[PROJECT] Blades By Baz

Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by ASIGN_Baz, Jul 26, 2014.

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    ASIGN_Baz "Maker of awesome stuff"

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    Pass me the left handed claw hammer, the right handed screw driver, a bucket of stripy paint, a skyhook and a long-weight please.
     
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    Don't forget the spirit bubbles ;)
     
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    Oh yes! Mustn't forget them!
     
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    LOL

    But unfortunately long weights are real...


    Unfortunately the skyhooks are (were) real too.

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    Technically yes, but you know the old scoop mate. :)

    Technically, alcohol IS a solution....
     
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    Getting back on topic...

    The blade in your current build excites me the most. I see it as being the sort of default blade I would choose to cut stuff up in the kitchen.

    The dark and light timber trick is awesome.

    I havent seen the patterns filed on the the back edge of the blade before. I am not 100% sold on the idea. Great for decoration but less functional as it may get food or kitten bits stuck in it. I also wonder if it would look 'better' with the pattern stopping at the handle. Props to you and your mad filling / metal working skills though.
     
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    Thanks mate.

    File-work on the spine is purely decorational and non-functional. For kitchen knives it's impractical but for personal knives/traditional knives it gives a bit of character and a personal touch. Some blades the pattern goes all the way around, others it stops at the handle, others just have a very short section of it. It's all up to the commissioner or blade-smith.

    Baz.
     
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    WTB time travel machine to go into the future 2 yrs to see the double edged swords with fillings/engravings down the sides of the blades...

    Ok so I want the time travel machine for other reasons as well but I would still check your crafts out. :p
     
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    Your thread is very inspirational. I now desire to make my own set of knives (but atm the wife would kill me with the first one). The todo list is pretty big atm.
     
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    You'll have to set up a secret workshop under the garage.... :lol:
     
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    Found some dried sand from Bunnings for the brass casting on the blade.

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    Lovely block of timber for the handle. Fine grain and HEAVY!

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    Basic shape to be lathed out before the detailed carving.

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    Time to get inventive. Improvise, adapt and overcome. To make a round handle out of a square block, I will need to make some sort of rudimentary lathe.

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    Cup head bolt right through the middle of the handle.

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    Making a lathe out of a drill press. Using an old punch for a tailstock, reshaped it to a point and drilled a small hole in the end of the cuphead bolt for it to centre. Protruding thread on the bolt is held by the chuck.

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    Clamped a crowbar to the side of the bench and using it to steady my rasp file.

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    Handle shaped, ready for intricate pattern carving.

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    Todo list just got bigger.

    • Add a batcave under the garage.
     
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    That is amazing. DIY drill press lathe with really good results.
     
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    Impressive how versatile this chap is isnt it?
     
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    WTF. Need lathe. Build one. Next.....

    I've been following your efforts for awhile now. Seriously impressive stuff. Inspiring me to try and keep busy too.

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    Awesome work on the DIY lathe!
     
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    Thanks gang. I got a little more done today.

    Handle turned to basic shape and sanded. Guide-lines either end mark where brass will adorn the handle.

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    Starting to carve in the scroll work.

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    Well this is annoying and slowing me down a lot on projects. A very loud crack was heard and down for the count.

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    Modified workshop techniques for cripples 101: Filing on the workbench while sitting on the MIG welder, bung foot elevated on the drop-saw. Winnin'!

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    Got a bit more detailing done on the handle today. Also insulated the new, longer forge, ready to harden the long blade. Not much else I could do sitting down. The Iron Man suit and the deck will have to wait until I've healed.

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    Pommel and hilt design. This is made of self-drying clay which when hard, will have a plaster mold poured before casting in molten brass. Final detailing will be engraved into this basic design.

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    How are you going to get the clay out of the plaster?
     
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    I'm going to try a couple of different things. First, I'm going to press this into some soft clay and see if I can get a good enough imprint to cast it straight into a dry clay mold.

    Next, I'll cut into three pieces from the radiant, cut a piece out of the centre in a wedge, (a key if you like) then pour plaster over it and once set, pull the key out and see if it will pull out. If not, I'll dig it out.
     

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