I recently watched Evan & Katelyns video on them making 3d printed knife scales. It looked awesome so I wanted to make a set as well. I then decided to cnc them out of walnut on the X-Carve. They came out looking awesome. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to the finished look to be, so I took some time to try out 3 different finishes. CA Glue, Spray Lacquer, and Walrus Oil.
Please take a second toy check out my youtube channel:
Step 1: Tools & Materials
CA Glue- https://amzn.to/2ViQPPV
Spray Lacquer- https://amzn.to/2Xsf63p
Walrus Oil- https://amzn.to/2VWzlG3
Cnc bit- https://amzn.to/2PldR3i
Cnc bit- https://amzn.to/2XwwLqy
Heat Gun- https://amzn.to/2DnAcIC
Rockler Knife Kit
Step 2: Cncing and Sanding the Wood
The first thing I did was cut the knife handles out on my cnc machine. It took about 30 mins, I used my x-carve to cut these out and the finish was pretty good. I used a 1/8" ball nose bit.
I had some mini files that i used to clean up the parts before finishing. I made a total of 3 sets for this project.
Step 3: CA Finish
I thought the CA finish would be my favorite but it didn't really leave a good grip on the handles. I used a cheap paint brush to apply the glue and it dried really quickly. It wasn't the easiest finish to apply and it got all over my fingers.
Step 4: Spray Lacquer
The second finish I tried was spray lacquer. I have had good results in the past with it on my other woodworking projects so I decided it would work out well for this. I applied two coats and it made the wood really shiny and stand out but it didn't really feel natural in my hand when i tried to use the knife.
Step 5: Walrus OIl (Mineral)
The final finish i tried was this walrus oil. I had never used it before but I assumed it was like mineral oil. It basically was but it was a bit thicker, I submerged the walnut parts in the oil for 10 mins and then wiped off the extra. Since this oil has wax in it I used a heat gun to really soak in and harden the wax.
Step 6: Assembly
I got a knife kit from Rockler and the assembly was easy. I just had to get some screws and nuts to attach the handles to the knife.
Step 7: The Winner
Overall, all the finishes had their own set of pros and cons. I went with the walrus oil because it had the most grip and i thought there would be a less likely chance of me cutting myself or dropping the knife. The walrus oil also made the knife scales really pop and brought out the natural beauty of the wood.
This is an entry in the