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Tarheelpwr
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Re: Show your Mule

Postby Tarheelpwr » Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:34 am

Assuming I want grippy denim micarta handles, what grit should I sand to?

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Re: Show your Mule

Postby Xplorer » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:44 am

Since grippy is subjective, it really depends on how grippy you want it to be. If you want very grippy and you want it to remain very grippy you'll need to touch it up from time to time because micarta will absorb hand oils and smooth out over time. I'd say that at about 400 grit you're getting very smooth. 320 grit might be considered grippy compared to 5000 grit polished, but 80 grit makes 320 grit seem slick. I'd say start at 80 grit and focus on getting everything nice and even. Then if you want it smoother, go to 120, 240, 320...until you like it. I don't know exactly how you want it to feel but my guess is you'll probably like 120 for mix of grippiness and a nice look.
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Re: Show your Mule

Postby Tarheelpwr » Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:18 am

Thanks. I finally got my g10 in, but unfortunately the 1.5” pre-cut scales are about 1/16” too small. I have to send them back and get more. Hopeful they’ll cut 2” scales and spacers for me.

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Re: Show your Mule

Postby legOFwhat? » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:36 am

Over the Christmas holiday I played around with making a few scales. 15 sets to be exact, funny thing is I only have 4 mules. :D I'll eventually get around to using woods but for now it's micarta and kirinite. Linen, paper, and canvas Micarta and various Kirinits including some glow in the dark. Messed up a few times but I don't mind...learning curve. My kids teamed up and bought me this PD#1 mule and it's my favorite so far:

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-Larry

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Re: Show your Mule

Postby Xplorer » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:42 am

legOFwhat? wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:36 am
Over the Christmas holiday I played around with making a few scales. 15 sets to be exact, funny thing is I only have 4 mules. :D I'll eventually get around to using woods but for now it's micarta and kirinite. Linen, paper, and canvas Micarta and various Kirinits including some glow in the dark. Messed up a few times but I don't mind...learning curve. My kids teamed up and bought me this PD#1 mule and it's my favorite so far:

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Nice work! I like the R/W/B theme on the 2 I can see in the picture. Sounds like you must have had fun with it if you made 15 sets!
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Re: Show your Mule

Postby legOFwhat? » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:02 am

Xplorer wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:42 am
Nice work! I like the R/W/B theme on the 2 I can see in the picture. Sounds like you must have had fun with it if you made 15 sets!
Yep loads of fun! I have enough material to make another 10 or so sets just to practice and get a feel for what materials I like most, then maybe buy a few more mules for the scales I like best.
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Re: Show your Mule

Postby legOFwhat? » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:34 am

Finally got around to grabbing four more PD#1 mules (6 total) and fitting them to the scales I made over Christmas vacation.

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Left to right: Sun spot kirinite/gitd, chocolate brown canvas micarta, red pearl kirinite, white Pearl Kirinite, red linen micarta, olive drab canvas micarta/ green gitd, textured g-10, black/red linen micarta.

Probably make about 8-10 more and pick up some mules other than the PD#1 and PMA11's. Thought I'd share...
-Larry

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Re: Show your Mule

Postby Mom3ntuM » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:54 pm

Very Nice Lego, that red Pearl kirinite really pops, and is by far the most appealing to me.
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Re: Show your Mule

Postby legOFwhat? » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:45 am

Here is one I just finished for my son. PD#1 and Raffir spalted beech with dragon pin. He has a thing for dragons and I purchased this 3 headed dragon in Bangkok Thailand a few years ago, so I found a 1/4" dragon pin and thought it would fit in perfect.

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This is my 1st pinned knife attempt and it got a little scary with the 5 min epoxy :eek:
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Re: Show your Mule

Postby Xplorer » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:40 pm

5 minute epoxy = STRESS! :eek: :D . Good job getting it together in time. The handle looks beautiful!

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