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R.W. Deavers

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  • Birthday 02/23/1974

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  1. Believe it or not, I've done some grinding on it, and the motor never even hiccuped. Even with an 80G belt, as soon as the steel touches the belt, the machine just eats it.
  2. Over the course of a little over a year, I have gone through two bench-top 4 x 36 sanders. I finally had enough and decided an upgrade was in order, and rather quickly (our annual community yard sale is next weekend). So, I got together with a good friend of mine and we worked out some details and he started the build (he had the motor and most of the frame steel). When the machine got to my shop, I had some work to do to get it in running shape. I must say, this machine works better than either I or my friend could imagine. I'm going to try to list what was used: The drive motor is a 1750 RPM 110V furnace blower motor (1/4 HP) and the drive wheel is from a junked push-type snow blower, the two large rollers are old steel casters with rubber tires and grease fittings, the main frame rail is a piece of 6" wide 'C' channel welded to a 3/8" thick vertical plate with two pieces of 2 x 4 rectangular tubing as feet, The power cord is from an old burned up angle grinder, The pedestal and rocker arm for the tensioner is made from scrap pieces of steel with the spring from a junked futon bed. The only out-of-pocket expense was the set of skateboard wheels and bearing for the tensioner roller.
  3. Thank you Chris.
  4. Oh yeah, the education I received from this project was well worth the time. Mind you, all of the hammering was done with my three pound hammer.
  5. Thank you Alan, and thank you for your advice on this project, I greatly appreciate it.
  6. Thank you JJ.
  7. From the album Current and past projects

    This rapier was hand forged from recycled materials. The blade was forged from a leaf spring, the basket hilt was forged from railroad spikes then MIG welded, the maple for the handle came from an old buthcer's block, and the pommel was a piece of large diameter bolt.
  8. Finally, after logging in 87 hours plus, the rapier is finally finished. The maple handle has a spiral braided silver wire wrap and the pommel nut was shaped from a scrap piece of railroad spike left over from the basket work. Every project has new learning experiences and this one is the prime example of that. I sincerely want to thank everyone for the advice during this project.
  9. Thank you, and yes I am. The only real issue is going to be the cleanup, but it'll get done.
  10. I did some more work on the basket this morning. So far, it's coming along pretty well.
  11. Absolutely beautiful work! And thank you for posting this as it inspires me to do some ornamental work on my current rapier project.
  12. Today, I got the 'D' guard forged out and fitted, so now, I have a good foundation for the rest of the basket work.
  13. Thanks. Getting there. Once I get all the basic stuff done, then the details start.
  14. And more progress today. I got the pommel shaped and fitted. Tomorrow, I get to continue on the basket work. I needed the pommel so I could index the 'D' guard scroll end. Now, the balance is right about where the blade bevels meet.
  15. I have a good foundation for the basket now. I also got a jump start on the handle as well. The wood for the handle came from an old butcher's block.