First 5 WA Handles

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  1. Aug 24, 2019 #1

    ForeverLearning

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    Thanks to a lot of help from JoboneCraftsman (another member of this forum and a great uploader on Instagram) I produced 5 WA handles and plan to make many more.

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    They're a combination of hidden and non hidden dowel construction. Finished to #400 (would go higher if they were going to be used) with a beeswax and mineral oil mixture.

    Lots of work to be improved upon but thoroughly enjoyed the process!
     
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  2. Aug 24, 2019 #2

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    Nice job. I remember my first handles and yours look a lot better!
     
  3. Aug 24, 2019 #3
    Way better than my first handles (and frankly beyond that). There is absolutely nothing wrong with a 400 grit finish. Not glossy, but will give a little more secure grip.
     
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  4. Aug 25, 2019 #4

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    Very nice work!

    Also agree nothing wrong with 400 grit finish, nice grippy feel, and in some cases gives a different look to the surface that is still appealing to the eye.
     
  5. Aug 25, 2019 #5

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    Thanks for all the comments, a few improvements I am aiming for next:

    #1 - start with larger blank to avoid final dimensions being too small due to drilling off centre (biggest improvement)
    #2 - Play with taper and chamfer sizes for research (going to make practice handles out of cheap wood)
    #3 - Ensure blanks are square before drilling, ensure square after glueup. Square is king!
    #4 - Start stabilizing at home
     
  6. Aug 25, 2019 #6

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    They look great, just need to purchase or make some knives to go with them :)
     
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    I don't really know what to do with them, I will make a few knives personally but couldn't afford anything good to rehandle.

    They're un-stabilized so I doubt anyone would be interested in buying.

    Have any of you guys purchased un-stabilized handles?
     
  8. Aug 25, 2019 #8

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    Those look great for a 1st go at it.
    Much better than my 1st time trying.
    With some practice I bet your work will be awesome.
    I concur with everyone else saying 400 grit is great for grip and actual use.
     
  10. Sep 2, 2019 #10

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    I wanted to share what I consider my most achieved handle yet. It is a hidden dowel construction of padauk, brass and, cherry.

    It measures:

    23.5 x 27 tapering to 20.5 x 23.5 and is 128mm (5") in length.

    It weighs 47g too.

    Finished to 400 grit and coated in a beeswax/mineral oil paste.
     
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    IMG_20190902_181514.jpg IMG_20190902_181521.jpg IMG_20190902_181529.jpg IMG_20190902_181536.jpg Second to that is this:

    It is a visible dowel construction, consisting of purple heart and tulip wood.

    It measures:

    25.5 x 28.6 tapering to 21.24 x 24.5,

    130mm long (~5", I am metric so forgive me for not giving it in 16'ths or 1/4'ers)

    It weighs:

    47g

    Overall I'm very happy with this too. I have a few idea for improving dowel positioning during glue up as I did have a couple handles go astray on me.
     
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    Question is what do I do with them all now? IMG_20190902_184701__01.jpg
     
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    They look great
     
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    A few close-ups of another handle:

    Visible dowel construction made of bubinga and brass.

    It measures 23 x 24 tapering to 18.5 x 21.7 and is 128mm (5") in length.

    I chamfered the front and back identical to the sides to see what it would look like.

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    I also really liked a walnut and ebony/african blackwood combination I created. Unfortunately I sized it too big/square and decided to freehand a taper as opposed to marking lines like all my other handles. This meant I went wildly off path the dowel is now no longer aligned. It is a great looking handle though.

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  16. Sep 4, 2019 #16

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    How do these feel in the hand? They look quite square; photos can be deceiving though.
     
  17. Sep 4, 2019 #17

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    Plenty of people value unstabilized woods for their lightweight. They will not throw off the balance of a small lightweight knife. You can always seal them with 100% tung oil.
     
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    A few are too square and I wouldn't give them away. The walnut one is definitely too square but the others I have posted individually all fit nice in the hand
     
  19. Sep 11, 2019 #19

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    Since that walnut one is fairly square you probably have a chance to realign it by removing the excess. I make only a few marks on my handles, and do the majority by eye. The more you do it the easier it gets.
     

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