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  1. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Last night I decided to work on an ivory sheath for a knife. It was to be fairly thin walled. I used and old woodworking trick that I hadn't thought of using on sheathes....and I though to pass it along.

    It would be real easy if you could shape the sheath first and then hollow out the blade recess.The only problem is how to hollow out the recess after the sheath is made? Take the piece of wood (or ivory) and sand the mating surfaces flat. Apply a very light coating of Elmer's glue to both surfaces and place them together with a piece of paper (plain white paper) between them. Align them, clamp and let dry. Trim the excess paper and shape the laminated blank as you wish. When it is 90% done,split it apart by inserting a thin blade in the joint from the throat end. They will pop apart fairly easily. Sand the paper/glue off and you have two halves,ready to hollow out to fit your blade.When the inletting is done, glue up properly ,finish and you can have as thin a sheath as you wish.....with little chance of grinding through into the blade channel.
    The same technique will work for mortised handles.This could make silver wire inlay easier,since the handle scales could be completely shaped,then split apart to do the inlay.

    BTW, the old woodworking trick was for turning hollow objects (wooden Christmas ornaments with .1" walls)and for making hollow carvings and other objects (hollow wooden lamp bases,vases,etc.).
  2. indian george

    indian george

    Feb 15, 1999
    COOOOOL!!!:thumbup: Thanks Bubba;)
  3. Phydeaux


    Mar 4, 2006
    Thanks for jogging my memory. I forgot about that one. I used to do that in a high school woodshop class except we were really cheap and used newspaper.
  4. J.Marsillo


    Nov 8, 2000
    That is kind of what I did on my last mortised handle except I didnt use paper :eek: Just a little "tack weld" with glue. Thanks Stacy,Ya know I was thinking of you last night as I tried to get the kids pictures in my wifes locket.You goldsmiths must have the patience of a saint ;)
  5. Deweyknives


    Nov 29, 2006
    That's some great information. Thanks for sharing that with us,Stacy. I have thought about making a wooden sheath but was unsure of a good way to go about it. Next time I get the urge,I'll do it!!
  6. Dan Gray

    Dan Gray

    Jun 25, 2001
    thanks Stacy
    I added that to the knife making site

    It will be there as soon as I update the site,,:thumbup:
  7. the possum

    the possum

    Jul 31, 2002
    Thanks. I'll have to keep that trick in mind.

    The last couple wooden sheaths I made, I carved out the recess for the blade first, and then shaped down the outside with a pocket knife to nearly the finished shape before gluing them together permanently.
  8. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    Good catch on the wire inlay. They could be done side by side so you don't have to flip the handle over all the time to make sure the sides are matching...lol,
  9. Nowicki


    Jan 18, 2003
    Great trick...it's filed for when I get the urge....If I couild only find it again?????????

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