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  1. Making Kitchen knives is no fun........change my mind. I got these handles ready to mount on these blade today.
    3 points
  2. Finished a couple dozen knives past 2 months, and will post a few but this one I am quite pleased with. I inside finish could have been better done with better welding but the exterior fit and finish works nicely. The blade is W2 steel, thick and shiny. Originally planned clay quench and hamon but I didn’t like it, so took it to 2000 grit with mirror polish. The handle is Arizona Desert Ironwood, tough, heavy wood which helped maintain the sanding between the fittings of 410 stainless and N/S. The pommel nut is an 8-32 hex stainless stand-off. There is room for improvement but for today, I’
    3 points
  3. Hello fellow makers I recently got an interesting commission for a high end oyster knife. The customer allowed me go all in in terms of artistic design and budget. Thought adding a tentacles guard would be cool. I guess I'll need to make some punches for the tentacle suckers... Tell me what you think! I know nothing about this tool so I sorta designed it based on the various shapes I've seen on Google
    1 point
  4. Here is an 20layer layup with lawnmower blade as the center section. Was an experiment to see if I could shear off 15n20 to get initials to stick around while forging. It worked partially, will take a little more but think I have it figured out.. Then a few I am working on over time. Still have to do the butt cap and nut.
    1 point
  5. https://www.hunker.com/13408521/how-to-test-a-thermal-overload-switch Try this seems quite straight forward Could be a faulty switch
    1 point
  6. Is the motor getting physically hot? I had a similar problem with my saw bench thermal switch kept cutting in, but the motor was cool, striped the motor brushes out and replaced one that was sticking and its been OK since! I'm no electrician so please don't take this as gospel,
    1 point
  7. Long time lurker here that just joined. I've had one of these for over a year, thought I'd comment since it seems to come up in a few places. I mounted mine differently, it is on a fairly heavy metal machine table. The cart was recommended by Coal Ironworks, but I avoided it because I hate it when stuff moves while I'm working on it (more on this later), the cart seemed wobbly. I ended up getting a heavy pre-welded machine table from ULINE that works great. I had to drill the mounting holes, but it is very solid and has plenty of room for the press. No wobbling from the table and
    1 point
  8. Here's what the set-up looks like. I used a blower that I got from a grooming salon that went out of business and did things a little different due to power access. My burners started life as Zoeller sidearms and I just removed the mig tips and plumbed the air right into them. There's an air dump just before where the line splits that has an added boon of giving me a great place to stand when I get a little too warm. span widgepan widget
    1 point
  9. I like to look at them as a larger pallet for damascus artwork
    1 point
  10. Kitchen knives are fun if you let yourself have fun with them! Granted, you can’t always do that with commissions, etc. It helps me personally to mix a few “peculiar” specimens in when I do a bunch of kitchen knives. Looking good!
    1 point
  11. Practice makes perfect they say? I'm going to give you a little unsolicited advice here, hope you don't get mad. The top two could use a little more belly. I use a large French curve to help me. They may be a little awkward on the cutting board as they are. Peace
    1 point
  12. Those are looking good. I won't argue your sentiment. I have one to build by the end of the year and I'm kind of dreading it. Easy to do, hard to do right.
    1 point
  13. I was going to say that based on its size, if it was a metorite, it would have been at the bottom of a big hole.....
    1 point
  14. Based on size, if its a meteorite, you have probably just found your pension funds.
    1 point
  15. Being that was only 20 bags, might be your body telling you that you're living too easy and you need some physical activity. Try moving the bags from one side of the shop to the other every two days until the soreness is gone :-)
    1 point
  16. Unloaded 1000 lbs (454 Kg) of coal. In 50lb bags. I am sore. But the shop will be warm this winter! It was stove coal, not forge coal. I have around 500 lbs of that, which will also last the winter at the rate I'm using the coal forge these days.
    1 point
  17. I'd dial back the air, then the fuel. Sparks mean too much air. And yeah, maybe a smaller burner tube too. 350ci isn't that big. That said, two solid days of welding will drink a full 100lb tank.
    1 point
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