Handle Grooves. How to.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:23 AM
Any help would be great,
Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:08 AM
I can say one thing about you, you're not scared to try things.
I have not watched Logan cut his handle grooves, so I am just making a suggestion. I would not use the grinder. Have you ever used any cabinet maker's files? Nicholson makes a #49 and #50 that are great for gently removing and carving wood. Of course, you will have to stop before you cut too deep since the teeth are pretty aggressive. Then start with sand paper and backing sticks.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:35 PM
I do it just like everyone else is saying, by using files. It's safer, but the main reason is because I can control how much material, wood or metal, that I am taking away with a file rather than using a grinder.
First I like my grooves to look a certain way, so I using a magic marker to draw out how I want my lines to look.
When I start filing, I use a normal Nicholson file. I prefer the metal ones, even though I'm carving wood, I just like the metal ones better. I tried using wood files, but they took off too much and that is probably because of my lack of skill more than anything else. I use this file to establish my depth and make the foundation for my carving.
If I have curves, like with my Twisted Fighter, then I use smaller flexible needle files. I use their flexibility to cut the waves or curves in my grooves. Once I'm satisfied with the way the handle looks I clean up all of my file marks with sanding paper. Working my way up from 30 or 60 grit to 400+, depending on how I want it to look.
That's how I do it. I try to keep things as simple as possible. I hope this helps.