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Cannon Cocker

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  1. I think the lathe beats the wire wheel because although a wire wheel can hurt you bad it can't suck you in one side and spit you it the other looking like an empty tube of toothpaste! For now I'll get one of those lockable plug covers to keep the kids from doing an imitation of used dental supplies. I won't be using this enough to need the fancy quick change tool holder. Plus I think I'll enjoy shaping my own cutters. I like to do as much on my own as possible for my projects. Unless my income depends on it. Then I'm all about saving time!
  2. I have always believed that the lathe is THE most dangerous shop tool out there. I'm always conscious of the fast spinny parts because of how fast they can grab you and ruin your life. So after bringing it home I had a very serious talk with the kids explaining the dangers of the machine and telling them under no uncertain terms they were to never touch it unless I told them they could. Then I showed them a (very mild) video of a guy getting wrapped up in a lathe to drive the point home. I also want to put a lock out on it so they can't adventure when no one is watching.
  3. Thanks for the advice Frosty. I'm not new to machining (far from coinciding myself a good machinist) I worked for two years as a machinist making suppressors on CNC machines, then another 2.5 years as a millwright running manual lathes and mills. Where my knowledge lacks is in the tooling itself. All of my experience is with carbide insert tools, so the different shaped cutters and bars and old style tool holders are what I need to get figured out. Not hard, it's just gonna take time to learn how to use sharpen/shape them.
  4. I have the original, just need to read through it and play with the tools as I do to get my mind wrapped around it.
  5. Thanks TW I've got quite the task ahead of me. This is a few generations of tooling ahead of what I'm used to so I've gotta read up and figure out what does what!
  6. Today is a really exciting "it followed me home". I keep being blessed with being trusted as the custodian for good family heirlooms. I brought home my father-in-law's 10" South Bend lathe complete with all of his tooling and a bunch of stock. He was really particular about maintaining his tools so this thing is in amazing shape. Now it's my job to keep it that way for the next generation!
  7. Love the wand, gas keys, and especially that candle holder!
  8. Waiting on an answer from the company but I did make a ticket and tried water hardening it. A file bit into it better than mild steel and I bent it 90 degrees and back to straight with no cracking..... I'm thinking this was bad steel for a cleaver! My next idea was to forge weld some spring steel for the cutting edge. It was going good until I melted it. So now be in the watch for a new cleaver.
  9. I've never played with water hardening steel. If it hardens do I temper it the same way? I will try it on a test piece as suggested
  10. I got these machine blades (I think they're for a large plainer) and made a cleaver. I tried hardening in oil but a file bites into it with no problem. Does anyone have any experience with blades like this? Should I try quenching in water?
  11. I love that design I hope you don't mind that I plan on stealing it!
  12. In addition to all of what Goods said if towards the end of your heat (while it's still got some color, but not enough to keep spreading) you set the piece up on edge and push the material back in it will help it keep it's shape.
  13. Ditto on that Das! That will be a fun tool to use knowing the amount of work you put into it, and the fact that it's beefy enough for it to still be around for your great grandkids! Das, after you finish the corocagator you should do a dragon and put a scaled up version of a frosty T in it's throat so it can be fire breathing!
  14. Thanks Billy and frosty. I'm really having fun learning how to make them. This one was 11 12"long sections from an old tomato cage (I burned the galvanizing off outside on a windy day). Then I used half in round stock to fill the middle. (3"on one end 4" on the other.)
  15. You didn't get it that time Billy! I once scored over a hundred pounds of Hobart dual shield wire from the local welding supplies dealer. My co-workers and I transferred it from the box onto empty 33lb wheels using the vice on the back of the service truck and the lathe set at 33 rpms. We did the math and if memory serves me right it turned out to be over 5 miles of wire. I finished another fire poker this time I did an eleven spoke basket twist. And I got started on a grill tool set.
  16. Yeah that looks like it stings! I did that once a bunch of times!
  17. I forge a small kitchen knife or if the cable I welded up. Ground it down to 220 grit and then did a quick acid etch on it. It looks good I'm hoping that it'll harden up and hold an edge well too. I've seen lots of knives and hatchets made out of cable on the Pinterest and the YouTube, but I've also seen a lot of knives out of railroad spikes..... This cable sparks like high carbon so I think it should do fine.
  18. Looks like a good top fuller to me. The nice thing about making your own tools is you get to make them however you want!
  19. DHarris, in the Marine Corps we were taught that one should always be aware of the possible "weapons of opportunity" found in their surroundings! You're right about that candle holder! I'd grab that before a kitchen knife any time! I made my first and second successful attempts at "Damascus". The beginnings of a belt buckle was chainsaw chain. The bar is from 1 1/4" cable. I also finished up a fire poker. The basket is 7 rods. And the whole thing has 5 forge welds in it. I'm really enjoying learning how to weld!
  20. I am amazed that you don't have a crew! I was always impressed by what you put out, but now I'm astounded! The volume of large projects with that quality is amazing!
  21. I put the new hammer to work today. Started drawing out a roller bearing to make my wife a kitchen knife. Then a made a quarter inch drift. After that I made my first attempts at a basket twist and a drop tong weld. Neither of which went smoothly, but I did succeed. The main thing is I had fun learned a few things and discovered that I like the new hammer!
  22. I agree Thomas, these faces turned out thinner than i expected. That's one of the things I'll focus on differently next time!
  23. Thanks DHarris and frosty. I remember reading a conversation between frosty and Jennifer about shaping handles that way. Since this handle was just slightly larger than comfortable anyways I decided to give your method a go. It feels good in my hand but I'll know for sure once I put it to work later today. I got my hands on some good coal so I'm on my way out to the farm to grab my coal forge and a couple of extra propane tanks that I'm exchanging for o/a bottles. Hopefully I'll have something else to post on here this afternoon!
  24. I thought about indexing the handle like that, and still might as it is a store bought one and could use some fine tuning. But I figured what the heck, do the faces this way and it will at least be unique. I'm sure others have done it, but I've never seen it.
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