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Stabalize First??

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by Brian Scott, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. Brian Scott

    Brian Scott New Member

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    I am adding scales to two hidden tang Swedish knife blades. See Lee Valley woodworking catalogue. The knives are being discontinued so jump if you are interested. Really good price.
    Back to my question. I am adding a slab of padauk and purpleheart to each side. I am stabalizing them with Lee Valley product called pentacryl. How does stabalizing first affect the epoxing together? Or should I epoxy first and them stabalize?? Or should I epoxy the scales, attach them to the knife, shape them and then put some tung oil in the finished scales and let it soak in?
    Sorry if I missed the answer if this has been answered before. Thanks
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Legend Member

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    Hi Brian,
    I believe Pentacryl is a dissolved acrylic. When the solvent evaporates the acrylic is left in the wood. Epoxying after stabilizing wool be similar epoxying two pieces of plastic together. I would stabilize then epoxy, then finish shaping/sanding/polishing the handle. A few others in the forum have used Pentacryl before. I'm sure someone with experience will chime in.


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