Not true. magnet catches all the dust and the ways are covered. Been doing this for 7 years or better The only two surface grinders I have used had either a ruby grinding wheel and the other a 72 inch belt attachment. String me up if you wish Bruce, but don,t tie the knot till you see one...
I make numerous patterns using the the no pattern method and all I use is 1/8 inch particle board. I just made one yesterday that will be added to my list of folders. You don't need metal to make these and they are just fun to do.
I haven't used my plasma cutter for years. When I did I was pleased. I just used an angle cutter to clean up and profile. Now its forging, you know with a press, trip hammer and a rolling mill. Oops forgot the anvil.
Something that I worked out as I spend many hours in my shop. Seven days a week. I was working on a pattern and was measuring the tang for accuracy and it just grew from there. I found it allows more creativity for the next one.
Thanks Mark, love the thumbs up.
I wrote up a tutorial on making slipjoint knives without using a pattern. How to create your own instead....It is a small PDF file
Let me know your thoughts, my object is not how to make a slipjoint in its entirety, just showing how to get creative.
TA, I just heard from one of my forum friends that he read in another forum that you also make your folders using a no pattern method. (If that is what it is called.) Is this why your folders are such a random variety.