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Make a Baked Wood FireSteel Handle

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Sebastian who lives in Illinois, a repeat FireSteel.com customer, is kind enough to share his interesting method for creating a handle for his FireSteel that also has an embedded compass.

His unique FireSteel handle is attached to a FireSteel.com 3/8 -inch diameter by 4-inch long Armageddon FireSteel. The other end of the wooden handle has one of our button compasses securely glued in place.  He has also added a lanyard through which a Magnesium Bar (as a fire starting aid) and Super Scraper has been strung.

In Sebastian's own words, this is how he did it:

* After all drilling is done but prior to attaching anything I used Pecan Walnut 1 step stain and seal (2 coats). Put nails into each end temporarily to suspend over parallel 2x4's and allow stain to dry.

  1. Cut branch into 2-1/4 inch length
  2. Bake in oven on 220 degrees for 1 hour to dry wood.
  3. Spindle sander to bevel the edges.
  4. Using a 3/8-jnch drill bit, drill 1/2-inch into center of one end of the wood
  5. Epoxy FireSteel into the hole
  6. On opposite end of wood use a drill press, forstner bit and epoxy for compass
  7. Drill 3/16-inch hole in side of wood for insertion of a lanyard.

I think Sebastian's baked wood FireSteel handle came out well. I hope it sparks some FireSteel ideas of your own!

And remember, FireSteel.com FireSteels are made using an especially high-sparking formula.  When you want the best you can't go wrong choosing our FireSteels for your unique project.

Enjoy the day, and have fun making fires,



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