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Newbie From Prince George, Bc

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Slannesh, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. Slannesh

    Slannesh Active Member

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  2. Rob W

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    NO PICS BUT WELCOME
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Mike,

    Have to be logged in to see the FB gallery.
    It looks like you made a pretty cool coffee can forge. The WIPs are looking good too.

    Welcome to the addiction.

    Dan
     
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    Glad you stumbled here. You won't find a more new-maker friendly place than this.

    If you've got questions, we've got answers -- not always the right answers, but answers. :)
     
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  5. Slannesh

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    Thanks guys :)

    Once I get some more stuff on the go I'll get some better pics and host them properly. Just figured the facebook album was good for a quick share.

    I'm going to finish off my first two knives and then put some time into a bigger forge, I found the coffee can one worked well but was very limiting as to how deep it was. I wasn't able to heat much more than the blade of these knives properly. Worked well for what it is though. Garbage can forge will be started shortly!

    As well I'm glad I got the 1x30 grinder, but I can already see how it's limiting and a 2x72 is much better. That being said, I wouldn't have taken the chance and bought a 2x72 just to try it but I have a welder buddy so I have a DIY one brewing as well, just need to source a few parts before we get started.
     
  6. dancom

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    This is the normal progression. A lot of us started with a few files, then a 1x30" then a 2x72".
    I have a little brick gas forge that I still use for small carbon steel stuff, so it's not like old gear becomes useless.

    For linking pictures from FB (desktop version), I view the photo in FB, right-click and select view image.
    Then I swipe and copy the contents of the address bar and paste them in the Image URL box in the editor here.
    Works okay.

    Dan
     
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  7. Slannesh

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    Ok let's see how this works :)

    Roughing out the knife
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    First go at homemade Micarta. Ended up not using the top piece as I had some issues with the resin hardening on me before I was finished which led to some delamination issues.
    The black and pink on the bottom held up much better.
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    Needed some heat treating, so I built a coffee can forge:
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    Blade mostly finished and sanded to 600 grit. I learned a lot to this point and know how to fix many of the blemishes earlier in the process that proved very difficult to clean up later.
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    Scales installed and cured, time to get sanding!
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    Roughed out the handles on the belt grinder, on to hand sanding:
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    Sanded to 120 grit by hand. A few more steps to go but they look like actual knives now.
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  8. Slannesh

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    Hey Dan,

    I just realized that your site is where I got the template for my first knives from... started with the DH18.

    Thank you very much for making those freely available. Invaluable for a total newbie like me.
     
  9. dancom

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    Mike,

    You are very welcome! Glad you found something of use.

    I'd say you're doing alright for getting starting...making your own micarta, the 1x30" and the coffee can forge.

    Now sharpen those knives and take them out and give'm the real world test. Only improvements to come.

    It's a pretty damn-fun hobby, eh? Making something you can actually use.

    Dan
     
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    Actually, going through your website this morning it's an amazing resource I wish I had noticed earlier, thanks again for putting it out there.

    No pics yet since it was dark by the time I finished up, but I'm done with these two... Both are shaving sharp as the bald spots on my arm today can attest to :)

    Took the micarta one and hacked up a chunk of 2x4 in the garage... still shaves. I'll call that a success for my first go. Sanded both handles to 600 grit. Lots of small imperfections that I will fix on my next knives but I know what I did and when to fix them now so I'll call that a learning experience.

    Then I made the mistake of looking in the kitchen and remembering the sad state of many of our kitchen knives. Couple of hours later they were much sharper too. My Lansky got a good workout last night. Reminds me that I need to get the bench rest for it.
     
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  11. Slannesh

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    And finished :)

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  12. dancom

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    Mike,

    I have to say, the fit and finish is pretty good for your first efforts. There's a little smilie on the black knife's grind, but the second knife's grind looks great.
    Smilies are a result of pressing too hard/too long at the plunge and will disappear with some practice.

    Overall, You can be proud. You've built some good looking knives and I hope they get lots of use. There's nothing quite like the feeling of finishing your first knife. You must be doubly stoked because you made two.

    Thanks for posting!

    Dan
     
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    Thanks Dan! I'm pretty happy with them overall, lots of little cosmetic things to remember for my next knives which are already underway. Looking forward to spending some time on the grinder today.

    Lots of room for improvement as well, but I had a lot of fun getting to this point. You'll be seeing more of my work for sure!
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    After doing my second knives I decided these handles could use some more work. Back to the grinder, and the sandpaper... and more sandpaper... and oh look, even more sandpaper :)

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  16. dancom

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    Yeah the handles are looking more rounder, smoother and more comfy. Good stuff.

    Have a super weekend!

    Dan
     

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