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    Saya/Sheath #3

    Please Read This!
    This is NOT the correct way to make a saya/sheath.
    It is a step by step of what I have been doing using the tools I have, figuring things out on my own.
    I was hoping that maybe some of the crafts people who know what they are doing might provide their comments or suggestions that would help me to figure out how to do things better.
    This is not intended as instructions on how to make a saya

    This photo shows the knife with the 2 outer pieces cut 1/4" thick and a spacer piece about 1/8".


    To make a pattern I outlined the blade.


    Then I drew in the shape for the saya using another saya as a reference for shape. I like the look of the shape but if I use a pin it will have an awkward position so that portion may change shape. Just not sure yet.


    I will post more photos as I go along showing what I am doing.
    Any comments or suggestions from those who know how to do this are welcomed and appreciated.
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    Cut out the pattern and traced it onto one of the pieces.

    Lined up the pieces so the grain patterns would match.

    Then taped the 3 pieces together so I could cut all 3 at once.

    3 matching pieces.

    Checking the fit. I forgot to take a photo showing that I outlined the blade onto the spacer and cut it out.

    Now glued and clamped.
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    What wood is on the handle??? Maple or Box Elder Burl?? Saya looks pretty cool, I may have to try this sometime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taz575 View Post
    What wood is on the handle??? Maple or Box Elder Burl?? Saya looks pretty cool, I may have to try this sometime!
    The handle on this knife is Dyed Redwood and Ivory bolsters.
    I never knew how often I needed to be using a slicer until Pierre made this for me.
    I love the knife and use it all the time.

    Now I am going to check the joints on my glue up.
    The temp is over 100f today and the glue was thickening a lot faster than normal.
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    Ah, ok! Looks nice!

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    That looks pretty intuitive, nice to see the development. When will you get your chisels, that's what I am looking forward to My question in anticipation of the chiseled ones: Does one chisel out only one side or both? Or does it depend on the knife type?

    Stefan

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    Not perfect but a pretty good joint.


    Now for thinning, tomorrow shaping and fitting.


    I think after the ebony is sanded and finished the colors will be closer to what is in the handle.
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    I have done it both ways. I use Sorby bench chisels and find them to work just fine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    I have done it both ways. I use Sorby bench chisels and find them to work just fine!
    Is that a chisel with the bent handle?
    I was thinking there should be a variety of normal chisels like used for imbedding hinges and hardware that would work fine.
    But I am still guessing here.

    BTW: like the new family member.
    That's a good looking dog. (is that an oxymoron?)
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    THe chisels are just regular chisels, used bevel down. I use carving knives to define the area to be removed.
    Ho Tai is smart! he's no moron! Oxy or otherwise! He was born here one year ago.
    Spike C
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