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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 06-02-2019 11:39 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Used some of the stabilized spalted birch I made last weekend to handle a knife. I think it came out decent looking, and the little 4” chef’s knife from woodcraft was cheap enough when I bought it over a year ago.

Nothing fancy, just bandsaw the blank in half, use a chisel that was the right width to make a groove for the tang, some five minute epoxy, and shaping on the belt sander and with a slöjd knife, then sanding to 220. BLO and paste wax to finish.

It’s not a great knife in my huge paws, but it works well enough for my sweetie who likes to use a paring knife for nearly everything.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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#1 posted 06-03-2019 12:29 AM

Dandy project will be handy in the kitchen, good job Dave.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 06-03-2019 10:32 AM

Thanks! It was a nice quick project and only took an afternoon. Good way to wrap up the too-busy weekend.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 06-03-2019 11:32 AM

Nice job

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 06-03-2019 12:14 PM

At this rate you will have a complete set of chef knives before you know it. Then you can start on silverware.

When are you going to make a stabilized corn cob handle for Kenny??

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 06-03-2019 01:22 PM

Nice work, Dave! The bug bit you! Making knives is great fun, I feel like I better get one in the works soon…

-- Pete

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#6 posted 06-03-2019 01:40 PM

Nice job Dave. The spalted birch make a fine handle. I have to laugh about your sweetie liking a paring knife for everything. I remember my mom always having one in her hand. Honestly I can not ever think of seeing her use a different knife. LOL.

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

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#7 posted 06-03-2019 02:44 PM

simply one beautiful little useful knife GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 06-03-2019 06:07 PM

Thanks guys!

Pete, It’s not so much a bug, I think, as plans catching up to me. I bought over a dozen knife blanks in late 2017, early 2018, and I’m slowly working through them.

Earl, I thought you were the cornmaster, so I haven’t even pondered. You need to make me aware of my responsibilities.

Dave, my sweetie gets it from her mom. One of the first knives I put a handle on was a Hock paring knife that I put an oversized handle on for my sweetie’s mom, who couldn’t hold her regular paring knife after her arthritis got bad.

But yeah, on a weekend when my shop time was limited, knocking out a quick knife seemed good.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 06-04-2019 08:52 PM

The spalted wood adds a life and warmth to this knife.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 06-04-2019 09:20 PM

Thank you, Mads. I agree. The white ceramic blade can easily feel cold and lifeless, but the spalted wood warms it up.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 06-04-2019 09:34 PM

;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 06-06-2019 01:48 AM

Hello Dave,
I saw the ceramic in the title, so I went looking for products but was none the wiser, so
Is the blade ceramic?
Is it solid ceramic or ceramic coated like my cast iorn bathtub
Looks to be a pretty neat knife, I can understand it getting annexed by a sweet person.

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 06-06-2019 02:06 AM

Rob, the knife blade is solid ceramic. It’s from Woodcraft here in the states, though discontinued. The blades are very hard, but brittle, and I don’t have the diamond wheel needed to sharpen them, but I got it cheap on sale, and it’s a nice enough knife for now.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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