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#25 will email you
25 and 11 are on a carving set so have #33, R6 and R10 left of this trial order. Will look at getting more but those three are what is on hand for now.
 

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Garry, I've never known you to do things without good reason. What is your intended use of this new tool? I see where it can / will reduce the amount of hand work. Will you be able to use it for rifle stock work as well?
 

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Garry, I've never known you to do things without good reason. What is your intended use of this new tool? I see where it can / will reduce the amount of hand work. Will you be able to use it for rifle stock work as well?
Not for rifle work Art or at least that never entered into the decision to do so. It was because I have had a couple of knives to do that had fullers and the first two I did on the drill press which was very time consuming and risky the whole time it took to do and then there was a great deal of handwork to clean them up. For the next one I bought a small (read cheap) chinese alloy mill table but there was so much backlash and deviation that it was almost as bad as the previous effort so again nerve racking and time consuming and then there are the times when slitting pieces for stick tang knives and having just done a pair for a carving knife and fork set I simply do not want to carry on with ameturish tools and techniques. When I get it all together and learn how to drive it and as more tooling is aquired, I dare say there will be many other uses that will make the expense well and truly worth its purchase price.
 

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I didn't even think about the fullers, a good mill will make child's play out of that project.
 

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This box of blocks arrived this morning after its adventure with the biosecurity people.Some more beautiful wood from Jason in TX .Some more Hickory burl, Koa, high grade walnut, yellow cedar burl and a single piece of desert ironwood along with the really nice piece of double dyed buck eye burl on the right. I saw that block on his fB page and couldnt go past getting a few others to keep it company on its journey over to me
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What do you have in your hands? Just beautiful.
 

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speaking of handle blocks, Here is a what I have on the shelf at the moment.
This is the exhibition grade shelf.
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Grade 2 shelf with a few grade 1
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Some drying ready to stabilise toward the end of next summer (7-8 months away)

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And some still iin the log that I have tyo break down and get into the drying racks.
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Got these all ready for an edge on them today.
A 12 1/2 inch varbon steel Cimeter with ebony bolster withh SS spacer and Koa handle.
The 5 inch Nakiri cryo treated NitroV stainless blade has a buckeye burl handle with brass and stainless spacers.
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Then there is this pairing of a 10 inch carving knife with 8 inch fork both in cryo treated NitroV stainless with a brass and stainless guard and spacer under the Karilean Birch handles and there is a sad story behind them so they are for sale. The order was made but had to be cancelled due to a sudden loss of a loved family member but by then I had them made but with no handles on them so I made them into stick tangs and finished them with the Karelian Birch over the spacers.


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I know it is not the best pic but it shows the shape of the fork.
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Then to finish out the day I got a couple of neighbours and the three of us older gentlemen managed to get the mill head up and bolted into position.
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Garry, If you aren't careful that "retirement hobby" of yours is going to turn into a full time job. But we are really glad that you are doing what you do- you are touching a lot of lives in a meaningful way.
Appreciate the kind words Ray but I am just gratefull that I get to do what I have been thinking about and playing with for near 50 years and with the patronage of the forum member I have been able to progress to doing things I would never have thought to have tried
 

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Then to finish out the day I got a couple of neighbours and the three of us older gentlemen managed to get the mill head up and bolted into position.
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Garry, it's nice to see that you are surrounded by Gentlemen.
But I'm glad that you still keep us around.
I hope you make use of the Milling machine, wondering if it might lead to folding knife or lock back prototype.
As for the "Carving Knife Set" it's great, sad that there has been a loss for the family but nice work.
I think Carving Sets were once considered a Wedding Gift etc. Before my time I believe.
 

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With the arrival of a replacment package I had the blocks of resin ivory that I could then cut into scales for this set of knives. Everything was prepped and then into the clamps for the night in the house as there are too many for the usual light lamp in the shed.
The three on the right are for another order so cut the scales at the same time although they will wait on their turn to be finished.
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scales drilled and all cut to shape with the front edges sanded to 600grit and ready for the handle finishing buff
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And all in the clamps
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Not sure if these are going to be ok yet as I will have to wait get the locating stud next time I am at a friends palce as I can not find the data sheet I compiled for the last grip sets I made. I will do the top and bottom radiusing after I get the locating holes all sorted
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Like my grandmother said "there is no rest for the wicked."
 

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Like my grandmother said "there is no rest for the wicked."
I dont know how to rest except for Sabbath day. I am very grateful to have "something to do" for the rest of the week
 

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Had a play on the new mill today with the vice getting the back channel cleaned up and paralelled to the mill table and head, then some parallels made and milled level with the base of the vice.. Have made a spare as well.
now able to make to be more accurate with some aspects of various jobs. The first job now that the parallels are done is to remake the 1911 grip set as doing them with the drill press was not up to scratch.
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Back channel cleaned up and parallel to table top under the mill
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Parallels all done.
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I also received a beautiful knife from Von Gruff. It is my favorite knife to use for cutting biltong. At last I was able to get to the cutting of wood for Von Gruff and Mdwest forum members.
The wood I cut was beautiful Wild Olive (Olea europaea subspesie cuspidata)
Hardekool/African Leadwood (Combretum imberbe)
Huilboerboon boom/weeping boer-bean (Schotia brachypetala)
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