I made some good progress on the knife restoration progress so I thought I’d better document it.
It took 2.5 hours to get the pieces all aligned where the holes matched up enough to get the pins through.
I had done a trial fit up a week or so ago and was surprised that this process took so long.
I made absolutely certain every piece easily fit up together before I applied the epoxy. You don’t want any surprises after you apply the epoxy because that’s when the set up time starts ticking.
So – I now I go it glued, clamped together, and the pins placed.
Tomorrow I hope to get the rough knife finished: unclamped, pins cut to length, then the pins peened to where they flare on each end of the handle thereby fixing them permanently in place.
I got the wood pieces assembled as planned to where the reddish color of the wind grain comes together into a V-shape on the top of the handle. (I am pretty happy with that.)