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  1. P Jones

    (Folders) Wood Handles and Liners

    I’d be curious to see if there is a reason someone knows of, but I don’t see any obvious ones. From what I understand, there’s no reason a folder shouldn’t be able to work with only a pair of wooden scales and some pins.
  2. P Jones

    First Locking Folder

    Made a simple sheath for it today. A little oversized, but it does its job. With that this project is complete.
  3. P Jones

    New to sheaths

    The tools you need depends on how deep you want to get with it. You can technically get away with a drill for holes, some glue or other adhesive, leather sewing thread and needles, and a sharp blade to cut the leather. However, tools such as pricking irons, burnishing tools, dyes, and leather punches/carving tools will go towards making the end result more refined. Tandy's does have an online store you can buy from and I have found their leather to be a better deal than most online retailers. I don't know where you live so I can't say what shipping is like unfortunately. If you're near a Hobby Lobby, they do sell some simple leather crafting tools, enough to get you started. I'd stay away from their actual leather though, it always seemed a bit overpriced to me.
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    First Locking Folder

    There’s a slight amount of play in it, and I mean just enough to notice, but it holds in place just fine. I haven’t torture tested it, but it’s solid with normal use. Most diagrams I’ve seen show a round notch, but a square would probably hold better now that you mention it. Fit would have to be near perfect.
  5. Yup that happens to me all the time, I don't know if its just that common or my stick welding skills suck (which they do). I just gave up on the rebar and left one piece of metal a little longer than the rest so I could grab onto with the tongs.
  6. It took me about 3 tries before I really started to get the whole thing to stick. Heat control killed me the first time too, had the outside layers hot enough but not the inside. Heat control and having a clean welding surface are the two most important factors for me in getting a good weld. Once I realized that suddenly I could do it all day (or at least until the propane ran out).
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    First Locking Folder

    I posted a picture of the blade a few days ago in another forum, and now I've completed the handle to go with it. It's my first attempt at a folding knife, and it functions as well as I have hoped it would. That said, the blade's a little shot for the handle, it could've easily been half an inch shorter. Grind lines on the blade weren't perfectly symmetrical (one side's noticeably straighter than the other). The internal parts I felt could've been shaped and placed better, but what's there works. I had to make some last minute adjustments, mainly that the original spring was supposed to be straight, but would bend too far and not return to shape. I had to make another cut and another longer spring with a curve. I'm glad I went through with that, it cost me an extra day's work (I had to remake the scales as well, first ones broke) but the result was a much better spring and pieces that fit better together. I was close to saying "$%^& it close enough" at one point, but if I did the project would have ended in a disaster. It was definitely an interesting project and I've looked up some information to put towards my next one. So I don't really have a question per say, just If anyone sees anything obvious I'm always open to advice.
  8. About knowing if the weld took, once you think the weld is set flip the billet on its side and try to upset it. If its a good weld the metal should bulge on the ends like you would normally expect it to. If not, you'll start to see the pieces come apart. At least that's a good way to tell if you're still working it in the forge. Otherwise once it cools if you cut into the metal you'll see the delamination if it didn't take.
  9. P Jones

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Worked on a small blade for a folding knife, got through with the etch. It's for a grab bag gift for a family reunion coming up, gotta work on the handle itself next.
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    Geometry question

    That pic does look like there's a secondary bevel on it. Most people just refer to it as the edge or the cutting edge.
  11. Quick and easy question: I've been meaning to make a dedicated tempering oven. Not just a toaster oven with a PID attached to it, but one that's shaped so that I can fit longer blades inside and can hold a good consistent temperature. I found this thread on the forums and it seemed just right and easy enough to make. Plus is didn't cost much all things considered. Most of the materials were already mentioned there, except for one and that's only because the page that was linked no longer exists. It concerned the heating element, and I'm not sure exactly what type to get for an oven such as this. Also I'm looking at this PID, which also comes with a thermocouple, heat sink, and a SSR. It's just the first one I found with a lot of stars on Amazon, but some of the reviews are leaving me with doubts. If anyone knows any better options (within a reasonable price range), I'm all ears. Most threads seem to lean towards Auber Instruments, but they are referring to heat treat ovens +1000 degrees where I just want 500-600 max. I just want to make sure what I get isn't overkill.
  12. P Jones

    WIP Fathers Day Gift

    88 layers. I was planning to do 80 but I ended up with an extra piece of 15N20 after cutting the metal. The handle's going to be a hidden tang. I have a piece of steel taken from a railroad tie clip that I pressed down a bit, that'll become the bolster. After that is going to be a mixture of black G10 and brass sheets layered together and two pieces of black walnut (from his old house) used like scales. I saw someone on this forum do this, it seemed like a really good idea. The last detail is going to be three mosaic pins helping to hold it all together.
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    WIP Fathers Day Gift

    15N20 and some extra 1095 I had lying around.
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    WIP Fathers Day Gift

    So I put a few new toys to the test a couple of days ago and began on this year's Fathers Day gift. He's been dropping a lot of "subtle" hints ever since I started this hobby essentially detailing exactly what he wanted me to make. I've been holding off on it since when I did do it one, I wanted it to be presentable and two, I wanted it to be the best I can make. So I've been holding off until I could really get pattern welding down and now its there. This is the first time I've made a pattern welded blade while having next to no cracks where the weld didn't take, and those were easily grounded away. Still have a lot of work to be done, the handle is going to be almost as big a project as the blade.
  15. P Jones

    Blown burners, the care and feeding

    Thanks for the quick suggestions. The sparks came after the third fold and the weld wasn't really taking, so I went a little overboard with it. But I'll try backing off a little bit the next time I'm at it, and if it still seems high I'll probably give a smaller tube a shot.
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