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New Guy From Bc

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JMcCaskill, Dec 10, 2020.

  1. JMcCaskill

    JMcCaskill New Member

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    Hey guys!

    Just found the site, and like what I'm seeing so far.
    Been reading and watching all I can about knifemaking, while putting the finishing touches on my 10'x10' shop. I'm an experienced woodworker, but am new to this and very excited to get started.

    Since space is at a premium, I've got to be selective about power tools. Have a drill press and angle grinder already. Hoping to find an inexpensive 2x72" belt grinder, if that exists. Building a simple firebrick/propane forge. Could use some sage advice about outfitting the rest.

    Anyhow, all the best, and really glad to find this cool online community. Cheers!

    --Jeff
     
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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Hey Jeff,

    Welcome to the forum!
    What kind of knives are you interested in making? Kitchen knives, hunting knives, swords?

    Are you going to be forging or stock removal?

    Not sure about sage advice, but if your putting your shop together, a solid vise and good lighting is a must. Also, some kind of dust management scheme, fans, filters, vacuums etc. Knifemaking is horribly dusty in almost every aspect. (hence my title under my username) ;)

    Always great to see new members coming on board.

    Dan
     
  3. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Welcome Jeff:beer::beer:

    I second what Dan said about dust extraction...but I am sure as a woodworker you understand.

    My humble knife making hobby-shop is not heated, and so I am done until spring...and come spring I am not starting any new project until I have sorted out an extensive dust management system. The c-tek material I used is still hanging in the air *face meet palm*

    Best of luck mate, looking forward to seeing what you make!

    Cheers,

    Griff.
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Welcome to CKM, Jeff. In my opinion, the most important item in the shop is light and lots of it. You need good overall lighting, like any wood working shop, and plenty of task lighting.

    For the rest, buy what you need when you need it. It really depends on what sort of knives you want to make, whether you plan to forge or do stock removal, and how you like to work. You can make some great knives with just a few hand tools or you can get machines for nearly everything. Either way you will need a good selection of quality files and plenty of abrasive paper, ranging from 80 to 2000 for those long hand sanding sessions.
     
  5. Scott Kozub

    Scott Kozub Member

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    You can do almost anything with a vice files propane torch sandpaper and coffee can forge. Plus some hammers and a piece of steel to beat against. A 2x72 is great. I'd suggest getting one with a vfd. A knife makers vice is easy to make and helps with handle shaping. I made mine so it clamps in my vice.

    If you want to do stainless an oven is a must to have the proper control.

    You don't need much room. 10x10 is more than enough.
     

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