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Round #2!

Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:39 pm

Well, I was busy today!! Yesterday, I started epoxying 8 of the remaining 16 M390 Artifex. I got 4 of the handles profiled out yesterday, and I finished epoxying the 8 remaining handles today, got the remaining 12 profiled and then started the shaping process!

Rough profiled and starting the shaping on a 36 grit belt:
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Went to a 120 grit belt, then 180:
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Then 220, 320, 400 and 600:
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Yup, 16 handles shaped to 600 grit belt finish in about 7 hours today, maybe a bit less :) Loving the new belt sander!!! I left these handles fatter for the people who want a more beefy handle for the Artifex.

Re: Round #2!

Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:40 pm

Had a little delay this past week. Blew the drive belt on my lathe and then I was sick for a few days. Back up and running now though! Lathe is repaired, too! I just gotta round out the handles a touch more (they feel a bit blocky to me currently) and then on to the sharpening phase!

Re: Round #2!

Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:39 pm

Ah, shipping day!!

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The last 16 of the 30 M390 210mm Artifex, complete with Maple Burl handles, Red or Yellow Liners and Mosaic pins. These are fully finished sharpened and ready to go out of the box! I did these handles a touch thicker since people seemed to want bigger handles than the stock Artifex. If people need a longer handle for the Artifex, I would suggest converting one to a Wa handle.

Re: Round #2!

Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:55 pm

That's a lot burl handles! Nice!

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Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:02 pm

Man, those look so comfy, and the profile looks excellent. Nicely done again man. :D

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Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:23 pm

Thanks!! They really feel nice in the hand. I prefer to use 3/8" thick or thicker handle material on the knives I do so I can shape down the front and still have a nice solid feel to fill the hand up a bit more than the 1/4" scales do. If I have to use 1/4" scales, I go with a thick liner to build them up a bit.

The new belt sander has really sped things up, but I missed the 8" rubber contact wheel from my old belt sander. For the past 2 years, I have been doing all of my profiling and shaping on the wheel, so it is a change to use a flat platen and the Rotary platen for that. So I removed the old contact wheel, had a pocket milled and bearings pressed into each side and mounted on a 3/4" shaft so I can use it on my new belt sander. The flat platen was a little more difficult to round things out with and the Rotary platen needs some tweaking and learning how to use it still.

I wish I had a pic of all 30 finished, but I split it up into 14 and 16 knife batches. A little easier to tackle that way!
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