How to Make Homemade Micarta

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Introduction: How to Make Homemade Micarta

About: Hi, I'm stephen, I'm a certified welder, working on my machinists cert, and working part time at a hardware store. Mixing in all of that with my hobbies of blacksmithing and knifemaking, only makes for more...

Here is a short video showing how I make my homemade micarta that I use in knife handles quite often. One tip I didn't mention in the video was to use superglue to finsih the micarta. Sand it to 320 grit, rub it really well with a green scotchbrite pad (hot tip- those with dremels, chuck the scotch brite in the dremel for fast polishing). coat the handle with 5-6 coats of thin superglue, sand it at least to 320, use green then white scotchbrite (in the dremel for speed). that should give you a nice finish. attached are some examples of my homemade micarta. First two pics are a girly knife handled with pink and purple denim micarta. Third and fourth is a kitchen knife I made with the micarta in the vid, and the fifth is some with bright orange cloth. sixth is blue jean and pink jean (this was my sisters christmas present) .


List of ingredients -

- the fiberglass resin
-the hardener that will come with the resin
-and the material used to make it


Note -  I want to add that since this video was made, I now use steel plates instead of wood boards. Doesn't break, bend (to an extent) and is much flatter.




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    found this one:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn4pUUa_Cms

    Vidio don't want to open

    The video is unavailable!

    Does the mixture cause anykind of bad chemical reaction

    Thanks for your demo..I now know all I need to know about micarta! BTW I noticed a dry cough as part of your narrative while you were working. I hope you are wearing an appropriate respirator when you can! We'd all like to see you make many more instructional videos.

    What kind of flowers are those in the second picture? They're my favorite but I don't know what the name is and I've been trying to figure it out for years now lol

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    I just asked my mom, lol. She said they're Purple Statice

    I don't know, lol. they were some my Mom had sitting around in a vase a couple years ago when I did this ible.
    Sorry, wish I could help.

    I also make knives and you realy taught me somethin new today.
    Thanx man ! Great Idea !

    A well written 'ible.

    Have you thought about using a Vacuum food saver to make a vacuum press? It would provide a lot of clamping force without the need for clamps. The vacuum baggers can be gotten from goodwill/second hand shops very cheaply. Roll bags are available in the box stores as well as wally world.

    hey this is some great stuff ! i do have some questions though i viewed this after looking at your instructable on making a knife. i was wondering when you rolled the pink/purple was it just like wringing out a cloth really tightly before you clamped ?
    also did you just brush on the superglue ?

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    Well, I didn't try to wring it out, as I didn't want to lose my resin, I just rolled it up, and then clamped it. As to the superglue, I just wore some latex gloves and wiped it all over.

    Love that sheath. It looks rugged. Thick too! Is that leather about 1/4 inch thick. Nice job!

    How did you get the orange color? Is it orange denim ? Please reply. Thanks

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    Wow, so you can make a handle any color depending on the cloth color? That is so cool! Do I need to layer about 14 pieces of Orange cloth like you video? I have some camo cloth I want to try. All I need is the resin stuff!

    It's not denim, just a hunter orange cloth I picked up at the local sewing supply place.

    How did you get the orange color for the orange handled knife ? ?

    Wow...! Very Cool and from the look of the handles a very effective use of cloth scraps and color!!! Very nice results!!!

    How or where did you come up with this or learn about it...

    Thanks for sharing!!!