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    Default Illustrated Guide to making a Lined Wedge

    After multiple questions I actually took a camera out to the shop and put this together... Please excuse the quality of the Pics,,,,

    To start, you need a wedge/spacer this one is Ebony you can use whatever you want just make sure it can handle heat...

    I make wedges not spacers so I start with a thickness of wood about 1/2 the thickness of the spine of the razor I am working with...Making a wedge shape is easy if you have a belt or platter sander just put the wedge down and press harder to one side, flip and repeat as neccesary... You need to take the wedge slightly thinner then normal to account for the brass liners...

    I use K&S brass stock that I am 99% sure is 1/32 in thick it actually is not marked I cut it to approximate size then use Gorilla Glue (TY Seraphim) to attach it to the wedge, I leave this in my vice overnight to set...

    I drill the hole for the pins and always mark it with a Lucky #7, this gives me a reference for top and bottom also...

    Using Microfasteners 1/16 hex bolts and washer I mock up the razor..
    I get everything so that I like the fit and take the whole thing including that mock razor tang to the belt sander and start working it to size (watch the heat)


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    That stupid piece of wood there is one of the most valuable tools I use, it is a mock razor tang.... I have them in 3 thicknesses, and I use them for everything from sanding to pinning when building scales...

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    The first check and a rough fit...

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    A more refined fit and finish, you need to be careful not to mess up the line of the scales by sanding to much, get really, really close then finish by hand....

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    I use the sharpie to mark the wedge for length so the razor actually fits the scales

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    This is how I use that #7 all through the process it tells me the right orientation, you can also see here that the wedge has been shortened to fit the razor...

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    Default More pics !!!

    This is about the distance you want before pinning, between the pivot ends of the scales, just enough for a slight flex, this is also a personal preference... I came up with my distance from taking apart a ton of vintage razors and looking really close at them....


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    Nice tight fit to the razor, I try for about 1/8 but that is a personal thing...


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    The first check for balance, to make sure I am on the right track...


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    I hope you get some great hints out of this thread, but also if you have any of your own to add please feel free, and Pics of course are greatly appeciated.....
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    Thanks Glen. That is really cool. I don't know that I will ever make my own but I have been thinking of it more and more. This tutorial will really help a newb to resto like me to get it right.
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    Great tutorial!! I have found T-88 epoxy to work better for me. YMMV. I have tried the Gorilla Glue and it seems more sensitive to the heat from the belt sander. But I don't remember how careful I was being at the time

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    Well done Glen!

    Aquanin, gorilla glue is pretty good with the heat and you can get low-foaming versions. I prefer epoxy though, but only due to it's fast set time.

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    Excellent post Glen, thanks a lot.

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    Thanks Glen. Nice write up! I put put a lined brass wedge on the first razor I rescaled, just been too lazy to do it again.
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    Thx a lot Glen! That "stupid" piece of wood its a great idea!
    By the way..How do you remove the old pins from a razor, without causing damages to the scales? Im trying to remove some but they are quite "stuck" into the scales..

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    Look here first then in the Wiki

    http://www.straightrazorplace.com/fo...e-pinning.html

    If you are searching through the Wiki I always recommend you follow the links to the original threads, as many questions are asked and answered just like we are doing here, and there are always other hints and things.....

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    Thanks for the tutorial it was very informative. One question in regards to the wood wedge.
    What is the orientation of the grain? Is the end grain at the end or is it on the top of the scale? If you were using a lighter wood other than ebony, say maple, then how would you orientate the grain?
    I think if it was a spacer rather than a wedge it would make sense to put the end grain to the end. Hmmm, I am just wondering what people do?
    Thanks again,
    turbine712 aka Bill W

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