View Full Version : Dacks-Contest Build
11-28-2009, 08:55 AM
Dacks, this is your thread for your contest knife build.
11-28-2009, 11:02 AM
Well, well, well!! These are some mighty fine digs you set me up with here! I like the "open concept" floor plan. 2thumbs
The decorators will be by shortly to hang a few pictures and give this place that certain..... "je ne se quoi". :p
11-28-2009, 11:42 PM
Here's a glimpse into my small 10x12 basement workshop.
I do my shaping and grinding on my little 1x30 Delta Shopmaster, and I can do some additional shaping with sanding wheels on my drill press. The only belts I've used to this point are the aluminum oxide woodworking belts. I sharpen my knives on a Tormek 2000 system, and I buff on my bench grinder. I have a full range of chisels and gouges, rasps, files.
I do not have a lathe or any milling capabilities in my shop. I do, however, have access to two very well equipped machine shops, a very well equipped woodworking shop(its good to have friends!!). I harden my blades in an oven at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney(about 30 min away). If needed, I have access to the CAD lab at the local university with EDM and CNC machines.
I have A LOT of wood around... domestics, exotics, burls, some stabilized, etc., and I have lots of antler and bone, and a few other oddities for handle material. I also have all the necessary finishing materials.
I'll update a few shots shortly.
My grinder and jig:
11-30-2009, 05:56 PM
Nice shop I would like some more info on that jig!
11-30-2009, 06:32 PM
swilliamf - The jig is a rather simple/crude assemblage of two door hinges and and backing plate against which the knife is held for grinding. The blade in that photo is 17" long, so I added a long kitchen magnet to help lend support and stability. By turning the adjustment nuts on the threaded rod, I can alter the angle of attack for both bevel and final sharpening. This set up also allows me to achieve a consistent angle on both side of the blade without guessing.... just flip the blade over(it not quite that simple, but you get the idea).
I had a very hard time grinding free-hand(maybe it the small size of this 1x30 grinder, maybe its me), so I needed something to assist getting straight, even and symmetrical bevels. As I said, its a bit crude, but it does work for me.
12-01-2009, 03:55 PM
That is a cool idea! Does it work well? Any pics of the knife?
12-01-2009, 07:05 PM
Received my package today.
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