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jheinen last won the day on November 12 2017

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  1. What did you do in your shop today?

    I recently took delivery of a several 2' long bars of mild steel. Taped together they all weighed about 40-50 lbs (basically all together they were about a 4" X 3" X 2' bar of steel. I leaned them against my leg vise and then forgot about them. Last night I was doing some hand sanding of a blade, and wanted to move the vise to a better position. I grabbed the vice and started shoving, and the big bar of steel that I forgot about fell over square on to my left big toe. Long story short - crushed toe with fractures in two places. Lesson learned - steel-toed shoes are probably a good idea!
  2. I used to use the ATP paste, but I've found that I don't really get scale when I heat treat using my EvenHeat oven. The blade turns black, but no scale. This is with 1084 and 5160. Not sure about other steels though.
  3. First blade, feelin' proud

    Well, I'm a noob myself , but I'll see if I can whip something together.
  4. First blade, feelin' proud

    Typically 120 and/or 220.
  5. What did you do in your shop today?

    Got tired of being cold. Picked up a forced air propane heater for $99. Heats the whole shop in just a few minutes
  6. First blade, feelin' proud

    Sharpening. Well, I have japanese waterstones, diamond stones, fancy contraptions that guarantee the correct angle, and even an expensive electric thingamabob. With all of that stuff I was never able to get a sharp blade. Then mastersmith Brion Tomberlin showed me how to do it. I grind the edge on the grinder platen to put about a 22˚ angle on it, then reverse the blade on the slack part of the belt to smooth and refine the edge. Then a couple of minutes with a steel and leather strop, and I'm shaving. Takes about 10 minutes. All that other stuff just collects dust now.
  7. J-Flex Belt Tracking

    Rob provided the solution. An impact adjustment got it tracking where I want it. Reminds me of the story the Greybeard engineer - “There is an old story of a boilermaker who was hired to fix a huge steamship boiler system that was not working well. After listening to the engineer’s description of the problems and asking a few questions, he went to the boiler room. He looked at the maze of twisting pipes, listened to the thump of the boiler and the hiss of the escaping steam for a few minutes, and felt some pipes with his hands. Then he hummed softly to himself, reached into his overalls and took out a small hammer, and tapped a bright red valve one time. Immediately, the entire system began working perfectly, and the boilermaker went home. When the steamship owner received a bill for one thousand dollars, he became outraged and complained that the boilermaker had only been in the engine room for fifteen minutes and requested an itemized bill. So the boilermaker sent him a bill that reads as follows: For tapping the valve: $.50 For knowing where to tap: $999.50 TOTAL: $1,000.00”
  8. J-Flex Belt Tracking

    I don't think wear is the issue, as the grinder is relatively new. I'll drop Rob a line.
  9. J-Flex Belt Tracking

    I flipped the belt and had the same problem. I'm not sure what to try other than trimming the tracking wheel's mounting block so that it has more travel to move the belt to the right.
  10. J-Flex Belt Tracking

    Unfortunately I've tried tightening the belt as much as possible, loosening it, fresh belts, etc. I remove the belt when I'm not using the grinder. The only think I can think of at this point is to try beveling the mounting block on the tracking wheel so that it will track even further to the right, but I'm not sure that's a good idea.
  11. J-Flex Belt Tracking

    Does anyone else have issues with J-Flex belt tracking? I have a KMG grinder, and when I use J-Flex belts, they track very far to the left. So much so that even with the tracking screw all the way out there's still at least 1/8" of platen showing on the right side. I don't see this problem with stiffer belts.
  12. Guard stock size?

    I suppose what I'm really asking is what size(s) do most people keep on hand for their knives? I don't want to order one piece of stock for each blade, rather I'm trying to figure out what to order so I have an inventory of steel suitable for most knives.
  13. Guard stock size?

    I'm curious, what size A36 or stainless stock do you typically get for making guards for hidden tang knives between 4" and 10" blade length?
  14. What did you do in your shop today?

    Made this birch bark sheath today.