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    Thanks guys. I spent a few hours today, sanding some of them a bit further on the belts, it's all hand sanding from here on. Killed two of them in the process - I over-sanded a small one, i.e. by the time I had it symmetrical, there wasn't much handle left... The other one didn't pass the breakage test. Cross-cut woods are not as strong as others, so I usually try to break them with reasonable force to make sure they will hold up and don't have hidden cracks. The black palm handle (5th from left in top row) didn't make it. I may give up on that stuff in cross-cut. It's brittle to begin with and this is not the first one that dies.

    Stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    Looks like I keep making the same mistake again. I start new handles and think can finish the other ones later in the evening. I get tired and go home. After a few weeks, I have a few dozen handes started but none finished while people are waiting and getting annoyed. I guess I should try working more sequentially instead of parallel Anyway, that's what I was dealing with tonight:


    I have to tell you, Stefan, that it's so amazing to see a Longs Drugs Sunday adbook in your pictures. I keep forgetting that you hand craft your work right here in town.

    If you need an apprentice, I'll volunteer myself - but unfortunately I can only work on the weekends (I work downtown). But if I'm able to watch your handiwork, it'll be an honor.

    I'm sure ANY of the members here on these boards would love to live here and watch you firsthand. So, I'll volunteer myself with enthusiasm. Please let me know
    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates who said: "I drank what?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    Looks like I keep making the same mistake again. I start new handles and think can finish the other ones later in the evening. I get tired and go home. After a few weeks, I have a few dozen handes started but none finished while people are waiting and getting annoyed. I guess I should try working more sequentially instead of parallel Anyway, that's what I was dealing with tonight:




    That's not even all of them The good news is, there will be a whole bunch of them ready at the same time which is good because I am broke . Just spent tons on wood, band saw, band saw blades, belts, stabilizing etc. Oh, and while most are ordered, there will be a few extras for sale in a couple of weeks.

    Stefan
    Damn Stefan, That is alot of work. It would take me a 100 years to make that many handles. I like the Black palm handle that stuff is really hard to work with. I would like to see some finished pics please

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    Well, looks like it is taking me a hundred years also, but I am making progress. Hope to have some pics early next week. But guess which of the handles was the first one to break? Cross-cut palm is a nuisance...

    What I learned in the shop totay:

    - even slow running buffer wheels can send a handle across the whole shop with enough energy to chip it badly if it hits a metal edge.

    - don't take a piece out of the drill press while the drill is still running out.

    - if you have a small wound because you took a piece out of the drill press before the drill was running out, don't pour any acetone in your wound.

    - use CA glue only when you are wide awake, high on caffeine and ready to work fast, really fast...

    - the fence on the band saw is useless if you ignore the instructions reg. adjusting the guide rails for the saw blade. Your pieces will be crooked - badly.

    - keep track of your sand paper so you don't run out of the grits you need in the middle of your work.

    - spending more time to keep the work space clean makes it more fun to come in and work. - This one is still hypothetical, I have to verify it first and cleah up the dang mess in my shop right now. Dust, wood pieces, and sand paper all over the place...

    Stefan

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    Hahaha. I love it Stefan!
    Sounds like a voice of experience (I know it is).
    I pushed some work off, yesterday because I wasn't high on caffeine. I agree with that one 100%!
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    Sounds like you have had some productive / painful shop time. Handles look great.

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    I shouldn't laugh but a couple of those things you learned are so very relate-able to me that they're funny.

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    LOL.I have a variation on one of your rules. Done even bother with most of the wood cutting bandsaws sold at the big box stores today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    Well, looks like it is taking me a hundred years also, but I am making progress. Hope to have some pics early next week. But guess which of the handles was the first one to break? Cross-cut palm is a nuisance...

    What I learned in the shop totay:

    - even slow running buffer wheels can send a handle across the whole shop with enough energy to chip it badly if it hits a metal edge.

    - don't take a piece out of the drill press while the drill is still running out.

    - if you have a small wound because you took a piece out of the drill press before the drill was running out, don't pour any acetone in your wound.

    - use CA glue only when you are wide awake, high on caffeine and ready to work fast, really fast...

    - the fence on the band saw is useless if you ignore the instructions reg. adjusting the guide rails for the saw blade. Your pieces will be crooked - badly.

    - keep track of your sand paper so you don't run out of the grits you need in the middle of your work.

    - spending more time to keep the work space clean makes it more fun to come in and work. - This one is still hypothetical, I have to verify it first and cleah up the dang mess in my shop right now. Dust, wood pieces, and sand paper all over the place...

    Stefan
    So, I am not the only one using his buffer as a handle launcher

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