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  1. Hey JPH. Really nice! Like the copal. Any progress on the JJ Perret Art of the Cutler translation? Saludos J
  2. https://www.japansociety.org/page/programs/gallery/when-practice-becomes-form-carpentry-tools-from-japan As its first exhibition upon reopening to the public, Japan Society is pleased to present When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan. Opening on the tenth anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the exhibition celebrates the resilient spirit of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship through woodworking tools, architectural patterns, and models. Featuring a variety of hand tools and wooden models reflecting joinery techniques that have been used for hundreds
  3. Alex; Natlek over on bladeforums.com has started building a dedicated surface belt grinder (as opposed to an attachment for an existing belt grinder). You can check it out here...... https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/diy-surface-belt-grinder.1782558/ Saludos J
  4. Gerhard, it took me two tries to finally quit for good. Both times were unplanned and began while sick in bed for a few days, not smoking at all. I figured, hey, three days without a smoke - why not take advantage of this head start in the process and just stop altogether? The single most helpful thing I found was to replace the smoking with something positive. In my case it was an exercise program. Can't say I don't sometimes miss a smoke. My wife smokes, but only a couple of cigarettes after dinner. I just don't have the ability to do that - I know that for me, one or
  5. Over the years there have been a few references on the forum to this tool museum in France. Here's a link to a photo album - One hundred and fifty-nine images of the exhibits.
  6. Conner, there's a thread here on Bladesmithsforum where Tomas Rucker does a WIP on a big bowie using a hand held angle grinder (the blade is held by a welder's magnet in a vise) The video links are dead, but there are a couple of photos. Tomas did some beautiful work with very little equipment. here's the page https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/19492-big-bowie-wip/ Saludos J JDWARE KNIVES
  7. Nice John! we must have used the same CAD drawings for our grinders. Parts cut with laser or waterjet? J JDWARE KNIVES
  8. Wouldn't call it a crazy idea........this was my first grinder - 1978 or so. 1 HP Baldor Buffer (1725 rpm) 8" x 2" serrated rubber contact wheel; back stand idler; fabricated work rest and platen setups. It used to be oriented differently on the worktable, so I could access the "platen" from the end of the table without reaching over the contact wheel - it's only in sitting place for this photo. Saludos J JDWARE KNIVES
  9. Great - at last! Also great that someone with JPH's knowledge and experience is involved with the project. J
  10. Finally repaired. I had a local "tornero" make a new screwbox. Used a key to keep it from spinning. Works well. Thanks for all the suggestions. Saludos J JDWARE KNIVES
  11. There're the good ideas! Gracias J JDWARE KNIVES
  12. BUMP. Any suggestions where else to look? thanks J
  13. I'm searching for a screw box for a 4" leg vise of unknown manufacture. The old one cracked, and was misplaced by the guy who was supposed to repair it. I live in Mexico and these kinds of things are near impossible to find (for sale anyway). I can have it shipped to family in Philadelphia where I will pick it up. the screw is about 1 and 1/8" outside diameter. Not too concerned with appearance, just need a fix. Saludos J
  14. To me, it's not really such a provocative question. There's just not a simple answer. Tell ten people you make "hand made knives", and each person will probably have a different image in their mind of what that means. At least a few will assume that it means made without "machines"...... whatever a machine is. To some people even a brace and bit is a machine; to some a hand held electric drill is a machine; to some a drill press is a machine; to some only a computer controlled waterjet or EDM is a machine. Ask ten knifemakers what "hand made" means and you'll get ten different answe
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