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Tim Cook

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  • Birthday 12/15/1965

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    Near St. Louis Mo.
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    Bible reading, blade smithing, reading, computers

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  1. I suspected it was too hot, but wasn't sure. Thanks for the confirmation everyone. I followed Alan's advice on the temp and stuck to keeping around 2200 degrees. It came out MUCH better. Only very small cracks in a few corners that should easily grind out!
  2. I did 3 total, with about 4 or 5 mild presses each. I just poured the ball bearings in about an inch deep. Then filled with powder. Used the sander to pack and kept going till the powder was at the top of bearings and would not pack anymore. Repeated till it was full. I got this idea from bear creek forge. He did it on youtube and it came out beautiful. He used it to make a big Bowie. The big difference is the can. If u notice it looks like it pretty much crumbled away or somehow vanished on me. I wonder if my pyrometer is reading low? Because 2500 degrees is listed as melting point
  3. Tried again. Tried to do everything y'all suggested. Got the forge to 2450F and did a gentle squeeze on the canister. Waited 1/2 hour between presses to make sure it was white hot enough (I wonder if too hot?). Also used thicker end caps on it and drilled a small hole this time also. The ends didn't pooch out. Used a sander to pack the can tightly. It was as tight as I could get it. Used same materials inside canister and used the same stainless angle iron to make the canister. I made a set if 1.5 inch squaring dies instead of the 1 inch to spread the pressure across the can. This is
  4. Sure sounds like I oversquished. I used 2 inch canister and I made a set of 1 inch squaring dies. The ends of the billet didn't blow out but they were pooched out. Sound like I need 1.5 inch dies and a much gentler touch? Will have to get started on them. Will let y'all know what happens.
  5. That is problematic. Can't really get my forge hotter without modifications. May not have a choice tho. Hmm.
  6. I have watched it, couple times, lol. The canister was 1/8 inch thick 2 inch square stainless angle iron I welded into shape. Should I count the billet a loss or is there some way to recover it?
  7. Used g25 ball bearings and Jantz 1080 powder (with nickel).
  8. Question for anyone with lot of experience with canister. I am giving it my first attempt. However, when doing the pressing the canister split. I am wondering if this caused the multitude of cracks. The temp of the steel was a little over 2400 degrees. I have a pyrometer and was careful to keep it hot before pressing each time. Is this billet shot? Or is there a way to recover it? The pic shows how deep I ground it and I am still getting tiny cracks. The only good thing was it came out of the canister fairly easily. What do you experienced smiths think?
  9. Also some woods are less prone to moving than others.
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    When I try to do fine motor activities my hand tremors a lot. Makes it harder to hold onto stuff and be accurate. So want to use a jig for long bevels and try to freehand easy/quick spots. I have been using a hinged handmade jig I built about 4 years ago on stuff I plan to sell, and practice by hand on other stuff.
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    I have a difficult question. I was doing ok on learning to hand grind my knife bevels. But unfortunately I have had a bad surgical experience and have lost some strength and sensation in my right hand. My left hand is nothing to brag about either. Does anyone know of a bevel jig I can use that is accurate but does not require a strong grip and is easy to use? I refuse to give up.
  12. This may sound weird, but I have had some luck shopping at a pet store chain for horn/antler material. It perhaps might work for bone?
  13. I am going by hearsay, but I have heard those old saws can be anywhere from L6, 1140, 1090 or even a milder steel. Best to do spark testing to make sure they are higher carbon before using. That being said, I have also heard some of those old 2-man saws can be good for just grinding a knife to shape and no heat treating is necessary. My grandfather was an old woodman.
  14. I bought a Riverside machine (also known as Uncle Al's). Last I looked it had the best price per tonnage of presses I could find. It is also really easy to make dies for it. I mean if I can do it anyone can. I had them put wheels on mine so I could move it easier as well. There are several people on YouTube who can give U a good review. I would definitely recommend one.
  15. I looked around a bit and found out that in St. Louis the Shapleigh Hardware Company sold anvils in the early 1900's. They went out of business due to the great depression. If you look them up it may help. Good luck!
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