Introduction: Wooden Scales on Swiss Army Knife
Hello everybody :D
For those of you who have always wanted to have wooden SAK scales you dont need to search for them becouse today i will show you how to make one.
Unfortunately my SAK fell into the hot water and scales are narrowed and they cant fit on a knife (actually its Garlach Poland not SAK but its the same technicque for making SAK scales)
Wooden scales look more "professional" and expensive since all SAKs are made with red plastic.
Ive done this with knife,file,sandpaper and saw so you wont need anything expensive
Step 1: You Will Need
-Swiss Army Knife
-File or Rasp
-Saw or Dremel
-Glue (something for wood and metal)
-Pencil (for markings)
Step 2: Picking Wood
Just make sure you use hardwood (you can use softwood but its not so durable)
The dimensions are 3x20 (actually 18,2x2,1 but always use bigger wood)
After you pick wood you need to saw it in half (3x10 and 3x10)
Its easy to do that
Notice: You will need to remove your SAK scales for next step (sorry for no step because my scales are already removed)
Step 3: Mark and Cut It
Now you will need your old SAK scales and pencil
Add 1-2 mm and later you can sand that
Cut it and for small details file or sand it
I used 80 grit sandpaper and file
Both sides o have to be flatened
Step 4: Keep Sawdust
If you need wood filler you can make it easy with sawdust and wood glue
Mix it 50/50
Step 5: Sand Edges
Now you will need to file and sand edges so they will be smooth
I started with 80 grit then 180 , 600 grit and last 1000 grit
Doing this fine sanding ensures the handle edges are finished nicely before we apply finish
Just follow the picture (scales are not glued on knife)
Step 6: Glue It
Make holes for rivets and if they fit if not then sand it
Both pieces must be flat so they will fit nicely
You can do this with 80-180 grit sandpaper and then smooth it with 1000 grit
If they fit put some glue and press them for about 12-24h depends on glue
Step 7: Staining Finishing Etc.
If you want you can stain it but i wanted natural look of wood so i leave it just like that
For wood protection and waterproofing it i used wood lacquer
I've followed this video
Step 8: You're Done
After your lacquer has been dry you can use your SAK :)
Thanks for reading and put some pictures in comments
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