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  1. I'd love a lathe also and have been keeping an eye out for one at the right price. Facebook market place has had some real bargains but you have to be quick as the good stuff doesn't hang around long. I think some of the myford lathes are small enough to go on a bench but not t up on the model names. Drummond was another one that maybe suitable
  2. Ive been itching to have a go at damascus steel for a while now. i did try once before by hand and got as far as setting the initial welds but they started to open up whilst drawing out. So this is the first proper attempt using my hydraulic press. I started by cutting two different types of steel to size i used 15N20 and 1095. i then stacked them up and welded the billet at each end. Before heating up I soaked the billet in parrafin, this helps reduce oxidisation during the heating process, as well as having a reducing flame and using borax before the billet
  3. I have a record power bench mounted pillar drill. I use it for drilling metal and wood and it has had no trouble with either. I use 20mm drill bits with small shafts on mild steel and with some spray and patience it is more than capable. I was gifted the drill by a friend so unsure of the price I'll check the model tomorrow And put it on here.
  4. This is my new toy i picked up cheap last week. It needed a bit of modifying, ive raised the bed and dropped the cylinder down a little to make it suit my needs. ive also made up some quick change dies. The billet in the video is my first attempt at damascus that i tried by hand back in April. It didnt go well and resulted in poor welds and i was unable to draw the billet out due to poor technique and lack of muscle power. by hand it took me a couple of hours to set the weld and draw it out about an inch and a half. On the press i doubled its length in two heats/ about ten minutes. Have
  5. i think its his forge to the right.
  6. Heres the link to the page on different motors suitable for grinders. http://dcknives.blogspot.com/p/grinder-motors.html
  7. ignore that just checked mines not a 2.5hp its a 2.2KW which is 3HP. 2HP may be a little under powered.
  8. i found a great write up on the perfect motor/ drive wheel and VFD combination ill try and find it for you. From what i can remember they said that 2hp was fine. If you'd ;like more rpm you can always fit a larger drive wheel. most come with a 4" but they also offer 5" and 6". you can also run the motors at a higher rpm than stated on the motor by ramping up the settings on the VFD. thats what ive done on mine, i think mines a 2.5 hp 3 phase motor with a 4" drive wheel and a cheapy chinese VFD for £80 off of Amazon. i usually only run it at 60% and find it grinds plenty fast enough.
  9. thanks for the info, i might give it a go.
  10. ive always fancied making a stainless steel blade but was put off by the heat treating process to be honest. Lots of talk about liquid nitrogen and soaking at heat for an hour, air quenching, plate quenching or oil quenching. do you mind if i ask how you go about it? understand if its a trade secret. lol 😂
  11. Do you heat treat the stainless yourself?
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