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    Looking for thin scales of wood.


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    I'm looking for wood around 1/8" thick, to use as a scale. And the knife is pretty small, so I'd only need a scale 4"x1.125"x0.125". However, if there's extra, it's okay, but the thing is I can't find any wood in the right thickness. The thinnest I can find is 3/8" thick, and it seems like such a waste of wood to sand it all down. Also, I don't have the equipment to halve a scale, so that's out of my options. Anyone know where to buy scales like this? Looking for cocobolo, ironwood, amboyna, snake, or any "fancy" wood.

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    I'd call Burl Source. He will cut blocks into scales for free after ordering. I'd bet he would do them to your thickness.

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    check the Woodcraft store in San Carlos or Dublin?
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    Second the suggestion about Mark at Burl Source. He will help you out.
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    Thanks for the suggestions, the only problem is that Burl Source is extremely pricey, and I'm looking for something that I can actually afford. Under $20 would probably be my limit.

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    Woodcraft has a bin of 24" long thin exotic wood slats. They go from 1/8" to 1/4" thick. There are several woods that are good for handles.
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    Theres a place near the San Jose airport I want to check out, Global Wood Source.

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    if your ever thru livermore, i can leave out some ironwood scales in whatever thickness you need. I cut up a couple large blocks and have more than I will use. I also am all over the east bay daily and can leave them anywhere. pleasanton to walnut creek. James
    ( i also have some 1 X 30 belts and a dead 1 x 30 sander which will not be replaced if anyone needs them)

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    Could you elaborate on what are considered the better handle woods that Woodcraft has? Thanks

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    It's not very exotic, but I have some ipe (brazilian walnut). It looks like I'm pretty close to where you are. I work in San Jose just off Silver Creek and 101. If you want a piece, no charge.

    Ric

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    You can split a scale with a simple fretsaw.

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