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  1. The only coal I have ever used has all been the kind that sends gooey clinker to the bottom. Cleaning it out was just something I had accepted as being normal until switching to my current grate.
  2. For a long time I have just placed random bits of scrap across the tuyere. Then I tried making a bullet grate out of something I found in my FIL’s scrap pile. I have no idea what it what it was used for in its earlier life. I cut it flush where the pipe inside it ended. Then I welded a pipe onto the bottom of the remaining piece to sort of hold it in the tuyere. The opening is larger than I wanted, but it worked fine. I just made sure I had a larger bit of coal over it. Once the fire is going and the coal cokes up, it all lumps together and smaller bits were not a problem. It worked pretty much the way Glenn said it would. The clinker fell down around the bottom of it. But it stuck up too high in the pot and would melt a bit each time I used it. Last week I took the bottom part I had cut off and began using it. It works even better with no melting. I poked a wedge of steel down inside the hole to keep the coal from falling out. That was necessary because the last coal I bought is much smaller than what I had been buying from the club. A large piece is no bigger than the end of my thumb. I will take a photo of it tomorrow.
  3. That worked for one hole for the scales but not the second. Once the drill cut through the WI it would just spin. For the much smaller holes where the bolsters will go, same thing. Bit went right through the WI and spun on the steel. I then tried a carbide Dremel bit. Worked great. It isn’t a drill bit. More of a very fine rasp. But how it turns out is something I may never know. I set the blade down somewhere and now cannot find it. And now that my grandson is no longer living in our guest house, I have no one to blame for it going missing. This was just an experiment anyway, so I won’t be that upset if it never turns up. I will just start again, but not do all the stupid things I did this first go round.
  4. My dad has one he inherited from his maternal granddad. It has folding handles. I prefer it to others I have used. In addition to being easier to store, you can adjust the handles to an angle that feels best. Alexandr, do you have some sort of preform or jig you use for those? Looking at them I am reminded of a spun sugar cage.
  5. Polishing something small by hand is super easy. First you want to remove any scale that may be present. Then as George said, progressively finer grits of wet/dry sandpaper: 150, 220, 500, 1000, 2000. You should be able to see your reflection by then. It is surprisingly quick.
  6. Lots of errors with a first time. One of the more “doh!!!” errors was not drilling the holes for the bolster and scale pins. I can remove the hardening and stand a decent chance of not ruining the blade by having the blade in water while using a torch on the handle area, but it wouldn’t have been necessary had I just planned things. The bolster will be WI. Since welding them on isn’t possible now, I will go with J-B Weld and pins. I am not sure about the pins. No matter which I choose, they will be visible. WI would match the best, but drawing out the WI I have that thin without it splitting isn’t likely to be possible unless I made them square, and I can’t drill square holes.
  7. You need this guy. Usually they manage to evade him, but Tigger has managed to bring a couple of them home. On this particular hunt he came up empty.
  8. Man, you two cause me to have to Google more than any other posters on the planet. But I still don’t know what it is to ploot. Obsolete spelling of plout, which is evidently to plunge. And it just now occurs to me perhaps it was just a typo the whole time?
  9. He makes way to many assumptions and there is too much “magic” in his work for him to be thinking he is doing “science”. Cool video none the less. Some of it made me think of histology. But I was wondering, why not just go with plexiglass, since that is essentially what he has.
  10. Beautiful work. Seen or not, I think you should have waited until you had something matching the sheath fittings rather than use copper.
  11. Does the bandsaw do both wood and metal? I have an old Delta/Rockwell from the 50s. It doesn’t do both and I really wish it did. I consulted someone who sells old Delta parts to see how much it might cost to convert to a switchable model. He told me I would be many times better off just selling it and buying one that came from the factory that way. I suppose I could maybe do it with pulleys. (More accurately expressed as, “I could haul it down to my Dad and ask him if he can do it.”) Nice place. Most people in the US likely think that area of the country is flat nothingness. They are wrong.
  12. I’ve been in it twice in 5 or 6 years now. The idea of having a pool is much better than actually having a pool. Now that the middle daughter and my grandkids have moved South Texas, I may not even open it next year. That stuff at the bottom is yellow algae. Chlorine does nothing it. Once established, it can be hard to eliminate. This is the blade so far. I tried using the top roller on a 1x30 grinder to do a hollow grind. Didn’t work well. Tomorrow I will try a Dremel sanding drum. If that doesn’t work and I haven’t totally gorked it, I will take it to one of the SCABA member’s shop and see if someone can show me how to do it properly with a quality 2x72. This was always just been an experiment more than something I want or need. I don’t hunt and a carbon steel blade would require too much maintenance to use in a kitchen. Other than Steve’s books and Jennifer’s video, I’ve just been mainly making it up as I go. I really wish I welded on WI bolsters before grinding the bevels.
  13. I used to do that, but a few months ago Home Depot had a sale on Ryobi batteries. Buy two and get a free cordless tool. I needed the batteries, so I bought a couple. For the free tool, I chose a 4.5” angle grinder. Not useful if you need to do a lot of grinding, but is great for making a few quick cuts. Especially on small stock.
  14. Moving back to the primary thread topic, one of the several ways I’ve paid the bills over the years was as a meat cutter. Used to be a reasonably steady source of income no matter what town you might be moving through, till Walmart decided pre-packaged meat was a way to put more money in their pockets. Anyway, our assistant market manager at the Winn Dixie in Marianna, Florida had been careless when cutting frozen pig feet. Cut his right index finger off the second joint. They were able to reattach it, but it caused it to be permanently fixed in place. It just kind of stuck out. He really had to pay attention anytime he used the bandsaw after that, especially since he no longer had any feeling in it at all. Although I suppose that would have been sort of a blessing had he cut it off again. His fault was the same as mine had been each and every time I’ve been stupid and hurt myself. You do something so many times you get to thinking about other things while working. That or trying to use a piece of equipment while someone has come over and I am too busy talking to pay attention to what I am doing. I suspect the same is true for just about every injury anyone here has had in their shop. I am just more easily distracted than most. Naw, he would need to lose three more if my math is right. He would still have his ten toes.
  15. It was just a video I didn’t want to first post to YouTube. Any other way of doing it
  16. I think I will try brown shoe polish applied while the BLO is a little worm from a torch. Left blade is the one to go in the remaining antler for some reason, a bubble appeared during quenching. I heated it bac up and welded it flat the remaining two pictures are of the smaller blade right side left side the handle will be short, but I see it as more of a boning knife when using a boning knife my pointer finger rests along the blade to control the tip my other three fingers remain on the handle. Hopefully one of the guys at Byron’s shop today can give me a few tips The last pic is proof positive Millennials can work
  17. It had two drops One larger and one smaller. I soaked them both for 24 hours in BLO. I left them to dry on a box outside the garage. Now I have just one. I assume some dog or critter decided to take one. I am not happy with the color. It was whitish, now it looks like what I imagine a corpse would look like after a week in the creek. What can I do about the color?
  18. So you have always lived there?
  19. When did your family move there?
  20. One thing which kept running through my mind today as I was forging was the song by Sir Mix A Lot, “I like big xxxxx and I cannot lie….” Except for me it was, I like big pots and I cannot lie You other brothers can’t deny When another smith walks in with an itty bitty pot you know that he is whipped. His girl said,”No! Ya don’t need it That itty bitty pot will do just fine.” And then I draw a blank. IMG_6535.MOV
  21. Started punching the hole today. Two passes through, started with a thin round punch about 3/8” at the widest point. Then moves to on just a little thicker. Tomorrow I will go thicker still. That dark spot of delamintate I will likely just grind off. It isn’t thick and I have been fighting it from the beginning.
  22. Nice blacksmiths knife. Looks good. Trimmed one of the blade forms and welded all the bad spots again on the small blade. I also began shaping the general profile. On the larger one I put it back in the forge and gave another go at welding up the de-laminations on the edges. It seemed to weld this time. No cracks. The red line beside the one is to indicate what looks like a split, but is not. It is actually the edge of the file sticking out past the edges of the WI taco.
  23. I play electric guitar to backing tracks through pedals and an amp simulator. Headphones only. The sound would drive the neighbors crazy. I am terribad at it. If Clapton is God, that makes me a spider. I’ve always known picks are celluloid, old ones anyway. And I’ve always known celluloid is highly combustible. Like old timey film. It is celluloid and will burn down a theater quickly if you are not careful. My baby brother and I used to play Army. I was always the Germans. David always wanted to play the Americans, specifically Patton. Being the oldest, it was always my pick and I picked Germany. Was fun. We used celluloid shavings and wax coated string to sabotage gun batteries and trains. To light them, we just used one of Mom’s lighters. For fat wood, look in the crooks and stumps of dead pine trees.
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