ULU for my brother

ChrisW2374

Active Member
My twin brother lives in Alaska and asked for an ulu with a handle. Here it is, it's stock removal as I don't feel i can forge this complex of a shape yet. Saw blade steel with Carribean Rosewood and Wenge wood, and blue g10 liner and copper pins and a messed up touch mark. Any advice on cleaning up the handle after glue up i couldn't help but get into the blade at the front of the handle a little bit.
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Alden Cole

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Very nice, I really like the handle combo! Cleaning up the blade after glue up is difficult. Try putting tape on the edge and then getting the blade in a stable (solidly clamped to a table, in a vice, etc) position to work on.
 

Merle

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Nice looking ulu!

For the glue issue... I've had decent luck by temporarily locating the scales to the blade, then using a Q-Tip with Vaseline to coat the junction where the scales meet the ricasso. Then carefully remove the scales so as not to smear the Vaseline and proceed with the glue up. Any glue squeeze out in this area will be prevented from sticking to the scale or blade and can be wiped off.

-andy
 

badge 405

Active Member
Nice looking ulu!

For the glue issue... I've had decent luck by temporarily locating the scales to the blade, then using a Q-Tip with Vaseline to coat the junction where the scales meet the ricasso. Then carefully remove the scales so as not to smear the Vaseline and proceed with the glue up. Any glue squeeze out in this area will be prevented from sticking to the scale or blade and can be wiped off.

-andy
I've had good luck using this same process with minwax finishing wax. Glue comes right off of blade and scales.
 

Drew Riley

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Cool design. On the next one, I'd try adding a primary bevel to thin the edge out even more, or even just taking your edge up a bit higher.

For cleaning up excess epoxy squeeze out, I normally do one of two things: 1) I'll let the excess dry to a semi-hard state and pick it off with a sharpened brass pick, or 2) before it dries I'll wipe it off with a shop towel dampened with some acetone. You want to be careful not to soak the handle with acetone such that it wicks up into your glue joint, of course.
 
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