Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I have most of the piercing done on my copper vase, all that's left are the difficult areas. The areas that are hard to get to even with deep saw frame. Now things are going much slower. I am looking forward to getting this piercing finished.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Milling the hole oval.
This is how it looks right now. I just need to clean it up and heat treat it. I don't have wood for the handle yet, so there's no hurry to get this part done.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I enjoy making tools, and using tools that I have made. As long as they are equal or better quality than ones I could buy. And of course they must look better, that's just as important.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
I need to do something to make my work area more comfortable to sit at. The thing is too big to work on at my bench, so I have to use my work table which is too low for sawing. I think I need to get cinder blocks or something to put under the feet of the table to raise it. I tried sitting at a lower height on a little stool but that was not very comfortable.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
This is the 2nd hammer head I made during the class. It's about the same as the one in my previous post. This one is not quite finished.
I started with round stock, cause there wasn't any square stock available in the right size. I cut one end on the lathe to the diameter I wanted the face to be.
Then I cut the rest of it square.
I put the vise at an angle to cut the tapered part behind the face.
I put it in the vise at an angle to cut the cross peen.
These photos are after I filed out the machining marks, and ground a few parts by hand. This is how it looks right now. I need to sand it. I don't know if I will harden this one, I might just work harden the face.
After the case hardening there were some areas on it that look sort of etched. It's not scale, I dont know why it happened, I don't know much about case hardening.
Friday, May 2, 2008
I got 1st place in the rings category in 2006. Last year I didn't enter because I missed the deadline. I had marked it on my calendar as April 1st when really it was March 1st. So it's good that I had 2 pieces win this year to make up for missing last year.