I had an idea for a western handle with segmented scales. I want to have blackwood at each end (like a bolster and endcap) and bocote in the middle, with thin stainless spacers between the segments (perpendicular to the tang).
I'm just wondering how to actually build it.
Should I build it as one segmented block and try to saw it in half into scales? Sawing through the stainless spacers might be difficult. Or should I build two separate segmented scales? The clamping for the glue up might be hard for such thin pieces.
And there is the question of whether I should have some sort of hidden pins joining the segments, which would be difficult in such a thin piece. Or I could have pins through the tang for each segment. The blackwood is so dense I worry that epoxy alone might not be enough to hold it together.
Please advise me, knife gurus.