Knife making 101 - Lesson 12...Attaching the handle slabs

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    First let's get all the gear together. You will need:

     Rough the pins with sandpaper so the epoxy will have somewhere to grab. Rough the inside of the handle slabs a bit as well.

    Mix the epoxy per directions. Cover blade area of handle (both sides) and inside of first handle slab. Coat pins with epoxy. Insert pins in first handle slab, install slab flush on blade. Coat second slab with epoxy push on to pins and push down until flush with blade. If you used enough epoxy it should be oozing out all sides, don't worry about it, we'll remove the excess later.

    Attach the C clamps, clamp the handle slabs and blade together as tight as you can get them by hand. Alternate the clamps on each side for more workroom. At least one clamp in the middle  and one on each end. Don't clamp over the pins (duh!) which should extend from the handle slabs. If the pins are recessed tap the other side of the pin with a punch and hammer to move it.

    Leave it alone for at least 12 hours, depends on the weather in colder temperatures it may need to set overnight. Take the clamps off after it sets up and by golly, we're on the downhill side of this knife. Next we'll make it look pretty.      

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