Making all wood folding knives #1: The first twelve parts

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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 04-27-2016 11:53 PM 1291 reads 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Several of you have asked for instruction for making the all wood folding knives I,ve been doing for a number of years. Hope I can give that instruction through this blog series. If to many get fed-up with this please let me know to stop. Starting today 4/27/16 we will begin. It would probably be a good idea to have a folding pocket knife handy to be able to look to see the pieces we are talking about. I will be making three knives at this time. #1 is choosing the material. You can make the handles (scales) from whatever dark color (for good contrast) wood you would like. You will need some very light colored stock such as maple for the material which would normally be the shinny stuff (on a metal knife) such as the bolsters, blades, blade liners and springs. For this knife we will use 1 1/16” wide material (best in most cases). Bolsters and handles should be close to 1/4” thick. Handles are 1/4 X 1 1/16 X 2 1/16”. The blade and spring stock is 1 1/16 wide X appx 0.150 to 0.175 thick X 4 3/4” long.
All this is not real critical but all four pcs. should be very close to the same thickness. pictures tomorrow of blade and spring stock. Next is the blade liners and again 1 1/16 wide X 4 3/4 X appx. 0.040 thick. When you have all these twelve pieces cut to your satisfaction it is time for the first glue up. I will try not to forget I have been doing this for fifteen years and you will be getting instructions after my hundreds of mistakes. You are now fitting the handles and bolsters to the blade liners. It is best to get the closest fit as to ends butting tight and liners and other pieces straight with each other. I use an abundance of glue and only wipe off the bottoms for now. Best to use three fairly strong squeeze clamps and the clamp for the ends pushes the bolsters and handle ends tight to each other. Looks like a lot for a small operation but is very important that every joint is tight. Now allow to dry completely and tomorrow we take off the clamps. Then get rid of the glue squeeze out and square up these assembly’s. PMs with questions are welcome or you can ask through comments so so all can see the answers. Good luck cutting. Thanks for looking.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 02:31 AM

I think this will be an interesting process to follow. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 04-28-2016 10:43 AM

Hey Vernon, I’m glad you are putting this up. I look forward to following your
process. Keep up the good work.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 04-28-2016 12:03 PM

You are a master at this Vernon. I show off the blue oval one you made for me to everyone who comes over. They all luv it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 04-28-2016 01:00 PM

OK. Count me in. It’s interesting enough to get my attention and the blade won’t cut me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 04-28-2016 08:43 PM

What is your preference for the type of glue? Slow or quick setting?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 04-28-2016 09:53 PM

Hello you guys. Nice to hear from you all.
Ron—I,ve tried most every glue and 95% have been made using Regular Tight Bond. I have never had a glue joint problem if I did the necessary prep. Been working on this knife batch a little more today. I had never really thought about all the steps to this seemingly simple project. I do find it somewhat difficult to explain the steps while not talking directly to you. We will forge ahead.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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