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Old 08-04-2008, 11:43 PM
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micarta help?

well i tried to make some micarta, or at least my version of it i guess. i took some black fabric cut it into strips then i coated it with fiberglass epoxy and put it into a press. i ended up with a big bloody mess ? does any one make it another way? or any other sugestions? thanks in advance
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:59 PM
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This tutorial on British Blades Forum seemed pretty good. I don't know if this is the method you used, but it worked for this guy.


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Old 08-05-2008, 12:21 AM
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my black micarta turned out really nice, i am fixing to put some on a kitchen knife for a guy. did you press it to tight? after i glue up all the strips i dump the extra epoxy on the top of the stack so it will coat the sides better. it turns out a bit better
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:41 AM
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I do mine like the tutorial over on British Blades by Joel Bolden, prop the one in the link above.
Only thing I'd changed is I'd switched to using some granite slabs to clamp between.
Works quite well.

Need to get a bunch of batches done.


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Old 08-05-2008, 07:40 AM
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Getting the proportions of resin and hardener are critical with those. If you use too little hardener, then you can get the "bloody mess."

EdgarFigaro, I wonder if Corian would work as well as granite slabs?
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:00 AM
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Hi Nathan - I've used corian on a micarta press before, it's a bit too flexible.


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Old 08-05-2008, 09:48 AM
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I wondered about that. I plan on making a micarta press sometime, and was going to use Corian since the surface is flatter than lumber. I have some 1x6 scrap lumber pieces lying around that could be used as a backer. . .
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:42 AM
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If you backed the corian I think it would work well.


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Old 08-05-2008, 04:24 PM
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I'd started using plywood and since then the granite works nicely.
We have a friend who'd been getting scraps from a shop somewhere and filling in his creek with them. Some of the scraps are very large too. So we'd picked out a few and I'd gotten some for that purpose.


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Old 08-07-2008, 02:05 PM
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When I make mine I usualy twist it once or twice after epoxieing all the layers. To save a mess I roll my twisted dripping mess with a few layers of newspaper then into the press with a couple of planks. After it has hardened for a day I sand the block flat and all the paper disapears and a nice bond is created.
A little color in thte epoxie doesnt effect the bond and will help if there is any gaps in cloth.


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Old 08-07-2008, 11:11 PM
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On mine I have sheets of wax paper laid down, I fold the bottom up over the top before putting the top piece on just to contain some of the mess, Then I'll clamp it down tight, carry it outside and sit it in the grass and then really clamp down on it. It'll sit and ooze a bit, once it's set up I take it inside and cut it apart, and then used to I'd cut the over flow bits on the table saw, but now I've got a band saw! looking forward to trying it out.


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Old 08-20-2008, 11:39 AM
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Panty hose micarta

Try this: 1. Steal some of the little lady's panty hose (look for the one's with runs...it'll save you some grief later),
2. vise up the blade of your hidden tang knife,
3. get something to cover the floor for the mess that is about to ensue,
4. mix up your favorite epoxy, slightly heavy on the hardener. add colorant if wanted.
5. coat the tang with epoxy, wrap a couple layers of hose,
6. keep this up till you reach the disired diameter.
7. shape to desired when hard. add pins if you want or you could have added prior to wrapping and wrap around them.

makes a big mess but also a nice "linen" handle.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:08 PM
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Good Micarta is cheap. Why not just buy it???
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:01 PM
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I thnk Knife makers are just simply compelled to make things. I mean why not just buy a knife. A oo Mora can be purchased for $15.00 and hasa not bad quality blade.
A knifemaker will search for flaws in its design and biuld what he thinks is a bettere knife.
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