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    Quote Originally Posted by ramenlegend View Post
    what a beaut, the tied on pin is a great idea. Where are the work in progress photos!!?? Seeing this makes me want to blow a ton of money at harbor freight on tools.
    What he said! +1 Great job. You ought to enter the say challenge.
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    Hey! I made my first this week - for a hiro 210 as well. I'll post a pic later. Yours is nicer, mine is just a mock-up with ply-wood to see if I could do it with hand tools.

    That's really nice.

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    Very nice shape. Looks great!
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    Hey thanks for comments all!

    Quote Originally Posted by ramenlegend View Post
    what a beaut, the tied on pin is a great idea. Where are the work in progress photos!!?? Seeing this makes me want to blow a ton of money at harbor freight on tools.
    One would think that, since i had a hard time finding saya WIP's on KKF, i would have enough presence of mind to document the effort...naahh. I decided saturday morning that i should try this and need to be done by sunday night. a bit of a rush job for me. In fact, i had so little presence of mind that i forgot that i actually took a picture. found this on my phone:

    I found a dude on youtube who made one for his sword. basically had two pieces, traced the knife profile, scored it with a utility knife and then chiseled until spine and edge were flush to the wood. then glued, sanded etc. the saya works friction-fit. figured i'd add a pin anyway. big fan of belt & suspenders

    This next one shows a vestige of the first piece i tried to shape. i guess a hole saw wasn't a great idea......imagine flying smithereens.. thankfully, that was my only setback. at least it gave me a scrap piece to make sure i could drill close to the edge without splitting the wood with finishing touches. apologies for not having more WIP's.


    Quote Originally Posted by knyfeknerd View Post
    Looks great Andre. You made the pin as well?
    Thanks knerd! i did make the pin. took a 3/8 walnut dowel, put it in my bench vise and went at it with a file. here's a pic of what i did with a nogent sab "tenon" for it's ferrule. used the same crude technique for the pin. then used an itsy bitsy drill bit with my trusty corded drill to thread a shoelace through. again, sorry no real WIP's


    Quote Originally Posted by ecchef View Post
    What he said! +1 Great job. You ought to enter the say challenge.
    Thanks. How i read it, it would be difficult for me to enter. The way i made the saya was very dependent on having the actual blade in hand. Even with every dimension, i wouldn't be terribly confident about getting it just right. to play it safe, i'd probably end up making the opening slightly bigger than the blade which wouldn't be great.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty View Post
    Hey! I made my first this week - for a hiro 210 as well. I'll post a pic later. Yours is nicer, mine is just a mock-up with ply-wood to see if I could do it with hand tools.
    That's really nice.
    That's great! i'm eager to see it. myself, I think i'd have a hard time chiseling the plywood adequately. That being said, with proper sanding regimen, i think this project is totally doable with hand tools.

    Except for the microscopic pieces of padauk in my fingers, i had a blast making this!

    Thanks again for the comments, all

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    I've used just about every wood under the sun for sayas now, and padauk is hands down my least favorite. Splinters like crazy. Also, bloodwood is up there because it cracks way too easy. It's a shame as both are very beautiful when finished.
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    Good job!


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    wow, making the pin just with file is such an effort! i can't even imagine that if i am brave enough to attempt. Great work!

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    Nice saya. I'm surprised you had so much trouble with Padauk splinters. Wenge and Zebra wood are worse IMO. What side wall thickness did you end up with?

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    Hmmm, I find zebrawood to be incredibly strong and easy to work with...
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