Bread knives and candle holders

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Project by Lou posted 04-03-2015 09:43 PM 2378 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know it’s too early for Christmas presents, but I’m closing my shop for a few months and just thought I’d get an early start. Various wood. Purple heart, Yellow heart, maple, cherry, walnut, and Padauk. Got the blade guards on Amazon for $4.50 each. Would like to hear any other suggestions for blade guards. Thanks for viewing

-- What to make next. Hmmm.

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#1 posted 04-03-2015 10:33 PM

A good start! I love the contrast in wood colors.

I have not tried making bread knifes. Where do you get the blade?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 04-03-2015 10:41 PM

Thanks. Got the blades at Rockler. $6 each. Amazon has them also at 5 for $27. If you do make some be sure to clamp the knife (heel to tip) while installing the blades so when you release the clamp the blades are tight.

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#3 posted 04-03-2015 11:32 PM

Nice work, Lou! I’ve not tried the bread knives, either. Ditto the like on the contrasting woods, too!

I’m in the process of making a few tea light candle holders, as well. Always good to see someone else’s handiwork!

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein

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#4 posted 04-03-2015 11:59 PM

Thanks Dan

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#5 posted 04-04-2015 02:51 AM

How did you get that purple heart to pop so well, every time I’ve used it it’s always pretty dull for the most part compared to that.

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#6 posted 04-04-2015 06:23 AM

I’ve never made a bread knife, but we do own one. The guard on ours looks like those plastic binder spines used on clear report covers. Those are pretty cheap! Another idea would be suppliers of plastic U-channel. I’ve used U-channel to cover the edge of thin acrylic, and seem to remember some U-channel that is springy and has a very narrow open edge, which should work well for covering a knife blade.

-- Lee

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#7 posted 04-04-2015 12:05 PM

Thanks guys. As far as the brightness of the Purple heart, it’s mostly just because of that particular piece. The bottom piece of the Purple Heart tea candle holder is also Purple heart but not from the same board. As you can see it’s not near as bright. I just urethane them, 3 coats.
Thanks for the info on the plastic U-channel. I will definitely look into that.

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#8 posted 04-05-2015 02:36 AM

Nice laminated bread knives, One of may favorite things to make. I buy the blade stock as coil stock for a cost of less than $2 per blade then drill the holes so I can offer replacement blades that have exactly the same hole spacing. I made a neat breadboard that the knife slides into so the blade is well protected. I think I posted a picture of one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 04-07-2015 11:32 AM

Knives are awesome! I’m adding this one to my favorites definitely going to do this for Christmas this year.

-- "Cause I know that time has numbered my days" -Mumford

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