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Hey Conner, that worked out much nicer!

 

Today I finished up the sheath for my KITH knife and wrestled with a multi-bar hunk of Damascus that just wouldn't cut with the bandsaw.

I think Matthew straightened me out on getting the bar to soften up. I really need another day in the week.........

“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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Prepared the accordion cut.

 

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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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That forge looks great Justin! Nice for you!

 

 

What are you going to do with the scraps?

Scrapmascus! I have a tray full of little cutoffs and doodads of PW steel. When I do an accordion cut though, I usually restack the pieces and weld them back together. Sometimes I get enough to make a small blade or tool. It depends on the angle of the cut. Here are a couple pieces I made into flat stock about 5/32" thick. Not sure if you can see the pattern in the photo.

Scrapmascus.JPG

 

The scraps from this particular process were not really regular enough to join in a continuous piece. So, I had to do 2 small pieces, which I will probably use for either guards or pendants.

 

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

 

Josh

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Greatly advanced the efficiency of my hammer-poll hawk and pipe hawk making process.

 

While I've been lathe-turning the bowls and hammerheads for years, the crappy Chinese lathe I had wouldn't allow me to use it for drilling the heads. The new-to-me 1941 Craftsman 101/Atlas 618 12x48" does! The milling attachment for the Chinese one was fixed, i.e. it bolted on the tool post stud in one position only, with the clamp facing the chuck at 90 degrees. You could raise or lower it, run it in and out, and use the cross slide, but that was it.

 

Once I replaced the original motor on the new lathe (scored a new-in-box 3/4 hp Doerr made in USA for $90!), I was able to use the milling attachment that came with it, which can be rotated 360 degrees in two axes in addition to the other normal motions. So here's the setup:

 

mill 1.jpg

 

Clamp head in the work holder, rotate in x-axis to line up with the bit. Rotate in y-axis to make that wedge-shaped section line up down the centerline of the head, then use the height and cross slide to center the drill exactly where needed. Chuck up a 1/4" cobalt bit and let 'er rip.

 

mill 2.jpg

 

Next, withdraw the drill and chuck up a 1/2" aircraft counterbore with a 1/4" pilot.

 

mill 3.jpg

 

After facing, I enlarged the pilot hole to 21/64 and tapped it 3/8-24 NF, all without removing the head from the milling vise thus ensuring perfect alignment.

 

And bingo! I solved my old problem of fitting the flat bottom of a lathe-turned bowl or hammerhead to the curved eye of the hawk head. I used to file a flat on the head or hand-counterbore with small flat chisels, relying on the braze metal to fill the gaps. I think I'll be much happier with this method. No misaligned holes, no crooked threads, and the lathe also came with a tailstock die holder so my male threads will be true as well. I haven't made the hammer polls yet, but the idea is to turn them with a 1/2" minus .002" base. This will hopefully result in using far less brazing rod and a nearly invisible joint in much less time than it used to take me.

 

Old method of doing it all by hand took anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours per head to drill and tap, then hand-fit the bowl/hammer poll with gravers. New method took about 3.5 hours to do FIFTEEN heads. Plus I can still feel my fingers!

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That's pretty high tech for an old Norseman with a burning beard! :blink:

Sweet though, really sweet.

“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'm pretty sure they had lathes in Y1K.

Yes they did.

However, they looked like this:

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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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Arrragh. masfizbaratta. grupajhdy!

Some days I hate knife making.........

Today was NOT a good day.......... :angry:

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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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Arrragh. masfizbaratta. grupajhdy!

Some days I hate knife making.........

Today was NOT a good day.......... :angry:

I've had these days quite often lately... the heat and humidity make me grumpy too. :P Tomorrow is a new day though!

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Currently sitting in ER for a cut. Not how I thought today would go. Before the fun began though, I finished up a handle and sharpened a blade....which leads me to here. >_<

 

So lame :( Are you ok? I would imagine if you are in the ER, it must be a deep cut then. Hope that it doesnt need stitches

 

I did post heating treat grinding on a fighter that I heat treated last night.

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Well after a botched attempt at removing my finger print so the FBI can't find me, I'm finally out. 4 hours and 4 stitches later I'm cranky and need a beer. My finger is hanging in there (hehe) and should be fine.

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I always keep a few tubes of superglue in the shop..........

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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 always keep a few tubes of superglue in the shop..........

 

Me too. Stuff works wonders.

 

Glad to hear you are ok Austin. Hope you were able to get your beer.

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Didnt 'make' anything in the shop this weekend, but i spent the whole weekend in the shop cleaning, re-arranging, moving tools etc. It's the cleanest and most organized it's been in probably 5 years. I took a real cool panoramic photograph for Facebook-360 which I should have set to public so you can see it here

 

https://www.facebook.com/Tharkis/posts/10201772005778961

 

but if that doesnt work, here's the link to the raw image. raw image is pretty huge, like 10mb.

 

http://www.tharkis.com/images/tools/shoppanofull.jpg

 

shoppano.jpg

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