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1 hour ago, Kerri Duncan said:

Alex- Get some strong magnets (hard drive magnets are cheap and awesome for this). Hang them in ziploc baggies about the shop- they "passive collect" metal dust as it floats by- every month or so just pull the baggie off the magnet and the dust falls off- and re-hang. 

 

I like your idea for the grinder box- Ill be (ahem...) Borrowing your design... Thanks!

 

Borrow away!  Hopefully I'll get some shop time this weekend and be able to give it a proper test.  I have the magnets in baggies hanging up already, now that I moved the grinder I need to reposition them a bit.  Its surprising how much stuff they can collect.

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6 hours ago, Kerri Duncan said:

So here she is after helping build the stand- gonna recess the anvil 1/2 inch and she will be ready to swing!

 

Took us about 4 hours longer than doing the project by myself- but MAN- What a good day... Now on to build my stand and get this little chick SWINGING!

 

Guys- sorry about the dad-bragging- but Im just stoked she wants to "play" and learn... not just cash out into the digital world... (and to be honest- it helps keep me wanting to "play" in the shop too!)

 

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my little 'mini me' forge monkey is  bit younger (at a guess, mines 4 1/2!) nice when they forget about the telly for a bit :)

 

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I scratched the itch Ive had since I got a stablising set up, and ran a batch of OSB! ive paired it with 5000 year old bog oak, and a bit of white G10 for the spacer. Its defineatly a functional handle. just cant decide if its awful or not! :)

 

 

 

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Y'know, that stabilized OSB could be the next green revolution handle material!  Looks decent, it's construction scrap, and it's fairly cool as a concept.  Looks better than stabilized bamboo or composite engineered flooring to me.

I like it, in other words.  Plus pairing it with bog oak is humourous if you know the history of both...B)

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4 hours ago, John N said:

I scratched the itch Ive had since I got a stablising set up, and ran a batch of OSB! ive paired it with 5000 year old bog oak, and a bit of white G10 for the spacer. Its defineatly a functional handle. just cant decide if its shit :)

 

 

 

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It is one of the most eclectic mix of materials I've seen in a while! I'm thinking something like Cleopatra meets Vanilla Ice stuff. Then again, it's Saturday and I drank a fair amount of wine and bourbon...

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10 hours ago, John N said:

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John- I like it- You need to look up "Chopped Carbon Fiber"... The OSB has a similar "look" to its multi direction layers. Like the other folks mentioned- dye it and see what happens! Who knows- maybe a Chopped carbon sleeve? 

 

Bravo on experimenting!

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That osb handle is great! I think it looks better than many of the hightech handle materials people ask good money for.

 

Just call it Premium oriented wood or something, it works for Diamondwood haha

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Thanks for the nice thoughts on the odd handles chaps! Still cant decide if I like them.

 

They are strange as your eyes are telling your brain one thing, and weight and feel of them is telling your brain something else!

 

Im glad the juxtaposition of the materials has been noted, made me smile making them!

 

Ill put some blades into them, and try and flog a couple, theres 6bn people on the planet, hopefully 2 of them are suitably odd enough to put their hands in thier hands on their wallets :blink: . Think ive got to keep one of them for show and tell !

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First attempt at a straight razor. I made a small billet of 26c3/wrought iron San Mai at a hammer in last fall and I cut the profile on the bandsaw and refined with files. It's funny how we can already clearly see the core just with some rough filing. I did normalize the whole billet beforehand so the core was dead soft, yet shown different texture than the wrought. 

 

I just hope the wrought didn't suck too much carbon out of the core, even though 26c3 has plenty :lol:

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On 2/9/2020 at 12:13 AM, John N said:

I scratched the itch Ive had since I got a stablising set up, and ran a batch of OSB! ive paired it with 5000 year old bog oak, and a bit of white G10 for the spacer. Its defineatly a functional handle. just cant decide if its awful or not! :)

 

 

Glad I'm not you having to make that decision! :lol:

My 2c, my eyes like it, my brain rejects it! :lol:

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No idea why but I got myself going this weekend.

 

Did some social media marketing for a change, got some inquiries that stopped dead when they got prices, which are too low to be worthwhile to me really...

Finished shaping and sanded my fork to 400 grit, ready for HT.

Cut and profiled the blanks of a his & hers set ordered late last year, contacted the client and made my apologies, offered an out which was not accepted.  Got to price......so now I'm making one for now.

Fitted a brass guard to a long finished blade, will be my first sub-hilt handle attempt.

 

Cancelled the hammer-in I've been trying to arrange.  

 

All of the above has been causing my stress, I don't like clubs & clicks & smurf, dealing with people is like herding flies, and I don't have the patients.

 

By hook or by crook my smuggled shipment of 1070 arrived yesterday B)

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I spent Saturday cleaning. All I did was clean and clean. Then with the heavy down pour with rain i managed to find 8 leaks in the roof. So I'll be fixing the roof quite soon.

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Had a few too many cold ones collecting my steel, but man 20kg's of 1070 feels good! 

 

Edit: I now have a can of Tung oil too B)

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The guy I bought from had 75NI8 as a 15N20 alternative and sells a "damascus bundle" of same size 1070 and 75NI8.....quite expensive so I decided against it, still have some saw blades.

20kg feels like a lot of knives B)

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On 2/8/2020 at 3:13 PM, John N said:

I scratched the itch Ive had since I got a stablising set up, and ran a batch of OSB! ive paired it with 5000 year old bog oak, and a bit of white G10 for the spacer. Its defineatly a functional handle. just cant decide if its awful or not! :)

I like it. I made this blade a couple months ago out of some free leaf spring and some glue lam beam I picked up off a job site....with permission from the foreman.

 

 

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Slightly more traditional handle material on this one I bashed out after work yesterday. The timber is spalted beech that I stablised myself, and stablised bog oak. It took a really nice shine. Ive got about 20 blocks of this beech I stablised, not all as figured as this piece, but I wont have to worry about handle material for a long time.

 

Was very smug I made this from scratch in under an hour, It was only when I looked closely I noticed the slight gap in the glue joint. Serves me right for rushing :( - Ill snap it off, re-glue and re-sand & polish it before I fit it to the blade. 

 

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Here is the BIG canister Damascus chopper I started almost a year ago with a friend and today we did a bunch of grinding on it. It was really thick and heavy because we wanted to make sure all the can was ground off. Here is a dirty etch to make sure all the can was gone.

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Also I started this axe yesterday and finished forging and heat treated today. Tomorrow I will grind it and use this white oak pallet board for the handle. 

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I got some handles shaped up today and have posted them in my "Various Knives" thread in the show and tell section and then set into the finish grind on more blades I heat treated the other day and started handsanding 

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On 2/8/2020 at 10:13 PM, John N said:

I scratched the itch Ive had since I got a stablising set up, and ran a batch of OSB! ive paired it with 5000 year old bog oak, and a bit of white G10 for the spacer. Its defineatly a functional handle. just cant decide if its awful or not! :)


Hey John. I’ve never stabilised wood or even have a vacuum chamber yet but I was wondering: could you take rough shaped OSB handles and add coloured resin which is the sanded back to reveal the wood? I suspect it may look terrible but I’m curious now :). Black might look like spalting, other colours... who knows.

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The Germans in WW2 used a thermo set plastic with wood chips in it for handgun grips and bayonet grips I believe.  I have seen a similar product on current Czech produced firearms which looks very similar to what you have except it is a deep red color.  This picture should give you an idea of what it looks like.  Tough stuff I think.;

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