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Bill Kirkley

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  1. I think Travis Wuertz's TW-90 is as good a grinder as you can buy. It is more expensive but it is a quality machine and very versatile. Here is a link to his sight: https://traviswuertz.com/
  2. I have been using a 20' extension cord I made with 10 gage copper with the black rubber insulation for years for my belt grinder and 2 hp table saw. I have a 20 foot extension cord I use for my 50 amp welder. It is made of 6 gage copper wire. I would ask an electrician what wire size you would need for 75 feet, but if you don't mind spending the money, it should work fine. If it is a three prong plug, the third prong is a ground wire. the main consideration is how you plan to run it. If it is on the ground, there is a big safety consideration. If you plan to leave it in place you should run it through conduit. You should unplug it when not in use.
  3. I believe the formula posted above by Brian may be incorrect. The attached photo shows what I believe to be the correct formula for fuller depth, h.
  4. I think I'll pass on the saw blade. Cutting it up with an abrasive disk would not be fun!
  5. Clifford, my guesstimate is it ways about 75#. The last time I bought scrap mild steel it was 49 cents a pound. Based on that it is over priced!
  6. No doubt it's like talking politics and religion! In the end it's each to his own.
  7. Gary, for a serious knife maker I would agree. I have only forged a few blades. None of which are good enough to sell. Maybe one day. I think mystery steel has a place for beginners and hobbyists who are learning.
  8. He's asking $100. He may take less. If it turned out to be good steel, it'd be a life time supply for me. It's about the equivalent of a plate 33X33X1/4.
  9. If I decide to look at I'll test it. Thanks Zeb
  10. Thanks Allen. Here is a photo of the teeth. They look ground into the blade.
  11. Someone is selling this roughly 42" diameter saw blade that is about 1/4" thick. Any ideas what it would be made of? Is the whole blade likely high carbon steel or just the teeth.
  12. I am not good at freehand sharpening. I got a wicked edge sharpener. It is easy to use and works great. Below is a link to their sight and a link to their forum. https://wickededgeusa.com/ https://knife.wickededgeusa.com/
  13. I made a stand with a hoist. It makes repositioning the block a lot easier.
  14. Travis Wuertz makes one. He also makes a great grinder, the TW90. https://traviswuertz.com/?product=tw-surface-grinder https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qTsWK2wH26Y
  15. I made mine out of steel. It is on rollers so I can move it out of the way. You have to chock the wheels if you apply a lot of pressure. A bucket under the belt is nice, but probably not necessary. I like the shelves for tool storage. The sheet metal in the front protects the shelves.
  16. Clay Spencer sells plans for a tire hammer. http://www.tirehammer.org/tirehammer_website/Tire_Hammer.html
  17. Now I'm a bit confused. I have seen several instances where people differentiate between a coal forge and a coke forge. It has been my understanding that burning coal produces coke. If that's the case wouldn't coal forges be the same as coke forges?
  18. I'm not sure about charcoal. From what I've read a 1/4" thick firepot may not hold up to coal. I reacently built a coal forge. Here is a link to my YouTube video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JzjxnQea6_4 Drawing Coal Forge Vent.pdf Drawing Coal Forge.pdf
  19. A while back I was in the same spot you are. I chose the Nimba anvil because it's American made and has a good reputation. They were great to work with. I think they have limited runs so you might have to wait to get one. I waited three or four months. I am very pleased with the anvil.
  20. Nick Rossi at NESM had us forge the profile of the blade then use stock removal for the bevels.
  21. I believe you will want to grind/ file your ricasso so the two faces are parallel. I don't recall but I think the base of the ricasso should be more perpendicular to the spine of the blade. Some of the more experienced members should correct me if I am wrong.
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