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Thread: Knife Slabs are Drying

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    Knife Slabs are Drying

    This afternoon after helping Dad at a auction
    I put 2 sets of Knife Slabs in a jar and slowly worked the air out and watched the bubbles come out of the wood like mad

    I didn't have a gauge on the line ... but -22 is a decent bet

    Slowly let the air back in and then soaked the Slabs in the Wood Hardener for 20+ min as I cleaned up

    I will let them dry for a while before I do any more

    The 2 sets of slabs are both cut and finish shaped to a design I like

    Both sets of Slabs have the holes to attach the slabs to the knife blade pre drilled

    One set of Slabs is finish checkered , wood in the smooth areas was sanded and is ready for a finish polish

    The other set of Slabs is 90+% finish checkered , I wanted to see if it is better to do the last bit after the wood hardener is in , the smooth areas need just a bit of finish sanding and polishing

    Oh , just a word of to the Wise
    Hedge Apple or Osage Orange is HARD and dulls a checkering tool like nothing else that I have checkered ..... spent time sharpening the checkering tools
    Witch is a REAL PAIN in the Back Side !!!
    IMO if I wasn't as stubborn ,stopping and waiting for new checkering cutters from Brownells would have been smart

    I read it will suck real fine sand up and it is then in the wood when you cut it with a chainsaw , dulls chains fast ..... I do a lot of sharpening when I cut them up for firewood

    Not sure witch of the 4 sets of Slabs I made for a different blade
    I need to shape and checker them yeat
    Those are out of Black Locus and Honey Locus

    That knife will be my every day knife , while not as striking of color
    Either one takes stain well , looks great and LASTS
    As both are on the list of woods hard as nails when dry

    John
    Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    And I carry a SIG

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    Pictures please?

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    Yes, pics would be great

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    Osage Orange can be a really pretty wood finished. Eager to see pics.

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    Little OT but it is about wood. Had an old red oak come down during one of our hurricanes. Branches and limbs no problem with chain saw with sharp chain. but the main trunk would dull a chain so fast it wasn't funny. Axe that was very sharp failed miserably. So for a few years every oil change went on that trunk. Still took a couple years of good fires before it went away. Frank

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    I will post some pictures when I have both the knifes done

    As I will all to soon be spending all the time I can in the blind for Teal and Early Goose hunting

    John
    Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    And I carry a SIG

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