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Richard338

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Hi Cush, I drill the holes on the tang side near the blade and make one cut between the tangs with an angle grinder and a quality 1 mm cutoff disk. To make the cut precise I clamp a piece of wood or micarta as a guide. With the guide you will get the nice cut, it is important to "cut in“ aggressively and with speed or the wheel will try to dance on the surface of the tang.
I do this all the time just with a hacksaw. For the tightest configurations I drill a few holes first.
 

Cushing H.

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Hi Cush, I drill the holes on the tang side near the blade and make one cut between the tangs with an angle grinder and a quality 1 mm cutoff disk. To make the cut precise I clamp a piece of wood or micarta as a guide. With the guide you will get the nice cut, it is important to "cut in“ aggressively and with speed or the wheel will try to dance on the surface of the tang.
Thanks Freddy and richard. I recall what I ran in to was that there was not room enough between the profiles to drill a hole big enough to rotate the saw. I suspect one day it will frustrate me so much that I will go out and buy a cutoff saw (they are not very expensive). But then I will also need a portable bench so I can do the cutting in the garage….. 😒
 

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eric brinkerhoff

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Magnacut! My goal is to hurry up and blank out a few blades without second guessing my design too much. So I blanked out six blades in two and a half hours! I figured I ought to be able to trust myself by now to be able to work on the finer details later on as I go, instead of agonizing over every little detail right now. If it looks good and feels good it's going to be good! (Blanking out is one of my favorite phases of knife making, as a stock removal maker this is where it starts to feel like a knife to me) 1652569261724.jpg
 
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FredyCro

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Magnacut! My goal is to hurry up and blank out a few blades without second guessing my design too much. So I blanked out six blades in two and a half hours! I figured I ought to be able to trust myself by now to be able to work on the finer details later on as I go, instead of agonizing over every little detail right now. If it looks good and feels good it's going to be good! (Blanking out is one of my favorite phases of knife making, as a stock removal maker this is where it starts to feel like a knife to me) View attachment 1818360
I think you got the profile detail already, i always do minor adjustments later, even with the handle glued on :)
 

FredyCro

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Finally finished this portable disk grinder , for grinding wood outside of shop ..........let my neighbors deal with the dust 🤣
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I welded work rest plate and it bowed little of course so i glued other one over that
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Looks like you could have also ground it flat on your new disk?

Anyway, I like your design, I also want to make a disk grinder. It is almost time to start to use the benefits of the new employer with a fully equipped industrial cnc, robots and a mechanical workshops. Still have to get to know the right people though :)
 
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Sean Yaw

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I just finished this guy up. It's got MagnaCut steel and African Blackwood scales. I'm still working on handle finishing to avoid proud pins/shield/bolsters. It's improving but I still have problems keeping everything flush between filling (dead smooth) and final sanding (slightly discernible height difference). Somewhere in there things get a bit proud.
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Richard338

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I just finished this guy up. It's got MagnaCut steel and African Blackwood scales. I'm still working on handle finishing to avoid proud pins/shield/bolsters. It's improving but I still have problems keeping everything flush between filling (dead smooth) and final sanding (slightly discernible height difference). Somewhere in there things get a bit proud.
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Oh wow, that looks really nice!
I love wharncliffes.
You've got a really good flow along the spine side in the open position. The ricasso and choil catch my eye a bit on the edge side. Maybe the choil is a tiny bit too big and the ricasso angles out a bit far? I don't know, I should look at some more examples.
Great job.
 

Sean Yaw

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Oh wow, that looks really nice!
I love wharncliffes.
You've got a really good flow along the spine side in the open position. The ricasso and choil catch my eye a bit on the edge side. Maybe the choil is a tiny bit too big and the ricasso angles out a bit far? I don't know, I should look at some more examples.
Great job.
Thanks for the feedback. The choil got away from me a bit and is a little larger than I was initially intending. I do like big choils though. Can you help me understand the ricasso angling observation better? Do you mean the blade kick area?
 

FredyCro

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I just finished this guy up. It's got MagnaCut steel and African Blackwood scales. I'm still working on handle finishing to avoid proud pins/shield/bolsters. It's improving but I still have problems keeping everything flush between filling (dead smooth) and final sanding (slightly discernible height difference). Somewhere in there things get a bit proud.
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I love the flow on this. Also, there is something in the African blackwood that just yells elegance.
 

Richard338

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Thanks for the feedback. The choil got away from me a bit and is a little larger than I was initially intending. I do like big choils though. Can you help me understand the ricasso angling observation better? Do you mean the blade kick area?
Please take this with a grain of salt as my only folder build was a straight razor.
I was talking about how there is a beautiful flow along the spine all the way from the handle to the tip of the blade. On the edge side, the ricasso sort of juts down on an angle and breaks the flow a little.
I don't know if it's practical to reduce that?

ETA, I just looked at a few examples and it seems to be a matter of taste. Some by Alan Davis are less pronounced while some others are more like yours.
 
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SBuzek

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I just finished this guy up. It's got MagnaCut steel and African Blackwood scales. I'm still working on handle finishing to avoid proud pins/shield/bolsters. It's improving but I still have problems keeping everything flush between filling (dead smooth) and final sanding (slightly discernible height difference). Somewhere in there things get a bit proud.
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If you have a disc grinder put a piece of cork gasket material on it and use 2k grit sand paper and a light touch and you can keep everything equal.
 
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