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First Knife Finally Done.

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by SDMay, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. SDMay

    SDMay Active Member

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  2. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Will congrats on your first one . Nice knife
    When you drill your pin holes always put the blade on the out side of you scales and drill your holes through the out side of the wood first so then you won't get them chip outs and use high speed on the bit.
    Once you have you wood drilled pin them together with two dill bits and do your front end and polish them .
    Then when you glue them on they are a perfect match.
    Before you glue them on put masking tape on your blade and back pass the front of you wood then pin the scale on and take a razor blade knife and cut the tape around the front for your wood . Just remove what's under the scale and it will be way easier to clean the glue of the front when you put your scales on. Once you clamp your scales on use a Q tip with a little contact cement remover onto it and wipe the glue of the front and dry it with the other end of the Q tip. The tape will protect the blade and you won't have and scratches onto it.
    Keep up the nice work.
     
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  3. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Good job on your first man! Someone on here told me you will learn more from your first knife on any of your following knives and I think that is a pretty fair comment. Keep it up!
     
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  4. Prevenge

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    Looks pretty damn good to me...way better than my first knife. If you are at all like me it will be in your hand or near you quite frequently for the next while. Congratulations on your new infatuation.
     
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  5. John Noon

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    What kind of finish are you applying? if just the wood natural or oil get some 400, 600, 800 and 1000 grit wet and dry. go through each grit too get an idea of the finish level, when you are happy with the finish put on a coat of paste floor wax and buff it up.
    Makes a huge difference in the appearance and burns a few hours of time. I went back to a few of my first right after I thought they were done and did just a little bit more and learned that when I start to think done it means I am about half way.
     
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  6. John Noon

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    forgot, nice first knife. couple of earlier points will make the next one far better.
     
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  7. SDMay

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    John the handle is unfinished. I have sanded to 400 as that is the highest I had at the house. I think that I might go a couple grits higher to see what it looks/feels like. I don't have a buffer so I will have to polish by hand and I wasn't sure what to use as a polish.
     
  8. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Well done Shawn!
     
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  9. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Very nice dude. I really like the shape. I don't know what it's called but i really dig the medium length, wide bladed drop point thang. Awesome work, first knife or not.

    I've still not finished one. I'm starting to feel like i've got some hidden psychological issue about finishing the first one. Some deep seated fear of rejection or something.. i dunno... could also just be lazy or too much Xbox and now, football season has started... ugh. Not getting nearly the shop time i did over the summer. Ever notice how much time you spend actually working for a living? Really cuts into the hobby time. How do i fix that guys?
     
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  10. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Good old fashioned floor paste wax will work and available at any hardware store. Better than the automotive brands as they have a bunch of extra stuff we really do not need
    That was a common problem my Uncle mentioned for gun smithing, when you work lots of money for projects but no time, unemployed no money and lots of time. I have been stashing lots of materials when out on a job site, spend far to much money on bits and pieces so when I have nothing going on the shop is ready to rock.
    Unfortunately for me the need for a milling machine and lathe keep popping up and I never seem to be able to locate a used combo and really hate the idea of buying new
     
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  11. SDMay

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    Todd just go out and do it! I started my first in May and always had something that needed to be done first. September long weekend I decided it neede to be done so that was my focus. Got it done by the next weekend.
     
  12. Prevenge

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    Making knives is better than xbox or football by far ....and they dont make themselves. I am a gamer too but since i started this hobby..obsession...hobbsession? ... I mostly only use my PC to look at knives and research making knives haha.
     
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  13. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Yeah buddy... Just get your butt in gear and go do it!! I am the same. I get absorbed by everything in my life and find I do all the stuff I don't want to do rather than the things I love to do and every single time I stand back, drop the BS and pick up a blade and my tools I feel way better for it!! Cleanses the soul....
     
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  14. Cristian

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    Well Done!
     
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  15. Rick Runciman

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    Way better than my first. Good going.
     
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  16. PeterP

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    Nice work Shawn! it get better from her :p
    my first attempt doesn't even have a handle or a name ( style) ....but I still have it as a reminder
     
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    And another thing, have you showed it to your wife or girlfriend? did she like it? if soooo....
    then you can tell her I could produce better results by having better tools! ;)
     
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  18. SDMay

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    Yeah my wife thought it looked good, so good in fact that I am making some knives for Christmas.
     
  19. Swivel

    Swivel New Member

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    Super-nice piece, man, great job.
     
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  20. Rick Runciman

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    LOL. One of a kind knives make great Christmas gifts.
     
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