Saturday, May 3, 2014


With the scales on, it's time to start the bulk removal of material to get them fairly close to the final shape. I use something that cuts, such as a 50 grit AO belt. I like to use the belt sander/disk sander combo along with a 3/4" drum sander in the chuck of my drill press.

Mmmm, this wood sure smells like some kind of plastic.

 The smaller drums come in handy for inside curves.
The belt grinder is handy for squaring things up. I use both the blaze 120 and the Norax X60 (240 grit) here.

Ready for the fine finishing (400/600 grit) and polishing.

Assigned serial number: B3E-02


John said...

That came out nice, I hope you post some more pictures. How are those stencils from Blue Lightening? I'm thinking of getting some from there. Nice save on the knife tip...

D. Comeau said...

Thanks for your comments John. There are two pictures in the Gallery:

The stencils from Blue Lightning are very good. I am happy to be a repeat customer and Ernie is a great guy.

John said...

Thanks, nice knives. Is there a reason you used brass pins for the bolster, or is it just preference?

I just started making knives a couple of months ago and I've found your blog quite useful, you are making some really nice knives for just doing this for a year.

My 17 year old son and I are slowly getting a small shop together, we're thinking about making an oven similar to the one you meade.


D. Comeau said...

Hi John,

Thank you for your comments. I am always happy to hear that others find my ramblings useful. I am also happy to hear that your son is getting into knifemaking. There are far too many oldies in this game. :-)

My original plan was to use 416 stainless pins everywhere. The reason I ended up using brass was as I was getting setup to attach the scales and realized I didn't have any stainless rod in 1/8" diameter! I had used brass as the temporary pins when shaping the bolster and some people I showed it to liked the contrast. Kind of a silver and gold thing.

If you want to work with stainless steels at home you'll need a heat treating oven. Unfortunately, $1000 oven can be hard on the pocketbook, so DIY is certainly a way to save money if you have some time and patience to make your own. If you need any more details let me know.


John said...

OK, just curious. I have some brass rod that I'm going to use on aluminum bolsters I'm using because it's easier to shape with what I have.

You've got some good yips, I hope you stay active...I'll let you know when we start the kiln, thanks for the great tutorial, it looks l like most of the equipment we can get on Amazon.