"Hey Folks, been following this a good while. I realize the desire to make knives is very strong - obvious by content of most of the postings. I have a little experience in this area, especially with trying to make the tools I had/have on hand and…"
"Rule of thumb - if you can smell it through your mask filter then you are breathing in the toxic fumes. Yes, sanding dust will be even worse than the saw dust. All organic materials can carry bio. vectors that can breed in your lungs, even pine.…"
"Sounds like it's going to work just fine for you. I'd consider hooking up a shop vac if you do decide to use it inside the house. The "fines" will settle everywhere and you will get "we need to dust the house Dear"…"
"C-Rex Custom - Miniature 15th Century French Bootknife - patterened welded steel blade/fossil ivory handle & scabbard/sterling silver fittings (for my personal collection of miniatures)
Give away is/are a Kuro and Neckknife"
"Hey Jan, just watch CL, they pop up all the time. Not sure how a Harbor Freight one would hold up, but they've had a deep cut one on sale for <$100 with cupon lately.
Mine is just one of those "recycle" things I do. Picked it up at…"
"The portaband stand that D ale posted below has great potential for double use. If it can be locked in the vertical position and a table attachment built so it can be easily removed, it would work just fine and still maintain a reasonably small shop…"
"Those will only work with certain motors and are made for the type used in hand tools not the base mount motor like on your grinder.
I think the most important tools in your shop are your mind - eyes - hands, Tools are just an extension of these. We…"
"Hard to beat a good set of calipers. I'm old school and still use my Mitoyos (sp) I've had for many years. Makes resorting those micro drill bits and pin material a lot easier. Especially helpful with making the miniature knives."
"Got one way back when, maybe they are better now. Have to be real careful with torquing down the adjustment screws as much of the device is plastic - not enough it slips on you too much....well it's plastic. Used it sparingly and with care it…"
"Portaband Saw Conversion
Bandsaw 1 – general view mounted in vice.
Blade Guard – Bent sheet metal to protect fingers/arms
Bracket A - Upright is short section of “T” iron from old garage door chain track, welded to…"
"If you plan to do any quality grinding you need to look at "solid" in grinders - solid bearings, arbors, frames, pulleys, motor mounts, etc. Vibration and motor torque are the two biggest issues with precision grinding with belt quality…"
"Appreciate your interest. I have found the portaband to be an extremely useful tool and with the right blades can do most anything (sawing that is) you need inside the shop with a very small footprint. Made mine portable and it just clamps into my…"
"Metal band saw (portaband posted below) and wood band saws are made very different because they do different things. The wood saw will not hold up to the duties of a metal saw. However you can set up your portaband to split handle material quite…"
"This pretty lady finally won a raffle knife. She has procured tickets at every event since we have been doing this. Decided to get only one this time, but it was the right one! 'Bout time I'd say. She is co-host of the event and co-manager…"
"These Kids had a lot of fun and showed determination in completing their knives. The two girls came all the way from Bolivia to attend the event and participate. Made their knives from a very old monkey wrench - one used the handle and one the jaw.…"
Bladesmith/knifemaker 50+ years; Master Artist; Charter member and past president Georgia Custom Knifemakers' Guild; Voting member The Knifemakers' Guild; Co-founder and instigator of Trackrock Hammer-ins; President of FOOSRK
UGA 1972 BSFR/Wildlife Biology; Professional ISA Certified Instrumentation Specialist; Environmental Impact Engineer, Rtd. Water/Wastewater certification.
Finally retired to full time Bladesmithing/knifemaking
Bladesmithing; Teaching Bladesmithing to youngsters
Flyfishing & kayaking
Hunting - blackpowder & pistol
Anything that requires being in the woods
Carving and Lapidary
Thanks for all the well wishes folks - love the knife cards (of course). Those of you that know me know that my "biggy" for my birthday is being able to hold the Trackrock Hammer-in's each fall. Hope those that can will join us.