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    Hand Stitching idea……

    I also use a drill press with a cutoff ice pick. I first lightly scribe the line for the stitching, then use a set of diamond chisels just to mark the holes and provide the proper spacing. After I "drill" the holes, I use a gouge on the front and back to provide recess for the stitching...
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    Wrong blade on Porta Band???

    I once bought a used Craftsman band saw years ago that took an oddball blade. I cut the frame, and made brackets that moved the top wheel up about an inch and now it uses standard 80" blades. It still works fine to this day.
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    My wife and I have a gunshop. We live in half of a commercial building, the other half being our store and workshops. We installed a Simpli-Safe alarm system several years ago, and are completely happy with it. I customized the package, and installed it. It is wireless, so every now and then...
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    Flame Resistant Pants

    Before Nomex, we used to do a final rinse of a borax solution for the pilot's flight suits.
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    making a leather burnishing wheel for a bench grinder

    i bought one from Tandy, and installed a bolt for an arbor. I chuck it in my drillpress to use. Great for items like long straps and belts.
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    Electro etchers please respond.

    You can make an AC power supply from a doorbell transformer, and etch to get a blackened finish. You can skip the cold bluing. See Ernie's website for more info.
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    Opinion on makers mark

    Ask Ernie what he thinks. He told me my initial artwork was not going to work well, and I redid it. He has the experience.
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    Concern about drill press sheath technique

    I also use the tip of an awl in my drill press. I also swing the table and drill an 1/8" hole in the table, about 3/8" of an inch from the edge. This allows the tip of the awl to pass through the leather and through the table. The table keeps the sheath square to the awl so the back side line...
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    New knife that needs critique

    Recessing the stitches is the easiest way, and makes a neat job. I re-stain the recess slot before stitching. Tandy makes an inexpensive reloadable felt tip pen that you can add your dye to. For black, you can just use a sharpie pen.
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    Where To Get New Logo And Stencils

    I use Ernie. He kinda rejected my first artwork, made recommendations, and I listened. His stencils work perfectly.
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    Kydex sheet thickness?

    By the way, to save money on Kydex, buy a full 4' x 8' sheet on line (from various suppliers), have them cut it into 2' x 4' pieces, packaged up, and it can be shipped via UPS fairly cheap.
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    Sheath making a must?

    I found the leather work more challenging than the knifemaking, probably because I am a gunsmith, but now I enjoy the leatherwork more. I can work on it and if a customer comes in, I just put it down and wait on them. Can't do that when working on knives in the workshop. I also find the...
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    A little help needed

    Same way as I spot anneal a hardened receiver to drill and tap for a scope base. I use a fine, hot flame from a acetylene torch, and let it cool. Heat the spot to red, and let it go, you don't hardly heat up the receiver.
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    Resizing photos

    I use a free downloadable program called to reduce the file size.
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    Ruined knives by softening tangs? (no pics)

    To anneal a hardened rifle receiver to drill for a scope mount, I use an acetylene torch with a small tip. I just heat the spot I want to drill/tap to red, let cool. It doesn't hurt the receiver. I need to try this on a tempered knife.
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    Kydex sheaths...Where to start??

    I used to buy a whole 4' x 8' sheet at a time when I made holsters. Have them cut it into 2' x 4' pieces if you need it shipped UPS.
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    Electro etch makers mark w/emblem

    Ernie told me my original design would not etch clear and sharp, so I redesigned it with crisper, simpler lines. He made the stencils, and after a few tries I now can produce perfect etches. Thanks, Ernie.
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    My First Student?

    My wife and I have a gun shop, and have separate liability insurance from a company that specializes in insurance for gunsmiths. I am told 99% of claims against a gun shop are the same as any other retail business; that is slip and fall, etc. However, when the claim is for a gun related...
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    Learning in PA

    Hi Guys, I'm a newcomer to knifemaking. I am 72 yrs old, and getting ready to close our gunsmithing and gun shop. I figure it is time for something new to keep me active. I have a lot of the equipment needed to start making knives, and am just making jigs and such that I will need. This...