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Dane Lance

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  1. Ah, timgunn, thank you! That puts it all in perfect perspective. I was ignoring the voltage variance by the VFD vs amps in the sub-60Hz range. I understood it concerning the base+ speeds. The trade off between the two different motors then, is that the 4-pole will have more torque in the sub-60Hz up to base speed, but lose in the torque department to the 2-pole beyond 75Hz. The 4-pole does provide a broader speed range, 900RPM to 4500RPM (30Hz to 135Hz), theoretically that is, if balance is the only limiting factor and what I read about manufacturer balancing holds true. The 2-pole
  2. Yeah, I'm probably overthinking things, I usually do, mainly because the cost of a VFD and a motor isn't chump change and I want to make sure I get the "right" set up...plus learning new stuff is always good. An inverter rated motor is a definite (I've learned about that already). Something else I learned, or at least read about...both 2-pole and 4-pole motors are typically balanced to speeds of 25% over base of the 2-poles, meaning both are balanced to about 4500RPM. On a VFD, this equates to 75Hz on the 2-pole and 135Hz on the 4-pole. Assuming the correct VFD, theoretically, the 4-p
  3. Most of the wheel sets I'm seeing are 4" drive wheels. I'll go with the 3450/3600 RPM inverter duty motor. 3450 RPM with a 4" wheel is around 3600 SFPM. Assuming the motor will be ok and the KBAC VFD I'm looking at will do it, 30% of max speed is about where I figure the low end will be, so around 1000 SFPM. I should be able to run the motor above max speed with the VFD too so, actual top speed should probably, safely, be somewhere around 25-30% over max as long as the VFD can maintain the V/f ratio. This would get things in the 4300-4500 RPM range on the high end without cooking stuff
  4. Before I go all crazy and start welding up steel to make a Jeremy Schmidt grinder, I have a couple questions concerning VFD's and AC motors that maybe someone can shed some light on. I understand the basics of how they work, that I need a 3-phase motor and all that, but I'm not so clear on what I really need in terms of powering my grinder, or more specifically the "mode" of operation. With a VFD you can run variable torque, constant torque, and constant HP, etc. From reading it seems a constant HP mode would be best for a grinder (at least all the charts I've found say that). But, it
  5. Yeah, that's the only video of his I've ever seen him use that tuning fork, maybe there's some humor there that I just didn't get. I like his stuff, he makes some really nice patterns and manages to make some nice looking stuff from all sorts of random metal pieces.
  6. He didn't hit the fork during the quench, he did it while he was heating the blade to quench temp. As if he would get a certain tone when the blade was at the right temp.
  7. I pretty much thought this was some hokus pokus, but just never seen it before. I know about the north south thing and had a bit of a chuckle the first time I heard about that. Lol, it's entertaining, if nothing else.
  8. I've watched quite a few videos by a Russian fella on youtube (channel name: shurap). Guy makes some crazy good looking damascus from all sorts of stuff, but in one particular video where he's making "dragon breath" damascus, during the heat treat, he is holding the blade in a long holder that has a tuning fork on the end. Right before he pulls the blade out of the forge, he strikes the tuning fork. I assume this is some method of determining the blade's temperature for heat treat? I've never seen that before. Here's the video. You can jump to the heat treat at the 8:00 mark:
  9. Good point, I hadn't considered forging to shape might be an issue.
  10. Makes perfect sense. Sounds like it's a little tedious with having to seal things up to prevent chromium oxide. And yes, a san-mai construction is what I've seen. Carbon migration looks to be visible in the region where the two metals are welded and the bevels ground on the blade (and that is part of what makes them look so nice). It would also seem that the right flavor of stainless is needed too. I looked at some coefficients of linear thermal expansion for carbon and stainless steels. While the plain chromium grades have similar CTE values as carbon steels, the austenitic grades ar
  11. Did some looking here, but haven't found much. Did some looking on youtube as well and there are a couple of videos of some folks successfully forging stainless to high carbon, but not much on the actual process or how they did it. Anyone here do it? Is it terribly difficult? Are there any benefits to it? I'm kind of more curious about it than anything. The examples I've seen made for some beautiful knives.
  12. Couple possibilities: Round the finger area with the heel still swept back some, also a slight drop to the tip: Or, continue the finger round down along the heel and a slightly more aggressive drop on the tip:
  13. "San" in Japanese is "3." "Go" is "5." Shino-Japanese 1 to 10: Ichi - 1 Ni - 2 San - 3 Shi - 4 Go - 5 Roku - 6 Shichi - 7 Hachi - 8 Ku - 9 Juu - 10 "Mai" is Japanese for "sheet." In terms of knife making or billet making, we'd probably translate it more as "layer." But, more or less the same thing. So, "San-mai" is "3 sheet", "Go-mai" is "5 sheet", etc.
  14. Ok, when I get a chance, I'll bust out the lens and do some pics of metal sanded with various grits. Kinda doing a major clean up/rearrange of the wood shop right now and have some hand tools that got a little rusty and need to get them cleaned up.
  15. Honorable mention It's more than just a piece of thread....
  16. Hmmm, grain pics. I didn't think of that. I might have to give that a try.
  17. JohnK got it, denim. Actually, it's the first picture I ever took with the lens when I got it. I dialed it out to 5x, and just rested it on my leg and took a picture of the jeans I was wearing at the time.
  18. I happened into macro sort of by accident. Years ago I always wanted a decent camera and early in my military career I bought a Canon AE-1. But, as you may well know, good lenses are not cheap. Add to that the cost of processing film, and well, I never went much further than just basic snap shots. As digital came around I wanted one of those, but they were big time pricey. Later, after I'd married and had children, I found a guy selling an Olympus C3030 (an early 3 megapixel point and shoot), so I bought it. Discovered it had a "macro" mode and I started playing with it. I went around t
  19. And, a few more more. This little mantis hitched a ride in on my wife's black sweater, so I grabbed the camera and shot him before he jumped off. He seemed to like to "pose" for the shots, lol. A moth that was on the birch tree outside my porch:
  20. I dabble in photography and I like to shoot macro. The following are some shots with my Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens, all hand held: Can you guess what this is? Rust! AHHHH!!!!
  21. While I do live in the country, I sort of have neighbors. Not sure how well they'd like a lot of pounding from a power hammer every weekend. Then again, their kids blast around on really loud ATVs almost every day.
  22. Holy crap! What kind of motor does it take to run that???!!!
  23. Thanks guys! I'm not in a hurry for a hammer, but when/if I go that route, I'm thinking something light. Before I go with a hammer, I want to get a press and I'm considering converting a log splitter. I know, it's not optimal, but I just can't justify the price of a commercial forging press. This is, after all, a hobby. I'm not sure what you'd call the technical term for it, but I figure the press will do the grunt work, hand hammering to straighten, and then a light power hammer to smooth it out, if that makes sense.
  24. Hello! Newbie here and I have questions concerning power hammers. I've read/heard elsewhere that you can't really run a power hammer on a cement slab as it will crack it? Is this true for all power hammers, or only for those over a certain weight?
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