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  1. Thats a cool looking knife for sure. I like the handle. Might I suggest buffing the metal parts pre-assembly? Reason I mention is that i tried buffing some walnut/maple with the green compound, and it got imbedded into the grain of the wood. Tinted the handle green. Maybe I did it wrong, but I would try buffing a piece of scrap wood first.
  2. If you need some kaowool, I over-bought, and have enough to last me atleast 10 years.
  3. If you would like to take measurements off mine, I would be open to you stopping by.
  4. Pound for pound, the variable speed is the winner I think. What kind of tooling do you have Mr. Anderson? I built my own grinder by just looking at the KMG pictures. There are versions out there that require minimal tooling ( think wood and screws), but I think you would want something a little more substantial. How are you with electricity? Do you have the capability of opening up a breaker panel, and adding a circuit? I've heard the VFD's that Mr. Coe sells are pretty much top notch. You'll definitely want an enclosed drive, metal dust kills the cheaper ones if you're not careful. Or you can make your own enclosure as you see fit. I scrounged most of the parts for mine over the course of 1.5 years, and it took a weekend to build it. Call me frugal. haha. Beaumont sells small parts such as wheels and platens, and the quality is pretty high. I like them a lot. In town suppliers would be: Motor --- Craigslist, Hayden Electric, or online Steel --- Alaska Steel, Greer Tank Pulleys --- US Bearings Hardware --- Home Depot/Lowes, Fire and Fastener I think minimum tooling necessary would be a drill press, 4.5" angle grinder, and a welder. Maybe even a framing square so as to keep things in plane.
  5. I've decided to forgo the scrap yards entirely, and go to the source. Build a rapport with your local metal fab shop, and most times you'll score free stuff. Or perhaps if the scrappers are willing, trade scraps for scraps?
  6. Sounds interesting. I'll show up with something for iron in the hat.
  7. Side note on those 4.5" grinders: Not all brands of cutting discs perform the same. I've found that the Dewalt brand last almost twice as long as others. As has been said, the biggest danger in these things is side-loading the disc. Do not use a cutting disc to grind and clean up the surface.
  8. When I build mine, I'll be modeling it after the X1. I like the simplicity of the leaf springs on the ram. I also plan on remote mounting the tire to the back of the machine for longevity purposes. I just haven't decided on a brake setup yet. I kinda like the idea of a band style brake on the cookie up front as opposed to rubbing on the tire.
  9. I would suggest grabbing a pop and a lunch, then searching the forums. Seriously. Not only can you gain valuable blacksmithing knowledge, but by actually reading responses, you can gain an understanding on how to approach said curmudgeons. Oh, and don't forget to add your location as well.
  10. I recently bought my crafty daughter some stuff called Instamorph. It comes in pellet form, and is re-useable. You put the pellets in hot water, and it liquifies into a moldable substance. After molding to shape, you dunk it in cold water, and it hardens. Kinda like quenching steel I guess. Its pretty neat stuff. I think I'm going to steal some from her and make a couple file handles out of it.
  11. If you want to some testing of your heat treat skills on a certain kind of metal, I would make a few KSO's (knife shaped objects), and do the destructive testing. I know it goes without saying, but I'll do it anyways. Don't forget to wear your PPE. Bending and breaking knives is somewhat dangerous work. Keep a log of your findings, and once you get to where you like the treatment, just repeat that procedure and don't deviate.
  12. Good lookin blades there. Got a question though, would you mind expounding on how you chamfer your tubing? I've tried using a countersink bit, and small strips of sandpaper to smooth out the rough edges, but getting a polish has escaped me. Overall, they look really user friendly. I'm sure the LEO's are gonna love them. I know I do.
  13. Ingenious! I like that you saved the lid handle too. Perfect!
  14. This is what I use. Non-marring copper rod. Works pretty good, but as others have said, ya gotta be real careful.
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