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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-21-2008, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question How would you do this?

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I've been trying to figure this one out on my own, but I can't seem to figure it out....I'm sure there's a way to do this with a router table!
I have this plastic piece:


...that I want to replicate in wood. So far it's easy enough....screw this onto a piece of wood anw use a flush trim bit to cut out the outside and inside.
Here's where I need help; it's a knife handle , so there is a piece like this on both sides of a 1/8" piece of metal. To fill the void between the two handles one of them has to go meet the other like this:



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The distance from the edge of the handle to the thicker middle part varies from 1/4" to 1/2" so I think I would have to be using some sort of template system....
What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-21-2008, 09:30 PM
 
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if the piece is flat, then I would guess that you could maybe use that new Dremel router attachment to route out all but the part that has to extend.

I was thinking the Dremel, since it is so small and would be easier to handle in that situation...but hey its just my guess FWIW
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I'm suprised....I was sure there would be a way to do this using a router table with some sort of template guide...
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Hi tpyke

The router table can do this type of job but you will need to add a pin router setup to copy the inside 1st..,,of the handle, then use the trim bit to finish it up and the round over bit...


here's link to a pin router setup for the router table,,,I have one and they do work well for this type of job....

Daisy Pin Router
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops.../daisypin.html

Make exact copies of ANY shape! The NEW Daisy Pin Router easily attaches to any router table, and performs operations similar to machines costing hundreds of dollars more.
Make unlimited, exact copies of shapes from either inside or outside patterns. Repetitive cuts are easy and error free.
The large, 8" arm, reaches to the center of a 16" wide piece.
Includes four steel pin sizes (1/4", 5/16", 3/8" and 1/2") and instructions.

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I should also say you can use the Craftsman Router Recreator ,that you can get off eBay at the right price, about the same as the Daisy Pin Router ( see a picture of the one I use below)

Plus if you are lucky Template Tom and Harry Sin will see this post and may have one more way to do it..

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http://www.precisebits.com/products/...rch=fromSearch

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Certainly such a thing can be made using the plunge router and a set of templates, but other than for a production run, the time and effort required to make such templates would not even be considered by me if the knife was mine. If, as does not appear to be the case here, the handle was broken beyond repair, I think that sticking the pieces together then making a mould and casting one from auto body filler would be the way to go.

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But, I probably will never use this knife....it's not to get the knife working again, it would work fine if I just stuck the handle back on. I just want to have fun with wood and try to mix two hobbies together. I want to personalize the knife. Like look at this knife a fellow Canadian made for me (Kirby Lambert). All the little details and special materials he used is what makes it stand out. From the gouges in the silver G10 to the different coloured anodization on the inside and outside of the titanium liners, to the ball bearing inserts on the backspacer, you can tell the guy took his time to make this MY knife.




Or look at this one.....the guy(Mike Stewart-BRK&T) took a big sheep horn (do sheeps even have horns?!!?) and made me a knife with it:

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tpyke. You're one lucky feller to have someone make you such a beautiful knife. I can't advise you on the best way to replicate the handle but, as someone from a nation with 4 million people and 60 million sheep, I can tell you that sheep don't have horns - rams do.

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I've cut it twice and it's still too short! But only at one end.
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The handle of the first knife appears to be fabricated from flat material, I doubt that a router was involved. As was mentioned by Black Blade, a Dremel, using various attachments could produce some very interesting handles.

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The Suggestion BJ made about the Craftsman router recreator is the way to go for this project. This will quickly let you carve the wood to shape and make the contours on the inside. This would not be worth the expense if it was for just one knife, but since you are a collector I can see you duplicating handles for other knives as well. The machine is not that expensive and with practice could turn into a profitable business for you

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