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Randy Schaffer
07-10-2009, 5:38 PM
Shaving Brush…Attempt #2


My last attempt at a brush handle resulted in a grand catch and some rapidly made kindling....

So this time around I used Bocote wood and the 23mm UK-tied Super Badger hair knot from Tony at Golden Nib. This knot is very tall (72mm) and needs a deep-set for stiffness. I drilled the wood to result in a 46mm loft.

Also this time around I built myself a platform so I was up at closer to a proper height with the lathe.

I did not take any photos at the start…but got my camera out as I moved to the sanding stages.

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Oiled it up with flaxseed oil and burnished/polished it in with a paper towel.

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Finished the cutoff, then sanded the bottom, and tried out the knot.

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I soaked the outside of this in flaxseed oil overnight, then epoxied the knot in the next day with slow-set System Three epoxy. I have not used it yet (allowing the flaxseed oil to cure for a week or so, but it should work out quite well. I like the handle feel and the springyness of the short loft badger.

Anthony Penchetta
07-10-2009, 5:51 PM
Nice brush there Randy, That UK Super is a sweet knot.

I betcha my stack of kindling is bigger than yours! :eek:

Randy Schaffer
07-10-2009, 7:18 PM
Well that I don't doubt. :D

I am not quite sure what sort of brush I need next...but I will get at least 2x the wood necessary....3x would be safer.

Jeff Nicol
07-10-2009, 8:02 PM
Randy, You kind of look like a storm trooper in all your dust protection gear! Nice wood choice for the brush, I hardly ever shave so it might be good for my balding head!

Thanks for sharing,

Jeff

Bernie Weishapl
07-10-2009, 8:47 PM
Great looking brush. Really nice finish.