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Salem Straub

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About Salem Straub

  • Birthday 05/07/1983

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    Tonasket, WA
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    All types of ferrous metalwork. Shop machinery, acquiring, rebuilding, and using. Tai Chi Sword, the practice and the blades. Playing music, eating good food, reading good books. Enjoying life!

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  1. Super cool work, way to go with the hearth steel and successful quench!
  2. Dang nice pattern welding there JPH, but of course it is! Makes me want to try that HT foil in a billet.
  3. Very nice flow and execution, Wes. I love that hammered finish too, on the guard.
  4. Some very cool techniques at play here, well done!
  5. Thanks a lot, guys!
  6. I dunno either, but I wish I could call it "mine." Nice work JPH! Reminds me just a little of a slender yataghan, with that subtle forward curve.
  7. 954 bronze is pretty enjoyable to work with. It forges well at a medium/low red to black heat. It will work harden hammering cold but just keep it hot. It can be quenched to harden somewhat, although I've not done that. It grinds easily, machines a bit tough (sharp bits) and looks like whitish brass when raw finished. Heating up through the purple temper range into a brown range, and quenching in oil, will yield the color shown here. I really really like the look, this guard was an experiment with coloring as I'm new to this material. Oh, and thanks a lot guys for the felicitations!
  8. SUPER cool. Impressive all around, and such a pretty finished piece.
  9. Here's my latest... a custom order that when I drew options for the client, I labelled "insane" as it was an exercise more than anything in taking lines to an extreme. I was a little taken aback when he chose the drawing to proceed with. It has a 15" blade, is 20-3/4" in overall length, and the blade is 2.25" max width at the harpoon apex. It features a 9 bar pattern-weld blade, in turkish/serpents composite with explosion pattern bars for the clip and dropped edge. Completing the package are a 954 aluminum bronze guard, sculpted grenadilla handle, and 954 bronze nut for the through tang-construction. It is 1 lb. 12.3 oz. in total weight, and balanced to CHOP. Pics and a vid! Thanks for checking it out!
  10. "Storing rolled up carpets for a few years"... that's a good one. Better than all of the other body jokes I heard over this hole. Anyway! Progress: Foundation poured for the Beaudry... 3-1/4 yards of six sack mix with super plasticizer. Signed in the corner by my boy, with his feet and hands and I added his name and the date!
  11. I tied a fair amount of rebar in my early 20's... whaddya know, it came in handy again! Cage built for hammer foundation. Hoping to pour on Friday.
  12. No turning back now... sawed a hole through the shop floor, 3.5' x 6'. Now there's some digging to do.. [/ Your average, garden variety, four foot deep power hammer foundation hole.
  13. That's a really pretty knife and sheath. Nice work!
  14. You can get a motor from ebay, often that's the best deal, used or surplus for around a hundred bucks or less. That would be for a three phase 2 hp. Leeson or Baldor motor. 1725 rpm is my general preference, lower speeds can be gotten with good torque- motor won't develop a "cogged" feel until you get down to below 10 Hz. or so, which is 225 RPM or so. There is still plenty of power at that low setting. If you wanna talk more about VFD control, hit me up. Then you can go get a TECO FM50 VFD, the FM202-C from Factorymation. Best place to get one, and a solid cheap drive. You'll need to protect it from grinding dust, though. Probably about $140 over there right now. Then get a disc from Wayne or Rob and you're good to go. If you find a foot mount motor the grinder won't even need a frame. Being 3 phase/VFD, it will by nature be reversible and that's handier than you'd think. So is a rest, for fitting stuff up clean and flat and getting dovetail bolsters right, it's the best. If you want a frame, look up the Kevin Powers CAD/DXF file- he authored a disc grinder frame kit for water jet (I did mine with CNC plasma) and shared it for free. Works good though you'll need a friend with the technology to cut it.
  15. Well, it's just my somewhat educated opinion... who knows, you may meet another guy who knows his stuff but says different!