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  2. Joël Mercier

    What did you do in your shop today?

    I bought a large mill bastard Simonds file from Amazon to figure out it was made in china. Thought i'd warn you guys.
  3. JohnCenter

    BLO and Turpentine soak?

    I was also under the impression BLO needed more than a 'soak' to work, but at this stage in the knife-making game I'm willing to be open minded. I did not know it was not water proof. So far I've have kept things really simple. I've just been wiping thin layers of Tung Oil onto my wood handles. I've been happy with the results. It dries hard and clear and I haven't had any moisture issues yet. I originally went with Tung Oil because I found it locally in a pure form. This made it a generally safer oil to use than BLO, which is filled with chemicals.
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  5. Ryan Hobbs

    Pattern welded broken back long sax

    Sweet, PM sent!
  6. Jeremy Blohm

    Hunting knife

    That's nice! Those idiot's ruin everything for us lawful people. Maybe my brothers girlfriends ex-husband can help me out...I hear he is running a meth lab.
  7. Alan Longmire

    Hunting knife

    Industrial cleaning supplies, mostly. You might have to sign for it if you can find it. It's one of those things that can be used to cook meth.
  8. Jeremy Blohm

    Hunting knife

    Well that sucks. Where might I find it? Edit: I found it on Amazon but it is quite expensive.
  9. Alan Longmire

    What did you do in your shop today?

    That's what I keep telling people!
  10. Alan Longmire

    Hunting knife

    The ammonia thing requires fuming ammonia, not readily available these days. The household stuff will take several weeks to get a similar effect.
  11. Jeremy Blohm

    Hunting knife

    In the meantime I started working on another blade that I forged a while ago and never finished. I figure while I cant do a whole lot of hot work right now I might as well be doing something.
  12. Jeremy Blohm

    Hunting knife

    So it's been almost 12 hrs since I put this in the box and I'm still not happy with the results. I'm assuming a big part of the problem is that it is really cold in the garage and that is delaying the process. Now that everyone is out of the house for the day I might bring it inside and see if it speeds up the process.
  13. Forest Xavier

    Gorilla glue versus epoxy

    Gorilla glue works well for certain things but absolutely piss poor for others, for porous materials (wood, cloth, some foams) it works fantastic as the expansion of the glue actually seeps into the material you are glueing, that’s why wetting the wood (in the directions of you read them) actually allows the glue to do that. Now with non porous materials is bonds very poorly and sheers very easily off the materials, an example is that I used some gorilla glue to mount a ceramic plate onto a metal mounting bracket for a bird feeder, well it lasted a year and then wind storm hit and off flew the plate. It will bind to metal but poorly. However on that same project the stake to hold said bird feeder was a copper pipe and to make it more ridged I glued a dowel down the center, the gorilla glue is still holding fine, but that also has very low strain on it as well. Also if by chance anyone has seen the “overflow” from curing you will notice it is full of air gaps and hollows as it forms a foam...this foam is the same thing that would happen in a tang with any gaps and that foam is fairly easy to crush so I bet with time and use the tang would loosen up quite badly. Gorilla glue isn’t a bad product but also it’s not as versatile as it states binding of material that is porous and can be clamped with very minimal to no gaps I’d use it all day...anything else use another product if it needs to hold long...just my humble opinion and observations
  14. Gerhard

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Actually last Friday, finished installing the VFD's in a cabinet:
  15. Faye

    A Stabby Damascus Blade

    Thank you Josh. Thank you for all of the compliments.
  16. Doug Lester

    BLO and Turpentine soak?

    I've go a couple of blades sitting on the workbench that I need to get back to. I think that I might give Tung oil a go. Doug
  17. Doug Lester

    Hardest Steel I've Ever Worked

    Not only is a slack tub good for cooling hot tongs it's also good for cooling overheated body parts or a source of water to pour over your head. I would consider them necessary safety equipment. Doug
  18. Doug Lester

    Question about files&Plunge lines

    Buy once, cry once. The largest bastard cut mill file you can find will help you hog the steel off. Doug
  19. Doug Lester

    A Stabby Damascus Blade

    That's a very nice looking job there. Doug
  20. AndrewB

    Question about files&Plunge lines

    My parents have always told me and still do “ you get what you pay for.” So a 30 dollar file compared to a 5 or 6 dollar piece of harbor freight junk, I’d stick with the 30 dollar files. Yes expensive but they will last you for quite some time.
  21. Alex Middleton

    What did you do in your shop today?

    So far I'm happy with them. Time will tell as to how well they hold up. The nice thing about ordering from a place like PTS is the large selection of profiles and cuts and being able to order exactly what you want without having to buy an entire set. Plus, now that i have an account setup, I can have my orders set for in store pickup and I can swing by the local store on my way home from work. No shipping costs! I have to say, even though Alan has posted countless times about the benefits of drawfiling, I was still surprised at how quickly i was able to even out my inadequacies from the belt grinder. I easily saved myself 2-3 hours of tedious hand sanding.
  22. AndrewB

    Broaches

    I may have to try that with a jigsaw blade. Since seeing I just ordered handle material lol.
  23. JASON VOLKERT

    Broaches

    I use a long Sawzall blade and grind all the teeth off except the top 3 or last 3 how ever you look at it
  24. AndrewB

    Broaches

    Thanks,Yea I read through a lot of that good info, how ever I lack the skill to forge one just yet lol one day soon I will. I mean if I can some how attach a handle to a jigsaw blade and use that temporarily for now I’d be happy. I probably didn’t search far enough into the forums lol. Opps.
  25. JASON VOLKERT

    Question about files&Plunge lines

    What do you consider big?
  26. JASON VOLKERT

    Broaches

    check this out.
  27. AndrewB

    What did you do in your shop today?

    How are they, I’ve been looking for good files. I already broke one file from my harbor freight set in half on an unrelated project.
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