Using my jointer, I shave off the edges of the box until the surfaces are smooth and square to the sides of the block.
Here's the final piece after a hand-rubbed oil varnish has been applied. Once the finish is dry, I'll apply a coat of wax and give it a buff to bring up the shine. This project is so close to the end that I can almost taste it. Once everything is finished, I'll brake out the good camera and take some better pics of this project and post them up for your viewing pleasure.
I brought the set into the house for my daughter to inspect. I caught her in the kitchen slicing up some strawberries and, try as I may, I couldn't get her to try out her new knives. So, I pulled out the paring knife from the block and started helping her cut up the berries. Someone had to take them out for a test drive! Sharp, smooth, and comfortable. They passed my own inspection with flying colors. Now, I'm pretty sure that my sweet wife is going to want her own set. Hopefully I can squeeze in a few folders before that happens, as I'm hankering in the worst way to start on a new folding knife. I had a great time with this project and produced what will hopefully be a family heirloom. Thanks for following along with me on this project and sharing in my knife-making adventures.
- Brandant Robinson