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Starting My First Traditional Slip Joint

Discussion in 'Folders' started by bobbybirds, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Hey all!

    After a ton of hemming and hawing and with a huge amount of encouragement and help from Mr. Paul Mason, I have officially started on my first ever tradtional slip joint...

    This is just the start and I imagine this will take me a while, but I figured I will start a thread and update my progress including successes and failures as I go. It is a single blade coke bottle style. I hope I can pull it off well!!

    Anyways, here are the roughed out liners, blade and backspring... It's a start!!

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  2. SDMay

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    Looks like a good start for sure.
     
  3. Paul Mason

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    Looking good Bob, make sure you have some pain killers on stand by, you might need them in the coming weeks!

    Shout if you get stuck

    Paul
     
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  4. bobbybirds

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    Dyed, marked and shaped a bit more...

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  5. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Got a little drilling, clean up and started a bit of hand polishing today...

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  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Making a folder is first step in needing a milling / Lathe combo machine.

    Looking good so far
     
  7. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    I know right? I have been scouring the used market for quite a while now... One day!!
     
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    Looks good Bob!
     
  9. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    More progress today. Spent hours hand sanding the liners so they will look all nice and shiny inside where the blade sits once assembled. I had to make an entirely new backspring as I ground the first one ever so slightly too short to make good contact, and continued to refine the blade shape a bit more so it will fit in nicely when closed...

    Anyways, hope you all don't mind the thread spamming with every little bit done! Lol!

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  10. Prevenge

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    It's something i plan on doing one day so the fact you are documenting your steps doesnt bother me one bit
     
  11. SDMay

    SDMay Active Member

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    I agree with the pics. Take as many as you want. We will look.
     
  12. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    It's looking really good so far. I'm enjoying the progress.
     
  13. Rick Runciman

    Rick Runciman New Member

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    Can hardly wait to see it finished. WIP pics are good stuff, please keep them coming.
     
  14. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Had me a crazy last couple of weeks and have had zero shop time so obviously there has been no progress on my slippie, but this weekend I am bound and determined to get a bit more work done on it!

    On the plus side though, this cooler weather has brought my real world clients back in droves! I have been selling winter tires hand over fist!!
     
  15. John Noon

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    If you are ever interested I have a sheet of CPM S35VN coming in next week and after a couple ULU and other knives the offcuts might be a good size for small or medium folders. Will be going real cheap
     
  16. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    How'd this turn out?
     
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