John in Oly, WA

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  1. Frosty, nice looking belt grinder. Mine was put to use as soon as it first spun the belt and I've never made time to paint it. Still works without paint. LBS - nice knives and dinner bells (do those hang directly on the hooks or have a cord between?) and herb choppers. Be careful with the back - you don't want to end up a bent over young curmudgeon having to walk with a cane. Aus - Always beautiful work, really like the brass burnish.
  2. Yes, I was joking. Sorry, I tried to make it look like a joke with the smiley face. Should have done the <joking> tag. Carry on collecting!
  3. My son just started making knife scales as a summer income project between school years. He'll be a high school senior this fall. He's just run through his first gallon of cactus juice stabilizing spalted maple knife scale sets - each scale has dimensions of 3/8" x 1 3/4" x 6". He calculated it out to be roughly $0.90 per set for the cactus juice.
  4. Too cool! And Bob Kramer lives just across town from me, although I've never met him.
  5. I don't have any experience with using a 6x48 for knifemaking/metal grinding, but I was at a knifemaking demo and the bladesmith used a powered disk sander to great effect in the finishing stages of grinding and polishing the blades. He glued an 1/8" thick rubber sheet to the bare metal disk with a strong spray adhesive and cut it round with the disk edge as a guide. Then used a weaker spray adhesive (temporary adhesive) to stick the sheets of silicon carbide sandpaper (Rhynowet?) to the rubber. Then he could stick a sheet of sandpaper on, trim it round, sand the blade, peel it off, stick the next grit on, trim it, sand, peel, etc. through the finer grits. In short order his blade was all but polished. He used the disk without a material rest. Also his sanding disk was 9" dia.
  6. Pics Frosty, pics! Love pics of homemade tools!
  7. Oh, you anvil hoarders! No wonder it's so hard to find any!
  8. I've been working on a couple of salt pots. Playing with Kastolite 30, sheet metal bending and PIDs. Having fun with the spray paint. The core for casting the Kastolite. Relative success at getting the Kastolite to conform to the core. One cast with two-part lid, one to go. My sheet metal box bending (without a proper brake). Heating coils in, control box wired and everything mounted to hand trucks. A few more details and the salt pots will be done.
  9. If you're etching it like the pattern welded knives - 1095 and 15N20 would be a nice contrasting combination.
  10. You might try one of those "repurposing" stores. We have one run by Habitat for Humanity, where they take materials from house demolition/deconstruction and resell it. Or see if you have any deconstruction companies in your area. You might be able to get the brick out of a torn down fireplace for cheap.
  11. Anvil in Chains. Wasn't that a Seattle grunge band?
  12. I have a "Z" on my Trenton as well. I've been told the man's name was Charles Zulty. I don't know who the "W" refers to.
  13. Well, I didn't do much, but my 13 y.o. son came home from Scout camp. He earned his metalworking merit badge, part of which included making a spatula and learning to use a coal forge. Too cool! We used it (the spatula, not the coal forge) to flip the burgers on the grill - it works.
  14. Yeah, but Descartes was only thinking of himself.
  15. Truth right there! You guys talking about good old John Deere tractors brings back memories of my Grampa's old '42 styled B. Had fun starting that and driving it around the farm.