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A few weeks ago a kid (I say kid, college senior doing an honors thesis, probably 21 or so ) came to my local guild meeting to ask if anyone could help him with a sword. His honors thesis involves han

finished riveting up basket hilt attempt number three. Finally got one I'm pretty happy with. my original plan was to braze it after riveting, but honestly the risk/reward doesn't seem worth it...

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

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On 4/23/2022 at 3:16 PM, Alan Longmire said:

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Cool picture, and I like the spread you got on that blade. Makes a nice profile.

 

I always seem to stop short and wish I had spread the edge farther.

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Thanks!  It helps if you use thicker steel for the bit.  That was 1/4" 1075.  The rest is wrought, thus the clear line with the colors. ;)

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Been practising a little. Still a long way to go, but this one kinda looks like a scroll. 

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Years ago I saw an engravers set up that was a table like affair with the engravers ball vise mounted to a vertical shaft.  The shaft extended below to a kick wheel sort of thing like on a potters wheel.  This allowed the engraver to move the vise/workpiece in a circular motion with their feet allowing for nice continuous curves on scrolls.  Might be a project to consider if you are going to pursue engraving.

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@Gazz I heard something similar mentioned at the class I attended, using a wheel barrow wheel for the foot control. I would like to make one, just not sure where to squeeze it in the shop without creating a large obstacle to the things I use more often.

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10 hours ago, Faye said:

just not sure where to squeeze it in the shop without creating a large obstacle to the things I use more often.

Yeah, you will find that's not an easily solved problem. Things end up stuffed into a corner and you have to dig them out when you need them. At least, that's how I handle it.......:D

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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My luck seems to be holding up, busy with a big 52100 butcher knife, finally got an acceptable handle (Rosewood) after the first two cracked, was busy polishing the Mohair micarta bolster prior to to glue-up, polisher grabbed the piece and threw it around in the shop, never to be found again.

This knife is fighting me :ph34r:

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I completely understand about finding space for more useful tools!  My shop is a three car garage but the shop only uses two of the bays.  Why do I have 4 drill presses?  Why are there two anvils?  Why do I have three bench grinders?  I have a small drop hammer that is rarely used but how can you get rid of such a thing?  Same with the Atlas shaper, when you need it, nothing will do the job better.  There is also a small antique punch press that I never use and that should go.  The trouble is all the stuff that needs to be moved to get it out!

I did weld trailer hitch receivers to the edge of my welding table so that some stuff can be swapped out as needed by mounting them to bits of square tubing that fit the receivers.  Just have to find a place to store the stuff.

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Not in the shed but a day in the kitchen today. 13lb of flour is the base for these loaves.
After they are sliced up into appropriate sized loaves and bagged ready for the freezer the oblogatory test slice with butter is enjoyed

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I'll start a new WIP on this one...

 

 

BTW, that's some nice looking bread, Garry!  Bet the kitchen smelled great.

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On 5/5/2022 at 1:20 AM, Gerhard Gerber said:

This knife is fighting me

It has spirit. Charge more for it.

 

On 5/5/2022 at 6:29 AM, Gazz said:

Just have to find a place to store the stuff.

A 20ft by 8 ft storage container is about $3K

 

3 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

I'll start a new WIP on this one...

Please do it looks great!

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Today I took another shot at forging a ring guard out of a single piece of 416 SS. This has been kicking my butt.

However, those bull point thingys Alan suggested a while back make excellent mandrels.

Rounding the hole on the mandrel.

 

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Normalizing after forging

 

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The hole is about 7/8"+ in diameter and the ring is 5/16". 3/16" to 1/4" thick. The guard plate is about 3/8" thick.

Lots of shaping to do still.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Got further in to troubleshooting the big hammer it was binding when rotated ends up front pin to lift lower the head was binding took apart and there was a bit of rust and oil pack looked further and ill be needing to make two pivot/toggle bushings though they were worn ends up there missing i might try hdpe rather than bronze as it doesnt move a bunch.....last photo is one of the two it has out of four that it should have

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I spent the day making and fitting ironwood bearing blocks for a spinning wheel.  Many trips to the shop and back.

"The worst day smithing is better than the best day working for someone else."

 

I said that.

 

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

- - -G. K. Chesterton

 

So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.

 

Grant Sarver

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On 5/8/2022 at 1:28 AM, Joshua States said:

It has spirit. Charge more for it.

Its already horribly under priced because it's going to a friend, and upon delivery they're preparing cow's head in a hole for dinner.

I worked hard and late Saturday, had one notable success, and another stupid fumble.  I heard the piece of Oryx horn crack, took it out of the vice, put it back, cracked it again, and convinced myself it was some glue on the worm gear of the vice.

Local saying is there are no pills for stupidity, let's see how long I chase my tail with this one.

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10 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

... preparing cow's head in a hole for dinner.

 OK, I had to look that one up.  I'd say that you deserve something closer to the backbone of the animal.  Preferably just behind the middle :)

 

10 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

Local saying is there are no pills for stupidity...

They are the opposite of what you mean, but my part of the world must have cornered the market on stupid pills.  People seems to be taking them by the handful these days

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

Local saying is there are no pills for stupidity,

 

43 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

People seems to be taking them by the handful these days

We say "You can't fix stupid, but duct tape makes it quieter"

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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I’ve been working on a set of kitchen knives as a housewarming gift for my daughter, who’s moving to her first apartment. 52100, stock removal, handles are ulterex,brass, red g10, and black fiber. I’ve learned a lot in the process, but I’m proud of these

 

 

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I got an extraction system sorted for the disc grinder and the belt grinder . Wy wifes laundry basket had a broken handle so I got it for the shed and used it for the extraction system.

This is the grinder ready for steel

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and with the steel catcher off you can see the base of the laundry basket on to of the wood plug for the air system. 

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With the plug removes the remainder of the laundry basket is what catches the dust from shaping handles and allows the air system to take it away and not swirl round the shed as it had always done.

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The extractor system with the "Y" junction to the two grinder and the ply collector for the disc grinder.

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Thsi wood plug for when the air is needed for the belt grinder.

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13 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

 OK, I had to look that one up.  I'd say that you deserve something closer to the backbone of the animal.  Preferably just behind the middle :)

We had a farewell for my cousin & family at his BIL's recently, the host prepared his competition winning "afval potjie".

Don't bother with google translate, its basically everything edible inside 3 sheep except the meat prepared in a cast iron pot, the tongues were particularly good. Heads were prepared separately in the oven, my first time and it was amazing.....
Told my buddy who promised that the cow's head would be even better, and I'm sure a t-bone or two will make it to the fire.

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I'm experimenting with using gallery wire for ferrules. Seems to be working so far...

 

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"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."

 

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1 hour ago, jake cleland said:

Seems to be working so far

 

Yes.  Yes it does!  

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Getting there slowly. This has been a very challenging project.

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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A box of handle blocks and scales turned up today after having given it up as lost some time back. Some beautiful Chittim, which is anew one for me along with spalted silver maple, spalted hackberry, rosewood burl, dyed cottonwood, maple burls, hickory burl, desert ironwood and yarran. 

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