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  1. Just finishing this up for a friend who's a classical violin player. 1095, buffalo horn spacers attached with blind pins, bog oak and poplar burl: let me know what you think...
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  2. I've been toying with the idea of building a Davinci style power hammer for some time. Having spent most of the year fighting tendonitis in my right wrist, I decided that it's time to pull the trigger. The other day I stumbled across the drive mechanism for a self propelled snow blower and thought it might work perfectly. I did a temporary mount of a 1/2hp/3450rpm motor to it today to try things out. A rough trial looks like I'll be able to vary the bpm from 40ish up to around 240 or so. I'm not 100% sure that it will transfer enough power to run the hammer, but if it wor
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  3. I am officially jealous, sir. Harrumph, and all that.
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  4. "Corporate Office" sanctioned the capital expenditure for the purchase a surface grinder specifically for my Ameribrade 2x72. 4-6 weeks wait due to various issues but very psyched. https://www.ameribrade.com/kit-products/surface-grinder
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  5. I have a monster of an anvil (like 3800lbs) if you wanna go for a monster of a hammer?
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  6. Beautiful, classic design. and flawless execution. Well done. I'm going to take a stab at answering. This is an side/end-grain. Flat laminate a billet, draw it out and fold it accordion style. Weld it shut and flip the billet 90 degrees forging the edges down flat. Create a flat bar and make the blades.
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  8. Damn, damn, damn, this is cool! I am late to the game on this one (beginning of Fall semester is a busy time - it is a crazy place). The whole idea is great, and intimidating. I couldn't do it. Not the first time through. Thanks for showing the ups and downs and sharing your thoughts with is. Thanks to Jake and Alan for the insights, too. What a great group.
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  9. that is looking great so far. The hardest part of bladesmithing is when we get drawn into making all the stuff that isn't a blade Soak the blade in vinegar overnight to get the scale to soften up and mostly come off. Then, go at the fuller with 180 grit paper wrapped around a piece of metal or hard wood shaped to fit the fuller. If you can put wings on it so you can hold it better and use two hands it will work even better. If you have a big round file, even if it tapers, and you can sacrifice it, you can break it off into about a 1-2" long section, and set that halfway into
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  10. I received this birthday card from my wife. 26 years together and she still makes me laugh hard.
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  11. I’ve been gradually working on this a half hour at a time when I can and it’s slowly getting done. The hang went ok, for now I’ll leave the “button” of wood on top. With all the contact and the wedge, I imagine the handle won’t be going anywhere soon. Some saw cuts helped a lot with profiling with a hatchet. I also tool that time to thin out the handle with a hatchet. For now the handle is pretty much as thin as I want it. With no vice, I found a regular knife worked about as well as a draw knife. All that’s left now is to saw and shape the end, clean up the kno
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  12. To say that 2020 has sucked hard is putting it mildly. I have moved twice this year ( once by choice, once by force ) and just now am barely getting my shop put back together. All three of these blades were ones I was working on end of 2019, and I just now got around to getting any work on them done. I wanted to play around with hamon polishing to see different effects and I got some interesting results.
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