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Removing Epoxy From The Blade/bolster

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by dancom, May 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

  1. dancom

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    A tip for newbies. Inevitably during glue up some epoxy splooges out. Normally, I will wipe it off with a shop towel or ArmorAll wipe before it sets. However, sometimes it get on places where it's not welcome in your finished product. It can be carefully scraped off after everything has setup.

    Make yourself a chisel point shaped piece of brass rod. Brass is not that hard and should not scratch your hardened steel blade. I use an artist's paint brush to apply a small amount of acetone to soften the epoxy and gently scrape it off. As in the picture below, I will move the brass chisel longways to the blade and butt the chisel into the bolster. Soften some more with acetone and continue. In a short while it will be looking clean.

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  2. FORGE

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    Dan Iwipe it off with methyl alcohol and Q tip before it dries. I have also used a brass rod on the dry stuff but I try and get it before it dries.
     
  3. Griff

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    Would Vaseline or paste wax on the parts you don’t want epoxy sticking to work in this case Dan?
     
  4. dancom

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    Yes sure. Lots of makers do and it's fine if done very carefully. There's a risk that Vaseline gets squished into the wrong place. Like some could get into a joint or between layers where you really want the seal. I prefer to clean everything, be generous with the epoxy, let a little extra splooge out, then clean it up.

    Dan
     
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  5. Griff

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    Okay, good to know, never even attempted a hidden tang...and that’s where I see makers use the Vaseline/Wax method the most.
     
  6. Magnus

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    I'm sure I read about the brass scraper somewhere before (dan's blog maybe?) but I completely forgot about it. Seems like a good tip. Thanks.
     
  7. dancom

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    I did a glue-up last night and it reminded me that Vaseline does come in handy on the clamps. Sometimes they can get epoxied to the scales, so a daub of petroleum jelly does the trick.
     

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