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Forum topic by Mark Shultz posted 12-07-2018 08:08 PM 479 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shultz

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12-07-2018 08:08 PM

For those of you who have made knives and put wood scales on the handles, when using a belt sander do you sand the scales all the way to the metal tang? Or stop short of the metal and then finish sand by hand? Anybody actually use a router with bearing or flush trim bit to get the wood down to the tang?


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#1 posted 12-07-2018 08:28 PM

Sand all the way. Hand or power, router sounds like a terrible idea!

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#2 posted 12-07-2018 08:33 PM

I agree with Grant. Router is totally unnecessary. I take the scales down to within 1/32” of the tang using a coarse belt on my 1×30 belt sander. Then I do my countour shaping on the scales until they’re how I want them. Then I put a fine grit belt on, finish flushing the scales to the tang and sand the marks from the coarse belt out. Finally I hand sand until I’m satisfied that I’ve removed any marks from the belt sander and finish by using buffing compound on a cotton wheel. I’ll polish the spine of the knife at the same time so it ends up with the same finish as the tang.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 12-07-2018 11:48 PM

Thanks guys. That sounds smart

Any advice on finishing scales (stabalized)?

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#4 posted 12-08-2018 12:58 PM

No finish for me usually with stabilized scales Mark. I find that they polish out really nicely and the stabilizing resin provides a nice hardness. When I do finish scales, I really like Tru Oil. 3 light coats, 0000 steel wool between coats then buff the final coat out with a cotton rag.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 12-08-2018 01:27 PM

Tru oil, just put your gloved finger over the top of the bottle and tip it over. That gives more than enough for a coat. I do that 4-5 times to build a coat then steel wool then at least a couple more coats.
Here’s one i did with stabilized sinker cypress and probably 8-10 coats of tru oil.

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#6 posted 12-08-2018 04:17 PM

Nice blade Grant. I like it

-- Aj

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