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  1. SteveShimanek

    Dayton Belt Disc Sander 1/3 HP ,120V

    When i had mine, i epoxied a piece of tile to the platen...it helped a lot to even out the grind.
  2. SteveShimanek

    What did you do in your shop today?

    That looks nice and tidy, Don!
  3. SteveShimanek


    I seem to remember something on TV that showed some "blacksmith" using a flatter as a hammer; it was discussed on here a while back.
  4. SteveShimanek

    New quench tube

    Weld it up, test with water, mark leaks, weld over the leak....repeat as needed until no leaks.
  5. SteveShimanek

    Dayton Belt Disc Sander 1/3 HP ,120V

    If i remember correctly, it just needs the tables installed; easily done. It comes with a belt and a sanding disc, but you will need more.
  6. SteveShimanek

    Dayton Belt Disc Sander 1/3 HP ,120V

    That grinder is what i started with; it will do a job, not as well as a larger more powerful machine obviously, but handy nonetheless. Trugrit stocks a wide variety of belts in that size.
  7. SteveShimanek

    What did you do in your shop today?

    My riding mower frame broke in HALF yesterday while mowing; the frame is constructed of light gauge steel and has numerous perforations for hardware, metal fatigue is the likely culprit. I managed to get it back into the shop and started disassembling and welding up the frame.
  8. SteveShimanek

    Hamon questions.

    Don't forget to neutralize your etch, water and baking soda, or Windex, ammonia, etc.
  9. SteveShimanek

    Clan Crest Sgian Dubh

    Which clan is that? Beautiful work!
  10. SteveShimanek

    Shibuichi, Up Close

    I hope to make some of this in the not too distant future; i already made the furnace, and have a crucible and some copper. I need to get some more silver.
  11. SteveShimanek

    Hamon questions.

    If you really want to go down the rabbit hole, try polishing with water stones Japanese style. The hamon will show up in the rough stage, then disappear until the final stages. It is a substantial investment for the stones, but the results are very traditional if care is taken.
  12. SteveShimanek

    Rest In Peace A.G.

    He certainly is a legend in the knife world; we are all mortal and on borrowed time, but nothing is lost or wasted in the universe.....we will be back in it somewhere.
  13. SteveShimanek

    What did you do in your shop today?

    I got some quality time in on gas welding the hole and cracks in the spindle recess on my mower deck.
  14. SteveShimanek

    two questions

    Koa isn't all that allergenic; just a dust mask and safety glasses should be fine. Latex gloves may help your skin from darkening from handling the wood. Some people seal their knife handles with cyanocrylic (superglue).
  15. SteveShimanek

    Thought fer the day, / add yours if you like

    If you are not angry, you just don't know what is going on....also, just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you!