Letter opener

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Project by sapwood posted 02-13-2018 02:20 AM 837 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Snakewood and brass. A lot of hand sanding through micro mesh. BLO as lubricant.Snakewood is really hard and cracks easily. Damascus blafe.

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#1 posted 02-13-2018 03:50 AM

very nice letter opener …almost to nice to use ….LOL ….. GREAT JOB :<))

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#2 posted 02-13-2018 04:58 PM

wow that is just gorgeous,the combo of snakewood and brass is beautiful. funny i was just talking to another member this morning about making pens from snakewood and how brittle it is.and yes he was having some issues with cracking but got a pen completed.was this your own design or from a kit?.either way nice work.

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#3 posted 02-13-2018 07:14 PM

Very Nice!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#4 posted 02-13-2018 10:10 PM

Thanks for the comments. I bought some “B” grade Snakewood from West-Penn Hardwoods (happens to be in my area) since the A grade is so expensive. For the design, I found a similar item that someone had made on an on-line search for “custom knives” but unfortunately don’t remember the link to give proper credit. I took some liberty from his design and made a letteropener. Blade from Alabama Damascus. If working this, have a bottle of AC glue handy to fill any cracks that develop and use sharp tools and as little heat when drilling, grinding, etc. as possible.

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#5 posted 02-13-2018 10:46 PM

This is a very nice shop made tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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