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WOW  !!.......................:o

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Garry, that piece of wood is absolutely breath taking.  I think I sucked all the air out of the room when I saw it.

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On 5/28/2020 at 5:09 PM, Clifford Brewer said:

WOW  !!.......................:o

 

4 hours ago, Chris Christenberry said:

Garry, that piece of wood is absolutely breath taking.  I think I sucked all the air out of the room when I saw it.

 

I can pass you Jasons (FB) details if you want a piece. 

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Got really fed up with my homebrew belt grinder, I had to keep adjusting the belt tracking every few minutes, I stripped it down again, made some brass bearings to fit between the tension arm and the main frame, fitted a gas ram tensioner and replaced the aluminium belt backing plate with one made from stainless steel ( was the right size sheet I had spare). It now only needs a slight adjustment when I change the belts, and the thicker belt backing plate has made the whole thing a lot quieter, the alloy plate was thin and tended to amplify the noise IMG_20200529_114446.jpg

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7 hours ago, Garry Keown said:

I can pass you Jasons (FB) details if you want a piece. 

 

Thanks, Garry, but I don't "do" any social media.

Chris

 

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On 5/27/2020 at 10:09 PM, Clifford Brewer said:

WOW  !!.......................:o

Yeah, what Clifford said.

RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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My grinder arrived!! I’m still waiting for the stand and flat paten (Monday stinking fed-x). But I got it together and was able to play with it a bit!

 I’m so amazed at what a difference it is from my little 1x30 !! The steel doesn’t get nearly as hot and comes of at quadruple speed! I’m still learning how to properly grind but this machine will make my journey much nicer.

the grinder is an AmeriBrade 2hp(1.5@120v) VFD, 10in wheel, flat paten, small wheel holder both with accessory arms.

 

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On 5/27/2020 at 8:46 PM, Jeremy Blohm said:

 

 

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And I heat treated this big hammer after a rough grind and then tempered it. Came out of the temper with a crack in one of the faces. I just ordered 2 ½ inches of 5 ⅜ inch round to make another.

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Just double checked and the dimensions of what I ordered and they are 3 ½" round x 2 ½" I was about to order the other one till I stumbled upon this one....oops:rolleyes:

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Hello all.  Here's the santoku from the May 6 post  for my brother-in-law before he comes by to pick it up.  The billet was 15 layers of 1080/15N20.  I used to not be a fan of low layer patterns,  but if one forges it thin enough...the pattern looks good, but I'm not sure it's worth all the fun I had with the piece of bacon that came out of the quench, though.  

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The spine is 0.062" thick at the heel, tapering to 0.028" at the point.  1 3/4" heel height.  Handle is K&G stabilized spalted maple burl with ebony bolster.

 

And here's a petty he picked up as well.  Made of 1080, 15N20 and O1.  Handle is stabilized curly maple with a mahogany bolster.

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Critiques always welcome, thanks.

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RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

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Well this is going to go slow . I worked on my carved handle this weekend and today,lots  of sanding to figure out (getting into corners etc). Here it is first carving,leaves are the theme still have some touching up to do. Sometimes photos are good to spot things you want to work on.

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Started forging out this small Yakut knife. I made a small tool out of some coil spring to make the fuller.

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22 hours ago, Gilbert McCann said:

Well this is going to go slow . I worked on my carved handle this weekend and today,lots  of sanding to figure out (getting into corners etc). Here it is first carving,leaves are the theme still have some touching up to do. Sometimes photos are good to spot things you want to work on.

 

 

Very nice work, Gilbert.

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This is the little fullering tool I made, ground one end convex and then filed it till it was a smooth round face then I heated it to an orange color and quenched in oil, then tempered it to a dark blue 

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I made crucibles for the next push. Trying to make a more reliable crucible.....done hoping.things work out . I am looking at a crucible I have never seen (nor remnants of it). I keep hearing it existed ,I think it did .

 

 

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I spent much of the day at the engineers getting the anvil for the helve hammer sorted out. Will upload a yourtube video I am editing to my W I P thread on the build. Welding the hard face on top and a button that could be center drilled for the lathe. It was later taken off.

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In the big lather getting the hard face trued up and a bit turned down off the shaft so the table top would have a 10mm step up to the anvil top

 

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Table top and base plate welded on and ready to be bolted ontp the floor plate 

 

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Looks as if you are on your way, Garry.

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I started work on a Dog's Head Hammer today.  First hammer head I've attempted.  I only lasted a couple of hours because it was 93 degrees today and the humidity was so thick you could hardly see across the pastures because of the haze.  So it was brutal in front of a forge.  I'm going to have to make a punch and hammer drift to complete it.  So I'm a long way from having a hammer.  :D

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I finally ordered some of that stabilized wood from Jason Williams on FB (thanks for the tip @Garry Keown) and they arrived today.

These are heavy in the hand and feel like rocks, but wow!

 

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Stunning blocks @Joshua States  He is putting a  two of those blocks  asside to come with some more tassia blackwood  and few of the amboyna burl and I showed a couple of  days back.

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A good day in the shed. I spent the better part of the day on the helve hammer with some good progress and then after lunch a customer came to pick up a knife and bought another one for the for sale box.
Still have to cut the drive arm and the tup shaft, make up the gooseneck and guide but am really quite pleased with where it is
The motor is set so that I dont need a spring to hold it off the belt tension as the way I set it the weight of gives it a natural tendency is to fall back toward the main shaft so taking tension off the belt. I have a wood block for it to rest against but will replace it with a steel now that I have it worked

 

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Boy, I'm gettin' really envious.

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