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Handle stabilization - did I succeed?


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Having neatly gathered all the necessary equipment, I finally decided to give handle stabilization a try. I drew the inspiriation from Ariel Salaverria's great article on the subject, and did pretty much everything the same.

I chose a nice walnut stock, completely dry and carved a handle out of it for one of my nessmuk blades. Joined the vacuum, mixed the polyesther resin and voila - everything went as expected, and when the resin started to show up in the vacuum pipe, I shut off the pump, cleaned the excess off the handle and left it to cure.

 

When I started to sand it next day, I was surprised. I expected something completely plastic-like, but the feel and touch of the handle was barely different than before. It seemed to be smoother and a bit harder though.

I have to admit that I never touched any stabilized wood before. Is it okay to have a wood-like feeling when sanded, or should it be more like some kind of plastic? Did something go wrong during stabilization? I'm clueless.

 

Thanks for the input.

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should feel like wood it is just a bit more solid it should work a bit more even and slemm difrent when working it i dont know about his resin but stabilised wood does tend to buff out at a corser grit than unstabilised wood (meening i dont bother taking it to as hi a grit before buffing and i get the same or similar results)

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Brandon,

 

Thanks for the input, I appreciate that. Ironically, I didn't have the chance to get near that unfinished handle in the past week or two, but this gives me some hope. On a side note, a fellow knifemaker gave me a good tip: if it sinks in water, it is properly impregnated.

Thanks once again.

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