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About Jclonts82

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  1. Testing pallet strapping

    It welded no problem. I figured the outer layers would do that. I just pulled it in and out over about 20 minutes until the middle got some good color to it. All while slowly increasing the forge to weld temps. I started heating at a lower temp for that reason. In previous Damascus billets I would only do 3 welding passes, because of so many layers I did 5 to be sure, I will draw to 3/4" square, then round. Next I'm going to build a twisting rig that attaches to my newest vice on a stand and plan on twisting about 10 full rotations.
  2. Testing pallet strapping

    That advice is WELL received. I had 2-3 pieces i cut to size to test, cleaned those then the large strip... large strip was much easier than the individuals. Alternating stacked, angle ground the teeth off, welded a handle on. Gonna get brave tomorrow and see if I can forge weld it up. 39 layers! Video I took of an impromptu spark test. Mild steel vs the pallet strapping. (Used the mild as a fence to score a line to break the PS from 2" to 1" wide to match the BSB)
  3. Testing pallet strapping

    Time to start cutting, cleaning, and stacking. To get the rust off, I did a test with a 1" section that was left after cutting the blade into strips. Left it in 50:50 vinegar water overnight and all the corrosion was gone. it darkened the steel too, I may not need to leave it in so long, but proof of concept. I will take an angle grinder to the stack to get rid of whats left of the teeth too.
  4. Testing pallet strapping

    Solid advice! Thank you. I would have welded both ends and maybe bead across the middle, that likely could have run me into some problems. On my next projects I will run 2 billets one of BSB/PS, the other 15n20/1095 and get a good comparison for how they behave, weld, move etc... It will be good for my own experience. Also, the more forge welds I can do, the (hopefully!) better I will become.
  5. Testing pallet strapping

    I have seen @ThomasPowers refer many times to Band Saw Blade & Pallet Strapping. BSB PS. Yesterday I acquired a good length of BSB, today I saw next to the railroad a piece of what I think is pallet strapping, not sure. Its a tad rusty, but it might be usable. Heated it to bright red/dark orange and quenched in cooking oil. Clamped it in a vice and it broke with the lightest tap of small hammer. Actually more of a shatter than a break... 3 pieces came off that end Would this be considered useable to layer with the BSB? I will probably cut into 4" strips and trim width to match the BSB, which is only about 1" after teeth removed. Make a stack about 2.5" thick. Lots of layers to begin with so only have to cut & stack once for a higher layer count. Thoughts?
  6. ClontZ... an older german variant of my last name, ClontS... wonder how close we are related?
  7. Veteran's Day 2017

    @Charles R. Stevens here here brother!
  8. It followed me home

    Twas free for the taking! 2 sets of springs off an old suburban. Prentiss vice co No 21 1 large band used saw blade courtesy of just asking the manager at the local Ace hardware. And some tongs that were with the vice. Saturday goals accomplished!
  9. Bowie set in elk antler, questions

    Wow, I really appreciate that offer, but being quite the newbie I would hate to screw up something someone else gave me! When I have more confidence in my skill set, then I might try utilizing someone else's stuff. Thank you for the offer though!
  10. Bowie set in elk antler, questions

    Said antler piece(s) fresh outta the cactus juice.
  11. Bowie set in elk antler, questions

    I'm thinking I will try a damascus nut to match the blade, I have a few cut-offs from random billets and it could look neat. I'm thinking forge square, , drill, tap, drill a perpendicular hole through the middle of one side, screw on the tang,, grind smoothe/rounded then use perpendicular hole as a leverage point to tighten once the square is rounded off... Imma sit and think about this for a good while before steel meets hammer though...
  12. Bowie set in elk antler, questions

    A through tang and decorative nut/butt cap is a style that is right up my alley. Plus it' sounds much easier than screwing the handle on the tang. My idea on that was forge tang at say 3/8th round, run it through a threading die. then drill into the antler piece at say 5/16th , add thin epoxy and use the threaded tang to screw into the stabilized pith making its own threads as it crushes/expands the hole out, expoy to make it stay there. But a through tang design will allow for a better look and a more secure fit. Thank you, I appreciate that input.
  13. I've been asked to make a Bowie knife for a friend to give away as a gift for Christmas. I have some elk antler that I stabilized in red dyed cactus juice, and want to try that as the handle. My question: Those who have used antlers for a handle, how did/do you attach the tang, what style of tang etc...? My leading thought is to make a hidden tang, round, and cut threads into it and drill a smaller hole in the spongy looking antler marrow. Add epoxy and screw the tang in, having it cut its own threads in the antler, making a really tight fit. Is this easily feasible, or is there a much easier way that's just as secure? I will add pics of the stabilized antler piece tonight when I get home from work to help give a better visual. I really appreciate any input here. Thank you
  14. My first try at a tanto style. More of an 'american' tanto. Steel: ~100 layers of W2 and 52100 Wood: Gambel oak burl. Stabilized with cactus juice with red alumilite dye. Finish rub with boiled linseed oil. Mosiac pin, copied design off something I saw on the internet. Unknown type of stainless steel for the guard... found a 1" square by 12" long bar in the dirt... some corosion was on the bar, it shined up well.
  15. wood stabilizing chambers

    Old post, but I just put some finishing touches on a handle made from gambel oak burl that I cut, dried, and stabilized with Cactus juice. I put red alumilite dye in the stuff and I love the way it came out. This vacuum chamber setup has been WELL worth the investment. More pics to come in my own thread when finished. But for now: I really like how the resin filled the gaps in the swirls.