Irons in the Fire...

Discussion in 'DIY (Do It Yourself)' started by VaughnT, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. shaneadams90

    shaneadams90 ESEE Knives Marketing Director Staff Member

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    Those are very cool @Mudman !! I dig the skulls!!
     
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    Looking spooky Mud!
     
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    Thank you sir.

    Thanks, they are fun to make. Certainly a workout that's for sure.
     
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    Some more today.
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    OMG those are awesome!
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Another batch today. 20180515_181629.jpg
     
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    Made more today. 20180522_181833.jpg 20180522_163341.jpg 20180522_163104.jpg 20180522_163057.jpg 20180522_163050.jpg
     
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    Mud, those are looking great.
    Great hammer practice.

    Glad to see work coming out.
     
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    Thank you, they are fun. Takes some effort though, I gotta use my 7lb hammer to make any real progress.

    I would, but all except two have been sold. Saving up for an anvil :)
     
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    Some work from yesterday. Started out with some 1-7/8 round, and gave it the squish until it ended up at 2-1/2". This took a lot of effort. It will end up as another skull.
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    Next to a 7lb hammer
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    Then started working on a coat hook thing, inspired by draw knives.
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    Just mocked up for now. Deciding on either hot rivet or screws for the hooks.
     
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    Rivet!


    Mud, what are you charging for your skulls?
     
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    $45 for 5/8'' wide
    $55 for 1'' wide
    $65 for 1.5'' wide
    $80 for 2-2.5'' wide (these ones take some major effort on my end, as I don't actually have stock this wide. So I'm upsetting/compressing longer and narrower stock to get the final dimensions)

    All prices include shipping within the U.S. and paypal fees.

    The last one I finished with the temper colors weighed a hair under 2lbs. Haven't weighed the current one I'm working on, but it should be maybe 2.25lb(?) it took me 2 hours to get it that size with a 7lb hammer. Boy do I wish I had a hydraulic press or power hammer.
     
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    Picked up a cheap flux welder over the weekend. Finally got around to replacing my old ghetto hardy post. It was originally a wooden 4x4 with a bunch of screws and nails. So I welded up a new one, then filled it with sand. Welds aren't great, and it's still ghetto, but its holding so far, and much better than the wood.
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    Then I attempted to make a tong blank, but it got screwed. Followed by blind rage, and resulted it my best leaf so far
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    That leaf looks fantastic.

    Man, that is a lot of work upsetting the round for the skulls. Popeye in the making.

    Knife blank forged out today.

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    Thank you.

    It sure is, that's why I started buying bigger stock. Luckily interest has dropped in them, but I plan to work on another batch with some interesting things.

    Nice blade!
     
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    VaughnT tells me to say hello to you guys for him.

    Well, I'm still undecided on how to mount this wall hook. But I did mock it up with rivets for the hooks themselves. Pleased with the overall look.
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    Looks great.

    Where is Vaughn??
     
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