Knife Holder    13                    1-2016

I going to drill two 3/8" holes (in the center) at both ends of the block. These holes will be for the sharpening steel and the decorative end that has the ring on it. They will also assist me in holding the block while I'm machining it.



I turned down some aluminum bar stock to 3/8" diameter so it would fit into the block and then used a live center at the other end so I could turn it. This worked great but I forgot to bring my mask while I was working. This stuff smells so bad while it's being machined that I'll never use it again!! In fact a couple of employees came over to see what I was doing and soon left.'s really that bad.



The aluminum bar stock (clamped in the chuck) is 3/4" (.750) diameter and I wanted each end of my piece to be .800" so this gave me just enough room to work with and I also used that diameter as a reference. To get the shape that you see I used one hand on the cross slide and the other on the carriage and worked from the center towards the chuck. Now this isn't easy to do because you're using both hands at the same time and one of them seems to have a mind of its own. If you're a machinist, you know what I'm talking about here. And the ones that are not, let's just say one hand is dumb and the other isn't because it's hard to stay in sync with each other.



I did one half and then turned the handle around and did the other. Once I had it roughed out I used a file to get the final shape. When I was happy with the shape I sanded with 100, 180 and then 220 grit sandpaper.



I put a small radius on one end only. This radius will be against your hand because the other end is against blade-guard. I thought of this while I was sanding because it's much easier to form while it's turning in the lathe.



I needed to sand the end of the sharpening steel a small amount so it would fit my 3/8" diameter hole. The sharpening steel had serrations on the area that goes into the wood handle, which would help it from coming loose. Those serrations are gone now (after sanding) and I'll have to rely on the press fit that I ended up with to keep the handle from coming off. If it ever does come loose I can always use some epoxy to keep it from doing so again. The size of the steel is 12" but the overall length is 17 1/2"



I finished with some 320 grit paper once I was home and it feels pretty good when you hold it. You know the old saying, 'if it feels good in my will feel good in yours' : ~]  You can also see the guard against the handle here and the reason I didn't put any radius on that end.

Well it's finally that time...time to put it all together and see what it looks like with all the hardware in place. This project took many weeks, many hours and a lot of hard work but I think it came out like I envisioned it would.


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