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Old jig saw + file= ......hmmm???

Discussion in 'Working the Steel' started by Icho-, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    So I was thinking.... I know.... look out!

    I am getting ready to cut a slot in a guard and since I am not looking forward to filing out the slot I was wondering if there was an easier way. A jig saw came to mind. If I mount it to the bottom of a board and can attach a file to it I could be in business. What do you guys think? Or better yet do you guys have an easier way?
     
  2. stevebates

    stevebates Active Member

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    By chance do you have a drill press Icho? My suggestion would be to run down to the hardware store and buy an "slot mill" bit for the size you require. That way you can basically turn your drill press into a milling machine and the slot mill bit will cut into and remove the material from both the side in or top down ( for thru-tang or hidden tang guards) hope this helps!!!
     
  3. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    I have a drill press but the slot that I need to cut is a closed .125 x approx .5 so I don't think a slot mill will work unless we are thinking about different things.
     
  4. Grayzer86

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    Sounds like half a dangerous contraption man lol. But then I guess most things we use in our shops are. You could try cutting it with a jewellers saw. I have never tried it but have heard of other guys having good luck cutting the slits with one. Back to the original idea, I think making it all work together may be tough. I wish there was an easy way without buying a mill. Slotting is really the main reason I stay away from knives with guards.
     
  5. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    Same here but I have 4 hidden tang blades ready to go so I'm diving in!
     
  6. Brad

    Brad Active Member

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    I use to drill series of holes with a drill press then file to final size. Now that I have a milling machine I still mill the slot under size and file the guards to the final size. I don't find it very hard but getting the final fit is sometimes tricky. By the time you get four under your belt you will have it down pat.
     
  7. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    I will go with drilling holes and filing for now. I've done it once before on the scandi kith..... well twice. I screwed the first one up. Lol. In the near future I am thinking of getting this lathe.

    http://www.taigtools.com/mlathe.html

    You can get a milling attachment for it.


    http://www.taigtools.com/c1220.html

    I'm thinking it should work great even for folders.

    Only scary thing about getting this lathe is that I will probably start making pens and who knows what else. Lol
     
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  9. Icho-

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    I've seen it there also. If I decide to go with it I will have to really look at the pricing. A bundle with accessories may save me as much as a couple hundred. If that ends up being the case I don't have much choice. For now I'm glad I have a drell press and files.
     

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