I really need to call it ‘How to shape a Bollocks Dagger wooden handle.
A while back a man name Tim, took my one and a half days knife making course.
It turn out that he is a enthusiast archer. He told me about a particular knife that the midlevel English archer use to wear. It is the Bollocks Dagger. He told me that he really want to build a dagger like that and I told him ‘well, come to do another course’.
It also turn out that he own a nice restaurant in Falmouth UK, the Provedore. http://www.provedore.co.uk/
Now.. my wife Tamsin add a birthday and I thought I can kill three birds in one go. First, I can take Tamsin for a meal on her birthday. Second I can built Tim the knife that he keep saying he want to have, and thirdly I can exchange the dagger for the meal (although it’s fair to say that Tim don’t know about that deal yet).
So I set to build the knife. After forging and finishing the blade I was ready to build the handle.
I use a block of oak that I add for many years. The design asked for some section of the handle to be completely round. From my experience I knew it is difficult to do it by hand. So I needed a lath machine.
And here it come..
I decided to use my drill press as a lath, and for that I needed to build a implement that will use as a chuck to hold the block of wood in the drill. It wasn’t only the chuck head, I also needed to build something to hold the bottom side of the block.
Basically the handle comprising three sections, a big chunk of wood on one side, to be the guard in the form of testicles (hence the dagger name), middle handle shaft, and the pommel end. That present opportunity for the shape of the chuck like devise, that I will build. It will be a box shape that can hold the chunky bit of the wooden block.
I drill four holes on all four side of the box and thread them to take a bolt screw. The screw is to tighten and lock the wood block to the ‘chuck’ box. I weld a short steel shaft to the box to enable me to attached it to the drill chuck.
I pre drill the wooden block from side to side. That will be for attaching it to the blade.
To insure that handle hole is dead centre with the drill chuck, I drill and thread a hole in the centre of the box from the inside, and screw a hardened pin in to it.
I took a 10mm piece of steel, drill two holes in both side to enable me to attached it to the drill press table, and I also attached hardened pin in the middle of it. later on after attaching the wood block into the chuck box
and into the drill, the pin at the bottom will serve as pivot axel to ensure that the block will stay put in the milling process.
Prior to the action on the drill, I roughly cut the wooden block to the size of the handle (see main photo). That is to help in the initial shaping of the handle. Is that the firs action when the wood is still big chunk is too hard on the drill as it is not really a lathe machine.
After you shape the round section of the handle remove it from chuck and finish shaping the guard end, manually.
And here you have it.
I am sorry it is a messy post but, hey, it’s thrdyslexiccraftsman.com as you know.
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