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Bocote Wood Making new grips

MikeH121

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I am gonna use some Bocote Wood that I have to make new grips for the Star BM I just picked up and also a lockblade knife I have had sitting around for a while and have yet to add handle to.

Gonna start on it this weekend.

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That's one of my favorite handle making woods.
I found a pretty unique piece of Wenge in my pile that i'm intending to put on a Damascus blank that I have.
This knife will be for me, of course.:D

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If I had a piece of Bocote, like the 2end one from the left in your pic, Mike, I would be using it instead.:thumbs::flag:
 

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I used Wenge on my AR stand, as the butterflies holding the oak together and for the bottom of a plane I made. It is very hard and splintery. Not as bad as Palm but can be a pain to work. Also it can be a bit brittle on fine cuts. Some of the butterflies just cracked in half just cutting them out. Same thickness as what you got in the pic.

As I have been cutting and starting the shape the Grips of the Bocote it almost comes out as a powder. Hard but fine.



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Your right about that, Mike, very difficult to shape without chipping. I destroyed a set of wenge scales just by drilling the pin holes.
They just look so darned good when they're done well.:flag: