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#6738561 - 04/18/17 01:34 PM Working with canvas micarta - suggestions?
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Hey guys - first post for me in the knife forum. I'm working on a few knives that are being produced via CNC and am looking to prototype a few canvas micarta scales as well as a spacer.

The spacer I think i can handle but have not worked with micarta before. I'm wondering what is the best way to rough-cut it and what you recommend as far as sanding, drilling & finishing. I want to end up with a rough feel but obviously not the edges. Not looking for a step-by-step as I've watched the usual bevy of YouTube videos just curious about any tips or gotchas.

Thanks,
Miles
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#6738891 - 04/18/17 05:53 PM Re: Working with canvas micarta - suggestions? [Re: HuntCrafted]
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I use a band saw to cut, it cuts like hard wood. Shape on belt grinder, and route the edges, sands easy. Micarta, G-10 work a lot like any other handle material.
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#6739025 - 04/18/17 07:56 PM Re: Working with canvas micarta - suggestions? [Re: HuntCrafted]
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Got it. I haven't done much handle work but makes sense. Thanks!
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#6739793 - 04/19/17 12:18 PM Re: Working with canvas micarta - suggestions? [Re: HuntCrafted]
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Just make sure and wear a respirator or a good dust mask. You don't want that stuff in your lungs.
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#6739840 - 04/19/17 12:55 PM Re: Working with canvas micarta - suggestions? [Re: HuntCrafted]
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So what makes it "micarta"? Isn't' it just a bunch of layers of paper or canvas glue laminated together?

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#6739853 - 04/19/17 01:03 PM Re: Working with canvas micarta - suggestions? [Re: HuntCrafted]
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I believe that Micarta is the brand name of the laminated product. Not sure if its protected via patent or just ubiquitous like "Coke" for all kinds of soda...
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#6740020 - 04/19/17 03:35 PM Re: Working with canvas micarta - suggestions? [Re: HuntCrafted]
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Micarta is a brand name for composites of linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass, carbon fiber or other fabric in a thermosetting plastic. It was originally used in electrical and decorative applications. Micarta was developed by George Westinghouse at least as early as 1910 using phenolic resins invented by Leo Baekeland.
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#6741657 - 04/21/17 06:46 AM Re: Working with canvas micarta - suggestions? [Re: HuntCrafted]
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Originally Posted By: HuntCrafted
I believe that Micarta is the brand name of the laminated product. Not sure if its protected via patent or just ubiquitous like "Coke" for all kinds of soda...
like "Formica"
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