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    Sources of useable scrap metal?

    The thing is, for many of these corporations, it's not about sustaining a life long business, but about making everything look good enough to sell to the next guy. The current owners aren't thinking about what the business or market is going to look like in 10, 20 or 30 years. They just need to...
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    CA glue between spacers?

    I don't see a problem with it. I've done it myself. That said, CA glue OR epoxy should never be the only thing you're relying on to keep a handle together. I always use some kind of mechanical fastener as well, whether it's a corby bolt or a peened pin of some kind.
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    Sources of useable scrap metal?

    Dang... wish I had known about that place before. Sounds like it would have been worth a 3 hour drive.
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    Another one with a new toy

    Ha! I was starting to wonder what took so long. Thanks for pointing that out.
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    Another one with a new toy

    It took a year and a half to deliver?
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    Need some help with this guard.

    I'm not sure you're thinking of the same kind of slotted guard? Chris is talking about a "Loveless" style slotted guard like you would see on a drop point hunter, for instance. Here are a couple of pics for reference: The guard is milled with the slot open from the spine side of the knife, and...
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    KMG 3 speed or variable

    FWIW, you can get a brand new 3 phase "IronHorse" motor from AutomationDirect for less than $200 shipped (Or at least that used to be the price, I haven't looked recently.) I used to shy away from import motors, but I've had zero issues with mine in the years that I've had it. I also used to...
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    Stupid tax

    Ah, so you originally thought you were getting stabilized wood? If you read the description: The wood is still in organic, natural form and color for the consumer to ultimately determine sheen, tone, stain or color. The first pic has mineral spirits applied to reveal anticipated color. It does...
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    Stupid tax

    I'm confused as to what your saying/asking. How many pieces did you order, and what was the final cost? Do you have an issue with eBay adding sales tax, or the seller's shipping charges? Are you saying they added $80 to the final price? Just looking at the eBay listing, I don't see any huge red...
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    Free unlimited steel supply?

    Internal stress may also be an issue. You’ll get a better idea after making a couple.
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    Free unlimited steel supply?

    Since it appears that the strip is not being annealed after cold rolling ("full hard"), you may need to do some additional processing in order to machine the steel (cut, drill, etc...). You can work around this a little bit with carbide drills, abrasive or plasma cutting, etc... but you may...
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    1 degree grinder disc. Wayne, what is the use of this disc versus the flat one ?

    I'm not Wayne, but the 1 degree disc is for grinding pieces that are longer than the half of the disc you're grinding on. As the disc rotates clockwise, for instance, you'll have the grit on the left side of the disc moving upwards, while the right side is moving downwards. This make things a...
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    KMG 3 speed or variable

    Go variable speed. If you can't afford a KBAC 27d (or similar), then start out with one of the Chinese VFD's. You can get a 2hp VFD for well under 100 bucks now days, and as long as you keep the dust out of it, they'll do the job until you can upgrade. You will need 220VAC to power it though. I...
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    Hey Man, Got A Light?

    I picked up something similar for my shop a while back, and you're right, it does make a huge difference. I also swapped all of my T12 flourescent tubes for some 6500K LED conversions. It's nice to actually be able to see, and even nicer to not have to wait for them to warm up when it's cold...
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    Disc flattening technique

    Rhynowet is really good stuff. I also like "Starcke Matador" Silicon Carbide paper quite a bit. It's a German brand, but seems to be of reasonably high quality, and pretty decently priced if you buy 50 sheets at a time.
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