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Kerri Duncan

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  1. Thanks Simon- Im in the process of fabri-cobbling a setup right now... I like the water/bucket idea- I'll be using a rectangular "tote" bin- One fellows shop near me who does a LOT of plasma cutting has a similar setup with a "tote bin" style water trap. The big thing for him is deflection/cooling of the particles- he added a stainless steel mesh screen like you find on range hoods and over house stoves into the water. He lost a few feet of CFM and a bit of static pressure- but he hasnt burned out his shop collection system since adding it. Im working with a couple of i
  2. Understood- Going to be building it anyway- just would have liked to get a few thoughts from the collective. I just have to keep the shop a bit cleaner than some as it is also a shared space for the wife and my jewelry work (And Ive got a 6 year old I would like to have playing about as well)
  3. I have looked back at a lot of folks posting about dust collection- Ive read the threads going back to pre-2015... Im looking to build a system for my small shop- and wanted to get some opinions/input before I jumped in from those who have gone before me (you guys)... As there is nothing really solid recently in the forums I figured I would ask for some input. I will be putting this system on a surface grinder as well as my 2x72 using blast gates or a "Y" switch at the input. My decidedly LOW TECH method of controlling ambient dust has been working very well so far but
  4. I already joined ABANA and my local guild- one of the first things I did was try to source info locally- and everyone I have encountered there so far are good eggs- My job keeps me dynamic with shift changes (rotating nights/days odd weeks and such) so I cannot attend often- but still enjoy the group!
  5. Mr Boggs- Thanks for posting the thread- Im trying to learn to "see" and this is very insightful. (pardon the pun) as usual you have helped me add another tool to the list of "stuff to make/learn" I dont really post all too often- as I am still learning the ropes- but I appreciate the time as a student- to see good tooling. Im trying to learn good practices and having clean examples to work to are always awesome. Thanks
  6. Neils- Very cool build- I have watched this on your channel from the start- Bravo! For your build consideration- putting several Neodymium Magnets of a fairly strong nature inside a Kydex shell free hanging in the HVLP airflow stream portion will collect some dust- but the particulate you may be trying to collect may be the ceramic/mineral abrasive component of the belt (non magnetic). For that- water-trapping is still the king unless you are venting to the outside (even then it may be warranted). I know in my old shop we had "dust baggies" suspended from the joists
  7. Cleaning out- these have to go- Free to a good home! I've switched my bench molding over to petrobond- and just don't cast as much Greensand anymore. Bring buckets/bags and boxes- these bags are crispy old. I work odd hours- so be patient- I will usually get back to you within a day.
  8. Friday I helped an older gent clean out his shop and get things on pallets for moving- The city has claimed his barn area for eminent domain to widen a road. If anyone is nearby the Hampton Roads area and needs an anvil- he has 2 in great shape! The Kohlsawa: The Peter Wright: And a gnarly doorstop Vulcan Arm and Hammer: And I scored a big find for me- a 300 pound Fisher 1942: He also has several Swage blocks and stands (Here is just one) I had a blast rummaging and cleaning- Im head
  9. Took my intro to blacksmithing course at my local guild this weekend- had a blast... On my way to the entry test next month- now to forge out the remaining pieces (5 of each) for the "Noob merit badge" to get some street cred in the guild. Heating the blanks- making the scrolls, learning the ropes... Making the hooks- yes the spikes are TOO BIG... but they will do well cinched! And the wife loves her keychain leaf... Its a start!
  10. Bravo Chris- Did you stabilize the wood yourself or get it done? I think your horizontal carry choice should be a great canvas for that sheath!
  11. Hard to believe no one has taken one of these to the XRF scanner- just a simple interwebs search shows this steel has been around since before 2012- Oct 2012 Fine Woodworking PM-V11 article If they are using a boutique manufacturer (low run counts strict quality/lot/proprietary sales) then they have a great secret... Sounds like a bit of smoke/mirror ahem... ummm "Marketing" materials. But- then again- maybe they are just really into developing cutting edge tools (couldnt resist- pardon the pun!)...
  12. Bravo Ms. Jennifer! I appreciate your camera angles- you can see where the metal moves- Thank you for posting this- I will be visiting the other videos this week as well! Kerri
  13. John- I like it- You need to look up "Chopped Carbon Fiber"... The OSB has a similar "look" to its multi direction layers. Like the other folks mentioned- dye it and see what happens! Who knows- maybe a Chopped carbon sleeve? Bravo on experimenting!
  14. So here she is after helping build the stand- gonna recess the anvil 1/2 inch and she will be ready to swing! Took us about 4 hours longer than doing the project by myself- but MAN- What a good day... Now on to build my stand and get this little chick SWINGING! Guys- sorry about the dad-bragging- but Im just stoked she wants to "play" and learn... not just cash out into the digital world... (and to be honest- it helps keep me wanting to "play" in the shop too!)
  15. Thanks Chris- Shes always been my sidekick- and shes always ready for an adventure in the shop! Keep trying my friend- Its amazing to see the curiosity and energy (and honestly a bit trying at times as well) but its well worth it in my thoughts! Try "Handmade Christmas" as a family suggestion and target the boys with ideas- who knows... Ill pray for it to catch in their hearts like it has in mine! Gerhard thanks- I will not say I "never" say no... but I do say things like "Not now... Maybe... We will see... If we can... After we finish..." a
  16. Jesse- keep looking... put the feelers out and keep watching. It will happen my friend. Took me awhile to land my first real anvil. If you get an offer like this again- use google money or paypal to give good faith money- lets the guys know you are serious and not just "kickin the tires"... plus it gives you recourse if they sell it or you have any worries about it walking away. With Google Pay and PayPal both you can put a hold on the funds- but it shows you have the cash and are serious. Where are you located Jesse? You can go on "AuctionZip.com" for estate and farm
  17. Did a little horse trading- and now My shop-monster has her own anvil... a little 35 pounder Cliff Carroll to go with my new TFS -Now to get a stand built and her rocking the iron!
  18. Extremely awesome (and if I say a wee bit jealous- my HOA would have me on a stick for trying this out!) Bravo Indeed- and may your hopes come true- make a door sash touchstone with a wee bit and keep the vibes alive in the new year! (Like a Jewish Mezuzah if you have no idea what I speak of)
  19. A moment shared among us assures his memory grows bigger- Bravo for the strength to share- and I am honored you chose us to share it with. Be safe and as always- at peace.
  20. Daniel- If you have a furnace/HT oven or Kiln you could try "slumping" tear shaped or round cutouts onto the surface as well- Im not sure if it will bond/hold due to oxide films- but in my mind- I see dimpling the surface then slumping into it... I will ask the ceramics guy at the makerspace near me and see if he has any thoughts...
  21. Just a thought- I have no experience with it but I have seen folks use torch fired clear-coat enamels and build up multiple layers on copper for a dripping effect on necklaces/pendants- maybe this could be an option to explore?
  22. All I thought when I read your post about selling was NOOOOOOOOO- think of the shots you can do around the shop... I would LOVE to get a setup like this and do a series of grain refinement pics and detail pics like hand sanding marks through the grits... Maybe Im just a geek about the process- but those would be great ways to teach, show clients or even just have in the notebook for process notes! The pics are beautiful by the way- I particularly like the screw-head and Ron's slobbering/munching garden critter!
  23. Heck- get it for your "Chest of Curiosities"... My own bench drawer has 99.9 nickel pellets, chromium, as well as old wrought iron, Tungsten and a few/various other metals and alloys... Just cause... They make nice "touchy-feelies" at events and kids are visual learners to teach with. For some its a good conversation starter! Get it!
  24. I like the design where the trailing end stays thick enough for a tighter grip- very nice indeed- Bravo!
  25. Make a deal with the boss to pay a little at a time- over time it will add up! Offer to "buy" a new anvil for the shop and you take the old one. Does you 2 things- locks a price in (biggie) and helps you start saving (albeit forcefully) for a big one for your own place! Knife is awesome as well!
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