Modifying another Wade & Butcher

Discussion in 'Razor Restoration' started by TestDepth, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Saw this Wade & Butcher with a cracked heel and decided to have some fun modifying it.
    Sellers pic:
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    Printed out a picture and sketched out what I was thinking. Going with a swooping thumbnotch that will intersect with the crack, have some fun with the point, and also add the heel spike.
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    It arrived this week, so marked up the razor, grabbed the Dremel and some attachments and went outside.
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    First step was to use the large cutting wheel and dug into the tang and shoulder. Don’t have the best tools for this, but it works.
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    It’s a rough cut but it sets me up to use the sanding drums without wearing them out too quickly. Here’s a closer look:
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    Glass of cold water nearby and holding with bare hands keeps the temperature controlled.
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    Now for the sanding drums :)
     
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  2. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Sanding the profile went well. Used a 60 grit sanding drum and only went through 1... not bad. Followed that up with a 240 grit drum and landed here...
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    Here is the detail of the heel. I like how the spike came out. A couple different thin cutting discs used to shape that.
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    With the tip I went with a modified Spanish look... not sure I will keep it this way but works for now. Also tried to emulate the top similar to other Sheffield’s.
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    Then it was time to blend in the stabilizers...
     
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  3. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    This is the toughest part for me... how best to remove the shoulder, blend it, and not leave it wavy. Use a combination of the drums and then turn to the flexible paper sanding discs.
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    Started getting dark and cold, so ended at 180 grit disc. Coming out better than the previous attempt. :)
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    But I’m also starting with a much better donor.

    Now what to do for scales?!?!?!
    Enjoy your projects.
    Tom
     
  4. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool Tom,nice work..
     
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  5. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gary. I appreciate it. Going to spend some more time on the blade and see how seamless I can make the tang/blade transition.
     
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  6. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    I’d say the blade is 95% there. The blending in of the now shoulderless design is not smooth, but close enough for what I’m looking for.
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    Leaning towards a set of wood scales, maybe Cocobolo.
    Tom
     
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  7. Slash McCoy

    Slash McCoy Active Member

    Looking good! Nice save. That will be a very unique razor when you are done with it.

    I love the sanding drums for that. If I could have only one tool for my Dremel, and no others, it would be the sanding drum arbor and a sack of drums. I don't use the Dremel as much as I used to, but sometimes it is just the perfect tool for razor repair and modding.
     
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  8. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you! I appreciate it.
    I’ve gotten comfortable with the Dremel over time - I agree, I just like all that it can do in such a small package... allows me to stay married. :)
     
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  9. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Scale Saturday...
    All wood scales should be cool for this blade. I’m pretty sure this is Cocobolo, but not 100% sure. A whole bunch of Dremel drum work, shaping and thinning. Finished with 400/800 hand sanding.
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    Going with Tru-oil finish on these. 1st coat applied.
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    Grain looks good. We’ll see how it goes.
    Enjoy your projects.
    Tom
     
  10. brit

    brit in a box

    nice dark wood ..looks fantastic..
     
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  11. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gary! For once, I think I got the grain to work for me. :)
     
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  12. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    The Tru-oil finish was looking horrible so started sanding it down last night.

    Decided natural was a better way to go, so went back to 800, then went 1500 & 2000. Then a couple rounds of Flitz followed by Renaissance Wax. Hard, dense wood so should be good.

    Pinned it up with some repro brass domed washers and hopefully got a good mix of old and new. Here she is...
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    All nice, tight & balanced.
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    Went with camel bone for the wedge to contrast the dark wood. Nice and centered without any washer tricks.
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    I think I like the backside grain a little better.
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    And one more glamour shot for good measure. :)
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    This was a fun project, and what do you know, I am getting a little faster... very little :).
    Enjoy your projects.
    Tom
     
  13. brit

    brit in a box

    looks gorgeous Tom.fine work..
     
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  14. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you Gary. I always appreciate your kind words.
     
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  15. joamo

    joamo Well-Known Member

    Excellent work!
     
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  16. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you
     
  17. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    Wow, nice to see a old razor brought back for it's second life and possibly better than new. I like the new look.
     
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  18. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Much appreciated. Hope to sharpen it up later and take it for a spin.
     
  19. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    Very nice job.

    They don't have an "I Love It" button, but they should.
     
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  20. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you Bill! It was so nice to start with a good donor razor.
     
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