Have the handle on my Delta 5 drop point sanded to 600. I am going back and sanding out some scratches that I can still see in certain areas.
1) When do you attach the bolsters? Before or after rough shaping?
2) When do you attach the scales? Before or after rough shaping of the bolsters?
3) After the scales & bolsters are attached, what do you use to final shape the bolsters and handle?
I ran into a few situations where I was using my 1" belt sander with a 20 micron finishing belt. Holding the knife perpendicular to the belt to sand out the previous grit scratches on the bolster. It left a slight ridge in the walnut scale, that can still be sanded out, but how do you avoid this?
And, boy, do those corby rivets get hot when grinding down the heads. I have blisters on most of my finger tips.
I have read the tutorials and instructions, but they are pretty topical. I'm looking for how some of you seasoned veterans are actually doing it.