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 Post subject: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:19 pm 

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I wanted to practice a wa handle on something before I did a knife. So a fish scaler it is. Here is before.
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And here is after
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Handle material is African padauk and ferrule is Wenge. The padauk will darken a bit with age like cherry will. The handle is a perfect octagon with parallel sides. I thought about tapering it after it was done, but I worried it might end up to narrow at the tang to look proper with the heavy end of the scaler. I drilled a pilot hole, heated up the tang red hot and tapped the end of the handle to let the tang burn and seat itself. It worked really well. So, now on to re handle my deba. I will make that handle with a taper and with some more interesting wood and a spacer or two.


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 Post subject: Re: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:21 pm 

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nice and that's a good idea for some practice


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 Post subject: Re: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:15 pm 

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lol, nice job!

I really like the choice of colors and that is now one classy looking fish scaler you have now, Sir! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:31 pm 

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Nice handle, but abit too classy for the tool.


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 Post subject: Re: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:14 pm 

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Himself wrote:Nice handle, but abit too classy for the tool.


That's actually what made me laugh when I saw it. To be fair though he did say it was practice, and you have to admit he did a VERY fine job!

If I had a need for a fish scaler, I sure wouldn't complain if it looked like that! ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:14 pm 
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Good job Red.



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 Post subject: Re: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:27 pm 

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Nice looking handle.


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 Post subject: Re: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:51 am 
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Super job! I love Padauk, it's a beautiful wood. How did you construct the handle? Did you just glue the two pieces directly together or use a dowel like TAZ?


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 Post subject: Re: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:10 pm 

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On this, I just used waterproof epoxy to join the two woods. I did this before I saw taz's post. That is a good tip. I can see it would do two things. Strengthen the joint, and also make filing the tang slot, or using the burn method like I did easier. The softer wood of the dowel inside would be much easier to manipulate than the hardwoods. All of my future ones will be done using the dowel. I don't think I'll have an issue with joint strength with the scaler, on a knife it may be a different story. Anyway, was a good way to use up some scrap wood left over from making sayas.


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 Post subject: Re: Prettied up fish scaler
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:20 pm 
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RED <> Interesting project, but congratulations on your success. Good luck on your Deba.



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