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  1. fleur de lis

    New digs.

    JHCC its funny you should mention that, I started reading through the discussion on the super sucker you made not long ago. Looks like a good setup you've got there & I like it Regardless, I'll have to make do for a little while. I've had some folks patiently waiting for me to finish some projects. I've been waiting for a touchmark I ordered to show up, & it did yesterday. I wasn't expecting it for another week or two. So back to work it is. Such a vicious cycle. Make money, just to spend it & need more. A.R. Hillbilly. The stump is about 250 pounds of good white oak. A saw mill I get slab wood from gave it to me a couple years back. Its in serious need of leveling for the new floor. Got some funky shim work under at the moment.
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    New digs.

    Not particularly of the size. Its roughly 9' x 12'. Can't do a side draft unfortunately, as there's structural parts in the way. So I went ahead and cut a hole in the roof for the pipe I've got. I need bigger pipe. Does great once it warmed up. A lesson in asphyxiation before that. I'll be getting some bigger pipe promptly. Also need to get some outlets still.
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    New digs.

    You sir are a genuine genius. Can't believe that such a simple solution never occurred to me. I know the former sheriff here, so appropriate introductions could be made. I feel like such a simpleton now Thank you. Now it's off to read up on hoods. Good times right there.
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    New digs.

    I am really torn on a hood design. I'd really like a side draft setup of some type. Be a hofi (which I really like), super sucker, or what not. My issue is a somewhat stupid one, or silly. Not particularly sure which. I live on the edge of town, literally. City stops 500' past me. My little area is the dope capital of the Midwest. Seems like moron around here is cooking the junk. These folk have taken to making their poison around where I live. So We Be got a strong police presence here. I somewhat afraid that a odd looking side draft sticking out the side of the shed will give them the wrong idea of what I'm doing. I know I'm doing nothing wrong, but the police don't always know that as well, and they've kicked my front door once in the last 4 years looking for a drug dealer. Which was not a pleasant experience. I respect to police, but that sucked. A lot. I know its a stupid worry, but I do worry. Course any chimney on the shed is liable to make them jumpy. So I may as well go for it.
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    New digs.

    So after almost 4 years on the back porch, I finally got the wife to let me take over the yard shed. I wanted the garage, but I won't complain. This will probably work better for now anyways. I like a small work space. No more than 2 steps to the forge, & maybe 4 steps to anything in my work area. So the shed is great for that. I've got most of my crap moved today & somewhat arranged. I'm not so sure of my stump. It was cut for an uneven porch & is kinda big for this space. I've got a sorta metal stand I started a few years back, but never finished. The little anvil is on it. I've never had a hood for my forge before, So having one now will be nice. Still needs to cut a hole in the roof for the chimney & get a better piece of pipe for it. Probably on the high side as well. Its nothing fancy, but still better than sucking smoke. Made spots for most of my hammers & tongs. Still got some more to hang. Most used hammers to the right & less unused to the left. I like to keep tongs close to the forge. Got some more to put up yet. Plenty more to move & do. Small things like electrical outlets. Bolting down the grinder. More materials storage. Finding a home for the mig welder & gas bottle. Then a lota little things. Finally, move things again & again. Might make a gas forge at some point soon. Its a start though. Critique & advise is appreciated.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    jlpservices: this was the first time they've both actually gotten around to picking up the hammer & I'm pretty stoked about it. Was supposed to be fiddling with knives today, but this took priority. The farrier is an old centaur forge branded kohlswa. Its in 140 or 150 range if I remember right. Been a minute.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Made the new new bottom fuller I've been meaning to for months now. The I got a couple of the kids to swing hammers some. Had them practicing tappers to make some hooks. The oldest daughter & oldest son. Hopefully they stay interested in it. She didn't do bad at all. He needs a smaller hammer & I had to dig out the midget anvil for him. Was still great watching them.
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    My first puukko. (Pic heavy)

    Did something wrong along the way & got cracks. Good number of them too. Annealing vs normilized maybe. Thank you Latticino for correcting me on the nomenclature on that. Probably should have not used water to quench. Course, judging by the rust. That wouldn't have mattered. Don't know if I hammered it hot enough. Kept it a bright red heat. But, maybe. The grain doesn't look to bad to my untrained eye. But feel free to correct me. Fairly happy with the shape of my bevel though. Must try to do that again. Basically, I accidentally dropped the thing & noticed the crack in the spine. Knew it was DOA & wanted to see the grain. A vise and rubber mallet did the breaking. I am will keep at it though. Had a lot of fun with this failure. Hammering a blade out is so much more enjoyable to me than straight up stock removal. I'll likely put this one on the was as a "don't do this again" notice.
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    My first puukko. (Pic heavy)

    Well, i managed to heat treat the thing. I read Latticino's write up in another thread on normalizing, and followed that. So hopefully my little blade doesn't fall apart now. Can't touch it with the best file I own. Got it in the toaster oven now to temper. 425-450ish for a couple of hour cycles. Assuming the thing is half way consistent. We shall see. Started another one as well. A bit bigger than this one. Not particularly happy with the shape of the blade, but I seem to have made peace with my grinder for now. So it should be fixable. Attempted to hammer in the levels on this one as suggested. Which is a pain in the butt for me at this point. Needs more practice. But I'm having fun learning from my mistakes, & working at this has become somewhat therapeutic.
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    My first puukko. (Pic heavy)

    I honestly didn't know its an African wood. Lying wood salesman & sticker guy. That would explain why I couldn't find more. I'm also fond of purple heart, zebra wood, & African black wood. I used to make custom pistol grips. Been sitting on a big chunk of birds eye maple burl for years. Was thinking about doing some kind of caps today. I've got probably about 50 pounds of random sized blocks of bronze sitting around. That is very sage advice about the belts. I'm getting pricing from some of the vendors we use at work. I really like the 3m cubitron belts we use. Hopefully I can pick some up.
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    My first puukko. (Pic heavy)

    So.... Not to sure how well this will work out despite my myriad of mistakes. This was a mystery metal coil spring. I assumed it was most likely 5160. I got a buddy with one of the fancy laser guns to get positive material identification. Cant remember the name. Xlr or something like that. Took three samples of my coil spring to him today to test for me. Comes back as A485-1 grade 1. Hadn't heard of that one. High carbon chromium alloy used for anti friction bearings. Element Weight % Fe 94.9999 — 96.7999 Mn 0.95 — 1.25 Cr 0.9 — 1.2 C 0.9 — 1.05 Si 0.45 — 0.75 Cu 0.0 — 0.35 Ni 0.0 — 0.25 Mo 0.0 — 0.1 S 0.0 — 0.025 P 0.0 — 0.025 Could be good. Could be bad. I does not know. May just be a wall hanger in the end. Been a bunch of fun so far.
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    My first puukko. (Pic heavy)

    I haven't heat treated it as of yet. I normilized twice afteret forging. Once in ashes, & once in vermiculite (no idea if I spelled that right). I worry about cracks with this being mystery metal. I am using this as a learning experience for a lot of this. Reading the utterly massive amount if info here will only take me so far. Knowing the theory behind a process is good. It helps with understanding. But putting that theory into practice. That takes time and screwing stuff up to improve. My little projects before have been helpful in this endeavor. This project is really combining my experience from those projects. Good eye on the direction of the grain. I wasn't paying attention when I cut it. The temp here took a 20° dump in an hour & I wanted to get inside. That's what happens with inattention. May try to use it anyways. But, I've got more if it doesn't workout at least.
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    My first puukko. (Pic heavy)

    And today's progress report. Addressed the tang as well as I could figure out. Filed out my crack on the one side & the gouge on the other side. Then hit it with the welder in each corner. I didn't care to do this as welds are a pain to file through and blend for me. In retrospect, I believe the the better option would have been to not have dorked it up to begin with. Live & learn I reckon. Due to Latticino's kind mentioning of an angle grinder. I made much faster work of the other side of the blade. Used a 120 grit pad to take most of the scale most of the way off. Then went the rest of the way with files. I broke down & called a truce with the devil grinder. Did a peace dance & sacrificed three chickens so that it wouldn't ask for anymore fingers. I really need to invest in some better belts if I continue doing knives after this. The cheapo belts wear out FAST! Ran a 60 grit belt over it to blend out the file marks & to profile the tang more to my satisfaction. Finished up today with cutting scales from a piece of Russian Padauk I had left over from something. The I cut a chunk of brass & squared it up. Not sure if the brass will be a bolster or a pommel type thing yet. I simply like brass & wanted to incorporate it somewhere. Пока.
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    My first puukko. (Pic heavy)

    @Latticino I agree with you about the tang. I hope I can save it, but if not I'll figure something out. Its a learnable moment either way. Since I've done so little with forging knives. I genuinely struggle with forging in bevels & keeping things straight. Unless its a froe, herb chopper, or other similarly curved type blade. I realize this is a over sight on my part. I've just not had enough interest in bladesmithing to bother myself to learn to do it right. But I've really enjoyed doing this one enough that I may need to fix that attitude in myself soon. As for filing. I've got plenty o tools to not need to use files. Several of the 4.5" grinders you mentioned. With many assorted body buffer pads. And I honestly didn't even think to use the thing. I feel stupid now. Also got a 2"x72" sorta knife grinder (it's a grizzly). But I've got a hate / hate relationship with it. I kinda sorta took off the ends of 3 fingers with it a week ago & haven't gotten pass wanting to take a 10lb sledge to it yet. I completely blame the machine entirely. It is rhe one who set the rest to far from the platen & its the one who was grinding material thin enough to get sucked through the gap taking my poor to get a with it. I am completely blameless in this particular endeavor. I am better with a file than a grinder anyways. A skill I've spent more time developing. But as always. One should expand their skill sets. I truly appreciate the vinager tip. I had never heard of that before. Very very handy that is. Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to point things out.
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    My first puukko. (Pic heavy)

    SW Missouri ain't no different than NW Arkansas. Practically neighbors. Heck. I got married down in your neck of the woods.