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Chris C-S

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  1. Thanks for the input guys. All taken on board.
  2. Hi all, with the completion of my new belt grinder (see thread in tools sub) I picked up my Tanto blade WIP and went to town on it. To be honest this scared the shot out of me. This grinder is a brute. Shredded the leaf spring like it was butter. Anyway, as such, I push a little here and a little there and we'll I've made it worse than it was before. I've watched the YouTube and some others use one, and I know time will = experience. However in the mean time does anyone have any suggestions on an economical way to gain this time in front of the grinder? Or, is it just a matter of make blades/blade shapes and get to it? Sorry if anyone reading this seems it stupid. I'm going to go through the process of thermal cycling and HT this blade followed by destruction for proof of grain size etc. Thoughts on this? Thanks in advance.
  3. Thanks James. :-)
  4. Of all the power hammers I've seen being used the aesthetics of yours looks nice. I like the big C frame look. Anyway, I eagerly await the next video. And in doing so have watched all the serpent in the sword videos but can't seem to find the engraving/finishing one on YouTube, I presume you made one?.
  5. Ahh, yes manly, hit steel, make fire, thump chest, manly kind of pretty. Meanwhile, the hammer looks great. I'm assuming done with a power hammer/press? What size is the eye on this piece?
  6. Thanks Brian. And looking good.
  7. 1" x 5/8"
  8. Thanks @Alan Longmire. As I will need to go source some I was considering buying square stock and hitting it on the diagonal to forge it out and rounding one side to give a tear drop shape. Saw this on the all knowing YouTube, done with a power hammer though. So, this may be a how long is a piece of string question but I would assume 1" square would forge down nicely? Or would you go thinner, 3/4" perhaps.
  9. Hi Brian, I'm considering building a press some time in the nearish future and am looking at several different types. Is there an advantage to the style you have here with a single sliding bar vs a H rail set up? Furthermore, I've seen top mounted single 5" bore piston set up. Does this hold any advantage/disadvantage?
  10. Hi Wes, there is a compression spring under the smaller post which slips inside the other. Plate welded on the bottom to provide the resistance. It's got quite a lot of tension to it. So to quick change belts push down on post and slip belt off. Once it has full tension on it I rotated it square to remove the play and it holds in place and tracks better, I just want a more permanent solution. Hence the shim idea. Thanks for your question. :-)
  11. Hi All, please see my first grinder build below. I couldn't help myself with the title, sorry, its a 2" x 72" for all of you(all a y'all) in 'MURICA. I will add some commentary and images below. I will start with some caveats. 1. This is my first ever fabrication job, and second ever time welding. 2. I quiet literally poured sweat, tears and blood, lots of blood, into this build (see post in safety section). and 3. It was done with what I had and what I could afford. So with all these caveats, please understand i know there are better ways of doing things. Not including belts i am into this project for about $250AUD. This was for a new motor, pillow blocks and bearings and the skate board wheels and bearings. I have run it this morning after finishing the flat platen, despite being on bed rest from surgery on Monday, i couldn't help myself. So close to the finish. First whip and it works great. Shreds metal like nothing I've seen before. Some kinks to work out, especially on the tension are. I will explain further down. I would like your constructive criticism on this project and feedback is always welcome. @Wes Detrick Now, ive been ordered back to the couch by the wife and neighbors. Enjoy. steel used for the build. 50mm and 40mm tube with 4mm walls. welded body of grinder and combo tensioning/tracking arm assembly. here is the tensioning and tracking arm in place. Now the large gaps between the tubing is causing me some tracking issues. I originally tried to epoxy some nylon washers on as shims at they were too thick and being stubborn i just sheared them off and have done nothing about it. I am considering placing in some shims made from a milk bottle and seeing if this will work better. This is the drive live assemble. Stepped gears are from an old drill press lying around at work. 100mm MDF drive wheel on 25mm shaft. Runs from, and you can quote this, Very fast to slow and 3 differing speeds in between. The motor is a 2 HP 2800RMP 240v single phase.
  12. Man, this is exciting. Wish I was closer. I hope you can take pictures. I know so exhibits won't allow you to. If you can though it would be great if you could share. :-)
  13. As always I appreciate your feed back Alan and Gerald. I have a Cab over truck steering arm sitting in my workshop. It's a little over 5' long and is 1 3/4" round. I'm suspecting this would be good to go? Given I only have my arms and a 4lbs hammer I am assuming braking this down is going to be a pain in the arsenal... :-/ any advice / tips on this?
  14. Hi niels, just watched and liked over on YouTube. Great videos, keep them coming. I appreciate your video quality and have no idea how much work it takes but nonetheless think their great. a question on your power hammer and press, are these self made? If not what brands/type are these? Thanks, Chris.
  15. Thanks @Vinícius Ferreira Arruda. More to learn I have, hmmm, yes....