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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby Bolster » Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:06 pm

X-man: That's stunning work. I useta be a locksmith and I can just imagine all the trial-and-error fitting that wave entailed.

Full-Scale: I very much admire people who have the ability to make beautiful knife handles with hand tools. That takes a level of skill above and beyond the bench-tool folks like myself.

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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby FullScaler » Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:19 pm

Bolster wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:06 pm

Full-Scale: I very much admire people who have the ability to make beautiful knife handles with hand tools. That takes a level of skill above and beyond the bench-tool folks like myself.
Yea, it is slow going but I enjoy the process and it keeps my hands busy while I sit and enjoy the fire. I've got one side close to roughed out and am really looking forward to seeing this one complete.
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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby Xplorer » Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:46 pm

FullScaler wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:26 pm
It may not be fancy, but it sure is peaceful. This is my workshop for this evening. Birdseye maple on MT 31. About to be hand shaped and sanded.
I'm jealous. That's an amazing and inspiring place to be.
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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby WilliamMunny » Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:06 pm

FullScaler wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:26 pm
It may not be fancy, but it sure is peaceful. This is my workshop for this evening. Birdseye maple on MT 31. About to be hand shaped and sanded.
Supper cool place, my dream when I retire. Until then I am stuck in a hot, flat muggy swamp in the mid Atlantic for work. But the pay is decent so I can’t complain too much, or at least no one will listen.
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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby BearShark44 » Mon Sep 12, 2022 1:43 pm

Just found this post when searching for "required power tools for making handles / scales."
I finally have open shop space at our new house. Looking to get the right tools for the job.
Any recommendations? Seems like...
  • Band saw (needed? I already have a sliding miter saw and jig saw that I think can cut the blanks)
  • Drill press (rather than a hand drill?)
  • Stationary sander - oscillating spindle, belt, or disc?
  • Grinder or router - needed in addition to sander?
  • Dremell to cut pins to size
  • Respirator & safety precautions
Thanks for any advice. Looking forward to sharing back my experience in case it's helpful for others too.
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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby standy99 » Tue Sep 13, 2022 2:36 am

BearShark44 wrote:
Mon Sep 12, 2022 1:43 pm
Just found this post when searching for "required power tools for making handles / scales."
I finally have open shop space at our new house. Looking to get the right tools for the job.
Any recommendations? Seems like...
  • Band saw (needed? I already have a sliding miter saw and jig saw that I think can cut the blanks)
    Drill press (rather than a hand drill?)
    Stationary sander - oscillating spindle, belt, or disc?
    Grinder or router - needed in addition to sander?
    Dremell to cut pins to size
    Respirator & safety precautions
Thanks for any advice. Looking forward to sharing back my experience in case it's helpful for others too.
So many little tools make up the work shop also.


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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby tcarltonw » Fri Sep 16, 2022 11:39 am

Bolster wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:40 am
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I need a lathe...! But where to put it? The other half of the garage belongs to SWMBO. She wastes it on a...get this...a car. A car, in a garage? Pfff. That's not what garages are for!
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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby Ramonade » Fri Sep 16, 2022 12:14 pm

I'll try to snap one, but it's not much of a workshop since I move everything from my place to a shak now and then (and since I'm buying more and more machines, it's starting to get heavy).
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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby tcarltonw » Fri Sep 16, 2022 12:23 pm

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Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:58 pm
Here's some pics of my little shop.
Greatest display of manufacturing Tetris I've ever seen! Haha

Random question, I'm assuming you milled your own file guide?? What's a reasonable price to pay for one/what does is the production cost of one? Also, going to give you a follow on instagram.

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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby FullScaler » Sat Sep 17, 2022 4:45 pm

My shop is toooooo messy for a full pic but here is a Mule hanging with a couple kitchen knives I just put new scales on. I figured my S45VN Mule could use a fresh coat of BLO while I was doing these ones after using and abusing it in the bush for the last year or so.

And a big block of Cassiar jade about to get stabbed up for scales on another Mule in the collection. (Haven't decided which one yet)
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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby TomAiello » Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:05 pm

Are you going to make the scales entirely out of the jade? Or use it as an accent?

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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby FullScaler » Sun Sep 18, 2022 3:01 pm

TomAiello wrote:
Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:05 pm
Are you going to make the scales entirely out of the jade? Or use it as an accent?
Entirely out of Jade. I may modify the profile of the tang slightly to make it work with my tools more easily but other than that they will very closely match my 3d printed scales.

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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby Josh Crutchley » Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:39 am

Xplorer wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 12:23 pm

...there's a lot more, but this is a good example of what comes out of my big 'ol mess of tools :p :) .
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Beautiful work! So how is it working with Vanax?

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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby Xplorer » Mon Nov 21, 2022 1:22 pm

Hi Josh, sorry for the delayed response. I've been preoccupied with some very necessary home improvements and haven't logged in here in a while.

Thank you for the kind words. Working with Vanax is pretty easy. There are specifics to know about when it comes to heat treating Vanax but cutting, drilling, milling, grinding and sanding Vanax is on the "easy" side of knife steels. It's a bit like S35VN or MagnaCut in that regard. Much easier to work with than the higher hardness, high vanadium content steels.

I gotta' say though, I have a bunch of Vanax in my shop but now that I've dialed in my MagnaCut H/T protocol I'm not going to using Vanax as often. While Vanax is still great in it's own right, the edge characteristics and sharpening response I'm getting out of MagnaCut are just better than what Vanax can provide. If you want to get into the specifics, send me a P.M. and I'll explain in more detail without boring everyone here.

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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby Xplorer » Thu Nov 24, 2022 2:41 pm

tcarltonw wrote:
Fri Sep 16, 2022 12:23 pm
Xplorer wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:58 pm
Here's some pics of my little shop.
Greatest display of manufacturing Tetris I've ever seen! Haha

Random question, I'm assuming you milled your own file guide?? What's a reasonable price to pay for one/what does is the production cost of one? Also, going to give you a follow on instagram.
I just saw this message tcarltonw. Sorry, I didn't mean to leave you hangin'.

Hahaha unfortunately Tetris is a good way to describe it!

I did make my own file guide. Prices and costs always depend on the details.

For example, I simply made mine out of M4 (because that's what I had sitting around that day) and heat treated it to HRC65 so that it will be pretty wear resistant. When it gets scratched I clean it up on the grinder and the surfacing stone.
If I had made it with carbide inserts for better wear resistance it would have taken more time, added more wear on my milling bits and added more expense in materials.
Either way making 2 perfectly parallel bars, pressing pins in one side, boring precision fitted holes on the other side and fitting it with hardware is going to take a couple hours minimum.

When I see good quality file guides with carbide inserts being sold for around $150 I think "there's no way I could make those by hand and sell them THAT cheap".
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Re: A photo of your workshop?

Postby tcarltonw » Thu Nov 24, 2022 8:06 pm

Xplorer wrote:
Thu Nov 24, 2022 2:41 pm
tcarltonw wrote:
Fri Sep 16, 2022 12:23 pm
Xplorer wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:58 pm
Here's some pics of my little shop.
Greatest display of manufacturing Tetris I've ever seen! Haha

Random question, I'm assuming you milled your own file guide?? What's a reasonable price to pay for one/what does is the production cost of one? Also, going to give you a follow on instagram.
I just saw this message tcarltonw. Sorry, I didn't mean to leave you hangin'.

Hahaha unfortunately Tetris is a good way to describe it!

I did make my own file guide. Prices and costs always depend on the details.

For example, I simply made mine out of M4 (because that's what I had sitting around that day) and heat treated it to HRC65 so that it will be pretty wear resistant. When it gets scratched I clean it up on the grinder and the surfacing stone.
If I had made it with carbide inserts for better wear resistance it would have taken more time, added more wear on my milling bits and added more expense in materials.
Either way making 2 perfectly parallel bars, pressing pins in one side, boring precision fitted holes on the other side and fitting it with hardware is going to take a couple hours minimum.

When I see good quality file guides with carbide inserts being sold for around $150 I think "there's no way I could make those by hand and sell them THAT cheap".
No worries, I actually forgot I had posted the question. Thanks for the insight and feedback. Happy Turkey day.


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