Category Archives: tools

Step one on the revised workspace

One of the things I needed to add to the workspace, in order to do the Japanese metalwork and engraving, is an adjustable height work platform and Ideally with a turntable.  The reason for this is that it makes it … Continue reading

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Febuary update

Well it seems I have managed to catch another cold that is going around.  Since I can’t really get much work done it the shop I figured I would post an update here. I recently purchased a rotary platen attachment … Continue reading

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Show recap and status of long term projects

The NWKC show in Kelso a couple weeks ago wrapped up the show season for me this year.   It was a good show and I’ll be doing it again next year.  Included in the knives I had was a … Continue reading

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Current WIP

Spent today using the lathe to make some fittings for one of the forged knives I’m working on.  I’m getting to the point where I am happy with my ability to use the metal lathe and Milling machine.  I thought … Continue reading

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New Forge Progress

In the last post the plan was to line the forge with 2 layers of blanket and then cast an interior liner. In order to do that I needed to make a form for the inside cavity. Once that was … Continue reading

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A tale of two forges

(edit: I remembered the casting refractory wrong it is Kast-O-Lite 30) A long time ago in a galaxy far way… Nope wait not quite accurate .. Ahem.. A number of years ago at a rental not far from here, I … Continue reading

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Can of Whoop-Etch

One of the things I need to work with stainless steel is a way to mark the blades, since my tang stamp is not really appropriate for stainless.   One of the standard methods of marking stainless is electro-etching.  There are … Continue reading

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Quick update

I’ve been a bit busy lately working on process stuff, which is why there haven’t been any updates here the last week. There are a number of things going on that I will post about soon, including: I am collecting … Continue reading

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There is flat and then there is FLAT

One of the ongoing projects is to get all of the machine tools set up and running. A number of years ago I bought a small surface grinder.  It sat around neglected for quite some time.  A couple months ago … Continue reading

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Plasma cutter Mod.

Today I spent way too long building a small wiring harness to put into my my plasma cutter so that I can hook it into the robot. Some days I wonder if I’m not too meticulous. Granted I could have … Continue reading

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