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Kerri Duncan

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  1. Thanks Alan! I will be playing with hamons... but I gotta walk before I run- so that will have to wait a bit. Thanks Joshua- I have been dickering about here and in a few other forums for a looong time unfortunately- too long. I keep hoarding drops and scraps from machine shops of known steels so I can dial in a process and figure it out... thus the motley variety of my stash- I even have 2 plates of ATS-34 hiding about (from a going out of business machine shop- yes I am aware I need foil and a HT oven for that- just couldnt pass it up for the price)... Think I am going to have a fun winter- AAA sounds like the bees knees for startup! Thank you folks!
  2. So I am still a beginner after a few years thanks to just not being able to put the time "IN" I need/want to- I have the ability now to spend a bit more time and dedicate some financial resources to this. Annnnnd- quenchants have me truly stumped! I have a stash of 1075, 1080, 1084, 1095, O-1 and 52100 and 4140 bits I want to get through and I need to know is PARKS 50 too fast? or should I be leaning to "AAA" Confused and hoping for a bit of guidance- thanks!
  3. 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 ideas about the inline arrestor- Dan, (the fellow who wrote the blog post) was kind enough to chat a few emails worth of info- after a year of use the head of the vanes and the central fixtures are not abraded or significantly worn down. I think one of the success factors to his solution lies in the fact that the surfaces of the vanes are NOT smooth- it "forces" turbulence into the airstream, causing the particles to bounce around more (plus the lower pressure combined with the centrifugal action of the vanes) contribute to a longer air-path for the spark to travel and expend its energy. For ambient dust collection- I think there is a solid calling for a fan-tower. Ron Calverly on YT has a good build and I already have the blowers - I know its a tall setup- but Im looking at putting a timer switch on it to run after I leave for the night to keep filtration going... I have some sensitive pieces I cant get dirty out in the shop (Some of them being the wife's tools) and an Optical Comparator to keep clean. They already have dust covers- but looking for more substantial long term solutions. Ill keep you posted- build should start after I get the tablesaw cart built to get the wife's tools some much needed storage! Below is the vid for the cabinet.
  4. 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)
  5. 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 I have a LOT of residual dust landing on everything (neodymium magnets in sandwich baggies hung around the rafters- they get fuzzy QUICK. Easy to clean though- just turn the baggie inside out, remove the magnet, dump the bag then put magnet back in the bag and re-hang) Watched Neils series and loved it- and recently came across Dan Comeau's spark arrestor idea here: DC KNIVES SPARK ARRESTOR This solution mechanically mimics industrial solutions for the same issue, and would appear to be very do-able for my level of abilities. So I wanted to get feedback on using a Fan Blowing across me towards the dust inlet, a Water trap at the grinder inlet, then a Spark Arrestor in-line, and a modified Dust Deputy/ canister filter setup on the end... really trying to aim for cooling the sparks before the canister. I found a setup similar to what I would like to construct- it has a Dust Deputy mounted to a modified Chinese-Freight dust collector. The user modified the system and added a larger diameter impeller (In this blog he purchased a Rikon impeller). The larger impeller upped his CFM and static pressure. The video of the system is at the bottom of the page, and below that is a "blow by blow" tutorial- Here is the link to the blog-post: GRAYHOUSE STUDIO HF DUST COLLECTOR MOD So- My questions are: 1- Is this overkill? I do not think so as I already use partial face masks and 3M cartridge filters- but need to get the dust under control if I gear up or hope to keep anything clean! 2- One way to "boost" the system efficiency is to have a fan blowing on me towards the dust collection port as well- Does this sound crazy? (In lab situations and vapor spaces I have been exposed to the workers are in-line with the airflow to keep a positive pressure vent circuit in place.) Any thoughts are appreciated- Ive been gone far too long from this fellowship. Be safe and well!
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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 and we noticed a serious decrease in ambient dust (strong magnets in ziploc bags. It fuzzed the wi-fi signal and the cell signals a bit- but that meant more work less surfing- so it worked out.) I enjoy your videos and respect your time spent sharing these adventures- as before- Bravo and awesome as usual! KD
  9. 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.
  10. 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 heading back next week to help him tackle another section- so hopefully more posts then!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!)...
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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!)
  17. 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..." and over a thousand other things from my Dad-vocabulary to never dim her curiosity! Faffing- now THATS going in the notebook! HA! Alex- Get some strong magnets (hard drive magnets are cheap and awesome for this). Hang them in ziploc baggies about the shop- they "passive collect" metal dust as it floats by- every month or so just pull the baggie off the magnet and the dust falls off- and re-hang. I like your idea for the grinder box- Ill be (ahem...) Borrowing your design... Thanks!
  18. 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 auctions- I even called several auctioneers local to me and put cash offers for anvils out. Higher price (somewhat) but the convenience of someone else doing the search is a nice feature. You specify the condition and the type (No cast iron ASO's or if you are looking for specific makers) Just some hints that have worked for me in the past- be safe and as always- at peace! Good Luck!
  19. 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!
  20. 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)
  21. 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.
  22. 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...
  23. 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?
  24. 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!
  25. 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!
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