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I finished the sound reducing box for my air pump :D a whole lot of noise gone.

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This weekend was all about leather work and getting caught up on some past due projects

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7 hours ago, Garry Keown said:

Of course we are normal. It is those who dont make knives who are not normal----------------------- isn't it???

 

Or maybe it's the other way round? :huh:

I get those shakes too, from time to time.  Well, it's always there a little bit, a thing called Essential Tremor. But if I'm tired while working it gets worse.  Sometimes a hot water soak helps along with food and water. 

 

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8 hours ago, Garry Keown said:

Of course we are normal. It is those who dont make knives who are not normal----------------------- isn't it???

 

Well, of course, I think................maybe, who knows!  Yesterday in Services at Church a woman we didn't know came up to the little wife and me and during the introductions she asked what we "do".  Vikki is an artist and both teaches and paints/sells her work.  When I told the woman I'm an aspiring bladesmith............well, she looked at me like I was crazy.  Hmmmmm, I must be. :blink: Who knows?  Beginning to wonder myself. :D

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36 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

 

Or maybe it's the other way round? :huh:

I get those shakes too, from time to time.  Well, it's always there a little bit, a thing called Essential Tremor. But if I'm tired while working it gets worse.  Sometimes a hot water soak helps along with food and water. 

 

 

Well, I don't know exactly what it was that caused it but I knew I wasn't safe to work on any machinery that could harm me.

 

On the other hand, I'm going through a series of appointments to see if I have the beginnings of Parkinson's.  At the end of the first appt, the Doctor said he didn't know if it was the first stages of just Central Nervous System tremors.  (so what's the diff??)  I don't think this is associated with yesterday afternoon, but I'll be mindful of anything like either tremor.

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Not knife related, but camera related. I ground up a hotshoe cover protector for my camera. Couldn't find one that's cool on the internet so what do ya do? Make it yourself!

 

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Is that mokume?  Cool!

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Neat Austin.  Good to see you around again.

 

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On 2/18/2020 at 7:01 AM, Brian Dougherty said:

Neat Austin.  Good to see you around again.

 

+1 @Austin_Lyles

 

I did some more work on my Tale of Six Blades WIP and a little forge welding on that twisted 4-way bar. After cutting it in half, I re-welded it back together with the insides out.

What started as a roughly 10" long, 7/8" square bar, is now 14 " long and 5/16" thick.

 

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I changed horses today and made a start on a stock for an early (english) style stalking rifle for a friends rifle that came down from his father (recently deceased) It had a euro stock that didnt fit him so hence the new stock. A little different as he is in the US and sending the barreled action is not an option so parts from my 'spares' box come into play. 

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Been there, done that, Garry. That's not easy to do correctly.  Looks good.  Now will be bed it with AcraGlas?

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2 hours ago, Chris Christenberry said:

Been there, done that, Garry. That's not easy to do correctly.  Looks good.  Now will be bed it with AcraGlas?

Bed on the wood. The smoker allows for tight fitting. As my action may be fractionally different to my friends he may do the recoil lug with Devcon (liquid steel) when he sets his own action in it but in any case I wont be able to get the barrel channel perfect as I only have a tracing of his barrel so will have to do a slightly undersize channel which will require minor fitting so he may bed the chamber area.  I have an old barrel that I may get turned to as close to his pattern as I can manage and fitted tight should be a close start for him.

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rolling rolling rolling :D shes in transit !

 

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Wow, bet you are excited, John.

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11 minutes ago, Chris Christenberry said:

Wow, bet you are excited, John.

 

I actually am ! (does not happen often :) ) - I think its due to arrive in the UK late next week, just as Im heading off for a weeks skiing. Cruel timing indeed.

 

I have had a few ideas for modifying it already, I think I will put load monitoring on it using amperage reading from the motor, and will put a motor drive on the roll height adjustment, with push buttons for shut height, possibly via a timer, so press once, rolls adjust 3 mm or whatever. - And ive got an accurite DRO I can put on it to give readout of roll gap. 

 

There is a very real chance im just addicted to nice machinery, not making steel :blink:

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1 hour ago, John N said:

rolling rolling rolling :D shes in transit !

 

 

 

Tiny bugger, innit? ;)

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1 minute ago, Alan Longmire said:

 

Tiny bugger, innit? ;)

I think shes cute.

 

My theory is machines 'shrink' when you have owned them for a bit, so may as well start out with something a bit fuller figured!

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This is the working parts of the Massey 2cwt I am refurbishing, which I swapped for the mill. Everything re-machined and bedded by me, new keys, pegs etc. Quite satisfying work, turning something that was ready for the scrap yard into something that will serve another 60 years. 

 

Just need to re-assemble the hammer and test it, should be done end of March!

 

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Wow John.  Just wow... :o

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X2!!!!!

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Successfully quenched my first straight razor (wrought iron/26c3 San Mai) and ground my first knife with a false edge. 

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Looking good Joel!

 

They are replacing all of the lighting on the shop floor at work, and giving away all of the old ones.  While I had a blade in the descale tub this afternoon, I took a couple hours and upgraded the lighting in my workshop.

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It's going to be soooooo nice to actually be able to see what I'm working on without having to constantly dodge shadows.

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Nice!

Do you forge in there?  It took me a while to get used to things when I upgraded my shop lights.  Burned up a lot of hawk heads.

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No, I wheel my forge just outside the overhead door.  I used to forge indoors until I had too close of a call with CO for my liking a couple years ago.  The only time I fire it up indoors is when I'm normalizing and hardening.  Low ceilings, no air handling, and propane don't mix very well!

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3 hours ago, Alex Middleton said:

It's going to be soooooo nice to actually be able to see what I'm working on without having to constantly dodge shadows.

Good task lighting is right up there with good abrasives when you make the list of important stuff.

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