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  1. izafireman

    Warped Scales

    I knew someone would ask ;) ...The info came from Gougeon Brothers who are GFlex agents in the UK. Yes I told them in my email the woods are stabilised and even included a link to this thread.:)
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    Warped Scales

    Sent a question out to an epoxy manufacture and here is their reply regarding warping of thin wooden material, which if I am correct mirrors the previous statements. Whenever you add a liquid to a bare timber surface the timbers nature is to wick up that moisture this will have the effect of...
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    Scottish Sgian Dubh

    Very nice. I know a few guys up North who would be very proud to wear it with their Kilts. :)
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    Warped Scales

    Just reading this and reckon the PID oven I built might be worth using for glue ups in future as depending on the temp/oven loading I am getting 1-3 degrees accuracy. I am wondering if the epoxy companies will have information on the best cure temps in such a situation and I could 'ramp' the...
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    Warped Scales

    Well its not just me then :) ….I had this problem only this week. I stabilised some Elm burl and G flexed G10 scales to them. Three days later warped, they were all super flat before gluing. My thoughts were the same as above with regard the bi-metallic strips as G10 and wood are dissimilar...
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    TUS Stencil Cracks & finger nail polish?

    Nice n crisp etches.
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    TUS Stencil Cracks & finger nail polish?

    Stencil cracking will be due to the amperage or the way it is delivered to the steel. If the amperage is too high the stencil will over heat and breakdown....which was said above . With cheaper machines you will normally have to dab the stencil then lift the pad to let the heat and gases out...
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    Finished one up.

    Ohh I like that, very nice indeed.
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    Cryogenic quenching question

    Although off thread with regards to the steel in question I had a discussed with Uddeholm regarding sub zero. I was told for example that Elmax must go to a minimum of -100c -196c and be HELD, a simple drop to sub zero wont work to full effect. With regards to Vanax the sub zero is critical as...
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    Chemistry help - Acid Etching

    The steel is Markus Balach stainless Damascus and so I am going by their recommendations. Also I figured that the lower levels of strength are most likely safer. Hence I am going for just over the smallest practical volume for my needs at the moment and also erring on the weaker side. Also...
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    Chemistry help - Acid Etching

    Now Dennis, you can see how utterly useless I am a maths as it became clear when I saw your answer :oops:, I am honestly terrible where maths is concerned :( And congratulations you won first place for the quickest answer :)...your winner's cheque is in the post :D:D Thanks for answering this...
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    Chemistry help - Acid Etching

    Hopefully there are a few who are good at chemistry here as I need help with a Hydrochloric acid solution which I need to mix in order to etch a couple of stainless steel knife blanks I have ground out. The hydrochloric acid I bought is a 36% strength mixture. The volume of my etching chamber...
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    Double sheath help

    Thanks for this Johan and if possible could you send me his mail please as will drop him a line. Cheers Pete
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    Double sheath help

    Unfortunately it is like looking for a needle in a haystack at the moment and I am coming up with zero patterns :(
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    Double sheath help

    Not sure if anyone could help with this. I don't make my own leather sheaths due to tendon issues in my arm and so have a leather worker make them for me who is superb. But on the last double knife combo I sent him he kept hitting issues with the sheath as he doesn't normally do double sheaths...
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    Wood stabilising oven / tempering oven project.

    I would go with the foil wrapped ceramic wool as you do not need rigidiser with it as the wool as securely in the foil pouches with are several sheets thick. They hold in place a doddle as if cut snug the are rigid when put in place. I think they would also be a great option on the top of the...
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    Hello From Montana

    Hi buddy, some great guys here who are willing to share. Have fun and stay safe in the workshop!
  18. izafireman

    Wood stabilising oven / tempering oven project.

    Thanks .....I honestly cannot believe how good the oven is. Totally converted from the original oven. I am eager to cook the wooden blocks I have had soaking in juice for the last two weeks, pretty sure they will cure much better than previously as the high heat led to bleed out. later this...
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    Wood stabilising oven / tempering oven project.

    Oven had a test this eve, with a meat pie as all I had. Cooked to perfection with a variation of 3C for the 20 mins it was cooked, cant moan at that. :):)
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    Wood stabilising oven / tempering oven project.

    Managed to upload the image of the cermacic blankets that were foil wrapped :). Note the K type thermocouple in the centre of the oven.
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