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Jason Fry

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    Wolfforth, TX
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    Knifemaking, hunting, fishing, kids

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  1. Folks, I finally finished the book I've been working on for three years. It's a 26 chapter anthology by 17 authors around the theme of "next level knifemaking." Advertising link removed No firm print date yet, but we are expecting to be out this winter.
  2. Finished this one a couple of weeks ago. The blade is 1836 layer damascus and includes nails from the house where the Mexican army met after San Jacinto. The handle pins are from a harness decoration found at the Mexican camp in the "Sea of Mud." The handle is from the Sam Houston oak, where the Texian army camped on the first night of the Runaway Scrape. Finally, the design is intended to recall the coffin handled knives of James Black, similar to a knife found in the "Sea of Mud" excavations. Enjoy!
  3. Here's a short video of the three hammers I use the most. I seriously need to re-dress the faces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2_1BJagl5k&t=19s
  4. Yeah, Pounding out the Profits is the one I thought of also.
  5. IDK for sure how many strokes per minute this one is running, failed to measure that. I do have a couple of videos on my phone, but no good pics yet, and no videos of it running right. This one's chain driven. I'm not sure if it was an aftermarket modification or what, but it works pretty good.
  6. Wire wheeled the paint off the motor plate and was able to read the wiring diagram. My diagnosis was correct. It's amazing how well a motor works if you wire it correctly So now the saw runs pretty well. I have some 1.4" solid round 1045 that I was doing test cuts on. Made a disk .13" thick that was only off by .003 on thickness, and that was with the used blade it came with.
  7. I'm with Thomas. Cracking comes either from wood that isn't properly dried, or from mechanical fasteners that are force fit. Old Christmas trees are going to give you other problems... that sap will fight your ability to put on a clean finish. Profiling "skills" come with two things... practice, and drawing. Doodle/sketch handles ALOT and your ability to see and make shapes that you like will improve. Then it just becomes a matter of executing the drawing shape onto the knife.
  8. Think I diagnosed it, haven't fixed it yet. Motor is a 3/4 hp single phase capable of 110 or 220. Previous owner had it on 220 then re-wired it incorrectly for 110. Seems to be running on less than full power. Of course the wiring diagram is covered in paint, but the wires are at least labeled. Haven't dived back in to figure out how to wire it right yet.
  9. Interesting idea, definitely worth checking. If there were wear inside the notch of the cam/eccentric, it would do that.
  10. So I purchased an old Armstrong #2 power hacksaw yesterday off of FB marketplace. I downloaded the manual, and tonight loosened everything up and oiled it well. Motor runs and the the machine wants to work, but it's hanging up at the beginning of the draw stroke. Any ideas on where to start tinkering with it?
  11. And after a little bit of Jim Cooper's wizardry...
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