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Blog series by poospleasures updated 05-01-2016 10:50 PM 5 parts 6836 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: The first twelve parts

04-27-2016 11:53 PM by poospleasures | 6 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Putting together those 12 parts

04-29-2016 12:03 AM by poospleasures | 4 comments »

Today we take the glued up knife body out of the clamps. We need to square up these glued up assembly’s. I use a 6 X 48” sander but use whatever you have. Now split the two halves of the blank. They are probably stuck a little from glue squeeze out. Pry gently with something like a sharp paint scraper. Now select the springs and blades from the 4 3/4” you cut earlier. Choose the 2 pcs. for the springs which has close straight grain with no imperfections as they do move...

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Part 3: Some critical fitting in this entry

04-29-2016 11:43 PM by poospleasures | 4 comments »

Welcome back everyone. I must say again that I did not realize how many steps to this until doing this blog. I am not sorry I have made so many of these knives as they have paid a bunch toward buying my shop tools plus I still like the challenge of making each one better. Enough philosophy on with the show.If you plan on signing or dating now is the time. I do mine with a cheap wood burner. Now glue the spring assy. to the handle assys. And important point here is to put the back clamp on ...

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Part 4: Setting,Shapening the Blades and Body

04-30-2016 09:50 PM by poospleasures | 3 comments »

Lets work the blades. Hold them together and put them into the body with bolster and blade holes in line. Push down on them a bit and push a sharpened 6p nail thru all four parts. Shape the back end of the blades as shown in the picture. The nail will be the temporary pin for a while.Extra careful now as I have broken a spring in some of these next steps. You now have tension between the blade ends and the spring ends. Now one at a time gently close a blade half way then finish to cl...

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Part 5: Final Assembly and Finish

05-01-2016 10:50 PM by poospleasures | 4 comments »

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 be...

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