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working on this 10" bowie/fighter.  240 layers of random damascus.  Im quite liking this one, it is light and flexible.  the plan is to finish the guard as a hot blue with brass accents, a black/blue stabilized burl and a hot blued pommel.  might do this one as a take down.  seen here with a quick test etch, now the long dark of hand sanding and forging out the guard.

 

 

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On 10/24/2023 at 7:08 PM, nathan doss said:

Those are very nice chisels, David!

 

Thanks!

 

There are machine made chisels in the boutique market for about $100-$150 per in that style. I'm curious if there is much of a market for handmade, as it starts to be worth thinking about as side money. But I don't have the time to do it for side money. 

 

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1 hour ago, Alan Longmire said:

Not in my shop, but my father's.  Yesterday we took his retirement project for a little spin...

 

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Sure, it's all fun and games until she gets jealous and starts murdering all your friends. 

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19 minutes ago, HSJackson said:

Sure, it's all fun and games until she gets jealous and starts murdering all your friends. 

 

 

That's why you should never paint one red!  Although the self-healing feature would be nice...

 

We got that one just before the movie came out, it was my grandfather's car.  Parts of it still are.  He bought it new in 1958, sold it around 1962. The guy he sold it to kept it for several years, then sold it to someone else, who took the intake and carbs off and parked it in a field.  We found it and recovered it in 1983.  Right before the movie.  Glad they didn't find it first, they destroyed most of the surviving 2-door '58s for that movie.  This one is an original Fury (not a Belvedere!) with the Golden Commando package.  One of around 5100 made, and maybe 150 surviving.  Most of the "Christine" cars you see are Belvederes. of which around 36,000 were made, about half of which were 2-door models.  

 

This one will be more fun when we get the front end aligned.  As it is, it's an adventure to take on the road.  Much like Christine, it seems to want to go wherever it pleases regardless of driver input. :ph34r:

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Cross-guard update on my Ukrainian/Turkish kilij-saber.  I filled in some of the worse voids after the lost-wax casting and have been doing some hand filing in the hopes that the guard will be usable for the saber (fits well and the scale is great).  Still working at refining the shape and the gap between the guard and blade, guard and grip.  Need to heat-treat the blade and grind down to final dimensions plus hope to get it down to 2 pounds...

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I made some progress on the Wakizashi brisket slicer and took a step back when I found a crack in the habaki. The second habaki went better and the solder joint was much better. The shot of my attempt at "cherry blossoms " will be soldered on the Tsuba. Then what's up next teaser.

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Over the weekend I did another crucible steel melt using Vanadium carbide as the CFE. I screwed up on the C content. The puck came out about 1%....

 

Then I got an email from Woodworker's Souce that maple was on sale for 25% off. So I ran down and bought everything I needed to make the doorway thresholds and the fireplace mantle. 

 

Set up the shop tools on the driveway apron.

 

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And set about sawing, joining an edge, sawing again, planing to thickness, routering edges, so much fun!

Here are the top of the mantle and the face board. You can see the edge detail and the dado cut for the face to fit into.

 

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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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1 hour ago, Jim White said:

Thought I'd make some dies for my ironworker to put it to work.

 

Just a suggestion....

 

 

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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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10 hours ago, Jim White said:

Thought I'd make some dies for my ironworker to put it to work.1028231815.jpg

Hmm... picking up an ironworker (and a mill) on Thursday, price was too good to pass up ($1000 for the pair!!).

Hadn't considered using the ironworker for other things, duh. :)

Thanks, man!

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1 hour ago, Stuart Samuel said:

Hadn't considered using the ironworker for other things,

I have several sets of dies for the press. Welding dies, drawing dies, straighten/flattening dies, squaring dies, rounding dies, plunge setting dies, etc.

“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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Took this out of the vinegar tube today and see I still have a few scratches to sand out.

 

It is pretty much just a practice piece for an illerup spatha but turned out pretty good. In retrospect it would have been much easier to make one with double fullers and lenticular cross section than thid octagon shape :lol:

 

 

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I assembled the fireplace mantle (glued, clamped, and screwed) yesterday.

Today I stained the whole thing. Tomorrow is Danish oil day.

 

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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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