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Quick question. When you want to make a fancy knife handle with a beautiful piece of wood how do you lay the scales on the knife? By that I mean if a solid block of wood is cut in half longways the two panels will mirror or match on the "inside". Do you put the inside next to the steel or do you flip them and put them away so the "outside" touches the steel?

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That depends on how flat that wood is when it's cut, if you're ripping it on a table saw with a fence or you can plane the wood down so that inside cut is smooth it doesn't really matter which side you use. I would choose by which side looks nicer and put that towards the outside. For me I usually use the factory side against the tang, it saves me a little work smoothing the cut side out and since I'm going to sand it down to it's final shape on the outside anyway I think it makes it a bit easier for me. No wrong answer really as long as you can get that inside piece smooth and flat before gluing and pinning.

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