Recent content by Drew Riley

  1. Drew Riley

    Belt Grinder Should I

    To answer the question of step vs variable speed: A 3 to 4 step pulley is significantly better than single speed, but there are times when even the slowest speed will be a bit too fast. A VFD is a game changer, and the first time I put one on a grinder, I immediately regretted not doing it...
  2. Drew Riley

    Clever advice please

    Seems like the above "cleaver" profile has been gaining in popularity for "outdoor cooking", due, primarily to the "Almazan Kitchen" channel on youtube/social media. I don't particularly see it as any more useful than a traditional Chinese cleaver like Martin Yan uses. I guess it depends on the...
  3. Drew Riley

    Cyberpunk project "Mnemonic"

    Now that is cool! I like it.
  4. Drew Riley

    Looking titanium button head

    Can I ask what you use them for? That seems very long for such a small screw. There's a reason you don't find them readily available.
  5. Drew Riley

    Attaching steel to copper

    Just stick a couple of screws into a piece of wood and practice some file work. If you don't like it, no harm, no foul.
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    Shocking Grinder

    I normally don't have much of a problem with static on my grinder, but I was sharpening a scraper a couple of days ago and was getting lit up! I saw a couple of bright blue sparks jumping from my fingers to the grinder from nearly an inch away. If I keep a finger touching the back of the...
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    Grind line radius help

    Unless you have a radius on the corner of your platen, the J-flex are always going to give you a tight radius. You may be overhanging the same amount as an x-weight, but the belt is still going to take the shape of your platen corner for the most part, which for most guys is around a 90 degree...
  8. Drew Riley

    Broken blade

    250 Fahrenheit? I doubt that’s nearly enough, especially for stainless. You may have also had a stress riser in the middle of your “choil” from its initial shaping, or possible from the plunge.
  9. Drew Riley

    Magazine Ad?

    What's a magazine? :D
  10. Drew Riley

    Axis Deer Stag give away

    In. Thanks!
  11. Drew Riley

    I wonder.......

    I have a beard, so this is one of the few respirators that I can effectively use. For what they charge for the thing, I do wish they'd upgrade the mouth piece. I suppose it's more than adequate as is, but it could be a little more comfortable. My other complaint is that it's made from very thin...
  12. Drew Riley

    Need custom tools.

    I’d probably just get a suitable piece of bar stock for the platen, the grind a 36” radius into it. A 36 grit belt should rough it out pretty quickly, then just clean it up with finer grits and mount it up. Heat treat would be nice, though not completely necessary.
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    Glass platen

    There's a seller on eBay HERE who will do custom lengths if you message them first.
  14. Drew Riley

    K26 soft brick

    If your building an oven, k23 bricks insulate / hold heat a lot better than k26.
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    New toy!

    Curious to see how it works making sheaths. Keep up updated!