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Found 6 results

  1. How do I fix an off center hole ? I was punching a hole in a 1.5 X 1.5 inch piece of 1045 steel and noticed it was a little off center. It was bulging more on one side than the other so I put it aside and left it to cool . Is there some way I can salvage this piece ? While we are on the topic, how could I fix the same problem if the bar was 1.5 inch diameter?
  2. I have been commissioned by a friend to make two twin axes. I have no experience making axes so I figured I would ask the experts. He wanted them to be made completely of high carbon steel and to have a thick handle (as he has large hands). He drew something like this (the image from paint) I have started one of the axes, I am using railroad connectors as my metal. My problem is not knowing the best way to punch through this metal and then drift it. I was thinking about drilling a hole through it but I am not sure if that is the best way to go about it.
  3. This is a short film I made some time ago in collaboration with a young film maker Simon Watson. We filmed it over two days, making a sculpture from start to finish. The sculpture was not pre-designed, it was an Idea I had been think about for maybe a week. A lot of the time with sculpture I like to work from my head instead of drawings, it feels more natural that way. Hope you enjoy it.
  4. Just sharing a quick tip from my own experience. I often drill rather than punching for screws or nails. To drill accurately I need a good center punch. Many of the ones that I have made have NOT held up well in use... requiring frequent regrinding. One notable exception is one that I made from an old star drill! I just ground a nice point on the fluted (drill) end! That's it! No heat treating. It stays sharp much longer than most of my center punches and makes a nice starting mark! There are a lot of these old drills available in the marketplaces! Grab a few!
  5. jeremy k

    punch slugs

    some of the punch slugs from a hand railing job - no they are not in order of first to last - some are ugly most are nice, 700 plus hot punched holes in 3/8" x 1" stock.
  6. Hey all, quick question regarding punching holes in thin stock, I will need to use a slot punch, but I don't think the mechanics are exclusive to that vs say a round punch. iv drawn up a small demo project that involves spreading a bar quite thinly to mimic a scallop shell, and then slot punching through the thin part and pushing one side of the slot down and pulling the other side of the slot up to make it a bottle opener. however, I think I am going to run into difficulty actually punching the slot. the material will more than likely be between 1/8" and 1/16" thick at the time of punching, my slot punch is an Aspery style 1/8x7/8(plus or minus). I will not have the opportunity to prototype it beforehand so I need to consult the experts :) am I going to need to modify the process in some way to get it to work? im thinking the thin stock will cool very quickly and I wont have much working time, but also because it is so thin I don't know if I will be able to get a well defined hole to counter punch and have enough differential in material thickness for the plug to be sheared out. thoughts? should I just hot cut a slot instead, drift it open a ways, and then file off the rag? or punch from one side as much as I can to define the hole perimeter and chisel cut the slug out from the same side? Many thanks.