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Knife handle making info
« on: March 22, 2017, 02:52:24 PM »
I've never made a handle. I know you folks can direct me to some very basic sites to get started.  I have a good supply of furniture grade 3/4" plywood that I thought of using. Any ideas will be a big help. Thank you for your time. LJ

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Re: Knife handle making info
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 03:42:07 PM »
There are a LOT of threads right here in the B&B forums on that very thing, but peruse the link I left below for tutorial videos, step by step picture suggestions, etc. for all manner of knife, sheath and handle construction tips.....

http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_Index.htm
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 04:38:16 PM »
I'm going to study now. Thank you sir.

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Re: Knife handle making info
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2017, 04:41:27 PM »
That is a great site Wolfy.  Thanks from me too.
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Re: Knife handle making info
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2017, 05:22:07 PM »
Downstream.....don't forget to tap on the 'TUTORIALS' section in that sidebar up in the left hand corner.  Then click on the 'HINTS & TIPS' section that comes up.....there are 17 PAGES of the kinds of things you are likely to find useful. :thumbsup:
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2017, 05:26:44 PM »
I'm reading through "Tut's" now.  Lots of info there. I'll move on to Hints as my mind will let me. A lot for me to absorb.

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Re: Knife handle making info
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2017, 06:25:30 PM »
Downstream - here is one of the vids I have done on knife making.  At about the 8 minute mark I show one way to do some handle work. 


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Re: Knife handle making info
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2017, 11:32:18 PM »
Unless you are talking about Baltic Birch, I would suggest you find a more suitable handle material than plywood. Furniture grade or not, it will have voids within the veneers. Also, the veneers are most likely soft, low quality wood.

If you begin with 3/4 on each side of the tang you're making a good enough amount of extra work that is easily avoided by using thinner stock to begin with.

Just an opinion though. Best luck

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2017, 08:03:06 AM »
I changed my plan about using plywood.  There is a supply of 30 year old White oak blocks in my nice dry basement. A few passes through the band saw will bring it to a workable size. I'm thinking 3/16". How does that sound?

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Re: Knife handle making info
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2017, 08:48:27 AM »
How thick on the scales depends on the knife you are making.
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Re: Knife handle making info
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2017, 09:02:03 AM »
I changed my plan about using plywood.  There is a supply of 30 year old White oak blocks in my nice dry basement. A few passes through the band saw will bring it to a workable size. I'm thinking 3/16". How does that sound?

You can always sand away some if they are too thick.  You cannot make them thicker if you cut them too thin.

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Re: Knife handle making info
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2017, 01:03:40 PM »
3/16 sounds a little thin, though I can picture a knife that would have them.

For myself, I usually plan for 3/4" or thereabouts for a finished size at the thickest dimension- wherever that might be; usually at the pommel, palm swell. Though I'm sure I could find at least one that ended up a little larger.

If you have a hilt that feels just right you could use that to come up with a resaw thickness for your scales.

Finished dimension minus blade thickness
Divide by 2. Equals finished size of each of the scales. Add a + factor for sanding and shaping equals resaw size.

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Re: Knife handle making info
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2017, 07:19:43 PM »
Downstream - here is one of the vids I have done on knife making.  At about the 8 minute mark I show one way to do some handle work. 
Very informative. I'll have to play in slow mo to get it all. Excellent reference. Thanks.