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Doug Lester

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  1. I would recommend V-bolt or chain makers tongs. Wolf jaw tong are pretty much useless in my experience. Doug
  2. It's been a while since I used an asperated burner but, no, the flame doesn't look right to me. Can you open the air intake to give the burner a little more air. An asperated set up like that get most of us to move on to a blown burner. Much easier to manage. Doug
  3. Pieter-Paul, best wishes on your JS exam. Doug
  4. Gee, I can break jewelers saw blades faster than that. Doug
  5. You've done a great job on the handle and the guard. Doug
  6. Masterful is an understatement. Doug
  7. Looks like it will do the job. Is that a beer bottle opener in the ricasso? Doug
  8. Dang, I might have to make a trip over to Indiana if you can get prices like that. Doug
  9. You do a great job of tooling your sheaths. Doug
  10. Those are great looking knives, Wish you the best at the show. Doug
  11. That 11 shift still doesn't give you much time to do much of anything. I hope you can work some family time in with that. Doug
  12. Ya, third shift can suck. I worked it for several years and, you're right, it's hard to get anything done.
  13. Also heat cycle your blades to decrease the size of the grains. The smaller the grains the less deeply the steel will harden. Doug
  14. That is really nice looking. Great job. Doug
  15. I agree with Dan. Aluminum conducts heat much better than iron or steel. I think that you would be more likely to burn your hands. Doug
  16. Very interesting. Love the crow on the sheath. Doug
  17. The blade looks good. I wouldn't worry about not being able to make "fancy" damascus yet, that's a nice pattern. How does that handle feel in the hand? Doug
  18. Looks very nice. I hope that she gets good use out of it. Doug
  19. When grinding or sanding the previous scratch marks out of the blade, good enough is not good enough. Keep going until all the marks from the previous grit are gone before going on to the next highest grit. Doug
  20. The group mind of this board is awesome. Doug
  21. Even if that anvil is hardened steel, with there being no steel between the legs, most of the mass, and weight, is in the two horns. It would not be very effective in moving steel. Doug
  22. That's the thing about working with horn. It will stink up the shop. I sanded down some horn once and it took three days to get the smell out of the house. My shop is in the basement, makes a good point for working with horn outside of the house. Doug
  23. Oh wow! You've knocked it out of the park again. Doug
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