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Martin Tiney

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    Finedon uk
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    Clay pigeon shooting, range safety officer for the local gun club vintage radio restoration , film camera collector Hitting hot metal and making pointy stabby things

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  1. It's the First time for ages I've managed to get into my workshop, New job ,cold weather,my wife And I caught covid,but this evening I started to make a folder ( my First folder) marked out the blade, liner's And spring,drilled the hole's And cut the part's out only to discover I picked up the wrong pieces of steel for the spring, I've cut it out of mild steel,,I must get out of the habit of hording all those "useful" offcuts. Tomorrow I'll re cut it out of sping steel
  2. Alex, I did the same today, i was repairing a weather vain that had been damaged in a storm, I didn't notice the rag on the floor that I had used for wiping over a blade with solvent, after a week the sparks from the welded found the remaining solvent in the rag, Won't be doing that again in a hurry!
  3. Not exactly blade related, I intended to have a long overdue clean up in the shop this evening. I was moving the bench saw out so I could clean when I found an off cut of 1095 /15n20 damascus that I made in the spring. You know how it goes you pick something up and you instinctively have a plan for it, Cleaning kit went away and in just under an hour I made, hardened an etched a keyring bottle opener, Far more interesting than cleaning up....... Always tomorrow I suppose
  4. I use use viton o rings for the gas seals in my semi auto shotgun, when I replace them I have been reusing them to save money as pipe seals for the blower on my coal forge(at the hot end) until I read this https://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/threads/viton-and-high-temperatures.20733/. I've now reverted back to normal rings, they don't last as long, but I still have all my fingers!.
  5. I was given inspiration, a couple of year's ago we had our house roof replaced, around the pallet of slate tiles was birch bark, used to protect the slate, I'll be trying a birch bark handle soon
  6. I found this on you tube today, I love the way the handle has been made from birch bark.
  7. I was thinking a day or so ago, that if I could only make one more blade ever, what would it be and why? For me it would have to be a kukri to, for the simple reason I've never made one, and getting the angles Corect so it looks authentic would push my skills and probably my patience to the limit I'm interested to what you're "last" blade would be, and why??
  8. Roughing out scales to get the contours symmetrical is a chore
  9. The adjuster is a slightly modified out door stove burner, but the original design used a .8 mm mig welding tip. The burner had a .6 jet I'll try that first and either modify or replace the jet. I'll let you know how I get on
  10. Noy entirely sure if it will work, it's based on the candle 2, that I saw on on utube, I'll let you know if it works when I get to test it in a couple of weeks
  11. Started to make myself a gas forge this weekend, got the tank cut, legs on, rear access door welded on, and front tong rest made, I made the gas nozzle a few weeks ago, I'm waiting for the postman to bring the ceramic mat and the refractory bricks for the bottom to insulate. Next job make adjustable feet for it because the space outside of my wooden shop is uneven and I don't want the whole thing wobbling about when it's at temperature.
  12. I buggered up a kitchen knife while grinding, I didn't notice a twist in the blade when I pressed out the warp when I quenched, The result was an uneven bevel, I wasn't happy with the result so I broke it in two to look at the structure, at least that was OK, I'll make a replacement at the weekend if I have sufficient steel left
  13. Charcoal is easier to obtain than coke, I can get it in all 4shops in our village. I did try Coal once, but the smoke was to much for me. I c
  14. This covid 19 is a real nightmare!, we were on lock down in the UK and I was off work for almost 3 months and loved it, Typically, 3 weeks ago I got the call on a Friday night to return to work on Monday ,... But I hadn't finished my latest blade project, 3 kitchen knives for my daughter, I didn't have any time to get back in the shop, until this evening, I got home after a typically manic and stressful Friday, I was in a foul mood, I sparked up the forge and heat treated the 3 blades, the middle sized one warped 4 times before I was happy with it, I got burnt by the charcoal sparks and q
  15. Nor mine I'm afraid, number 1 son must take the credit for that one. A very good photo considering that it was one of the first pictures taken with his first proper digital camera
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