GrumpyBiker

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About GrumpyBiker

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    N.Central Ohio
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    Harley's , woodworking, guns & motorhoming
    State Prison Guard since 1996

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  1. Guess I’m on the other side then because I steer people interested in Blacksmithing towards RR track anvils as a starter. As they’re inexpensive and will do until a person decides whether they have caught the bug or if it’s a passing fad for them. If it turns out that they realize it’s not as easy as it looks on TV and give up, at least they’ve not sunk a ton of cash into it. The one I shaped for myself worked for me until I found exactly what I wanted / needed. That said, the price asked in the ad is absurd. I wouldn’t expect more than $125 - 150 for mine with the stand (minus tools & holder).
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    DIY Micarta

    Much more blue than the last batch. And the clear resin is certainly clear !
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    DIY Micarta

    The clear resin arrived & I got it in the mold yesterday. The setup time is longer. It popped out of the mold after tapping on the sides with a rubber mallet.
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    DIY Micarta

    Slow speed or hand buffing?
  5. GrumpyBiker

    DIY Micarta

    Slow speed ?
  6. GrumpyBiker

    DIY Micarta

    My first attempt at layered Micarta. Not really what I was hoping for. once the clear casting resin arrives I’ll make some more and hope the layers will be more visible. In the end even though it’s not as visually interesting as I’d hoped it is a nice material. Just learning the speed at which the resin starts to melt & staying under that was tricky as each tool was different. For those who’ve worked with it is there a proper way to finish it once it’s shaped? Do you oil it, polish it , seal it ?
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    DIY Micarta

    Frosty- I ordered it & will try again with the blue Scotch Brite pad next week. thanks for the direction & advice. Buzz- I just glued up a handle of layered Micarta but it’s not on a G-rated opener so perhaps I can edit the photo in this manor.....
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    DIY Micarta

    Would this be recommended?
  9. GrumpyBiker

    DIY Micarta

    Well, here it is.... It’s both a success & a failure. It turned out fine but it’s not the effect I’d hoped for. It appears I needed more pressure in the mold to compress the scratch pad. As it is I can take it as a learning experience as my first interaction with making & shaping Micarta.
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    DIY Micarta

    Thanks Buzzkill, Its out of the clamps & the excess removed. The shaping is started.
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    DIY Micarta

    Has anyone polished Micarta & if so what grit did you go up to? did you progress to a polishing compound as well ?
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    DIY Micarta

    Glued up & we’ll see what tomorrow holds
  13. GrumpyBiker

    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    So it’s not the object, just words that were the problem..... LoL, glad thats all sorted out. I’ll save the G stuff for you & your group in the future & be sure to choose the most PC descriptions.
  14. GrumpyBiker

    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Someone will get upset ?!? I thought this was a place for adults. Sad, but if the forum wants to ensure that people don’t continue to violate rules, a heads up (PM) removes any confusion. * No Potty mouth, & no hidden weapons! GOT IT !
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    That’s an idea. Another idea is if the Moderators are going to remove a post it would be appreciated if they’d send a PM as to why. Its as if knives are okay but these aren’t? If we leave a note to explain some one will get upset, so we have been told not to any more, basically none of the knives have been posted with suggestions for them to be used to hurt people