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File to knife... #2: Feeling good about the progress today!

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Blog entry by MadJester posted 03-26-2015 08:36 PM 1531 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey there everyone! Well…as I mentioned in the comment section of part one of this series, I took some files to a friends house and we annealed the handle portions, I cut a gigantic farriers rasp in half and annealed the handle portion on one of the pieces.

Today I was able to get down into my shop and drill the holes! It was a little slow going with the smaller files, and the cobalt bits were useless…even with the temper gone from the steel. Surprisingly, the larger holes for the farriers rasp went through nearly like butter…perhaps the larger surface area of the bit point made better contact on the metal…not gonna try and science it out…never been good at that stuff…just glad it worked!

I caved in and bought a proper grinding stone…made a nice difference….took off more of the grooves and with my angle grinder, I knocked down the pointy bits on the rasp (like that technical term there? LOL). I did a little shaping on the point of one, and by the end of a few hours I was beat…so there is more shaping to do on all of them.

As you can see, the farriers rasp is big and beefy…gonna make a nice little chopping tool out of that one for sure! I still need to take away more of the grooves/points but I’m nearly there.

All I can smell right now is metal, so I think a hot bath may be in order so that my sinuses can clear out…:D One thing I can say for sure is that metal working is no joke! I can totally see why guys like doing it…the sparks are so shiny! LOL…..It’s all brute force and MAKING the metal do what you want…more heat, more grinding, more stone, more more more!

I haven’t picked out the wood for the handles yet…but I have a few things in mind.

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle



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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 08:55 PM

Good start Sue.

Also a friend sent me this site since he knew I love metal working and miss it very much.

http://walnutforge.com/Gallery.php

I have talked to him via Email and he is a very nice older gentleman doing this for extra income.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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MadJester

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 09:13 PM

Thanks Arlin! That’s actually very reasonably priced…I’ll have to think about it…perhaps after Woodstick in June….I’ve thought about making my own, but I’m so not a builder…maybe…I dunno…my friend has a rather large forge attached to his barn…we may get over there and do some maintenance on it to make sure everything is safe and then try to fire it up if necessary….

I should have noted up above that while taking off the grooves/nibs, only the large farriers rasp got somewhat hot…no where near cherry red….I kept a bucket handy (as I always do with a project that involves potential fire hazard…) and just kept dabbing at it with a wet rag….it was warm to the touch and didn’t stay that way long (it was just a little bit hotter than that before using the wet rag…)....at no time did I think that the temper would be jeopardized…..

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 03-26-2015 09:14 PM

Sue,
Be sure to clean out them sinuses….
Wouldn’t want you to get rusty!!!

That and remember “nose to the grind stone”....
is just a saying!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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MadJester

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 09:16 PM

LOL…you got that right Randy!! :D I was wondering why my nose seemed shorter!!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#5 posted 03-26-2015 10:23 PM

Hey MadJester,

I did some bladesmithing in college. One of my favorite handle materials was black linen micarta. It made cool contour lines and the cloth embedded in the resin gave it a good grip, plus no finishing required.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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MadJester

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 05:12 AM

Nice idea Captain! I saw something on youtube about making your own…not sure if I’m going to go that route this time, but definitely something to think about! :D

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 12:50 PM

That sure looks like fun, Sue.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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MadJester

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 02:25 PM

It sure is Gene…not sure why I didn’t include that bigger one at the beginning of the project….it’s my favorite one…:D

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#9 posted 03-29-2015 10:37 AM

Congratulations on the progress, Sue! That farrier’s rasp is massive!

-- God bless, Candy

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MadJester

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#10 posted 03-30-2015 11:58 PM

Thanks Candy! I was hoping to work a bit more on it today, but decided instead to get a few other smaller things out of the way after I shipped all my eBay stuff…..I ordered another farriers rasp on eBay for a pretty decent price and I think I have one more coming…I like the chunky size of them….

On a side note, I found an old air tank over the weekend at a yard sale for $2…so I’m enlisting the help of a buddy of mine to help convert it into a small forge…:D

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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CFrye

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#11 posted 03-31-2015 04:38 AM

Very interesting. Air tank to forge. Hmmm

-- God bless, Candy

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MadJester

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#12 posted 04-01-2015 12:14 AM

I did a little more work on the farriers rasp today…I’m shaping the handle a bit more, and realizing that I should have waited to drill the holes until I had it shaped out more…oh well…that’s why we live and learn! I’ll probably add an additional brass piece just to balance out the appearance…no biggie…but removing the excess is a pain on the bigger rasp…at 1/4” thick, it’s not exactly being cooperative….but I will conquer it!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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