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Bruno last won the day on August 23 2018

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  1. Bruno

    Power hammer build questions

    ,Late on this one, As far as motors, I got a 2hp 1725 Farm Duty Motor/220v on my Rusty Style. Works Great. Great motor, got from surpluscenter. Leeson Motor. Can't go wrong. Around $400. As far as tweaking machinery... In my experience, if it moves it needs maintenance. The cleaner your motion, as in the less wobble, the less likely your gear will tear itself apart. My initial build worked. Then I broke the Jackshaft to the tire clutch. Then I got access to a lathe and rebuilt the parts. Running smooth now. But when dealing with the forces a 2hp motor can create and the the pounding of heavy steel parts, things are going to wear and break. I hear even Little giants need to be tuned right to run well. A bad tuning will tear something up in short order. To be fair, I doubt my hammer has 25 hours on it. And call me crazy but it feels like the weather affects things like my Water pump to my house, so sometimes it just feels like things run funny on some days. .02
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    Way outside my comfort zone

    I like that one Geoff. Gets right to the point. If I may, I think a nice black leather would suit that one better than cord. Would be more comfortable in use me thinks. Push daggers can be hard on the hands, at least the ones I've used before, even with a rubber molded handle. A softer leather would allow for more gription especially around the top two fingers. IMHO.
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    Been busy trying to turn steel into something else. I have a collection sitting there and only 24 hours in a day. So I spent a little time, and not much money on this prototype: I introduce to you the Turbo Stab-O'-Matic 1000: Just a prototype, put together lazily as proof of concept. All parts were on hand except for the belts and a small pulley. 1/3 hp motor. tried 1/10 hp first, but that was not powerful enough. It worked well. This was shamelessly stolen from Shurap on youtube because a Good Idea is a Good Idea. His machine is much nicer.
  4. Bruno

    Culver Inspired (Copied) Slipjoint

    Man That Sure is nice. With the kith Date a mere 4 months away, I better get started. You are setting the bar High there.
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    Life is exercise enough for me. Too many daily chores that require me to put on my Ox hat. Since I stopped doing demolition work (not the fun kind), I added a couple pounds, since I don't lose 8 pounds a day in water in the sun anymore. I do try to keep in shape though, and yes it does affect my knife making abilities. Just standing at the grinder for a few hours can really wear you down in short order. Love forging so I'd probably do that even if I was limp and dead When doing anything physical, just got to remember the basics. Breathe. Hydrate. Pace yourself. Good Form. I'm not a young man anymore, but I'd bet you that I could outwork myself from 15 years ago, today. Been about a year or two since I swung the 12# sledge single handed while forging. Lol, didn't have a helper, but most the time I avoid doing things that get me hurt. Keep up on cardio, and the body should follow...
  6. Bruno

    Another Small one

    Wow! That is a sweet pattern and a sweet little knife. I'd use that all day.
  7. Bruno

    Meteorite Damascus

    Looking Great Gary! Can't wait to see the finished piece...
  8. Bruno

    Afixing brass to steel?

    Weld it?
  9. Bruno

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Hey All, Been busy lately. Here is a set just out of its second Temper Cycle. Heat Treated last night. Mostly recycled materials. The Mutt Damascus started as 3 types of old band saw blades, then added Leaf Spring, A FIle, Drill Rod. Then added a few layers of 1084, 15n20 and 52100. It's a Mutt. Now for the fun of cleaning, handling and sheathing the lot...
  10. Bruno

    Drilling Question

    Thanks Joshua , I will have to try a slower cool on the next bar and see how it works...
  11. Bruno

    Meteorite Damascus

    Too Coool!
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    Drilling Question

    Carbide bit's are awesome. I've only ever owned 1 used to cut through a hardened stainless blade someone asked me to be a thumb stud in. Cut like butter. Otherwise, I've learned how to sharpen drill bits. Not too hard, just need a good eye and steady hand. Normalizing several times has helped me in the past but I still get the squeal, with or without a lubricant. I find bits around 1/8th inch or so want a faster speed to cut well, which can be tricky, at least for me, since small bits tend to bind and break under pressure. All I can offer, is make sure you have no scale on your piece before you drill, as that will dull the bit before it can be of any use. When you start hearing a squeal, Stop and sharpen your bit. I can usually get 1/3rd way through a piece before I start getting the squeal, then a good sharpen usually helps it push through the center, which for me seems to be the toughest part. I don't use 1095 exclusively, but have included it in damascus bars with 52100. Not sure which causes me the most trouble. I usually normalize at least 3 times. A slower cools seems to work better, so I sometimes I let the blade sit in a secondary cold forge, so as the wind that runs through my shop doesn't cause any weirdness. The insulation of the forge just lets it cool down a little slower. But not so slow as to attempt an anneal. I've used ash buckets before for a real slow cool with files and such, but then I read about those laminar carbides and such, and it would explain previous broken bits. As far as normalizing, I've read somewhere, probably here, that when normalizing, go to a really high heat the first time, then go progressively lower heats, for the next couple rounds. Hope any of that helps.
  13. Bruno

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Looking Good Conner. That pattern looks like it started as a small scale crushed W's maybe ? Maybe with a slight twist in it as well. Best I can tell anyway's, could be wrong...
  14. Firebricks and refractory dust is no good to breathe in. Make sure you are wearing a respirator and long sleeves. And be mindful of wind and disposal. Don't you have a gas forge you bought a while back Andy ? Might be easier to just line that one with your refractory and call it good. A well lined forge will serve you way better than firebricks alone. If it's just for heat treating, you can use an oxy/acetylene or oxy propane setup to get to temp quickly on a blades that aren't too large. It would be faster and more efficient me thinks. .02
  15. Bruno

    Pro pic, make me look really good

    Niiice! Really dig the guard on that one.