For the manner in which men live is so different from the way in which they ought to live, that he who leaves the common course for that which he ought to follow will find that it leads him to ruin rather than safety.
-Machiavelli

Sunday, January 22, 2017

I Did a Bad Job With Pictures

I don't know why, but I thought I took more pictures than I actually did today. Ah, well...I can still get the point across.

I got the burlap/blue linen Paring knife done today.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Today's Progress

The rest of my day...

Primary task was to get the permanent table top for the lathe done.

Didn't Want to Post Last Night

I wanted to sleep on it. My grinding jig for the Small Outdoor knife worked well, just as the Large one. I was just uncertain about the angle. So, I figured a good night's sleep would help in deciding if I wanted to keep it, or recut it.


One thing to make using the jigs easier is to scribe a centerline down the edge of the blade. It's sort of hard to see here.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Flat Grinding Jigs Are Done!

I did some turning this evening, but it's boring and not worth showing off. The important task tonight was to get my flat grinding jigs into working condition.

First order of business was to bust out my new tap holder!!! My current small tap holder is a piece of junk, so I replaced it with a Starrett. I love Starrett tools, I wish I could afford more of them. Most of the ones I have are vintage, but this one is brandy new.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Time Consuming

Tonight's task were slow movers! It doesn't look like much, but it took a while to get there. Combined with a trip to the gym and we have limited shop time. But first...

...destructive dimple die testing! I decided to destroy the work piece to see what my dimple die could endure. Mine is better than the purchased one! Not a scratch, nor a ding. I need to call the manufacturer and get my money back! Also, I learned a bit from this process and now know exactly what I need to make the die do what I want. I'm going to make another one with a different angle.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Grinding Fixtures Started

My main task this evening was to get rolling on a pair of fixtures to do flat grinds on my Outdoor knives.

First things first, unwrapped the dimple die and cleaned it up. It will get a test drive tomorrow.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Just Keep Making...

Trying to stay busy...


Getting dimple dies ready for heat treat...