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  • 1st Wooden Letter Opener

    Here's my first attempt. Pattern came from a Spielman book. Wood is 1/4" solid cherry (I think). Cut w/ a #9 on the outside and a #5 on fretwork. Finished with BLO. Length is about 7 3/4".

    Tapering the blade area wasn't as hard as I thought but will still take a bit of practice for best results. Also had trouble finding a good font for the Letter and finally settled on an Old English style.
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    Mike

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  • #2
    Mike,
    Very nice work.
    Doc249HMCS

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    • #3
      Great work Mike
      Charlie
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      • #4
        Neat little project Mike. But is it sharp enough!?

        Paul S.

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        • #5
          Looks good, Mike - so how DID you shape it?
          Ian

          Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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          • #6
            Sharp enough to cleanly split a folded sheet of 20lb paper. I think the trick there is to use hard wood so the edge will hold.

            Shaping was done on a 1" belt sander. First, I drew a pencil line down the middle of both edges to serve as a guide. I used a straight edge for that but just eye-balled it. I gradually sanded down each edge to that line. Then with very light pressure I rocked the blade back and forth to round off both sides.

            I've got another done in a slightly different pattern that I'll upload later. BLO is drying.
            Mike

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            • #7
              Mike, That turned out really well. And just think you were worried about shaping it. Steve
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              • #8
                Looks wonderful Mike!! I trick I've learned from making all the pocket knives lately is to coat the blade with CA Glue (super glue is actually cyanoacrylate (or something like that)) LOL Talk about adding some extra strength to the edge. I do the sanding with a belt sander, clean it up and touch it up with elbow driven sander and then use the brush on CA Glue. It's Locktite brand from the local hardware store. Let the glue dry, it'll soak in and really seal up the grain, then touch up again with sandpaper and steel wool. It doesn't seem to affect the oil finish but the edge stays on the blade wonderfully. It's a common practice with pen turners and carvers to use CA glue and I don't make a knife now without it.

                Andy
                Shoot for the moon. If you miss you'll be headed for a star! www.80artdesigns.com

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the glue tip, Andy. I'll have to find some and try it. I plan on making more openers, perhaps with logos or images like planes. Right now I'm try to find a use for some small scrap wood so the designs will be relatively small.

                  I Google CA Glue and found it sold at Hobby Lobby. Theycarry two viscosities: thin and medium. Which is suitable for the opener?

                  What kind of wood do you use for your knives?
                  Last edited by MikeDingas; 02-19-2007, 07:48 PM.
                  Mike

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                  • #10
                    Great work!
                    Mia

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                    • #11
                      Very nice work Mike.

                      I like the choice of font.

                      Which Spielman book did you get the pattern from?

                      Regards,
                      Marcel
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                      • #12
                        Definitely the thin CA glue Mike. It dries really fast, obviously, but in the 5 or 10 minutes it takes to dry the thinner the better so it can soak into the grain. Then when you finish sand to remove any streaks, drips, or runs, only sand what's necessary and you'll have the added strength. I haven't been able to find anything locally over a 4 oz. bottle and I prefer the brush on. It's just a bit easier to control where it goes on, but does require a bit more sanding. I'd encourage you to practice on a scrap and that'll get rid of one small piece you don't know what to do with. LOL

                        Andy
                        Shoot for the moon. If you miss you'll be headed for a star! www.80artdesigns.com

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Marcel in Longueuil
                          Very nice work Mike.

                          I like the choice of font.

                          Which Spielman book did you get the pattern from?

                          Regards,
                          Marcel
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                          Ian

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                          • #14
                            nice job. Looks great

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                            • #15
                              Some great work there Mike.
                              Lou
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