"The BJ Bowie" aint gonna happen! It'll never sell!
Thanks for the kind words, I think you made Bruce cry, but he's an old softy anyway.
As far as the machining goes, this is strictly high school level machine shop stuff with an old manual mill and a calculator. Some CNC (computer numerically controlled) equiptment would have been faster, and I do have access to that and water jetting and laser cutting, but this is very therapeutic. It calms the nerves plus holding onto the cranks give you a good feel for what you are doing. the machine will tell you by sound how it feels about what it's doing and vibrate and rumble a little if it feels you are not paying close enough attention.
I would not suggest using the surface grinder for hogging out material. It can hotspot your steel and change the temper. I would bandsaw the material out first and go from there. If you are taking more than .010" off anything with a surface grinder, you are on the wrong machine.
Hope to see you at Blade with "the PUP"
PS. These collaborations with Bump and Janik have taken on the name of "Bumpniks"