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    Ever need 3 hands?

    Yep, I usually need 3 and sometimes 4 hands when putting a bandsaw blade on, either a portaband or a 4X6 bandsaw. I'm sure the rest of ya'll learned this trick years ago, but I just learned it yesterday. Use clamps to hold saw blade on at lower wheels, then slip saw blade on top. Works like a...
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    Christmas from Fred

    Fred, I could not have asked for more, I have lusted after both a billet of feather Damascus and Mokume both. Never dreamed I'd get both at once. I think Fred remembered me saying how much I admired and lusted after his feather Damascus in past threads..... and I was lucky enough for Fred to...
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    New Forge

    Ya’ll remember a thread I started a while back about blown burner and building a forge. Thanks to the nice knowledgeable folks and especially Ed I’ve pretty much got it built. Above is a view of the front of forge, the blower is mounted to the side rather than at bottom of cart. Based on...
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    100 lb propane tank

    Has it been mentioned that Tractor Supply has a Black Friday sale on 100 lb Propane tanks? $100 at the store. https://tinyurl.com/tks3hyk
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    Forge question

    Hello all, Looking for a bit of advice here from ya'll folks with LOTS of forge knowledge (Ed & others:) Here is the forge with blower with stuff I had on hand for a quick 'n dirty setup for testing. This is the $78 blower from Amazon. The big pipe is 1-1/2" SS pipe with 2" PVC to connect...
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    $78 Blower

    Hello folks. The $78 blower on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071NQDNRK and a speed control from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TDHWHYL have been questioned as to quality and suitability. Well, I ordered both and played with them a tad this morning. Here is a "quick 'n dirty" setup I...
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    Bowie WIP

    OK, let's see if this is enough for a WIP, it shows what I did in building this Bowie. The 2019 KITH’s idea of making a Bowie this year seemed very interesting to me so I have been following along with several of the builds. REALLY NICE builds to. Jason Volkert’s design really caught my...
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    Olive Wood score

    The wife came thru yesterday - she found this cutting board of Olive Wood from Italy for $15. Just look at the burl in that. While there is some areas on other side that doesn't have the burl, a good bit of it does. I'm working on cutting it up now for knife handles - that's what she...
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    Blown VFD

    Well, it finally happened. I've been using a NEMA 1 enclosure Chinese VFD for the last 5 or 6 yrs (used several times/wk) and today it finally blew - with a BANG! I pulled apart enough to see metal dust got inside to short across PC board traces and blew a PCB trace and an insulated-gate...
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    Nickel layer for Damascus

    Hello all - As ya'll know I'm VERY inexperienced with pattern welded (Damascus) billets. I've only made one low layer count (10 layers) billet with 1095 (.092") and 15N20 (.072") with a .003" layer of pure nickel between the layers. All arm 'h hammer power here. This is the knife I made from...
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    1st Damascus Blade

    If ya'll remember a while back I forged up my first damascus billet. This forum really NEEDS (or I need to learn how) a way to find "all threads started by". There's a way to find all posts commented on. Anyway - I forged up the Damascus billet, and finally got around to finishing the knife...
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    What flux to use?

    Hello all, As ya'll know I've done just a tiny bit of forge welding for San Mai which I dry weld by doing a seal weld all around the billet. I would like to try forge welding about 8 or 10 layers for a Damascus billet. That seems a bit thick for a seal weld - what flux would give me the best...
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    San Mai core metal

    Hello all, I'm trying to figure what core material will give a dark edge between 416 SS cladding for kitchen knives. For me making San Mai has a twofold reason, I want to learn new things, and the wife LOVES the beauty of the dark edge of the core between the SS cladding. The wife is the force...
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    Another "what wood" thread

    OK, here's a block of wood I got and no idea what type of wood it is. It's not cocobolo, or bacote, there's too much yellowish/orangish in wood. The grinding dust is pretty yellow, more than what you see in photo. The photo is more orangish because I wet it down to show grain better. This wood...
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    Another San Mai thread

    OK folks, over the weekend I mentioned I was working on a new San Mai billet using .094" thickness 15N20 for core with .110" thickness 416SS for outer layers making a weld stack around .30" thick - almost 1/3 inch. The finished billet looked good and was around .280"-.290" depending on where I...
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    Grizzly G0704 Drill Mill with Stand for $680 shipped!!

    Anybody wanting a Grizzly 704 mill here's your chance - $680 shipped! https://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-G0704-Drill-Mill-Stand/dp/B006SJI8QA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1549298291&sr=1-1&keywords=Milling++machine+spindle belated edit: I should have acknowledged OneArmed for sending me...
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    1st San Mai Billet

    OK, here' my first attempt at a San Mai billet. It's got a .093" thick 15N20 (high carbon) with a .100" layer of mild steel on outside. Clamped in vise, stick welded all way around, put in forge got hot (bright orange) and started pecking away. The trick seems to be light steady taps, not...
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    Christmas Exchange CA Glue

    Hello All - I just wished to show what I'm using the CA glue in my Christmas Exchange for. This is a Spalted Oak scales that Smithy sent me, but never got around to using them. I hate to say it, in the rough they just didn't appeal to me all that much. BUT- Once I got them put on a blade and...
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    San Mai questions

    Dan is doing a good job of writing up his WIP on San Mia - I've been wanting to try a piece myself and the WIP is giving me courage to try it. This COLD weather (40s & 50s) we're having is a good time to run the forge. I will need to order some steel. Looking for advice here. "IF" any...
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    NEMA 1 VFD filter

    Hello all, I've been using the cheap Chinese VFDs for a few yr now with success. The trick is to either put in a dustproof enclosure, or adequate inlet filters to prevent metal dust from getting inside to the electronics. Here is the way I've attached filters - use the adhesive backed velcro...
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