This post was supposed to have been posted over a week ago, sorry, blogger messed up on the posting, and I thought it was posted when it wasn't. But here it is now.
Got everything set up except the motor and vfd. Mounted it to a piece of 3/4" treated ply. Looks nice, and I can't wait to get it running. As my mom said, "I'm as ancy as the little kid in the back seat who hasn't been to the bathroom in 2 hrs." - I'm excited.
The work rest set up looks kind of confusing, but it's not bad, and allows for a seemingly infinite amount of positions.
We can swing the tool arm out for an 8" contact wheel
Or the opposite way for a 2" contact.
Once I've got it set up, I plan on attaching a glass platen attachment, and figuring out a way to use a small (like 1/2" or so) contact wheel. But that's about it.
Hi, I'm Stephen Stumbo, I'm 18 yrs old, and a self taught knifesmith/blacksmith. All through my childhood I've had affinity for blades, probably starting with my first pocket knife. At 12 I tried to grind a knife out of a sawzall blade, and was so proud of how it turned out. At 14 I convinced my dad to help me make a forge so I could try blacksmithing. After building the forge I had a rough time getting started, but after meeting a local blacksmith and getting some tips, I went at it. About a year into blacksmithing (2009) I decided to try my hand at making knives. I started out terribly, but I've slowly been progressing to where you see now. Take a look around, and let me know what you think, you can also find me on facebook to keep up with the goings on around the ole smithy.