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Mat Gleeson

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About Mat Gleeson

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  1. Thanks guys, that really helps. Luckily, there's a place nearby where I can get brass round pretty cheap. I think I'll probably stick with the original 2 pin and bolster plan but with 1/8". It'll probably be a while because I only have time to work on it a couple hours a day but I'll post a pic here when it's done.
  2. Hi all, first post. I've made a mistake drilling the pin holes and I'm looking for some advice on what to do next. I'm making my first knife, a drop point hunter in 3/16 O-1. I got some red oak from a friend who makes furniture for the handle and I plan on doing a brass bolster and pins. I just drilled the pin holes(1/4") and they look too low in the handle. When I was laying them out in marker I thought I'd measured them right in the middle but it looks like I was about a tenth of an inch off and it looks kind of like crap. I'm really hoping that there's something I can do to fix this. My first thoughts were to either to file holes up a tenth of an inch and rely on epoxy to hold the pins where I want them or to get smaller pin material and position 4 pins in the corners(not sure how this will look with a bolster I could also do 6 pins with just the red oak and no bolster). I know sacrificing the mechanical hold for the sake of the look of the knife isn't good but it's my first knife and I don't expect it to be a masterpiece. Either way, I've learned a lot from the mistakes I've made on this knife and want to finish the process to learn all I can before I start the next one. Any feedback or advice at all is appreciated. If you're curious about the tools I have available, just a cordless drill, files, hacksaw and Dremel.
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