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What did you do in the shop today?

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21 minutes ago, Mandragoran said:

I have to find a way to mount [my hot-cut tool], as I dont have an anvil with a hardy hole!

Drill a hole in the end of a stump, just big enough to accept the shank. Keep it edge-down when not in use, and flip it over when you need to cut something.

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Well THAT's a good idea, killbox21.  I hate all the power hand tools having to be thrown on a shelf somewhere.  I like it.

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A friend of mine taught me this joinery technique last week. Bolsters and punches and a drift sized to the stock. Easier than I thought going into it.

Just a practice piece for fun, though the lovely wife thought it would make a nice trivet.

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Your wife aint the only one, i thought that it was a trivet till i actually read what you posted. Pretty cool. 

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Got bored and went to the shop for a little while and made a small ball peen....first one..not a fan of the proportions but it will work

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I like that hammer. I just got a couple feet of crome Ally shaft that I'm going to try and make some hammers out of. 

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While I wait on my drive wheel to arrive, I made a tree for the grinder attachments. Welds aren't pretty but they'll hold. Now for some paint. 

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Sure wish I had a welder and the knowledge to do that.  I really want/need a 2x72 grinder if I'm going to go anywhere with the knife making part of this journey.  I know, I know, I can set up a filing jig and do it the old/slow way..................just would rather not!

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You may want to look into the No Weld Grinder plans.  When I bought them the plans were about $20 US.  If you have an extensive scrap pile with a lot of square tubing you may have most of what you need already.  If cost is a concern initially you can buy skateboard (longboard) wheels to start out with, but the bearings on those will fail much sooner than beefier bearings.  For a drive wheel I glued a couple pieces of 2x6 together and rough shaped the wheel then mounted it on the motor and finished the shaping like it was a lathe.  Of course if you already have a wood lathe that would be easier. 

You can start out with step pulleys to change speeds, but if you have the means a variable speed setup with direct drive is much preferred.  A decent 2x72 belt grinder is a game changer; no doubt about it.

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I've been thinking about the build project, but I've so many other projects right now that it's all becoming daunting.  Unfortunately, I've no scrap pile to work from so all the materials and parts will have to be purchased.

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Almost got my horizontal bench mod done. I plan on drilling more holes so I can mount it with the bench dog holes, that way it's fully removable. 

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Finished a set of tongs i started about 2 months ago. Made a steak flipper and my first cross. Cross started as a piece of 1/2 round, squared, slit, and formed...mouse approved.

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Finished forging a chef’s knife (currently annealing in the hot box, so no photo) and made a nice 8” long pair of scrolling pliers:

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Observation: forging with coal is not as oppressively hot in the shop as with gas, but frequent hydration is still a good idea. 

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Out of the hot box and ready for grinding:

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7 hours ago, BillyBones said:

Finished a set of tongs i started about 2 months ago. Made a steak flipper and my first cross. Cross started as a piece of 1/2 round, squared, slit, and formed...mouse approved

Blacksmith tested, mouse approved

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My first "commission" for a coworker.  She had the horseshoe cross already but needed a way to stick it in the ground.  

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Did the rough grinding on the chef’s knife, in preparation for a meeting with the client tomorrow.

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JHCC What steel is it made from? Sorry if you already said and I missed the information. I like it

JHCC What steel is it made from? Sorry if you already said and I missed the information. I like it

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Coil spring, probably 5160-ish. 

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Thank you. How long did it take you to make it? I haven't tried knives except a knife shaped object out of a half horseshoe 

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I’ve probably got about 4-5 hours into it so far, between forging and grinding. Still have to heat treat, finish grind, and sharpen. 

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