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Knife and Pen build project

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by mattyts, May 2, 2014.

  1. mattyts

    mattyts Donator

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    While up in the lakes at Grumps meet,he gave me a long beam of oak to make some stuff out of,forward a few week and Ben asked for a commision,a pen and knife made from that oak for the owner of a new barn conversion from where the oak came from so I thought it would be a perfect chance to do a semi-professional write on the whole process...

    First off,here's the shed where I do all the work, it's small and consists of a bandsaw,pillar drill,lathe and a belt sander aswell as multiple hand tools,power tools and a lot of wood

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    Aged 440 Stainless knife with brass finger guard
    The aged oak was inspected for the best features, and I decided that this was the centre of the wood – showing all the growth rings and grain side on. This is an unusual way to make, display and produce the knife scales (handle),as it’s much harder to cut, file and shape. As it’s more fragile working with the face of the grain, as opposed to the side of the grain, more care has to be taken, but the results are much better,and the finished article speaks for itself.

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    First off was to cut a section of the timber into a usable piece. Then to cut into 5 to 6 mm wide pieces. I cut 4 of these, as I will probably split 1, maybe 2,of the pieces whilst profiling or finishing them off.

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    Then offer them up to the knife handle to mark out the profile of the scales (incorporating the best of the grain), and then cut them out – leaving plenty of material on for finishing.

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    After cutting out, I left the blanks a day or so to ‘climatise’, before sanding the mating faces flat, then gluing to the stainless handle, and clamping in a vice to set.

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    The profile was then roughed out with a rotary tool, before being semi finished with a file.

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    The 2 holes are then drilled for the aluminium pins, which are then fitted, glued and filed flush.

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    Then both the scale profile and faces are fine finished with varying grades of sandpaper.The brass finger guard is polished at this stage.


    The finished scales are then treated to approximately 6 coats of teak oil, and when dry,finally sealed with a woodworking polish.

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    Aged oak fountain pen with chrome/silver trim


    First off I cut 2 suitable blanks for the pen brass barrels. These are cut with the grain lengthways, as the wood isn’t strong enough to be cut cross grain(due to the thin wall thickness).

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    The 2 blanks are then drilled to accept the brass barrels, which are then glued in position and each end faced off to length.

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    The blanks are then mounted onto a mandrel and turned to near size on a wood lathe. They are then treated with a wood sealer and then fine polished to size with varying grades of sandpaper.

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    The blanks are then coated with a wood friction polish and buffed up with a cloth to protect and seal in the finish, then finally polished with a wax.

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    The pen is then assembled.

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    The finished products:

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    I hope you like this description of both the processes, and there are photo’s of each part of the process in stages.


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  2. warrenater

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    stunning ! no less. atb gary.
     
  3. Grumpyoldman

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    Well Junior !!! I was the lucky recipient of the finished item ! im a bit taken aback . Grumps will say . Iv met Matthew and Steve, Mattys Dad at our little non shooting meet .Id also like to say these pics are the ones Matty took for me , as part of the commission of the pen and the knife , Iv been on a barn restoration and conversion for about a year and wanted to make a gesture as the Owners have become friends and building there home has become a labour of love . Matty asked me if it would be OK to use the pictures on the Forum . Such is the character of this young Man :up: Thank you for all your hard work Junior , as agreed great to see the pics , However . You have a terrible hair do and any credit goes to your Dad :D Because at the end of the day at your age your far too young to receive any kudos from Grump :cool: So Well Done Steve . Thas raised ha grand lad there :up:
     
  4. stevemandm

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    thanks grumps, he's not a bad lad, is he
     
  5. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Proud dad eh!!

    most of the teenagers I know need a swift kick in the ballocks, and lessons in how to where a pair of jeans!!
     
  6. sniper11

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    yet more excellent work just wish I had the patience and the talent.

    Troy
     

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