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  1. Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone out there has built a 2x72 grinder out of one of these (see attached picture). I love blacksmithing but since I am a carpenter by trade, fabricating machines doesn't come naturally to me, so any advice would be awesome. Buying a belt grinder isn't in the budget right now.
  2. Hello everyone. Today I had an extremely rare hour of free time so I decided to forge a knife. Once I got the shape roughed out I had to start supper so I shut off blower of my coal fore and sat the blade on top of the coal so that it could cool down slowly. I just removed it from the forge and it has a dark black spot on it, so should I be concerned that I burned it? Or is there no way it could have gotten hot enough?
  3. Thank so much everyone, this is going to help a ton. I'll post some pictures when I get around to making something
  4. Well.... I guess I'll just look for pictures on Google.
  5. Hey guys, I just got a bunch of rail spikes that I had intended to turn into bottle openers. But when I picked them up I saw they were tagged HC. So I'm just looking for ideas for cool things I could make with these now that I know the steel is a bit higher quality. As usual, any input if greatly appreciated.
  6. I use the spyderco sharpening system, so it gets extremely sharp..... In the middle. Because of the shape of the blade, it is difficult to get the tip sharp using that system. I picked up my wet stones from the inlaws today so I intend of giving that a try tomorrow. If you have any tips for "reworking" to remove the warp, I'm all ears. I don't mind refinishing, I've already done it many times, what's one more right? On that note, I've spend hours and hours, and many sheets of sand paper trying to make an even finish. but no matter how long I try it comes out blotchy or some scratches remain. I think the key here is just a proper belt sander.
  7. So this is the "final" product. The finish on the blade is severely uneven, the whole thing is warped, and I'm fairly certain there is a soft spot on there somewhere. But I love it. All of its imperfections will be a constant reminder of what not to do. For starters, a much smaller/straighter knife would make a world of difference. Also I now have a better idea of the steps I should take for finishing. So many time with this knife (and I mean at least a dozen) I sanded it by hand up to a nearly mirror finish, only to end up grinding of filing it again later. The phrase "biting off more than you can chew" definitely applies here. Although I didn't try to forge a sword right off the bat, I believe that might have been easier than a curved blade like this. It just makes everything twice as hard. I'd like to thank everyone for their advice on this project, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.
  8. i managed to squeeze in a few minutes to rig up a makeshift heat treating forge. I plan on using charcoal. It's just junk I had in the garage so hopefull it doesn't fall apart on me
  9. Yep that's exactly what happened. It took the curve when I roughly forged the bevel. Ill do the Normalizing and HT soon. Just have to make up some kind of oven. I'm debating whether to use a long charcoal forge or a torch and fire bricks. I'm afraid to burn the edge in the coal forge. Might be some time until that happens though since I just had a baby boy last night.
  10. Nothing really, it's just something to look at. It was a small curtain rod that I cut in half, then twisted the pieces together, the forge welded both ends
  11. Started with the intention of making a bracelet for my wife. But during the process I saw it take a different shape so I just went with it and I think it turned out pretty cool. Does anyone else have a project that turned into something completely different by the time it was finished?
  12. How close would that be? In terms of edge thickness? i went up to 220 on the belt sander and have the shape I want, I think its ready for heat treating. Gotta Find some finer paper now This is where I'm at now
  13. Yao started like that but I realized there was a curve so I had to flatten everything out first. Now that that it sorted out I think I should invest in a micrometer before going any further.
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