will be a new thread here in the mancave.
  
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Wouldnt you rather do it yourself?

Yep, youre right. Maybe with antler tho.
  

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Do it!!!! I dare you!
  
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Very nice job Smiley as for the checkering, haven't you heard of a hacksaw  Grin

At the price of the knives I might even have a go myself. Not too much if I end up munting it. How about Rimu or Kauri ?
Might look around for a few "scraps" Smiley
  
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Yep both would look good. Rimu is a harder wood with finer grain i would try that first
  
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Sweet, I might hunt out a bit of Rimu then and give it a whirl Smiley
  
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Reply #36 - Sep 12th, 2012 at 6:57am
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Mr S, I believe you're misleading us with false advertising... There is no way this knife is now worth $16!!

Great job by with way. I have some Jarrah drying out, it's an old fence post, that I intend to see what I can do with it for some scales once work settles down enough for me to get back into it.

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Look forward to that i love old timber
  
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Great thread, love the look of the Casuarina, theres a bit of it round here used in shelterbelts.

The Bahco steel is pretty bloody good
  
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Rugerman wrote on Sep 9th, 2012 at 10:40pm:
Very nice job Smiley as for the checkering, haven't you heard of a hacksaw  GrinAt the price of the knives I might even have a go myself. Not too much if I end up munting it. How about Rimu or Kauri ?
Might look around for a few "scraps" Smiley



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Thats it, its after lunch on a friday and time for a site visit....to bunnings
  
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Reply #41 - Sep 15th, 2012 at 7:29pm
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Hmmm... I wonder if I should drop in to Bunnings after the range tomorrow morning...

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Not on display, they are behind the counter in the tool section. Just ask.
  
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