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I made this blade and then I realised there is no hardwood in my area. I'd like to make micarta but I don't think people use fiberglass resin in Puerto Rico for much, so I can't find that in the hardware store.
Any Ideas?


Forgot to mention that the delivery services don't ship here so I can't just buy blanks.
I'd really like some help guys.

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We don't really have that many boats, 

most people that have boats are fishermen and people here just fish by the lake or rivers. 

We have redheart but there aren't really any lumber spots to buy stuff. 

Butcher is a good idea. 

I'll see If I can find one. 

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try corian.  a countertop material similar to plastic, somebody that does home remodels my have scraps from the sink cut out... just an idea

You mean that fake rock looking stuff? 

How does it deal with heat? 

I have an uncle that makes countertops. 

And sorry for the double post, 

my phone got wonky. 

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Not sure about where you are but some shipping pallets here are made ofhardwood ,, a used pallet would have a lot of wood in it...if you can find one......Used furniture stores may have some things you could break down for wood..Dressers,,chairs anything..and if they are broken the price may be better....

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PVC pipe has promise - it can be glued in layers to make various depths.  It can be softened in a pot of boiling water and then shaped into almost any shape you can think of - but I usually just smash it flat.

 

The pre-printed lettering comes off with pvc pipe cleaner or a little sanding (wear a mask).  When people ask, I tell them that it's Appalachian Ivory.  No elephants were harmed, but some hydrocarbon molecules were seriously inconvenienced.

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PVC pipe has promise - it can be glued in layers to make various depths.  It can be softened in a pot of boiling water and then shaped into almost any shape you can think of - but I usually just smash it flat.

 

The pre-printed lettering comes off with pvc pipe cleaner or a little sanding (wear a mask).  When people ask, I tell them that it's Appalachian Ivory.  No elephants were harmed, but some hydrocarbon molecules were seriously inconvenienced.

Now that's awesome!  you could make some kind of pvc-mascus if you get white, black, and recycled water purple, and green pipes and laminate them together with pipe glue!  pretty limited in terms of what you can do with the pattern but you could probably still get an interesting stacked leather look to it at the very least.

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Hey guys, thanks for all the responses, I'm going to try making scales from some pvc pipe I had laying around,
but I'm also going to try to get some corian in case something goes wrong with the pvc.
What kind of glue should I use?
Just normal contact cement?
I appreciate every reply.

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hardware store PVC cement will bond them together, I don't know exactly how well it will perform long term in that particular environment, as they are formulated to just be set and buried and left alone.  I would also avoid leaving PVC scales in the sun regularly, as PVC gets brittle when exposed to direct sunlight over long periods of time.

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^^^ Cool, thanks for the help.
I've been having this problem with the pvc,
I can't seem to get it fully flat.
Am I supposed to leave it the boiling water until it softens or for how much longer?
By the time I clamp it down it's already half stiff.

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just a caveat, "corian is somewhat brittle, it can crack if it falls to the floor. It is easy to shape and very hygienic therefore it is best to use it on kitchen knives. Also if it is made well it is dishwasher safe and well polished handle is bacteria free."

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just a caveat, "corian is somewhat brittle, it can crack if it falls to the floor. It is easy to shape and very hygienic therefore it is best to use it on kitchen knives. Also if it is made well it is dishwasher safe and well polished handle is bacteria free."

Yeah,
I read that,
but I'm alright with it.
It sounds like peening the pins in can be a pain, though.
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Rich is right about the shipping pallets.  I have found some amazing woods on the lowely pallet.  My personal pocket knife has scales from a pallet (walnut).  You can expect to find anything from poplar to curly maple from the states.  Over seas I see a lot of mahagonies, even once found some coco bolo.  Good luck.

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What I've seen, driftwood tends to be hard. Most of the time it's already weathered down to the heart wood. If you have large streams or rivers, that's the place to look.

Scott

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^^^ Cool, thanks for the help.
I've been having this problem with the pvc,
I can't seem to get it fully flat.
Am I supposed to leave it the boiling water until it softens or for how much longer?
By the time I clamp it down it's already half stiff.

I made a press out of two nestled pieces of angle iron - I've got bolts with wing nuts holding it in place.  The press and the pvc goes into the pot of boiling water.  I then pick up the whole (press and pvc) and smush it in a vise.  When cold, it's quite flat.

 

As far as gluing the layers of pvc together, you can use PVC glue or you can use epoxy.  Both have their uses, but epoxy is a better bet for the long term.

 

YMMV

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im liking the computer MoBo scale idea too, that sounds like a pretty awesome gift for the techie's in our lives.  after you have done the final shaping on it would it be worth running another light coat of epoxy or shellac or something over the top to seal all the exposed edges of the circuit boards?  or is that a non-issue?

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