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SteveShimanek

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    bladesmithing, blacksmithing, Japanese swords, aikido

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  1. SteveShimanek

    Seriously cool power hammer design

    The Phoenix hammers that Trozak sold can do single strikes and clamp; my mentor has one. Ken Zitur had several he brought to ABANA recently to let people use; i had asked if anyone had a chance to use one, but never heard back. I did hear feedback that the machines were noisy and didn't hit hard, but looking for other opinions from someone who has actually used them. The controls look interesting; i hear Zitur sells them to retrofit other air hammers, at a cost of about $1000. The welds on the frame look like rooster poop, though.
  2. SteveShimanek

    Out of the box for me

    Cool, hope you can post a photo when the handle is on it.
  3. SteveShimanek

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    ^^ What Alan said...all the power hammers I have used had combo dies(Phoenix and Bull) except the 100 lb Little Giant.
  4. SteveShimanek

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Nice job on the handle scales; looks great. Sorry you lost your Gibson...that was a substantial hit back then, very costly. Vern, the pickups are hum buckers, probably the equivalent of what get put into Epiphones made in China.
  5. SteveShimanek

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Here is the guitar kit i have been working on; cherry red stain, black accent "smoke wisp" airbrush, wipe on poly, and enamel clear coat. Hardware is silver and black. I am waiting for the Bigsby tremolo to arrive; trickiest parts so far have been cutting and sanding the neck to fit the pocket, and installing the posts for the bridge.
  6. SteveShimanek

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    Troels, it is nice to have a die set that has flats and a drawing die side by side, so you can draw out then flatten as you go. This is a pretty common setup on the power hammers i learned on. Jeremy, thanks for the photos.
  7. SteveShimanek

    Trying to work out what to do next.

    Regarding your door idea....what is the intended function? Unless you are going to be forging larger items, an openening in the front large enough for what you will be typically forging will be ok. Forges need to breathe, while still retaining heat from the burners.
  8. SteveShimanek

    Eastern Fusion "Ancient" Dagger

    The mokume, patina, and spalted wood goes together very well; i like it a lot. if i had anything to suggest, it would be the very end of the handle seems perhaps a bit wide for my taste, but there really isn't anything wrong with it. love the dagger grind.
  9. SteveShimanek

    I think this is the right place to post this..

    Yeah I went through a Fighter Ace phase back in the early 2000s, and a War Thunder phase a year ago. Connection speed is an issue for me, so it is best not to get too "in" to games for me.
  10. SteveShimanek

    I think this is the right place to post this..

    Looks like fun; I will have to look into it when i get some free time.
  11. SteveShimanek

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    Not to hijack Troels's thread, but does anybody have a photo or vid example of a guided helve air hammer? While at the scrap yard yesterday, i came across some loose spring leaves and flashed on the idea of mounting a cylinder in the rear connected to a pivoting spring arm going to the ram. I would like to look into this design. Pros/cons?
  12. SteveShimanek

    What did you do in your shop today?

    A nice haul from the scrap yard, as i continue to gather stuff for a power hammer build.
  13. SteveShimanek

    W2 Bowie

    Nice lines on that; it would look right at home on some web gear.
  14. SteveShimanek

    Trying to work out what to do next.

    These shells are free all day long at any air conditioning service place. The burner holders are made from EMT couplers cut to fit and tack welded in place. Angle iron sleeved into larger angle is the extendable support for longer work. I welded the tank to a piece of I beam I had laying around at the time; almost anything will work. REC00044.AVI
  15. SteveShimanek

    My new shop...

    Looking good, is that red machine a forging press?
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