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THE WORKBENCH

stephanfowler Sep 3, 2008

  1. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    This is going to be an ongoing thread where I will showcase current projects, sketches, ideas, occasional failures. etc.

    Please feel free to ask questions as we go along, this should be quite interesting
     
  2. DomBunn

    DomBunn knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Dave can I jump on your "what on your bench" post idea? I like it and would like to something like that. DB

    I was even thinking about redoing some of my shop pix. Now that its hunting season and I let things slow way down into hunting mode in my shop.

    I would like to try one of my own knives on a trophy buck this year. Bow opens next week in NH. I gose egged last season and all the venison I ate was winter handouts. hahaha
     
  3. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    jump all over it man

    and here's what I'm working on this weekend


    Matching set, going to be fairly simple, Black paper Micarta, SS Guards, 1095 blades

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  4. JMForge

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    Whats on my bench? way too many tools that weren't put away, grinder dust, sandpaper scraps and empty cigarette packs:wes:
     
  5. stephanfowler

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    Just got this one all finished up

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  6. Danbo

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    Damn, that mesquite burl sure finished up nicely!
     
  7. stephanfowler

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    A Little WIP action. the blades are HT'd and in the temper oven right now (so far the Hamon is SICK)


    Do our major stock movement on the Bar
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    Shaping is a pretty well refined here
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    Knock the scale off on the grinder and true up the profile
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    Looking like a knife now
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    Set it up in the filing jig to work in the plunge lines
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    To make these
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    And now the hunter
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    Now file in the shoulders for the guard to set against
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    Hunter Clay layout for HT
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    Bowie Clay layout for HT
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  8. NORCAL HUNTER

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    Wow!! thanks for that step by step...very nice
     
  9. stephanfowler

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    Both blades polished now, I really like the Hamon on the bowie, turned out great
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    Paper towel and masking tape to keep the blade safe
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    Guard stock scribed and center punched for drilling holes.
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    There we go, a fairly decent fit
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    Now cut the guards off of the parent bar and start shaping
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    To get this
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    Now I go to my very very high tech lapping machine to flatten the faces....
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    A little JB Weld in the joint
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    Klean up that squeeze out with some goof off
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  10. El Gringo

    El Gringo dashing devil

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    I love seeing the process:schmoove:
     
  11. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    Great thread!

    The hamon on both knives is fantastic.


    mo
     
  12. DomBunn

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    Filing Jig

    I like your filing jig Steven!

    I still use a piece of Electricians tape for my plunge area.

    I think I will get a chunk of O-1 and make me one of those. It give you a nice line.

    Or did you buy that from a vendor? Db
     
  13. Leatherface

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    love the WIP..

    your right bro that hamon is sick!!!!


    WHo made your makers mark?
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  14. stephanfowler

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    Rockin right along, ready to do some handles on these bad boys.



    Get our block of Micarta slotted out to accept the tang
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    Make sure the face of the Micarta block matches with the guard
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    Layout our pieces of spacer material
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    I drill holes for the slot and connect them with a razor knife
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    Check everything again
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    Fill the slot with epoxy (not "full" but mostly, the idea is for most of it to squeeze out leaving the tang fully bedded in epoxy) then stack our spacer material with epoxy in between each layer.
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    Here we are all glued up and ready to start shaping
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    Rough shape pretty well done
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    This will be the last of this series of WIP shots, I will have finished photos of the knives and sheaths up with the for-sale thread soon.
     
  15. DomBunn

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    Steven The knife is coming out sweet. Where did you get the filiing jig I like it? It must me very hard? Db
     
  16. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    These will be going up for sale in just a few minutes.

    Bowie:
    Steel: 1095
    Thickness: Distal Tapered 3/16 In
    Blade: 9 In
    O/A: 14 3/8 In
    Grind: Flat grind Convex edge
    Finish: Hand rubbed with awesome Hamon
    Handle: Black Canvas Micarta with Red and Black spacers, 416 Stainless Steel guard
    Sheath: Leather pouch

    Hunter:
    Steel: 1095
    Thickness: Distal Tapered 3/16 In
    Blade: 4 In
    O/A: 9 1/8 In
    Grind: Flat grind Convex edge
    Finish: Hand rubbed with awesome Hamon
    Handle: Black Canvas Micarta with Red and Black spacers, 416 Stainless Steel guard
    Sheath: Leather pouch


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  17. Alain Desaulniers

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    Beautiful Stephan, and a nice set also.

    Good luck with your sale, even if it is not a luck.


    Alain
     
  18. DomBunn

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    Nice pair of knives Steven they came out nice. DB
     
  19. stephanfowler

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    heres what I'm working on this weekend.


    This is the first blade I had made for JurT's knife, it's getting dressed up in Ironwood and Blued Fittings for NorCal
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    the bottom blade here is the beginnings of a blade for Centerfinger
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    And the top blade is for a soldier who needs something a little hefty.


    And finally, this is just something I've been sketching at for a while and I think it's time to make it
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  20. Centerfinger

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    woohoo, I'm so excited. My first forged blade is going to be something very,very special to me. Thanks for the pic, I'll download it for a upcoming blog entry.

    Edit - That big bowie is going to be wicked too, I can't wait to see that beast!
     

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