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brucered

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Two for One - A couple small naturals.

19 March 2017 - 03:07 PM

Well, after a few fails, I am happy to present a couple that did turn out. [emoji106]

Both of these were harvested from the dog park, too small for full sized frames but make nice PFS or small plinkers.

Full of grain, knots, character and void of any cracks. They were hand made, carved, filed, sanded, oiled and waxed. Finally waxing was applied yesterday, so they got banded up today.

I've been using my little "Swiss Made" carving knife with these frames, as opposed to my Opinel with the larger frames. It is much easier to control when working with a smaller frame.

#1:
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#2:
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Filling knot hole with epoxy:
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Banded together:
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In my hand:
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I absolutely love it when the eye of the forks is dead centre after carving. The smile in the middle of the one, is an added bonus:
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Two in a row that didn't pass the stress test.

18 March 2017 - 05:01 PM

Knowing I'll probably never lay hands on a custom frame from Ray or Nathan, I've been trying my hand at making my own.

Yesterday I made an Axiom that failed and today I whipped this one up. Before sanding, I figured I'd test it. Clamped it in a work station with some ParaCord wrapped on fork tips and have a good pull.

Creek, crack, split, curse, cry....FAIL

It was still a fun build and think I'll be able to pull it off again with some Oak or a known wood.

I'd rather have it fail now, before sanding, oiling or worse....shooting.

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And the Axiom

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No pics of the fail, I wasn't happy at the time.

Bandsaw for Slingshot use

13 March 2017 - 07:24 PM

I've never felt the need for a bandsaw for home use and have gotten by with a table saw, mitre saw, scroll saw and power tools. But I'm starting go get the itch, so I can tackle some more rugged materials.

There doesn't seem to be too many that come up used locally and I'm not ready to drop thousands on one, or anywhere close to that.

Would a 10" Rikon Benchtop be able to handle Micarta, G10, 1/4" aluminum for cores?

If anyone has any other suggestions, things to look out for or stay clear from I would love to hear them.

I'm in Canada, so keep that in mind if you suggest a certain saw. We have Home Depot, Sears, Rona and Lowe's may ship but don't have one locally.

http://www.leevalley...t=1,41036,75262

https://rikontools.c...age_10-305.html

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Dog Park Pickle

08 March 2017 - 06:54 PM

I picked this little fork up on Saturday with the kids and dog. Came home and went to work. Finished working on it Saturday but did completed the finish today.

Rough cut shape on scroll saw, shipped with spindle sander and file, sanded, micropads, oiled and waxed. The grain really came out on the fork tips and end of the handle, so I'm glad I left it this length instead of cutting if a bit shorter.

These little shooters are sure a lot easier to work and carve out compared to full sized forks. Now if only I could master shooting them....this summer I'll get better.

My first Natural PFS.

Size next to my Poly inspiration:
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Roughed out:
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Comparing:
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Sander:
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Sanding pads:
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Done:
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Banded:
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In hand:
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Looking for pocket knife suggestions.

19 January 2017 - 08:10 PM

I'm looking to expand my pocket knife collection and am open to suggestions.

They are for use, not display. I generally use a clip and carry it in my front jean pocket. Use them for opening packages, daily tasks etc. I'm not looking to spend hundreds or go custom. I'd be interested in any unknown brands that I should be on the lookout for or any to avoid.

If anyone has any must have knives or brands, let me know, say $50, $100 & $150.

I'm currently looking at an Ontario Knife Company Rat II, Kershaw Chill, Sypderco Paramilitary 2 and a Grohmann 340S Mini right now. My sweet spot for size is the Enzo and Kershaw 1980, 4" closed, 7" open. I'm in Canada, so I do have limitations on what or where I can order from. Spring assist is fine, push button is not.

Here is my current rotation, from L to R, Case Trapper, Victorniox Soldier 1961 (made in 1999), Kershaw 1980ST, Enzo Scandi Edge (I forget model #), Kershaw 3890, Opinel #8 Carbon

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