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1Steel Machete Empty Steel Machete on Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:50 am

Step 1: Research.

Search for examples and choose one to copy.

Time taken: 15 mins.

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2Steel Machete Empty Re: Steel Machete on Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:51 am

Step 2: Make a template.

Get the measurements of the full-sized version and scale down to 1:6. Sketch a few examples on paper and choose one to transfer to a piece of wood to act as a template. Then cut out the template and sand smooth.

Time taken: 1 hour.

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3Steel Machete Empty Re: Steel Machete on Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:52 am

Step 3: Metal blank.

Trace around the template onto a piece of steel plate (cut from an old computer case).


Step 4: Cut out blank

Cut out the blank, then file and grind it to shape (it took a while to get it right). Next, give it a quick polish and find a couple of pieces of wood for the grip.

Time taken: 1.5 hours.

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4Steel Machete Empty Re: Steel Machete on Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:54 am

Step 5: Attach the grip

Use a file to rough up the metal and wood for the glue to key to. Glue the wood onto the tang and clamp until dry.

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5Steel Machete Empty Re: Steel Machete on Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:56 am

Step 6: Shape the grip

File and sand the grip until it is the correct shape. Drill hole.

Time taken (not including drying time): 45 mins.


Step 7: Finishing

Grind an edge into the blade. Polish the metal and sand the grip. Drill a hole through the bottom of the grip.

Time taken: 1 hour.

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6Steel Machete Empty Re: Steel Machete on Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:00 am

Sheath made from a scrap of leather - real leather not that pleather crap.

Step 1. place the knife on the leather and trace out a pattern then fold it over the blade so that the crease is at the back and the seam is along the cutting edge.

Step 2. Roughly cut out the leather leaving enough of a strap above the blade to form a belt loop.

Step 3. Put the leather in hot (not boiling) water. Let it soak until all the air bubbles stop.

Step 4. Take it out and wipe off excess water. Fold it around the blade, press it down and work it so that it stretches and forms around the blade. Clamp it in place until the leather completely dries (could take a day or two).

Step 5. Remove blade. Cut leather out into its final shape. Glue and/or sew the seam (I used glue).

Step 6 Clean it up, trim edges. Glue or sew down belt loop.

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7Steel Machete Empty Re: Steel Machete on Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:14 am

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Thanks for the tutorial! The machete turned out great.


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8Steel Machete Empty Re: Steel Machete on Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:57 pm

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Nice job. Thanks for the step by step.


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