Leif - Tue, 08/19/2008 - 1:03pm
Any reader of this site knows I am a fan of oil stones... One of the finest quality oil stones out there are by the Norton company are known as "Lily White Washita" stones. These are the type of stones I learned how to sharpen on - I had one of these stones for many years, and lost it through a mishap 10 or 12 years ago now - and I have missed it.
Leif - Mon, 06/02/2008 - 7:08pm
I finished the handle with a some amber shellac, the color of which (along with the witch's brew of stain) helps hide the differences between the woods.
Well - the final fix shows, but at least it's not painfully obvious:
As a whole, the handle didn't come out too bad:
Leif - Mon, 06/02/2008 - 7:07pm
To work on the back, it seemed right to clean it up first so I could see just what I had. A little time at the grinder with a deburring wheel to clean off the grunge was in order...
Once I got the back down to bare metal, it was over to the press to straighten it out. Here I'm using an arbor plate underneath and a thick chunk of steel on top to sandwich the back and allow me to close it up evenly: