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    One should be VERY careful working antler.

    It harbors a fungus that will kill you, if it takes hold in your lungs.
    YIKES! I didn't know that. Thanks for the heads-up.

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    Made out of an old Mafell circular Saw blade and the shells are made out of 17 layers of my old army pants

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    That Sir is beautifully done !! Are you a professional knifemaker ? If not you could be.
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    Heimlaga, all I can say is WOW!!!!!! If that is wat you can do for your tools I’d love to see what you do with your tools in the way of projects!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitsligo View Post
    YIKES! I didn't know that. Thanks for the heads-up.

    Alex
    You know, I don't remember where I read that, so I Googled it up.

    No mention of fungus, but antler, bone, and nail dust are laden with all sorts of other problems.

    Carcinogenic and/or vectors of bacterial infection.

    Protect your lungs. You'll miss them when they're gone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    You know, I don't remember where I read that, so I Googled it up.

    No mention of fungus, but antler, bone, and nail dust are laden with all sorts of other problems.

    Carcinogenic and/or vectors of bacterial infection.

    Protect your lungs. You'll miss them when they're gone!
    Antler, not sure. Fox pelt? Absolutely!

    Oh, and just to make it fun: Leaves, berries, things low enough for the infected fox to brush against? Those too!
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    In that picture is the bench top for my new work bench. I'm working on it now. That mortise is for one of the bench's legs. The turned carving mallet is another project. I turned it from Black Locust a few weeks ago. Looking forward to finishing the bench. Projects will be much easier.
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    Nice! My bench that I've used for forty years is still based on an old solid core door. I guess one of these days I should make something elegant and nice, but this has a certain...patina. A healthy layer of blood, sweat and tears...not to mention the other stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by koederfischgriller View Post

    the shells are made out of 17 layers of my old army pants
    What is your process for doing that?

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    You tube .... homemade micarta Martin.
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    Will look tonight after work.. Thanks Peter. I assume one multi layer of poxy squidged cloth...?

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    Yes, epoxy or polyester. Like homemade Tufnol.
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    I've made a few of this type of knife, but don't have any photos. Kind of 4 edges on one blade, intended for fast rope / net cutting and gutting fish. They work well. Made from circular saw blades.

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    Actually the the handle is more vertical than my sketch

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    I cast a bronze blade for a friend once, manganese bronze, HTB3. It's actually quite a good blade and lives on his boat.
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    ^ what was the edge like? I can't imagine anywhere near as good as high carbon steel... But I'm happy to be corrected.

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    Not anywhere as good as carbon steel, but it looks cool and cuts vegetables.
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    A couple of mine.

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    Hugh MacD, Google Paul Sellers Workbench. Then be prepared to spend hours watching his other Youtube Videos. Hours and hours. The bench is pretty simple and straightforward and Paul walks you through every step of the way. i'm building it without any power tools at all. Everything by hand.
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    I used to have those bookmarked! But every time I think I want to try putting one together something moves into the space I had in my shop. I'm hoping I can clear out enough junk to build a mezzanine for storing the camping gear, extra sails, etc.

    Love that double bevel gauge, John!

    On knives, though, here's one I made that I'd posted previously in the "handicrafts" page:

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    The gauge is for mitres of any angle.You can now buy a plastic version I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    I used to have those bookmarked! But every time I think I want to try putting one together something moves into the space I had in my shop. I'm hoping I can clear out enough junk to build a mezzanine for storing the camping gear, extra sails, etc.

    Love that double bevel gauge, John!

    On knives, though, here's one I made that I'd posted previously in the "handicrafts" page:

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    That is very nice!

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    Here is one I made, the wood sheath is just the liner for the leather sheath I haven’t made yet:

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    One of the few tools that I made from scratch, a hard to buy shipwrights bevel
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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Again, not made from scratch, but re-tempered, polished and etched after drilling for the rivets for the scales. The sheath was made new to the knife though.

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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Take-apart fids for tightly setting brass thimbles into woven rope sail cringles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    I used to have those bookmarked! But every time I think I want to try putting one together something moves into the space I had in my shop. I'm hoping I can clear out enough junk to build a mezzanine for storing the camping gear, extra sails, etc.

    Love that double bevel gauge, John!

    On knives, though, here's one I made that I'd posted previously in the "handicrafts" page:

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    Lovely work Hugh !!
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    The image below has a few things in it. That carving mallet is one I turned a few weeks ago. It's sitting on the top I've just smoothed for my Paul Sellers style workbench. That leg with the mortise in it and the tenoned rail is my first Mortise and Tenon joint. Needs a bit more fettling to fit a bit better but it took some hammering with my mallet to get it to seat so it's tight. More work to do on it for sure. That funny looking stick with narrow portions and fat bits behind the mallet on the bench top is a spoke for a ship's wheel I want to build. I have about 10 or 12 of them roughed out and need to turn them soon. A bit more truing up first though.

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    This shot has a Lee Valley Spill Plane, I didn't build it of course, and a few of my other hand tools like chisels, marking knife, square etc. in it. I want to build a hand router plan once the bench is done so I can true up those helm recesses prior to turning the spokes.
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    Not just home made tools but a few of the tools in my shop and some of my work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    One of the few tools that I made from scratch, a hard to buy shipwrights bevel
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    That's really nice, Nick! I really like the brass inset. I need to lern a bit more about this kind of stuff. I'm finding it's really a lot of fun!

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    This is two blocks from my house. I'll really need to check it out.

    http://www.drunkensmithy.com/

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    Wull...yeah! The name alone would have me in the door

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    I'm duly impressed with all your work. Great stuff.
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    Some knives made as presents for the mechanics at a local garage who keep my vehicles running. Blades are high carbon stainless for use around salt water. Scales are purpleheart and Brazilian rosewood. Sheaths are made from 3mm leather from a saddlemaker's scrap bin. Lacing is squidding line, which is far better and far cheaper than the stuff knife suppliers sell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    That's really nice, Nick! I really like the brass inset.
    Thanks. The insert is to hold the rivets that secure the spacer between the scales.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Those are beautiful, To. You must have some really good mechanics

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    These guys don't do heavy engine work but mostly I trust them to be honest. Also, there is no front desk interface between me and the head mechanic or the guy doing the work.
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