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Lining the handle
The cloth banding as seen above was purchased in a camping equipment shop. I have been camping many times and have never used this stuff, I wonder what it is supposed to be for? Any way, to make it the same thickness as the chamois already attached to the handle and to brake the thread and make it more flexible, one side of the cloth banding was sanded down using a belt sander. The result of this can be seen in the photo on the above (bottom).
Four strips of the cloth where then glued along along the length of the handle (sanded side to the wood) from the chamois to the end, luckily four strips fitted exactly round the circle of the handle and non had to be cut lengthwise (see photo above top). The glue was used very thickly for this as much of it was absorbed by the cloth. In the photo above bottom you can see how cloth banding, left over from my last project, was wrapped, very tightly, around the handle and secured with an elastic band to hold the thicker cloth banding hard against the wood of the handle, while the clue sets. The securing banding was left on for about six hours and then removed, the flogger was then left over night for the glue to set properly before work continues.
The ends of the cloth banding where then trimmed level with the top of the wood of the handle, using sharp scissors. Then the piece of chamois, with the metal loop through it was then glued to the wood of the handle and the end of the cloth banding and was trimmed to a neat circle covering the cloth and the wood, with sharp scissors.
As can be seen in the photo (above top), a piece of the table mat was cut to the same length as the wood of the handle and wide enough to be wrapped around the entire handle with an overlap of 1.25cm. No glue was used on the covering as it would seep through the weave and become unsightly. The piece of mat was then wrapped around the handle as tightly as possible and temporarily held in place with six elastic bands. Two small blobs of glue where then put at either end of the mat, where it overlaps, and two small pins where driven through all the layers and into the wood, taking the glue with it to seal the place where they go into the wood, to protect it from water (photo above bottom). These pins will not be visible when the flogger is finished, they where hammered all the way in after the photo was taken.