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Alex Middleton

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Alex Middleton last won the day on October 8 2017

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  1. KITH Dagger

    I took a few hours this morning and remade the handle one last time. I'm pretty darn happy with the way it turned out. After glue up and ready to start applying the finish coats. It may not be the most perfect thing that's ever been made, but it's a huge step forward for me. I want to thank everyone for their help and encouragement. If you guys hadn't pushed me a little bit, I don't think I'd be anywhere near as happy with it overall.
  2. Camp knife

    Exceptional Lars! The forge finish really looks good on that one. Can I ask why you went with the double keeper straps on the sheath?
  3. Ouroboros Sword

  4. My very first two knives

    Cobalt definitely drills better through most blade steels better than high speed steel. You still need to run your drill slowly with even pressure. A little bit of cutting oil (I use Tap-Magic) helps out as well. The best option is to use a true carbide drill bit, but they are extremely expensive for everyday home use.
  5. KITH Dagger

    I have to admit, there is a shelf above my workbench, right up by the ceiling. This is where the broken, twisted, burned, and otherwise malformed knives go that I have deemed unsalvageable. A couple are stuck right in the edge of the shelf so that I can easily see them and they act as a constant reminder of the things that didn't turn out the way I expected. It helps me to keep from making the same mistakes over again. I have a feeling that this oak handle will end up there when I get home tomorrow. The more I look at it, the less I like the way it's turning out. The overall form is just fine, and the carving turned out good as well. It's just the surface quality of the wood that isn't up to par. Like Jonathan said, I'm getting to be damn near an expert at making these things by now, a couple of extra hours worth of work to remake it out of a better piece of wood won't kill me. LOL
  6. 2x72 Belt Grinder plans

    One other thing to try would be to find someone in your area with a waterjet table. Waterjet doesn't necessarily have the same limitations with hole sizes as laser/plasma/oxyfuel does. I don't work with waterjets all that often so I can't vouch for their edge quality, but some of the newer ones are just as good, if not better, than most lasers.
  7. KITH Dagger

    Thank a for the input Zeb. I have a loooooong way to go before see anything close to perfect. If this handle doesn't work out, I am planning on at least trying to round off the edges on the next one. I've already bought the Dremel bits that I think I need. I'm pretty new to carving, so just getting something that looks remotely like what I'm after is considered a success, and a major syep for ward for me. I'm also thinking about in laying some sort of red stone to make eyes for the snakes. At some point though, I'm going to have to say enough is enough and move on to the next project.
  8. 2x72 Belt Grinder plans

    I haven't looked at the plans. On a .260" hole, if it's anything thicker than 3/8" or so, I can see it being a bit of trouble. If the hole is just a clearance for a bolt, just let them know that the edge quality doesn't matter. It may be a little rough, but who really cares? If it needs to locate the bolt, ask if they will put a pierce point, or etch a small (0.050" ish) circle, at the center of the hole. This should give you enough to locate a good center punch on, then you can drill the holes out from there.
  9. Starting a New Mosaic

    I love that pattern. That's what I think of when I hear pattern welded steel. It gives me something to aspire to someday!
  10. I feel like a dog sometimes...

    I have squirrels running through my shop constantly! Literally, the freaking chipmunks have burrows everywhere LOL! Honestly though, those are awesome. I'm looking forward to the sword pics when you're done with it!
  11. 2x72 Belt Grinder plans

    Your laser cutting people aren't necessarily telling you the entire story. The heat concentration involved with cutting a hole smaller than the thickness of the material makes it very difficult to get a clean edge. Most shops shy away from putting themselves in a position where their edge quality may be questionable, a large part of their professional reputation rides on it. Depending on the hole size/material thickness ratio, a hole smaller than a material thickness is definitely possible. It just takes a skilled operator with a little bit of time to get it dialed in correctly. A lot of shops won't do this unless the money involved is worth it to them.
  12. KITH Dagger

    I'm doing the bulk of the carving with my Dremel. I've done a little bit with my cheap set of hobby store chisels, but I learned real quickly that cheap chisels aren't any good, and good chisels aren't cheap.
  13. KITH Dagger

    You're not kidding! This new one is already suspect. The oak I used has a very wide grain structure and didn't turn out as good as originally hoped ito would. I haven't trashed it yet as it might be salvageable. We'll see how it looks as I apply the finish to it.
  14. KITH Dagger

    I glued everything up this weekend, and it was a miserable failure. I didn't have it clamped straight, and it came out crooked, "gappy", and off center. Needless to say that wasn't going to work, so I torched everything back apart and started working on a new handle. I decided to try a different method this time. It's been a while since I've done any wood turning so I thought I'd give it a whirl. My hope was to increase the overall symmetry of the handle. I'm changing it up a little bit. I switched to oak when the walnut piece I was turning blew up on the lathe, also removing the metal turned piece and incorporating it into the wood. I got the carving redone today as well but forgot to take pictures.
  15. Filet Knife Thickness

    That's a fair point Vern. There's a good possibility that the full flat grind may not work on the fillet knife. The little slicer I made had a more "squareish" profile to it which left more support down the length of the blade. The tapered profile of the fillet knife would lend it to getting thinner and weaker the closer you get to the tip. I guess there's really only one way to find out. I'll let you know in a few weeks.