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Hello From B.c.!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Greig, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Greig

    Greig New Member

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    Currently Vancouver to be more exact.

    I am a materials technologist and have been having a lot of fun putting my vocational skills to use in planing out making knives. I made one with files from a piece of 1084 which, though ugly, skinned two moose last hunting season and decided I better get a grinder lol My KMG showed up on Friday, now to get a motor and all the required bits and pieces to have it up and running :)!
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Hi Greig!

    Welcome to the forum. Good luck with your KMG, I'm sure you love it.
    Be sure to post some pics of your work.

    Cheers!

    Dan
     
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    Greig New Member

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    Thanks Dan! I will do exactly that once I've got something worth showing off lol
     
  4. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Hi Greig. I'm new to the forum and to knife-making. THough, it sounds like you have at least one "real" knife on me already. I've been practicing on mild trying to get the feel of things. Looking forward to seeing your work and to helping each other out.
     
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  5. Greig

    Greig New Member

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    Hello Todd. I'm no expert on knives yet, but I have good knowledge in regards to materials properties, with any luck I'll be of some use. Check the picture below and see if you can spot the one I made with hand tools in the lab at work... She didn't get any "finishing" work at all, I left it in pretty rough shape as it was meant to be a learning experience...




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  6. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Nice to have you join us, Greig!

    Jim T
     
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    krash-bang Active Member

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    Welcome to the forum Greig.
     
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  8. Greig

    Greig New Member

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    Almost up and running, just need my pulleys to arrive from the folks at knifemaker.ca :)!

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  9. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    That's a tasty grinding machine!
     
  10. bobbybirds

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    I am right there with you! What my brain said should be only days, reality turns into months. Apparently getting your shop wired for 220 and a friend donating a motor etc turns into an entire new panel and breakers for the house, a ditch being hand dug from house to shop, a new pony panel in the shop, as well as my engineering buddy deciding a simple motor donation is not good enough and he is going to build be an entire platform for the machine and I won't get it back until it is up to his standards! Lol!

    It is so hard working with the little 1x42 when you now what is waiting in the wings... At least I know when it is done, everything will be top notch!
     
  11. Greig

    Greig New Member

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    Haha sounds like quite the project bobbybirds. I'm avoiding anything not 120vac, for all the reasons you mentioned.1.5 hp single phase motor from Princess Auto at 9.2 amps is very doable for a plug out the back of the house for me :p I've got everything bolted down and positioned on my mobile bench now... just need those pulleys!!
     
  12. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Greig, that's a sweet looking grinder. So shiny. I'd almost feel guilty using a grinder that "unsullied" (GoT reference... nice)
     
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    Greig New Member

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    Turns out Knifemaker is still waiting on word in regards to their acquiring the 5/8" 4-3-2" pulley I need to get my grinder up and running and their website says to expect them September 21st :(!! Does anyone know of a source other than Ebay to acquire one?
     
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    Greig
    Acklands Grainger has them for 70 bucks
    Frank
     
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    dancom Dust Maker

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    I like the grinder! Looks like you are well on your way to building a nice workspace for yourself!
     
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    Greig New Member

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    Knifemaker supply is making this somewhat agonizing... Thanks for the suggestions on where to get the pulley! While I'm waiting on the rest of the order- any advice or suggestions on how to finish the setup? Tips or tricks as it were?
     
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    I'm going to be adding a water tank directly below the contact area as well as doing something to keep the vice from being buried in metal dust lol
     
  20. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Hi,

    I am thinking you are already going to hinge the motor and use its weight for belt tension and for quick gear changes.

    Put a nice start/stop switch the front where its easy to reach.

    Run a bonding wire from the grinder frame back to the green wire on your power cord. I put a small brass bristle brush near the backside of the belt by the drive wheel to draw static charge away from the belt, through the bonding wire and back to Earth.

    Shop vac, however noisy, seems to work better than a proper dust collector. I have a remote controlled receptacle with the shop vac with some tin ducting kinda hooked onto a hanger. This comes close to the underside of the platen and sucks a lot of dust away. Especially good for those nasty woods and G10.

    Next work out a good, easy to install work light. I can't have enough light when working when trying to perfect something.

    Winter is coming, so I am working on a water bucket de-icer.

    :)

    Cheers!

    Dan
     

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