Friday, December 26, 2014

DH44 - HUNTER: HANDLE SHAPING

It really does look awful at this stage, but stick with it and it will be beautiful with a little effort.
First I work the flats with the 4x36" belt sander. Grind the pins down and remove any excess epoxy. Note that I applied a small wrap of electrical tape to the bolster. I don't want to accidentally gouge this when shaping the scales.
 Here I am working the profile on the belt grinder and bringing it close to the steel.
 As we approach the steel the filework appears. It's great to see we had enough Acraglas in there to fill all the voids.
Shaping the underside with a round drum. The drum is also great for shaping around the finger choil and contouring the scales.
 Here we are ready to start wet sanding the scale and bolsters together.
Working with a block across both the bolster and scale will prevent any depressions in the handle. Nothing could be worse at this stage than to go too deep in the wood and make a ridge where the bolster and scale meet.
After some wet sanding up to 400 grit, I'll hop over to the buffing wheel with some black compound.


Some acetone and a brush will loosen up the excess epoxy in front of the bolster.

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