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    Interesting anvil comparison

    Right on. A crappy anvil is still better than no anvil at all. My first was a plate of 1/2” mild steel held onto a stump with bent over nails, and forge was a hole in the ground filled with charcoal blown with a shop vac. I’ve upgraded a little over the years lol
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    Interesting anvil comparison

    You definitely want the higher rebound.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    I’m making cookies! Cookies from birch bark, for a knife I’ll make when it gets a little nicer outside. These pucks are about 2” in diameter, I like to have a lot of material to work with because it’s not uncommon for me to screw something up. Im gluing them up into about 3/4” thick spacers.
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    First slip joint

    What are you using to cut the nail nick in your blades?
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    First slip joint

    If that’s your first I’d say ya did pretty good. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but slip joints are still my favorite. That navy blue and brass is a nice combo. Now I want to try one lol.
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    damascusknives.us URL up for auction on GoDaddy.com

    Something about that URL just screams “made in Pakistan.”
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    2X72 water mister

    Maybe I should not run so much water in mine and I would use it more! You make a great point, it probably doesn’t need that much and then it won’t be so messy. Those things are awesome on thin blades
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    yakut knives

    Reminds me of yanagiba
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    2X72 water mister

    I don’t use mine much, but they are definitely nice to have as an option. That looks like a nice kit. My brother is using something similar. He screwed an upside down paintbrush beneath the belt to sweep the water off and guide it to the bucket. Haven’t tried it yet, but next time I need to wet...
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    Bearing replacement on old lathe

    This lathe, a drill press, and a bandsaw are the extent of my “machining tools”. Things like line boring, etc would all have to be hired out. I don’t even know how I would get it to a machine shop lol. I’m not doing anything that would be considered very precise, so I’m hoping to get it close. I...
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    Bearing replacement on old lathe

    I thought about adding it but it would be so thin that I don’t think it would work well. I’ve already broken up the old ones beyond any hope of saving now, so I “have to” replace them now lol
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    Bearing replacement on old lathe

    Got the spindle out today, after checking the bearings with Plastigage. I don’t know what that spindle weighs, but it’s a lot. I could barely lift it. Now I gotta get to cast in place Babbitt bearings out. They are super bad lol. They are oval by about .032”. Now wonder this thing broke tooling...
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    Cable damascus

    Yeah I didn’t think of that! Probably would do the same thing basically. There is a lot of cool ways you can weld and manipulate it, it’s an awesome thing to work with. Fun stuff
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    Cable damascus

    Oh man I love some cable! I have to check out that guy and see if he has more lol. 1.5 inch is hard to find. I learned from an older local knife smith, and he taught me to put it on the anvil step, and hammer it “into” the step at an angle, while rotating it counterclockwise. Prep is just...
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    Hello All.

    Howdy! Good to have a machine tool rebuilder on here:)! I just started tearing apart an old Flather lathe. I never knew how much I didn’t know lol.
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    Bearing replacement on old lathe

    I checked out his videos and subscribed. I can learn a LOT from that dude! Thanks
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    Bearing replacement on old lathe

    Oh, they are poured in place. I just thought they would come out easily. I’m mostly planning to use this for center drilling round bars of bronze, so I can cut them into rings I can then forge into sheath parts. I just need it better than “eyeballing” center best I can on my drill press lol...
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    Bearing replacement on old lathe

    I’ll have to see if I can get some Plastigage tomorrow. Definitely would make things easier
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    A Tool That's Just About Eliminated Hand Sanding...almost!

    Just about eliminated hand sanding? Come on now, where is the fun in that! I might have to get one of those.
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