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Somebody is going to be a forging demon!

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Finished another folder.  Little bitty bugger, 2.5" / 63mm closed, 4.5" / 112mm open.  O-1, brass liners, nickel silver bolsters and pins, ebony scales.  Still needs an edge and some cleanup, but it's

We made some hearth steel a couple of weekends ago. Ran into some issues at first but Emiliano came to the rescue with sage advice. Here is a knife from the material after heat treatment. 

I made myself a hammer I´ve wanted for a long time: an english style dog head hammer. Forged from 60mm square c45 steel (1045 basically) with a curly walnut handle, just because I wanted to be fa

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Well, today was a most productive day, both in and out of the shop.

Starting out, I cleaned up and sheared two Llamas.  They will be a whole lot cooler with all that wool off their bodies.

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BEFORE (forgot the AFTER)

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This pile is 4' in diameter and about 18" high in the center.  I'm not going to send it off to Frankenmuth Mills for processing.  Costs too much and I'm no longer needing wool.  Besides, I've got too many balls of woven roving already and no place to use them.  Too hard to clean and process myself.  Lots of good wool.  The birds make really wonderful nests out of it.  The birds in our area have the warmest, most beautiful nests you've ever seen! :D

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Then the post man brought my water mist cooling system for the grinder and my D&D Workrest.  Can't wait to put these to good use.  The work rest is built like a tank and I don't even consider it an accessory...........it should be part of every belt grinder sold on the market!!!!!  I like!

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So all in all I had a pretty darned good day.

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I didn't realize there was a wool mill in Frankenmuth. You ever been there? Neatest little town you ever saw. Several breweries and some of the best German beer and food this side of Germany. B) 

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That pile of lama fuzz makes me sweat just looking at it.  It was in the low 90s here today...

 

I got this one heat treated today.  It is 304 over W2.  The W2 wouldn't harden in my 11 sec oil, so I did an interupted brine into oil quench.

 

Somehow, it came out straight and in one piece!

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25 minutes ago, Randy Griffin said:

I didn't realize there was a wool mill in Frankenmuth. You ever been there? Neatest little town you ever saw. Several breweries and some of the best German beer and food this side of Germany. B) 

 

I had it processed back about 20 years ago, but I  think that was the name of the mill.  Whatever the name of the mill is/was, they did a fine job of cleaning and roving the wool.  Nice clean little balls about 12" in diameter.............all ready for spinning.

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I took a road trip and spent the afternoon in @Mike Haverstock's garage, shooting the breeze and checking out the motors he has for sale.  I came home with a brand new 2hp 3450rpm motor, still in the box.  He was nice enough to throw in some gorgeous curly maple as well.  Thanks again Mike!  We'll have to hook up again and do some forging sometime.

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Spent the day on the helve hammer and really quite pleased with the process.IMG_0087.JPG

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Worked on some San mai for a chefs knife 410/52100/410 went from about a 1/2 by 4" to just under 14". Also did some mokume in the forge not sure about that yet.

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On 6/6/2020 at 10:42 PM, Garry Keown said:

Spent the day on the helve hammer and really quite pleased with the process.

What will keep the ram from flying out and teaching you a lesson about physics? I hope there are parts still requiring fabrication.

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11 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

What will keep the ram from flying out and teaching you a lesson about physics? I hope there are parts still requiring fabrication.

 

He went into detail about that in his other thread about the build.  

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I just read that today. 

 

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2 hours ago, Joshua States said:

I just read that today. 

 

Yes the gooseneck and guide block is waiting on the nylon self lubricating sheet before finishing that part.

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Took a week off and spent most of it remodeling part of our basement... mostly wiring and hanging drywall.

 

I did manage to knock out a couple fire steels for a good customer of mine:

 

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Made me want to get out of "This Old House" mode and get some time in the shop.

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Bevel still has to be sanded and it needs to be heat treated but I made a thing.. :) 

 

 

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I took a few minutes and sanded down a small piece of the curly maple I picked up this past weekend.

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A quick coat of BLO and now I'm itching to get it on a knife!

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I ground a few blades and have hardened them so they are in the temporing oven now. Done one cycle so when they cool will set them going again. In the meantime have got the gooseneck guides done and used what was going to be the anivil initially for a grinder stand.

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Well, I feel a lot less productive than most of you, but I did heat treat and temper 8 wood carving blades today.  Now comes the arduous task of filing the bevels on these little buggers...............................................but wait, I just installed my new 2x72 belt grinder.  Oh boy, am I ever about to have some fun. !!!!!

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Got out and remade the copper billet I ruined. I went to Harbor Freight and bought a few multi-packs of the drill bits I broke, I really like their titanium series. Now I'll change the rake and re-drill the copper. I'm giving serious consideration to either building or buying a hobby foundry this fall. Then I can melt my copper and brass and make solid castings I can cut to size. Devil's Forge makes some really nice furnaces, but I'm betting I can do better than $400 lol.

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14 hours ago, Alex Middleton said:

A quick coat of BLO and now I'm itching to get it on a knife!

 

Yeah, I'm gonna want to see that one!  Nice piece of wood!

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'Got a set of kitchen knives roughed out, there going to be a Christmas ( never to early to start making Christmas presents) present for my daughter, 

 I can't decide what to use for the scales, English oak, American white oak or mahogany, I've totally run out of beechwood at the moment 

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I bet that center one gets the most use.

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Been working on a pair of Kephart knives.  Finished sanding the blades this afternoon and then had a few choice words with myself when I found out that my planned method of making the handles wouldn't work.  Kepharts are full tang knives, but for reasons I decided to make a "hidden full tang" like you see on popular knives like the Mora Garberg, by making the tangs a little narrower than the blade and inletting them into the handle slabs.  I had gotten some flat end router bits nearly a year ago to use on my drill press to mill out the channels in the slabs, but when I tried it out, the router bits just grabbed the wood and threw it across the room.  Turns out there is a big difference in speed between a router and a drill press.  My drill press only goes up to 3100 RPM, and the bits need to be running at about 24,000. 

 

Ended up getting out a chisel and doing the job by hand, which took a lot longer and came out sloppier than I had hoped (carve inside the lines, darn it!), but I did get one of the knives glued up.  Adapt and overcome!  Now I'm thinking about getting a router and rigging it up somehow so that it's held at an adjustable height above a flat surface so I can use it for milling out handle slabs and wooden sheath liners.

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He’s a shiny little thing..

Kind of pointless taking the bevel up to 800 before HT but I had nothing else to do. :lol:

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Nice one. Kiridashi's can be some of the sharpest blades you have. And easy to sharpen. I love mine.

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4 hours ago, Dan Rice said:

 

 

 Now I'm thinking about getting a router and rigging it up somehow so that it's held at an adjustable height above a flat surface so I can use it for milling out handle slabs and wooden sheath liners.

 

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