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    Why wait? I still have stabilized signature available, they are just slightly slimmer piecs that are not big enough for a large gyuto, but they should work fine for petties unless you want an 'oversized' handle on them.

    Stefan

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    This makes me so sad: http://cgi.ebay.com/joel-Hawaiian-Si...#ht_6936wt_922

    All this great wood and then cut too small for knife handles

    Stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    I don't have beautiful pictures of new things, but I wanted to give you a few updates and a few pictures from my shop. Like a WIP, sort of...

    I still have not moved all my wood to one place, but the last time I estimated it, I had approx. seven 11-gallon bins full of wood, a lot of it already precut into sizes I use for handles. That should last me approximately until 2038 So, At this time really want to work with what I have for a while. In the past, people often wantd a specific wood - the one I didn't have - and then I went and bought some, and while I was at it, I bought a dozen so I would have some in the future. That's one of the reasons I actually managed to loose money when making custom handles. I also want to focus more on the local woods, and fade out some others. So, this here is hopefully the last wood order for a while, these came in a few days ago:


    By apicius9 at 2011-03-26

    This is all from the BIg Island of hawaii. Unfortunately, a few of them are not as dry as I had hoped, so most of them will have to sit for a few more months to dry out enough so that I can send them in for stabilizing. Fortunately, they dry reasonably fast because they are already cut, and many of the woods are very light before stabilizing. The woods in the picture are dark koa root pieces (these are dry), all others are spalted: signature tree, royal poinciana, mango root, and Norfolk pine. To dry faster, I stack them up in anairy place and run a fan as much as can:


    By apicius9 at 2011-03-26

    I actually should use small wood pieces between them, so that they get air from all sides. Decadent as I am, I may use koa pieces for that - the guy I share my space with maks picture frames, and he has tons of leftover small pieces around.

    So, today I spent a whole day in the shop - well, until back pain drove me out - after a longer break. I have a busy semester, I teach two very work intensive courses and my students are really smart this year, so I actually have to work harder to challenge them a bit. Anyway, I am trying to work on my order list, add a few handle designs that I would like to try out, and I still have the 'off-the-shelf-handles' for Dave to work on. Today, I prepared a total of approx. 35 handles to be epoxied together this weekend. Most pieces had been cut before, today I squared them and predrilled them, tomorrow I do some fine-tuning, roughen the surfaces, clean them up and glue them together. This is what's waiting for me tomorrow:


    By apicius9 at 2011-03-26

    There are about ten more that are as good as done (orders from loooong ago), and I have about 20 more on my order list. So, this will be a very busy April... The other ones want to work on during the week are the handles for Dave. These are very rough cut, I started with the octagon sides, but they need to be sanded further down (many are still too big) and cut too length. The only thing that ns really different from the 'normal ones' that make is that I spend less time hand-sanding and I don't apply any finish on the (which stabilized wood doesn;' need anyway).


    By apicius9 at 2011-03-26

    Finally, this is my shelf with stabilized blanks:


    By apicius9 at 2011-03-26

    I am actually running low with a few of the 'standard woods' like koa, so I will send in a box for stabilizing this week. That's usually around $350 per box, so thanks to everyone who picked up a handle during my recent sale - this is where your money is going, more wood, stabilizing cost, a new set of drills, and new sanding belts. It never ends...

    That's it for now,

    Aloha,

    Stefan

    P.S. Too tired for manual spell check, gotta download the program eventually...
    Great looking shop, Stefan. I really like your handle assembly trays. Very neat idea.

    M


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    Great looking shop, Stefan. I really like your handle assembly trays. Very neat idea.

    M
    Thanks Marko, they are actually jewellery trays, got them on ebay. They really help keeping things organized a bit. BTW, there are a few more pictures on my website hat show the shop in a much cleaner condition than it is these days... A lot of the things are covered in saw dust these days. Gotta talk to the 'landlord' again about fixing the large dust removal system.

    Stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    Thanks Marko, they are actually jewellery trays, got them on ebay. They really help keeping things organized a bit. BTW, there are a few more pictures on my website hat show the shop in a much cleaner condition than it is these days... A lot of the things are covered in saw dust these days. Gotta talk to the 'landlord' again about fixing the large dust removal system.

    Stefan
    My shop could use some organizing. I need to get my tools on the walls so I can find them.

    But the trays ideas is great. I might make some of these myself (rout channels in poplar wood planks). When you make one or two different wood handles, it wouldn't matter, but if you make multiple handles in same wood, things can get confusing.

    M


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    Send 'em to me I can get them freeze dried, just leave them on the deck overnight!


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    Mixed results in the shop today. Lost 2 handles in the process, broke one drill - of course one of those I cannot get locally, so I am stuck with a few projects again until the replacements come in - and it looks like I also killed my Dremel Maybe overheating; looks like I will pick up a new one this weekend. My Dad had his for a decade but I seem to go through a least one per year.

    Anyway, on the positive side, I glued 30 handles together. Sitting in the shop now (10:40pm) waiting for the epoxy of the last batch to set to make sure nothing shifts and moves. - Almost died of a heart attack when the compressor jumped on a few seconds ago - I am spending probably too much time on preparing them for the gluing. I double check them for straightness, roughen the surfaces, dremel little dimples into the surfaces for the epoxy to hold on to, clean them thoroughly, and then apply epoxy. The whole process takes only about 10-15 minutes per handle, but I sort of forgot that 30 x 15 = 450 minutes = 7 1/2 hours.... I thought I would be home for dinner, now it looks like I'll have to pick up some fast food on the way home.

    O.k., time for one more check, a bit of cleaning, and then I am out of here. Back tomorrow or Sunday for some handle shaping. I'll take a snapshot of the handles on my way out, but I'm too tired to upload stuff tonight...

    Stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by The BoardSMITH View Post
    Love the photos Stephan. When you get a chance, please include more photos of your shop.
    Yeah right. I also love those photos. How about you, do you have some photos to share? I really want to some of them.

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    Stefan, you once told me that you thought that your tools hated you.....I think you were right.

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    Stephan, instead of getting another Dremel, you should consider a Foredom flex shaft machine. They are practically indestructible, have much more power, and are more versatile. I have used them for 40 years as a professional jeweler and now that I'm retired from that I still would not be without them.
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