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  2. Neil Young

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Moab! beautiful place. enjoy!
  3. Conner Michaux

    Belt grinder Q's

    I think im going to try the Coote grinder, looks pretty cool!
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  5. Jim Kehler

    Bandsaws

    If you are going to use the saw in a permanently upright position, I would suggest you check the rectangular box that contains the worm gear and make sure there is enough lube.(ask me how I know this)
  6. AndrewB

    ~W I P~ First Stock Removal Knife Project

    Yea they are Ceramic Belts. I'm going to give it a try with belts. I don't as of yet have a good set of files that I'd trust. I have a crappy set of HF files. I wont use those on knives lol. I have one good Nicholson file that I use to test for Hardness after hardening the blades. Eventually I'm going to save up some money and spend a decent amount on a really good set of hand files. I've still got to invest in a bench vice as well. One thing I do need even for every day things around the house and I don't yet have.
  7. Joël Mercier

    ~W I P~ First Stock Removal Knife Project

    Also, even though I have a nice 2x72, I still finish my profiles with files. I like slower, more precise. I begin with a large double cut bastard and I drawfile once the profile is done to smooth out and i'm ready to grind the bevels. And grinding profiles is pretty hard on belts, I also save money this way.
  8. Cody Killgore

    ~W I P~ First Stock Removal Knife Project

    That price sounds like ceramic belts.
  9. Joël Mercier

    ~W I P~ First Stock Removal Knife Project

    Zircon belts are pretty good on soft steel. It would be a cheaper alternative for pre HT grinding. But nothing compares to ceramics on hardened steel.
  10. AndrewB

    ~W I P~ First Stock Removal Knife Project

    I'm going to try making the bevels with the belts lol. If I'm successful welp I'll be grinding bevels lol. I may just have to order from them from now on, I do like true grits customer service and prices. How ever these guys had pretty good customer service since I made the order over the phone. I spent 45 bucks on 4 36 grit belts which included shipping in the price. So that wasn't bad at all. I think I spend roughly about the same maybe less with True Grit. But I think the next set of belts I order will be from these guys. A little more money but depending on how I like these belts. So this is basically the test batch.
  11. Robert D.

    ~W I P~ First Stock Removal Knife Project

    I believe the ones you ordered are the same ones that come in the Shredder set, its 36/60/80/120g. If they are red then chances are good you ordered the same ones I have. When I got my grizzly, I ordered belts from Grizzly, and I was " less than impressed " with the performance of them. So I bit the bullet and got the shredder kit from Combat Abrasives. I have been sitting on it for a while ( I have been in full time dad mode to my 11 month old son due to injuries my girlfriend received in a car accident ) so I finally busted them out, and I am way more then impressed on the performance getting stuff profiled out, As I said before with how fast they remove material I am actually scared to try and bevel a blade with them.
  12. Cody Killgore

    Belt grinder Q's

    Yeah, you can get a motor from pretty much anywhere. If you're looking for really high quality, something like a Leeson would work great Edit: Somehow I linked a drip proof enclosure instead of TEFC Here's the correct one: http://www.electricmotorwholesale.com/LEESON-110142/ This one is only 1 hp. You could find a 1.5 or 2hp for probably pretty similar price of a different brand. You can only get 1.5hp off 110V though many of the 2hp motors allow you to wire them for 110V (but you still only get 1.5hp) You really want to make sure the motor is TEFC (totally enclosed fan-cooled) to make sure metal dust doesn't get into it and mess it up. Coote is a reputable company... Also, I have one of those usaknifemaker grinders (it was my first one). I still use it but I wouldn't pick it again. It's very lightweight with the tubing. Don't get me wrong, it's a functional grinder but I just think there are better options nowadays. I see they have made a few minor improvements over it from when I bought it. If I get the coote, it will be replacing this one. In fact, here's a pic of my usaknifemaker grinder step pulley setup. This is how you could add speed change option without breaking the bank on a vfd. Won't be as nice as variable control but lets you slow down things when you need to. And here's my KMG. This is the other way you'd setup the Coote with 2 of the same size pulleys and with no speed adjustment. This one has a VFD for speed control.
  13. Jeremy Blohm

    Belt grinder Q's

    Yes it does.
  14. Conner Michaux

    Belt grinder Q's

    Yep, So this Midwest grinder, It comes completely ready to run, except for a motor?
  15. Jeremy Blohm

    Belt grinder Q's

    They have a whole line up of attachments also.
  16. Conner Michaux

    Belt grinder Q's

    Thanks, I'll look into these.
  17. Garry Keown

    Bandsaws

    The throat is closed down as far as the adjustment will allow but again for the thin stock used for knifemaking that is not a concern. I have operated wood bandsaws for near 50 years and it is how you push the material into the saw that determines tracking of the cut if you have a more open throat which I am inclined to do in the wood saw.
  18. Jeremy Blohm

    Belt grinder Q's

    There is this option also from a reputable company. https://usaknifemaker.com/midwest-knifemaker-grinder-frame-parts-w-tool-bar-8-wheel.html
  19. Conner Michaux

    Belt grinder Q's

    I found a 2 hp motor https://boise.craigslist.org/tls/d/kuna-power-tool-motor/6836608858.html good price.
  20. AndrewB

    Belt grinder Q's

    Holy crap. Guess I'm gonna have to save up for one of those LOL. Just because it TILTS!! Not only that that company is not too far of a drive for me either lol.
  21. Conner Michaux

    Belt grinder Q's

    Thats a cool lookin grinder, Ill look into it, Where can I find the motor, and is there any electrical Wiring stuff you have to do to hook it up?
  22. Cody Killgore

    Belt grinder Q's

    That's not a terrible grinder. The issue is there's not really any accessories for it and you don't have a small wheel option. To me, the small wheel is one of those things you just really need. Also no speed adjustment. I might suggest that you pick up a Coote https://cootebeltgrinder.com/ They don't come with a motor so you have a little added expense for that. But otherwise it's going to be a bit better machine and they have accessories you can purchase (including a small wheel attachment). Also no speed adjustment unless you add some step pulleys or a vfd to the motor. But at least with the Coote, you have the option of adding a VFD with a 3 phase motor at a later date (and the option of adding step pulleys). I've only heard great things about the Coote, and have been considering adding one to my shop.
  23. Conner Michaux

    Belt grinder Q's

    What about the grizzly 1 hp belt grinder?, Its not super powerful, It looks beginner friendly, and it wont cost me1500$ Ive heard some good things about it, May be worth looking into. Great reviews too! https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-Knife-Belt-Sander-Buffer/G1015 They call it the "Knife belt sander" Looks like is right between belt sander and belt grinder.
  24. AndrewB

    ~W I P~ First Stock Removal Knife Project

    Shredder set??? I'm curious is to what that would be. I'm interested. Because I would like to actually do a few stock removal knives to get more experience and work with my belt grinder more. I don't want to spend 150 dollars on belts though. I didnt order the kit but I did order 4 belts from them of the 36 grit ceramic. Those should be here in a couple days so I think I might hold off working on this project until those belts get here. They weren't cheap but I'm hoping they're good belts.
  25. Gerald Boggs

    linseed oil

    I used to have all my outdoor work powder coated. It can be great but there are issues to deal with. Due to the coating process, the coating will not do a good job of getting into tight spots and you can almost forget behind collars. Some powder coating companies provide a good match spray paint that you can use to take care of that problem. Another issue is that depending on the material, the ironwork can end up looking like you dipped it in liquid plastic. Lastly, not all powder coating are equal in quality. About 15 years ago, there was a big rush of powder coating companies starting up. Not all of them knew what they were doing. A smith showed me a railing that was suppose to be black, but had weird purple streaks in it, something about the acid wash used to prep. Myself, I was lucky, the powder coating company just a few miles from my shop did excellent work and offered the matching paint.
  26. Jerrod Miller

    C1910 American Bowie by LF&C stag horn.

    If you ever see a video that his wife appears in, notice how she looks at him while he is geeking out over swords. Having a wife that looks at you like that (best description is "loving adoration") in that situation is the true definition of winning. I'm lucky in that my wife is also encouraging of sword collection and practice, too.
  27. Adam Weller

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Figured I better check in. We packed up for spring break and headed south. We left 8 foot berms of snow And decided to take on Moab, 2 wheels and 20-40 miles at a time. Now my butt is sore and my hands are shredded, but the 50 degree weather is awesome. No knife work for a bit. See y’all on the flip side. Adam
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