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 Post subject: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:59 pm 

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Just wrapped up a project last night. CCK small rehandle and saya.

The handle is a complicated one. The handle is over height octagonal made of Brazilian ironwood with an ebony wood ferrule. The ironwood stock I had was two ~1/2 boards so I had to rip the board, glue it up to double the height then recut it to size. Overall I am really happy with the final product.

The saya is cherry wood (I think :roll:). I purchased one boards that was over length then nibbled one piece to a thinner thickness on the table saw. The nibbling left a much rougher finish than I had hoped so one side looks cratered like no man's land. I used a router to hollow out the thicker side then sanded it to final thickness. The fit is loose though in some part that was unavoidable. The cleaver is taller at the toe than the heel so the opening had to be taller than the height at the heel. I did not want to buy a dowel making jig or pay a premium for pre-made dowles so the pin is a beveled chopstick (stole the idea from someone here ;)).

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 Post subject: Re: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:01 pm 

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MAGIIIIIIIIIIIIIC. Love it!


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 Post subject: Re: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:49 am 
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That rocks Ryan, great job!



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 Post subject: Re: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:35 am 

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Thanks guys!


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 Post subject: Re: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:58 am 
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Cedar - that's a kick ass project. Loved the way it turned out :-).


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 Post subject: Re: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:45 am 
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Sweet job Cedar. Love how it looks now and the saya just makes it look bad assed. How was removing the old one? As I remember the handle is peened?



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 Post subject: Re: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:41 am 

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Thanks Steve and Coach!

The tang is folded over the butt of the handle but it is exposed so I just cut it off with a dremel with a cutoff wheel. The handle was still pretty stuck but I couldn't use wood stock to knock it off like you normally would because the metal "bolster" did not give a flat surface to hit against. In the end even with the tang cut off I still had to split the handle with a hammer and chisel to get it off. It was more time consuming than difficult.


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 Post subject: Re: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:56 pm 

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That's a massive upgrade. It looks great. Does it feel as solid as the stock handle?


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 Post subject: Re: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:32 pm 

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I really like the new handle. It is a bit small in circumference, not a plus or minus, just a thing.

edit: didn't really answer the question. The handle feels very solid. Of course I use a choked up pinch grip most of the time with a cleaver so I don't really have a lot of contact with the handle during use.


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 Post subject: Re: CCK small cleaver project
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:08 pm 

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oooo, my CCKs are jealous :)

Gearing up to do some handles might have to be my winter project.


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