Not much has improved since last week, I countersunk the mount holes for the main pivots and started test sanding the handle material, I was initially planning on a complex pattern however my means of sanding the handles rely on a hand held Dremel sander which in my shaky hands would be impossible so I am going for a random look like the image below.
Due to the extremely toxic nature of the material dust, (gloves, respirator, and safety glasses required) I am wet sanding the material to keep the dust down, and have been practicing my sanding on a few pieces of scrap. Below is an image of my progress so far with the sanding.
The Dremel is quite unsteady as you can see the randomness of the cuts. One interesting thing, the handle is still quite strong even after the sanding it remains quite inflexible and sturdy.
Hopefully I can achieve a good random sanding process that will allow for a striking finish to the handles, and after a bit of wet sand finishing and coating (wd-40 of all things) the handles will have great eye catching appeal.
Image courtesy of http://srmlj.blogspot.com/