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  1. Hey y’all, first time poster, and very new member! I’m a young blacksmith in training and have received all of my knowledge from 1 book and this website! Haha anyway, so I decided to make a knife. First project ever. Used a railroad spike (doesn’t have enough carbon to harden into a serious knife yadda yadda) but, when I finished my rough shape and hammered my bevel I went to go ahead and finish the bevel shape with an angle grinder and a 36 grit floppy disk. Turns out, when someone who has only ground metal enough times to count on one hand tries to make a perfectly symmetrical grind on two sides of a single edged knife, it’s basically impossible to make my lines nice and straight and even. With allllll of that being said, here is my question. There is a fella in town selling this sander on craigslist nice and cheap. Can I get by and learn with this thing? Or is it just going to be too slow of a process to learn on? thanks y’all, any help is greatly appreciated!
  2. Well, I finished my tire hammer so it's on to the next project. I decided that I wanted a belt grinder more versatile than my old Grizzly 2x72. I started this project last Thursday. I am using a 2.25hp treadmill and mc-60 controller. I CAD drew the platen and attachments and had a local fab shop laser cut them for me. I also had them cut a straight platen for upright work. I bought the rollers from Oregon blade maker. Very nice quality. I plan on adding a ten inch contact wheel and arm.I should have everything finished and running tomorrow. Then to build some jigs for it......
  3. Just completed the belt grinder build, I documented it in a ten part video series if anyone is interested.
  4. Been working on it for a while and was hunting down parts for it for a fair time. Managed to salvage the 2 wheels from a scraped belt sander, made the shaft out of a bit of bar and added 2 bearings I found to it. The welding is rather crude as it was my first welding project (they seem to hold) and first welder I have used. Just needing to attach the platter thing to the tool and I have since added a stick off my lemon tree to provide tension for the motor and the main spindle. Over all I am happy with it seem to have enough power to bite into material. Waiting for the ZIrconia belts to arrive to get into some metal grinding. . Open to criticism on all fronts of this project, I know it is not fantastic or good looking, but at this stage it is functional and cost me peanuts, If I only found a scrapped trampoline it would have cost me $0 to build. Here is a video as everyone loves videos:
  5. After many years of wrestling with the bench mounted floor sander and watching things fly across the shop, I decided to build a belt grinder. Dereck Glazier at the New England School of Metalwork organized a group build and we produced a re-engineered version of the no-weld grinder. This model is welded and utilizes most of the design elements popular in the various models you can buy plans for. Dereck did a fantastic and through job on this project and everone involved had a great time. Several of the fellow smiths in attendance had built tire hammers last year with Clay. Everyone knew what to do and got down to it without much delay. We had everything welded, assembled, wired, fitted and tested in about 9 hours. 8 In and 2 in contact wheels, mfg. Beaumont metals. I driver pulley and one idler pulley that is adjustable for tracking. 1.5 HP HD Motor. 4 speed matched step pulleys. Heavy duty pillow blocks with grease fittings are fixed to .25 in angle base. 3 axis adjustable platen. Tubular constrcution allows infinite adjustment within range. All tube penetrations are reinforced to avoid any deformity when tightened. They will not crush. One 3/4 in wrench is the only required tooling. I try to keep the shop modular so we can use as much of the floor space (36 x 24poured slab) as possible. To this end I mount most of my tooling so it is movable. The Grinder is mounted on .75 in HD board, sandwiched with a .75 in piece of stall matting to act as a vibration damper. The assemply is through bolted to a .5 in piece of scrap plate we had out back. The legs are 2 x 2 angle and the frame is stiffened with a shelf. 4 casters, 2 fixed and 2 swivel complete the assembly. Because it can move the height of the unit is just under the benches in the shop, this way where ever you work you can clamp the unit in place for added stability. I will add a piece of expanded metal for the shelf when I generate some scrap. The iron work was all cleaned, primed and painted out in gloss haze gray. I ordered up some belts from POPS Knife supply. Very reasonable pricing. I tested the unit this afternoon with a 50 grit hogging belt. It worked like a charm and I was suitably impressed. My estimated cost total is about $1200 USD. I did not include the gas, lodging costs for the group build event or my own shop time. I used scrap steel we had on hand for the frame. Upon review, a very reasonable cost for a versitile grinder. If you are in the market for a grinder consider this option. Photos attached. Tel me what you think? Any ideas on improvements or tooling I may have overlooked? Peter