One of the things I have dedicated time to is the process of getting my ABS Journeyman Smith rating. Part of the process for that entails putting a forged blade through a series of performance tests in front of a ABS Master smith. Naturally getting ready for such an event involves practice; so forge a knife test it, repeat until it all works. I’ve had a couple failures one made it almost all the way through the tests but broke at right near 90 degrees in the bend test. Here is a video of my latest practice blade with captions that explains what is required.
Instagram Feed:Finally finished rebuilding my Levin drill press. Picked this thing up off ebay for a reasonable price expecting it to need work, and did it ever. Showed up with oil dripping from the switch housing, a frozen spindle and 3 pounds of grime. Rewired the motor, stripped and painted the castings, made new idlers, replaced the index pin in the spindle, and put in new spindle bearings. It ran through the break-in process with no issues. It is going to be nice having this up and running.When the forecast is for 71F in April,. You make the time to enjoy the day. The same forecast also calls for snow on Saturday, sigh.Flooring is starting to go down in the new studio space.