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Bill Kirkley

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About Bill Kirkley

  • Birthday 01/27/1948

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    Columbia, SC
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    Metal working including machine work, grinding and forging. Landscape work. Sailing.

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  1. Bill Kirkley

    Forged in Fire

    Eric, I've taken several blacksmithing and bladesmithing classes at NESM. They were all top notch. Derick and Nick do a great job. Their guest instructors are great. You'll really enjoy the experience.
  2. Bill Kirkley

    Another question.

    Sorry for the late reply. I forgot I posted this. Here is the type magnet I use. https://m.harborfreight.com/retrieving-magnet-150-lb-pull-36904.html?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F
  3. Bill Kirkley

    Another question.

    If it's a rubbery cushiony you are after, would a piece of conveyor belt work? I know a lot of you guys don't like magnets. That's what I use. It's simple and does a good job.
  4. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    I used the holder to make a blade. It worked great! The conveyer belt grips really well.
  5. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    I made a mounting plate to eliminate the need for C-clamps. I have updated the drawing file in my Dropbox account.
  6. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    Thanks!
  7. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    I finished the holder. Thanks to all for your input. I addressed Vern’s safety concern and Alan’s post on being able to rotate the holder.
  8. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    The pipe holder looks pretty simple. I guess to make one you would need a wood lathe to get a piece of wood that would fit the pipe. You’d also need a welder. The photos look like they used them to finish the handles. I have only made a few blades. I remember while doing the finish sanding thinner blades wanted to flex. The pipe holders don’t provide a way to support the end of the blade. Does it matter if the blade flexes while sanding? Maybe I don’t need the support.
  9. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    C Craft, the second one is the one I found on the net. Mine is loosely based on it. The first one is pretty neat! It is a hole lot simpler than mine and definitely easier to make!
  10. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    I think I will go with the design pictured below.
  11. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    Vern, that’s pretty cool. Thanks!
  12. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    Well now that I look at it I don’t think I need the inner ring. I think a single broken ring like the outer ring would clamp the holder. We’ll see.
  13. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    Alan, I will be interested in seeing what you have. I don’t think I can make perfect rings so I may go with the design pictured. I’ll sit on it and start to work next week.
  14. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    Alan, I like the idea of being able to rotate the holder. I’m working with the idea shown below. Something like that would give me a way to clamp the holder to a table or post vise, and allow me to rotate the holder. It’s going to be a week before I can get back to the shop. I’ll let you all know how it turns out. Vern, I’m not sure I follow where you are going with your suggestion.
  15. Bill Kirkley

    Blade Holder ( Knife Maker’s Vise )

    In the past I clamped the blade to a 2X4 and wedged a small piece of wood under the tip of the blade. It works great. This is a more complicated way to do the same thing! :-)
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