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When you make stick or hidden tang knives, how do you make the slot for the tang? I don't have any drill bits long enough to go all the way through a block of wood lengthwise so I usually end up trying to drill in from both directions and I rarely get them to line up properly.
I appreciate any advice!
So far I've not had to drill all the way through yet. Halfway is often more than enough. Do you have access to a drill press? That would make precision drilling a lot easier. You can buy the, really cheap secondhand. I bought mine forv €30 (around $40 or so)
Thanks for the quick replies! I focus mainly on the Scandinavian styles and buy most of my blades from Mora, Karesuando, etc. I've found that on almost all of them the tang is often longer than the blade! I have cut down the tang for several of them but wondered if having the tang go all the way through the handle and get riveted on the butt would be stronger, and what the long tang was designed for.
For my stick tang knives, I usually use Gorilla Glue because it expands into the cavity I've drilled for the tang. I do have access to a drill press, but like I mentioned I don't have any 6-inch long 1/8 inch drill bits! :)
Thanks again for the advice!
Donnie drills his by hand with a drimel tool
CA Glue is the industrial grade of glue which is used to join various types of the metals and other things. It was discovered in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover and Fred Joyner when they were conducting experiments for making the transparent plastic which is suitable for gun sights.