What's going on in your shop?

Bruce McLeish

Well-Known Member
I’ve just started using Knife Print. I looked at it before but when they ran a “sale” I signed up. I really like it. There are a lot of templates you can start with and then modify or you can start from scratch. Export the designs as a PDF and then you can print in different scale. The 80, 90, and 95% marked on the pattern are reduced from the 100% original.
I was thinking (that's a problem right there !) that the percentage was how much of a chance that was the next build.
 

soundmind

Well-Known Member
I built me a standing height (41") triangle table.
Nice!! I want a taller counter for doing finishing work, at 6’4” all the counters and benches I have that I didn’t build are too short
I have a little space I'm insulating and rearranging and ready for benches. I actually got online last night to check heights of tables and such. Might sound superficial but my wife says some of my lower back pain is from leaning over the bench. I thought she was crazy but she might be right, its usually when I've been hand sanding. I'm six two and I checked my level line on the wall this morning and I'll land close to 41". I might even bump it up higher. I think hand sanding about level with my belly is what I want so I can keep my back straight.
 

tkroenlein

Well-Known Member
I have a little space I'm insulating and rearranging and ready for benches. I actually got online last night to check heights of tables and such. Might sound superficial but my wife says some of my lower back pain is from leaning over the bench. I thought she was crazy but she might be right, its usually when I've been hand sanding. I'm six two and I checked my level line on the wall this morning and I'll land close to 41". I might even bump it up higher. I think hand sanding about level with my belly is what I want so I can keep my back straight.
Working at a counter height (~35"-36") kills my lower back in short order. I guess my sanding vise puts the knife at about 45". I like stand while I sand and that works real good for me. I'm 6-1.
 

Ember Knives

Well-Known Member
I've been a little bit stuck, as I need to get my knives heat treated, and I would rather not do it with the propane torch/forge anymore, so I have made a couple ball peen hammers. The first one is on the left, the second on the right, the second is a little bit better. I made them out of a railroad spike, and home cut cherry. Anyway, they were fun, and if anyone has any advice, I would be glad to hear it. They are both a little over 5 ounces.
Hammers 1.JPGHammers 2.JPG
 

EdCaffreyMS

"The Montana Bladesmith"
Today's efforts..... BIG damascus billets.... 20" long X 4" wide X 1/2" thick.
Cindy and I booked our room for the Blade Show.....so this is the START of something I hope to be really "WOW" for the show....of course provided I don't biff it, and land square on my butt! :)

 

Randy Lucius

KNIFE MAKER
Today's efforts..... BIG damascus billets.... 20" long X 4" wide X 1/2" thick.
Cindy and I booked our room for the Blade Show.....so this is the START of something I hope to be really "WOW" for the show....of course provided I don't biff it, and land square on my butt! :)

Booked my room last July. Looking forward to seeing you there. You must be feeling a lot better.
 

EdCaffreyMS

"The Montana Bladesmith"
I have "good" and "bad" days..... on the good days I can do things like today.....but often times it will put me down for a day or two afterwards. We'll see how this does. They've got me so packed full of meds..... I'm just waiting until that third eyeball grows. :) If I can keep it up, I might just have a few nice things for the show.
 

BossDog

KnifeDogs.com & USAknifemaker.com Owner
Staff member
That is pretty much how mine is set up. Throw them in, tighten the vise. Shoot compressed air in the crack although I'm not sure the air is needed.

For those that don't recognize it, these are wood vises. The aluminum plate has to be bolted onto the vise "jaws". The small hole you need to make is not an issue.

Got my quench plates today from Tracy. 1X4X16. Mounted in a vice and ready to go. 154-CM and 440-C from Aldo is supposed to be here tomorrow. Ready to see how much stainless steel I can mess up. :)
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Randy Lucius

KNIFE MAKER
That is pretty much how mine is set up. Throw them in, tighten the vise. Shoot compressed air in the crack although I'm not sure the air is needed.

For those that don't recognize it, these are wood vises. The aluminum plate has to be bolted onto the vise "jaws". The small hole you need to make is not an issue.
Thanks for the clarification and the great customer service from USA Knife Maker. Always a pleasure doing business with you!
 

Daniel Macina

Well-Known Member
Now making my wrapped eye tomahawks should be a lot easier, bending them around to forge weld without building scale on my welding surfaces should make it a LOT easier!
I have often wondered on something like that if some anti-scale powder would work? Not sure if it would prevent the forge welding though
 
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