ROMO scale project- finished

Discussion in 'Razor Restoration' started by TestDepth, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Next candidate for a new pair of shoes...
    Rosenbaum & Mogal
    ROMO 30
    13/16” Solingen with a deep engraving on the blade face. Pretty nice spike pt to watch out for, but just a good blade to work with.

    Scales were warped so I removed them and took off the active rust. But that was a while ago and it got pigeonholed away.

    Last night I took it back out and gave it the 0000 Steel wool & Flitz treatment. Lost the gold on the face, but I can bring that back.

    Here we go...
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    Used a set of old scales for the top and bottom curves and picked out this wood for the grain pattern. Not a very dense wood so will probably go with a super glue finish.

    Cut some shapes and placed over the template.
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    Something like that should work. Then I use some Reynolds wrap (3 pieces just in case of a hole :)) and stuck the wood in there with double sided tape so it doesn’t float.
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    I was just about to add some carbon black powder in the resin when I remembered I wanted to try something different... go a little more transparent.

    Traded the powder for some food coloring and here is what it looks like now.
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    Interested to see how this mold turns out. See you in a few days.
    Enjoy your projects.
    Tom
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019
  2. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Had a feeling this wood could be a problem as it definitely wants to float- and the tape didn’t adhere well to it. Had to turn to some high intensity engineering :)...
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  3. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    While I’m waiting, started messing around with a razor storage idea.

    The thought is a turntable of sorts. A block of wood meant for turning on a lathe... but I have no lathe, so thought this could be interesting. :)

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    Added those tiny rare earth magnets to the center piece.
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    I know it’s not the prettiest but just wanted to try a little proof of concept.
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    Different sizes just to see how the diameter of the base and height of the center work. Learned a little.
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    Need to play around a little more.
    Keep having fun.
    Tom
     
  4. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    very cool so far.. watching along..
     
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  5. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gary. Funny thing is my wife said I should have stuck with black. She’s “reserving judgment”... tough crowd. :)
     
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  6. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Had some daylight to work with so got the dremel out and cut up the mold. Cutting disc and a 60 grit sanding drum later and the shape is starting to emerge...
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    Once I decide which side is the external side, I can thin them up and allow the wood to show. The transparency is what I was looking for, but we’ll see if I screw that up with sanding. :)
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    Having some fun with this one.
    Tom
     
  7. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Nothing like sanding outside in the snow :).
    I like using the dremel with a 60 grit sanding drum to speed up the thinning process and to create the shape.

    One thing to constantly remind myself is to stop early... the sanding drum will create a wavy surface almost regardless of how light I go at the end. Stopping early let’s me enjoy my 180 grit hand sanding even that much longer :) but I think it gives a more even final surface.

    The wood is starting to show the design I was hoping for.
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    And the other side since they are taped together for this whole process.
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    Plan is to take to 400 and see what I got. Then apply a super glue finish. Interested to see just what I have to do to maintain the transparency.
    Enjoy your projects.
    Tom.
     
  8. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    very cool ..
     
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  9. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you Gary.
    400 grit in the books...
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    Now let’s start sniffing some glue!!!
    The green really takes on a neat shade depending on the light.
     
  10. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Did a round of super glue yesterday... 5 coatings of thin super glue followed by 600 & 1000 grit sanding. Had so much fun, decided to do it again! :)
    Here it is after the first application of the 2nd round.
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    The wood is starting to pop. And I’m liking keeping the inside with a slight haze so it’s not completely transparent. Still undecided.
     
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  11. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    looks awesome..glad you went the way you did..has character..
     
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  12. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you- I appreciate that very much.
    Well, I think the scales are complete.
    2nd round of applications and sanding, 600/1000/1500, then a rub with Turtle Wax rubbing compound, followed up with some Flitz.
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    The wood grain really popped and the CA finish brought some more depth to the green.
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    Now to the wedge. I’m trying something different and I’m giving it a 30/70 chance that it will work. :)
    Have fun!
    Tom
     
  13. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    looks very cool.great job sir..if i had access to a small lathe i would make my own handle for my brit tech razor..personalized one off razors are cool..
     
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  14. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    I agree- I love the personalization opportunities of this hobby. That would be a cool project.
     
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  15. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    you do nice work sir, will be following along to see the final reveal..
     
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  16. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    So the wedge...
    Was trying something a little different for me. When I was making these previous scales I had some extra resin, so I poured a small square, but it was so thin I wasn’t sure how to use it.
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    So I decided to try gluing brass on each side after thinning the resin square into a wedge. That was soooo thin I figured it would crack or deform.
    But after a week of not touching it and keeping my fingers crossed, I think it worked. Mocked up the scales and rough shaped with a dremel sanding drum, being careful not to hit the scales.
    Here it is formed, pinned into the scales and trying to bring it closer to the shape. I have 400 & 800 grit sandpaper on my socket so I can go back and forth.
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    It won’t be perfectly flush, but I shifted to 1500 without the socket so I can blend it all in and not risk the scales too much.
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    It is starting to show the metallic flake.
    Almost there.
    Tom.
     
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  17. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Finished... I really like how the color shifts with the lighting.
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    Then in the light...
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    Blade is alright, but for me, this was about the scales.
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    And
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    And the wedge, while a complete PITA, turned out not horrible.
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    Thanks for hanging around and enjoy your projects.
    Tom
     
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  18. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    Nicely done.
     
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  19. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    looks good.
     
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  20. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

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