Check out my latest instructable for an easy and stylish bamboo/leather handle.
Cost? Well, like free almost.
Tools? Drumsander and drill,nothing fancy.
Step 1: About Bamboo
Bamboo is a really beautiful and strong material for wood working. The fibers can sometimes cause trouble if you work them recklessly, but it is also the fibers that make the material beautiful.
This handle is sitting on a knife but you could easily adapt it to other things you need to get a handle on! Maybe a door or a a stickshift car or.... ok, so maybe there are not THAT many things which need bamboo handles. But if there is a will, this is the way to do it!
Step 2: Prepare Your Bamboo Scraps
Sand down the shape on the drum sander to get one side rounded(see photo). This piece makes up one half of the front section of the handle.
Step 3: The Front Section of the Handle
I added thin pieces of red plastic (Vulcano fibre) to make nice lines between the section.Optional...
Step 4: The Back Section of the Handle
Step 5: The Mid Leather Section
Stack the leather on the shaft adding wood glue between each piece.
Put under pressure and let dry. Oh...and you might want to start with fitting the top piece of the handle first- or things will be complicated(see photo).