Oak Gurkha knife

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Project by T. D. Reid posted 04-22-2012 08:56 PM 3190 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is how you keep your eight year olds interest in woodworking. For me it was five minutes of design and lay out on a 1” thick quarter sawn white oak from the cut of bin. Cut it out on the bandsaw, routed the blade with a chamfer bit and a 1/2” round over on the back side of the blade. The handle I used a 3/8” round over bit on it. A quick sanding and then two coats of black spray paint before adding 550 cord (parachute cord) around the handle for that military look. I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did building it with my son and as you can see in the first picture as much as he likes it. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 10:27 PM

nice build …gonna have to try that with mt daughter

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 10:31 PM

Congratulations on a project that will provide memories far beyond what many of ours do! Time well spent and nicely executed—children grow up way too fast so I’m glad you’re taking time to enjoy it while you can.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 10:51 PM

This is my four the last in a line of boys aging from 23-8 years old. The key to wood working with kids is short and sweet. Make sure they have child size apron hearing protection and goggles so that they feel special and let them help out where they can. Let them Drive a nail here fetch this tool, and why don’t you turn this screw all by yourself. From time to time let the loose on the scrap been to build blocks and even nail together whatever they can cook up in their heads. Those are the things they really enjoy. I watched a video last week by a guy who lets his kids use the hot glue gun, wire and wood scraps to build toys guns. Check it out it was really cool. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 01:42 PM

How cool is that? I love working with my kids in the shop. They come up with all sorts of things. That’s a really cool sword. I’m sure he’ll play with that thing for hours. If you combine that sword with a coulple of those toy guns you mentioned you’d have a great time. It put a smile on my face just to think about it.

-- Doug

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