Now, we all know that a nice, big axe/knife comes in handy during camping trips or in survival packs. In my case, I will be using this hefty, sharp piece of metal for camping trips. It will serve the purpose of cutting down firewood or building small shelters, and boy, will i look cool doing it!
1/8" x 3" x 3' steel or metal of choice (size, material and thickness depend on what you are looking for out of your machete)
Steel rod or dowels (to hold the handle to the steel)
jigsaw or cutting tool of choice
Grinding wheel and sharpening stone
Vice and clamps
Belt sander or disk sander
Rasp or file
Sharpening tool of some sort
Step 1: Make your design and START HACKING!
Make the outline of your blade shape on the steel, and start cuttin'! You want to make sure the steel is secured properly or it will just jump around on you and cutting will be a pain. And please wear safety glasses!
Step 2: Refining the blade
Step 3: The handle
From here, you can square the steel to the wood and clamp down the wood and steel. then drill two holes straight thru the steel and wood. Make sure your drill bit is the same size as your metal rod or wooden dowel so they can secure the handle and blade together.
Now, after drilling the two holes, mark the length you will need to cut your dowel or rod and cut two of them. So, with all of your parts, its time to bust out the epoxy! Slather up the hilt of the blade with epoxy and sandwich it between the two pieces of wood lined up with the holes you drilled, and put some epoxy on the two dowels/rods you cut and pound those in. Finally, clamp the handle in a vice and leave over night!
Step 4: Make it your own!
Step 5: Lets give this baby an edge!
I took the blade to my belt sander and gave it an edge, then finished the job with a cheap sharpening tool that I found at my local sporting goods store. That thing works wonders and I sure will be using it in the future.
I kept the blade moderately sharp to keep it simple to my uses, but again, the sky is the limit!
Step 6: Now, concur the outdoors...
In part two, we will cover how to make a sheath!
Explore with confidence, my friends!