1322 Walnut Grips

| October 11, 2018
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

I’ve always wanted walnut grips on my 1322. Something about the walnut grips and forend just take the 1322 to the next level. It took some time marking and shaping the walnut grips, and they aren’t perfect, but they are pretty dang close. The next pair I make will probably be done on a hobby cnc machine for precision and then hand finished. Check out the pictures of the process below.

The stain/sealer I used was Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil Gun Stock Finish that I finished over with a blend of SC Johnson Wax and Kiwi Neural Polish. The result is a nice sheen that isn’t too glossy, and a much higher end look and feel over the original plastic grips.

Also, you may be wondering why the waxes… I always use this finish, it protects really well, better than a stock finish alone. If you want to see this in greater detail watch Larry Potterfield’s Midway USA wax finish video – here

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Leather Axe Sheath

| October 8, 2018
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

I sharpened my axe, and made a leather axe sheath to protect the edge. Its not the finest work I’ve ever done, but it was really for utility. I’m moving into a small wood stove heated mountain home for at least the next year, and I need to play catch up on getting some cords of fire wood stacked before winter.

I made the leather axe sheath from some heavy cow leather I had in my leather scraps bin. I simply traced the axe edge onto the leather, and then over-sized my cuts to leave space for stitching, rivets, and an eyelet. I drilled out some holes on the drill press, which is much easier than using an awl, and then stitched up the edges with a semi-decorative looking stitch. I used a hole punch for the rivets and eyelets instead of a drill, because of the hole diameter. I set the rivets with a hammer, and the eyelets with a grommet/eyelet setting tool like this cheap one on amazon. It gets the job done, but better ones definitely exists.

I waxed the finished leather axe sheath with SC Johnson Wax. Although for pure utility almost any wax would work to help bead off some water if applied alright.

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