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Douglas W.

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About Douglas W.

  • Birthday 06/18/1974

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    WillowGrove PA
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    Pre 74 Mopar cars. Generally anything Sharp and pointy.
    Japanese Culture.
    Furry four legged animals.

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  1. Okay, now I feel like an even bigger idiot for wondering why a portaband would be better then a regular upright? Obviously its portable, but I really can't see taking it any where and wouldn't an upright be better for making more consistent cuts? Or is it the fact that you could cut more angles with the portaband?
  2. I got $400 in gift cards to Lowes I have a KMG grinder, so belt sander wise I am good, do they have any good band saws for steel? I also have a good 4 1/2 angle grinder. What do you find yourself using the most that you'd be able to get at a place like Lowes?
  3. Well if you want to show her what practice can do for drawing. Go to http://covers.mokuton.com/Ah%21%20My%20Goddess%20Manga%20Covers/ The artist is Kōsuke Fujishima a Japanese manga artist. Each link is the cover of a book and you can see how much his style changes in between. Its really obvious how much he improved between books. Not the example you were looking for, but the first thing that hit me when you mentioned gaining drawing skills because I remember seeing the first cover after seeing cover 36 and thinking no way is this the same guy even though I knew it was. On an example closer to home® you tube the first simpsons episodes and compare to the newer ones.
  4. I've read many different threads from different forums but that only confused me more. I bought a KMG a month ago and am ready to by a motor and VFD. I've been to the local rebuilder once and goofed on pulley size and forgot to mention I prefer a dial for speed control. I'll probably stop by again this week and want to narrow down what I'm looking for. Maybe you can see if I've overlooked a requirement or something thats "just nice to have" I'm aiming for 3 horsepower. I'll start out with a list of what I "think" I know. Before you can pick the motor you want you need to figure out what electricity you have. I have 220 single phase in the garage besides the regular 110. If you want variable speed, without having to switch between pulley selections you need a vfd. You need a 3 phase motor to work with the VFD. So for most people who don't have 3 phase electric you need a 1 phase input 3 phase output vfd. Motor must be a TEFC (Totally enclosed fan cooled motor) or it will be short lived due to grinding contamination. When selecting a VFD if budget allows its better to go one hp or more rating then your using because some horsepower is lost in the inversion. Ending speed at belt driven pulley should be around 3450 rpms. (I have no idea why that just seems to be the consensus of most threads found) So you can either find a motor with 3450 rpms or use a 1725 rpm motor with a larger pulley on the motor side, smaller pulley on the grinder side. You will need to consider how it will be mounted (needs a baseplate/foot/pedestal. You will need a shaft size compatible with the pulleys you select (probably around 5/8) For a 3hp motor you will probably need around a 30 amp cicuit to run it on. Most motors will also need a wiring and plug kit. The VFD will need a nema4 or better enclosure, or a cheaper VFD will need an enclosure built for it or it to can be destroyed by grinding contamination. Most will want a reversing switch on the VFD. When I go to buy mine I will be looking preferably for one with a dial for speed (so far the guy at the local electric motor rebuilder has shown me digital ones with just up and down arrows.) I just think the nob seems like it will be more convenient. So does this sum up all the requirements that will need to be met? Does the info I have seem accurate? Feel free to correct my on anything I like to make mistakes and fix them before I spend money instead of after
  5. Amazing. Every aspect compliments each other so well.
  6. That looks like a whole pile of challenges there. Looks beautiful great work!
  7. Hmmm I replied to this the other day but it either vanished on I had trouble submitting it. Its such an easy explination, that I wonder how I did not realize it myself. Guess some people have a tendancy to over think, and make things more complicated then they really are. As soon as I read "So, would you rather have a square yard of 2" thick wool that weighs 6 pounds, or a square yard of 1" thick wool that weighs 8 pounds? " my perspective cleared right up.
  8. Looking for insulating materials to make a heat treat forge I am running into things like 2 inch thick 6# density inswool for just slightly more then 1 inch 8# density. How do these compare? Does it mean the 2inch think doesn't provide the insulating power as the one inch even tough its twice as thick?
  9. I was actually thinking of something similar as a gift to my buddy Joe whos a firefighter but I was figuring on leaving the tang beefy enough on the spine to be able to stick it in a drill press and cut out a section for an automatic center punch.
  10. Amazing contrast on the hamon.
  11. Douglas W.

    JS Blades

    Those are all really beautiful. Congratulations.
  12. Wow John you get an amazing hamon no matter what steel your working with.
  13. Thats one mighty fine looking hammer. Nice broad face and the handle angle is pretty nice too!
  14. Never thought about setting the propane tank in water before. I saw some one do something similar once with freon tanks. I forget the reasoning behind it. What is the little pocket for at the tip of the saya? Thanks for sharing the process.
  15. Some very cool patterns and the polish is looking great so far.
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