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Slack Belt Beauty

Discussion in 'Fit & Finish' started by dancom, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    There's nothing more satisfying than working a J-flex belt on a handle in slack belt mode.
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    This is some exhibition grade Amboyna burl from WoodStabilizer.com.

    Love it!

    Dan
     
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  2. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I've never been good at using belts on handles. Once I get the KBAC running maybe. And get a lot more experience with different types of belts. I tend to stick with the ones i know. They're so expensive (esp. for an occasional maker like me) to try out too many different types. I love hearing opinions and reviews about good belts for this reason. Amboyna burl is one of my top 5 favourite woods for handles. Maybe top 2 even.
     
  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Nice one, Dan! I haven't used J-flex belts, but I know what you mean about shaping with a slack belt.
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    @ToddR I run the belts pretty fast about 4500 feet per minute and kind of roll the handle round and round. The idea is to apply pressure to the bolster parts and not as much on the the wood. The wood is softer and will be removed quicker and we don't want to leave a noticeable ridge where the wood meets the bolsters. 320, 400 and 600 and the thing really pops! Then I apply some Scratch-X and buff.

    @Mythtaken Sorry, I must have been thinking about G-flex epoxy. The belts are run-of-the-mill Klingspor alum oxide J weight, not J-flex.

    Dan
     
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  5. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    @dancom yes there is lol;) but still they do work good. Haha.That looks like a fancy handle in the works to.
     
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  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Starting to come together....

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  7. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Friggin' nuh-ice... love that burl.
     
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  8. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Yep starting to look pretty damm good. Beautiful handle .
     
  9. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Thanks Kevin. The handle is a bit big for my hands, but different folks have different sized hands. I do like the way that the stabilized burl wood polishes. I have since applied some plastic polishing compound and lots of buffing with cotton. Customer should be happy with this knife.

    Happy Canada Day!

    Dan
     
  10. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    I can’t see why the client won’t be happy.
    Polishing the handle is always a lone part.
     

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