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Chris Christenberry

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  1. Serpentine drawer fronts are hard to make, Alveprins. Done "classically", the drawers on Chippendale furniture are cut from one piece of wood and then have a veneer applied to the front. Craftsmen of today are more likely to stack thinner pieces together and glue them in a fixture with clamps..........and then veneered. In the modern factory, they are steam bent in a heavy press and then veneered. Classical furniture in that style is typically made from Mahogany wood.
  2. "I had a look at your work Chris, and I must say I am quite impressed! That is some top notch furniture! Would fit right in at the White House. " Thanks for the "flowers" Alprins.
  3. Alveprins, I say it every time you post a picture of a knife you've made, but I love it. It's absolutely fabulous. I love everything about your knives and have a copy picture kept in a folder of every one I see. Thanks for showing your work.
  4. Yup, I mentioned using inserts (cutouts) in my first post.
  5. Funny. No tweed in my closet. Don't even have any sweaters with thin elbows. No, I'm thinking in terms of sheaths, but thanks for the suggestion.
  6. Really like that handle, Gary. I've tried doing that a couple of times and it just never seems to turn out right. That's going to be a sweet rapier when you get it finished.
  7. Ultra-suede is not leather.........it's a man-made material. Okay, so it might be good to line wood sheaths or scabbards. Not to line leather sheaths?
  8. I'm probably the last person in the world who purchased an Ultra-suede sports coat. I'm also probably the last to toss one! But it's nice material and I'm wondering if there is ANY use for Ultra-suede in the sheath making part of our craft? (lining a sheath, insert in top layer, etc., etc.) Any thoughts on the subject?
  9. Alex is spot on. Fire it up and if it sucks it's working. Simple, actually.
  10. Cut the copper tubing and cut the wires. Oh yea, ya have to unbolt it from the fridge. I used to salvage them from every refrigerator I saw laying by the road. Had 10 of 'em at one point, but tossed them when I was cleaning out a bunch of junk one time.
  11. Okay.................I'm sure everyone has been waiting on pins and needles to find out what happened with my pump. So I tore it all the way down, cleaned all the rust out of it and had to make a new gasket for the oil reservoir. Buttoned it all up and it's working like a champ. Pretty proud of myself because I've never been inside a vacuum pump before.................or at least one this small. (The one at my manufacturing company had a 36" cast iron flywheel and two cylinder pistons that were about 5" in diameter. The storage tank on it was 250 gallon.) Anyway, my l
  12. I used 129 1/8" cocktail straws and get a mighty nice flame..............or, actually, no flame at all, but a white hot interior if I need it. https://chris623.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-11/o1066304653/c1/p3866474508-200.mp4 This was my first firing and I didn't take it up as high a heat as it would go.
  13. I got home from church today and tore the pump down to the last piece. Even though the motor "smoked", I turned it off fast enough that it doesn't seem to be affected. Shaft turns easily by hand and when switched on it runs like a champ. WHEW! The vanes were rusted into their slots. Have no idea how moisture got into the pump oil, but rust proves it was there. I tore up a gasket getting it apart, so that's another thing I'll have to address before I get it back together. Also, there's a spring that holds a seal on the shaft that's broken. Not sure I'll be able to replace that. This is
  14. It's been almost a year since I tried to stabilize anything in Cactus Juice. Started a new knife recently and dried my handle material for 48 hours. Put it in the Cactus Juice after it cooled and turned on my vacuum pump............which immediately smoked!!!!! I'm tearing it down to see what happened, but I think the shaft of the pump is frozen. Rusted tight, I think. When I started taking it apart, the oil had a lot of water in it..............which shouldn't be there, obviously. Here I am with wood in stabilizer and no pump! Any suggestions? Is there such a thing as an inexpensive v
  15. Really enjoyed watching that video, Maciek. Beautiful spear-head. It was fascinating watching you work.
  16. That's a beautiful blade, Alex. Can't wait to see the finished piece.
  17. Now that's an interesting trick, BillyO. I'll keep it in mind. Which is what I think I did...........but I've been known to screw things up before.
  18. My stamping was deep. Just lost a good part of it that went over the handle of the knife. I'll be more careful next time.
  19. Indeed I did, Alan. Thanks. Kind of thought it best to leave the knife in the sheath until it was dry, but one video I found said to dry it without the knife in it. Didn't make sense to me. Oh, when fitting the knife, I kind of washed out some of the stamp impressions. Kind of hard to re-stamp them now, but in the future, is there a trick to keep from doing that? Onward and upward.
  20. Okay, got the sheath stitched and the knife is form fitting right now. (is that a verb??) Anyway, my next question is how long to do leave the knife in the sheath as it dries?
  21. Thanks, Alan, just what I needed to know. Appreciate the heads-up, Alex. I keep that video in a file on my desktop. So I'm very familiar with his Paraffin soaking treatment. Plan on using it for some of my sheaths, but this one is just a sheath to protect the blade for a knife that will only leave the display case to be shown to someone. Don't think a waxy sheath quite fits that need. I think it's a perfect treatment for a sheath that will be used out in the weather..............but this one won't be.
  22. Working on my first folded sheath. Getting ready to sew it. I need to "moisture fit" the knife to the sheath. Is that step done before putting a finish on the sheath, or after?
  23. I picked up a heavy Engineer's hammer head at a garage sale many months ago. About a 4 to 5 pounder, I imagine. Turned it into a double diagonal cross peen and put a handle on it. Finished it up today. Haven't blackened and treated the handle yet but thought I'd post a picture. The handle beside it is one a good friend sent me for a template. Thought I'd include it for size reference. Sure do like that shape handle. It's pretty square at this point, with heavily rounded corners. I've found I like to radius the edges based on how the handle feels with a particular head. So this one
  24. Dang, Garry, that grind looks really nice on the dagger.
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