Ontario Machete Mods

Discussion in 'DIY (Do It Yourself)' started by Delkancott, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. Delkancott

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    The machete isn't complete yet, but I wanted to share some of the changes I've been making to my Ontario 12".

    End goal is reprofile, stripped and new handles.

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    Nice work so far! Reminds me I've got one I should be working on.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Looking good so far. What is handle material?
     
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    Thank you. It's white oak hardwood floor samples a member at BCUSA was giving away.
     
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    Just did the really scary part. Hopefully I didn't screw it up too bad.

    Epoxied the handles on.

    Also, the paint stripper did nothing so I had to sand the thing by hand.

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    Hey, it is looking good. As far as the epoxying being the scary part, don't sweat it. You can remove almost any scales by boiling for just a couple minutes. From pic # 3 though, it looks like they are nice and squared up in the front, so I think you'll be pleased.
     
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    Still looking good. scales looking good as mmb noted. What will you use to shape them? Hope you're not having to do that by hand.
     
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    I have a harbor freight 1x30, an old dremel and some rasps. Wish I had a band saw (and a drill press and a and a and a)
     
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    Ha. I hear your "and a" disease, and raise you one. I have three drill presses. Each one is set up a bit different.
    That HF 1x30 will move wood quick
    enough. Made my first twenty knives with one of those.
     
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    Made some more progress this weekend. Wish I had cut the scales to a closer fit though. Damn lot of sanding, poor little HF motor is going to die on me.


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    Do you have an angle grinder or belt sander that would hog the wood away faster?
    Looking good.
     
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    Very nice. I have the same machete and have been thinking about doing the same thing.
     
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    How's this one comin' along?
     
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    Any more updates?
     
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    Man get a half round hand rasp and go to town on the handle. Shouldn't take more than 10mins to get it contoured properly
     
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    Nice. I modded a 12" sawback Ontario. It's addictive. I might do another.

    Edit: Agreed on the whole coating thing. It's tough stuff.
     

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