Making all wood folding knives #5: Final Assembly and Finish

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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 05-01-2016 10:50 PM 1873 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello again,
We will be putting together assembly’s that we have been working on to come up with a whole folding all wood pocket knife. Get your finished and sanded blades and rub some candle wax on all the areas around the pin holes. Now take your recently finished knife body and place the blades in it. Use the nail to again pin those parts together. Make sure they operate to your satisfaction. You will need a thin metal spacer (my spacer is 0.017 thick) to keep the moving parts from being to tight after you tap the pin with a light hammer to flatten the ends. Put the spacer as shown and pull out the nail and push in the copper pin. Then clip the protruding ends. Sand the ends flush. As you can see in the picture I have a small 1 1/2” piece of angle iron on the corner of my bench just for light pounding jobs. Tap the pin ends two or three times to flatten them. You will not be able to see put this actually swells the ends just a bit.

OK pull out the spacer and test opening and closing the blades. I hope you have just the right tension on them so if you open half way then just use a little push with your thumb the blade will just pop open with a little click. Same way to close. Even if they don,t click you will be able to show your friends how the springs move as you open and close. The last thing I do is to mask the installed blades with something like a post-a note and give the body another coat of nice shiny lacquer.

YOU ARE FINISHED “congratulations”. I really to hope to hear from some of you that you did finish a knife. I did finish the three I worked on while doing this blog.

Thanks for reading, looking and comments.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-02-2016 12:24 AM

Excellent, Vernon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-02-2016 10:21 AM

Fantastic Vernon. Thnx for posting all the steps to arrive at one of your deluxe wooden pocket knives.

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

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#3 posted 05-02-2016 05:46 PM

Vernon, thanks for taking the time to do this blog Very interesting process.

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

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#4 posted 05-02-2016 08:33 PM

I will notify you when I proceed with this. Something that Grabs my attention always gets pushed ahead on the list. The blog was great and you are here for any questions. Can’t bet that. Thanks Vernon.

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

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