Intro: Making a Ferrocerium Rod Handle
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When out in the woods and you was to light a fire a Ferrocerium Rods are brilliant things, They are light weight work even if wet. All you do is with a little pressure is to drag a peace of Carbon steel down the Ferrocerium Rod and you get sparks off at the temperature of 3,000 °F
They can be expensive and they tend to come with a plastic ugly handle so I buy just the blank rod and make my own handle and here is how to do it.
They can be purchased on-line for about £3 and then just requires a handle. But these rods tend to get about 1000 strikes off it.
When making this I used,
A Sharp Knife.
A Sharp Axe / Chisel.
A Hand Drill / Battery Drill.
A Screw 1 1/2.
A Selection Of Drill Bits.
Course & Fine Sand Paper.
The Wood You Want To Use.
Step 1: Your Cutting Tools
Your cutting tools Need to be Sharp.
Your most dangerous tool is a blunt tool because you have to apply more pressure for it to cut and then becomes a higher chance of slipping and cutting yourself.
ALL ACTIONS AND INJURIES CAUSED WHEN DOING THIS PROJECT IS DOWN TO YOURSELF AND I HOLD NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INJURIES YOU INCUR.
Step 2: Selecting the Wood You Want to Use and Prepping It.
I had a peace of seasoned Hawthorn that had been slowly drying for about 2 years.
So using my axe i split this into half, then split the half into quarters.
Step 3: De-Barking
Now with the quarter that has been chosen i de-barked it and got a rounded edge using the knife.
Step 4: Prepping for Sanding
Now it looks like this and ready for the next stage
Step 5: Drill Bits
Now mark the center at the bottom of the wood and drill a hole into it about half an inch in with the drill bit that matches the center shaft of the screw so when you screw the screw in the thread bits in but does not split the wood.
Step 6: Make Shift Lathe
Now insert the screw head into the drill chuck and tighten up.
Now get the course sand paper and start the drill up and apply pressure onto the wood with the sand paper and it will start to sand down into a smooth shape. WARNING !!! The sand paper will become VERY HOT.
Then move onto the fine grade until smooth and correct shape.
Step 7: Decorating It
With mine I used a pencil and marked two lines onto it and then carved them out all the way around.
Step 8: Cord Hole
I was going to drill this in but I wanted to do it by hand so ended up rolling a drill bit between thumb and forefinger.
Step 9: Almost Finished
Now finished with that next onto staining it.