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Don Abbott

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    East Tennessee / foothills of the Smoky Mountains
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    the Gospel, my wife, blacksmithing, bladesmithing, primitive archery, and F&I War reenactment

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  1. Looking very good. Someone will be proud to own that.
  2. To pinch a hidden tang from scratch, I use a spring fuller or my guillotine. The above advice is to correct an error (one sided). Image search "spring fuller". If you don't have tools, this is a good one to make as you start your collection. Material required: 1/2" steel rod Skills required: ability to bend steel rods
  3. Save yourself some worry and heat a small scrap of the material you are using to critical and water quench it. Put it in a vise and give it a light whack with your hammer... if it's hardenable, it'll snap like a twig. If it bends, you probably need to find some better scrap. Someone gave me a HUGE metal cutting bandsaw blade. I cut it up then tried the test I mentioned above. Stuff bent like a cheap nail. I'd recommend trying this on any unknown scrap. A roughly 1x6cm piece should tell you all you need to know.
  4. Forgive the cruddy Paint edits, but you need to keep the bottom of your existing tang on the flat of the anvil and make a simple fuller out of a 1/2" rod. (imagine the black circle is a 1/2" rod) Drive it down to the desired thickness then draw the tang out.
  5. As far as mauls / axes go, I found one a few years ago that is more wedge shaped as opposed to the fat, chisel-to-concave shape of many of the cheap wood mauls. But it's not one of those big triangle monstrosities that you see. It's probably a little lighter than the big cheap mauls, but it doesn't wear you out over a long day of splitting. It came with a yellow fiberglass handle, but I had to replace it with wood after a couple rough seasons.
  6. Very nice. I really like that one.
  7. Under roof! This was fun, but dang, I'm over it. I had roofer coming at 8:00 am Tuesday and I drove my last nail in the fascia at 11:30 Monday night wearing a head lamp. I'm going to try to close the gables this weekend and then slow down for a while... save some $$$ and get some neglected chores done. Joshua, The bottom plate of the stud walls are sitting on a treated sill plate, so the OSB is nailed to the bottom plate and the double header. I laid out the bottom plates and matched them to where the bolts came though the sill. After framing, we just sat them over the bolts and tied 'em down. I left a 1/2" ledge on the sill so the OSB rests on top of it. And I do appreciate you help. I kept your advice close at had through the whole build.
  8. This has been a long build. I've learned a lot and am in the best physical shape I've been in for a while. It's been fun, but I'm ready to see it in the dry. This might make the old-schoolers cringe, but my son water jetted a template tool to lay out my rafters. It was a big help to me. I did all my framing on the ground in 12' sections, stacked 'em up and kept them dry. This took me several days since I was working solo. After I had all of them ready, my son came over on a Saturday morning. This is 45 minutes work: I framed the gable ends and my son came back another day to help me set the ridge board. The inside of the building looked like one of those third-world jobsites you see on the "construction fails" Youtubes. This is the beginning of the rafters. This was all solo work as well. Everything is in now, except for extra bracing, blocking, and trimming. Like I said, getting closer, but still a lot to do in a week.
  9. Sometime a desperate correction ends up looking really good. I'd say you increased the mechanical advantage of the peen as well. Do 'em that way from now on and just tell folks that's your patented cat ear peen. Great knife overall.
  10. That was at Bowie's. right? I remember that flurry of quick thinking! For several years my first forge blower was a stripped down upright vacuum cleaner plumbed to blow instead of suck. I used a cheap click & turn light switch dimmer to vary the speed. They just add resistance and lower the voltage. A lot of folks said it would ruin a cheap AC motor, but it was still working when I quit using it.
  11. I have one that's really similar, but not as clean looking. I don't use it often, but it's very handy when I do... usually pinching down hidden tangs and necking fineals for strap hinges. I welded a big ole' mushroom shaped bolt head from a railroad bolt to the top die for a striking point. Saves beating directly on the die and adds some weight. I would think that hot iron would be more shock absorbent than lumber, so the bouncing might not be an issue when you're forging. And the HF ASO would be a fine base for a tool like that. Just weld a piece of angle that fits the hardy so it won't move around.
  12. Awesome. I've never seen an elk in the wild... They've re-stocked some over on the NC side of the mountain and they say they're doing well. Thanks for sharing that.
  13. Congratulations from another cable-less member. The sword looks great. Is there any way to get to these Season 4 FiF episodes anywhere? History.com always keeps them locked.
  14. I would carve one piece and dye or stain the dark diamonds.