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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. 

This long weekend I managed to get one of the bunch of three folders I'm working on ready to add scales to prior to final assembly.  The other two got new blades (one of them twice when the dovetail c

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It is way thick.....stock was close to if not 3/8" Its gonna get ground top and bottom. Edge was probably as thick as a nickle in that pic.

I am grinding at about 9* per side planing on no secondary bevel.  The last one came out wicked sharp and took everything I could throw at it.

Maybe I will edit in a pic in a few days when its done.

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After blowing up the VFD on my KMG, I packed a bunch of stuff into boxes and threw a bunch of crap away.

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3 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Man, that hurts just to look at.  

What really hurts is that the new place doesn't have a garage big enough for the vehicles (2 bikes and a Jeep) and a shop. So we are building a steel structure for the shop. That won't be ready until next Feb or March.

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Day 2 of the shop move.......good gravy we've collected a load of stuff these last 16 years.

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Good luck with the move.  The thought of having to move my shop, which has been growing roots for 18 years now, makes me weak in the knees.  It is going to have to happen, but I am hoping my next move will be my last.

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Joshua, if you have stuff too good to throw out, but too much to take to your new spot, and it will fit in a flat rate box, I will pay for shipping.....hard to get stuff here. Good luck with the move!

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8 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Good luck with the move.  The thought of having to move my shop, which has been growing roots for 18 years now, makes me weak in the knees.  It is going to have to happen, but I am hoping my next move will be my last.

The real horror is I already know there is at least one more move after this one. In about 6 more years.........

6 hours ago, SteveShimanek said:

Joshua, if you have stuff too good to throw out, but too much to take to your new spot, and it will fit in a flat rate box, I will pay for shipping.....hard to get stuff here. Good luck with the move!

My wife thinks I save everything (she has good reason and hard evidence to prove it too!) I come from a not-so-affluent background (heavy PC verbiage I know) and my parents were pre-teens in the Great Depression. You never threw away anything that was useful, even if you had absolutely no use for it.

I'm not the biggest pack rat in the family, but I really do need to stop saving broken power tools for spare parts and the plastic cases they came in, with the hope that Home Depot will have another tool recycle drive.

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I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff every time I moved, some of which i have regretted letting go of, especially when it costs money to replace. Still, there was only so much room in the container.....I still manage to find useful stuff around here; i got a cultured marble sink from the upstairs neighbor's remodel, and some kind of weird rolling cart from the elementary school's disposal pile, that will be a new welding cart. A discarded dryer is becoming my foundry shell, with a discarded washer thingy for the top. I am big on reutilization.

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As the son of two depression-era parents I am afflicted with the symptoms. Perhaps one of my more interesting repurposing was when my wife worked at the local hospital. I picked up a couple of those rolling IV stands with the "curly Q" topsthat they were tossing for new nicer ones. I moved them to my shop where they serve to keep power cords out of my way when I'm using a sander on wood work or a Dremel They provide a mobile base for a couple of clamp on lights. They also make great hangers for my working aprons. Lots of uses.

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I tried to avoid the shop today. 

I was feeling pretty burnt out yesterday. I spent 14 hours working on ornamental stuff at my day job and I was just a lil' sick of working 7 days a week between life, my day job, and my hobby. So, today I said I was going to take a day off...

I was stir crazy by 10 am! I went "shopping" to admire fine cashiers. I got one in my sights, I will be buying a bunch of junk I don't need for a while lol. 

I ended up going to the shop. I just can't help it! Something's wrong with me I think lol. 

 

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Take you time Zeb. When you are a well known 'smith you will have women throwing themselves at you. Your biggest problem will be choosing from the throng of them following you around.

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Cleaned up my woodworking beast, the Robland X31, built a wood work bench, and built a sword case over the last week or so.

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Did a complete clean up of the shop and added a desperately needed bench for my itty bitty vise and random junk. I don't have any before pics, but think of Gollums cave to get a mental image.

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A little while back I had this idea of a 2 layer baffle pipe with an air wall between the two. I finally put it to test. It works great. Very even heat. The heat does also spread wider so I can HT longer knifes without continuously moving the knife. 

Disclaimer: I left an 1/2" unwelded area so no pressure can be built inside.

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Mike, you totally stole my dream of using one of those chalet fireplace hoods as a forge hood!  :lol:  Let the disco vibes commence!

And Joel, nice job! 

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On 5/5/2018 at 9:05 PM, Zeb Camper said:

When you're as ugly and out of shape as me, you need all the help you can get!

What was it Opus once said?

"I am in shape. "Eggplant" is a shape."

On 5/7/2018 at 9:41 AM, Joël Mercier said:

A little while back I had this idea of a 2 layer baffle pipe with an air wall between the two. I finally put it to test. It works great. Very even heat. The heat does also spread wider so I can HT longer knifes without continuously moving the knife. 

Disclaimer: I left an 1/2" unwelded area so no pressure can be built inside.

Now you are thinking right.

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On 5/7/2018 at 10:42 AM, Alan Longmire said:

Mike, you totally stole my dream of using one of those chalet fireplace hoods as a forge hood!  :lol:  Let the disco vibes commence!

And Joel, nice job! 

I think a disco mirror ball is just what my shop needs. I have to say that I'm nervous about forging in polyester.

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I couldn't bring myself to spend $300+ on an etching machine, so I decided to make one for about $80. I haven't tested it yet, mainly because I'm having a tough time getting a wire to stick to the stainless steel electrode. Any ideas? I did plug it in and it didn't blow up, and the power light comes on, so that's a good sign :)

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