Glacier Pace Machete Build

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  1. Ptpalpha

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    In the interest of not stomping all over @tobiism 's very cool thread, here's the WIP build of a standard 18" Tramontina machete.
    You'll quickly see that it's not one of my better builds, things kind of went south and I stupidly put my head down and kept pushing forward.
    Started off with reprofiling the shape of the blade, which resulted in a length of 16.5". So far so good.
    Removed the factory wood handle, smoothed out the spine, and worked on the edge.
    No worries yet.
    The handle is where it went wrong. Rather than setting up the table saw to plunge cut the mortise, I sliced it with the bandsaw, and drilled it for 3 pins.
    My cut for the tang was... poorly done. To compound my frustrations I then used pins that I wasn't aware were made of hardened tool steel, which required a metabo and cut-off wheel to trim down.
    That's where I'm at, here are the pics:
    1. Reprofiled blade, new handle with kryptonite pins sticking out.
     

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    Hit the wrong button. Bad night for physical dexterity.
    Here's the rest of the damn pics:
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    Tomorrow will be final sanding, then epoxy hemp wrap back to the step filed near the butt of the handle.
    'Night, friends.
     
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    Looks good to me. I like the shape of that blade.
     
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    I think it looks great. That blade shape looks handy, the handle shape looks perfect and if it makes you feel any better, I have yet to cut a straight line with a bandsaw. Also, Tramontina’s heat treatment is pretty kick-@$$ too.

    Are the pins going to be glow in the dark?
     
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    looking good! I set my circular saw up with a guard to do the mortise and it was sketchy as hell! LOL
     
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    No, they're just hardened steel. They're actually going to get covered with the hemp wrap.

    I have to admit that I rushed this build, reasoning that it's a $20 tool that's going to get rode hard and put away wet.
    The handle finish is rough, but I'll break the blade before that handle gives out, lol. One-piece hickory, steel pins, and steel reinforced JB weld should prove to be pretty bulletproof. Plus I'm about to wrap it up with epoxy soaked hemp.
    Thanks for the kind words, guys. I figured I ought to post this one, warts and all.
    I'd like to do another machete build after this one, maybe one with a shorter blade of slightly thicker steel, and I'm thinking that an even longer axe handle grip would work nicely.
    This time I'll be going with brass pins.
     
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    I split my L index finger right through the center of the nail doing similar work on a table saw, so be careful!
     
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    Very cool!

    Strange how the "Glacier Pace" projects are moving faster than a raging river!! :18:

    Love seeing them come along though!
     
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    I am going to call shenanigans on the glacier pace name, you move fast, and unlike a glaciers effect on the land your results are very nice, elegant and refined.
    Nice work there, blizzard pace!
     
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    Lol, getting called out on the company name.
    Tough crowd!
     
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    Heehee!
    :)
     
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    Finished up the handle; super glue finish on the wood after the brown Fiebings dye dried, then wrapped with hemp, and then coated with 2-part epoxy.

    Wrap before the epoxy coat-
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    After the epoxy (still wet)-
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    That turned out very nice! Good job!
     
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    Nice job!! Took you long enough!!:cool::p

    -John
     
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    Really liking this!
     
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    Modded the factory sheath by wrapping it with waxed canvas and adding a kydex retention band at the top. The D-ring is useless for actually carrying it, so I'll leave it there for hanging, and add a leather strap around the grip and get to work on a baldric carry system.
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    nice!
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    That whole project is a winner in my opinion!
    Really pretty work sir.
     
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    What my good friend said, very nice!
     
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    Nice Job! you did great on that handle, nice sheath too.
     
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