It has begun!!!!
You may see ugly welds. I’m by no means a pro.
This is all I could get done for today. 2×72 chassis is unpainted, but welded up. Motor should be here late next week (hopefully). Had a couple mishaps along the way today, welded the main tower piece on facing the wrong way, so I had to grind it off and redo it (Bit of a red face for a minute there). That’s ok, it’s all in the learning process.
I still haven’t found a VFD in my price range just yet, but the search is on without a doubt. I still need to get the start/stop buttons, and potentiometer. There’ll be plenty of wiring to do when I get everything else sourced. I just wanted to post some progress.
A BIG thanks to D. Comeau Custom Knives for his awesome article on his 2×72 build. I used his design and tweaked it a little where the tracking wheel will be. I’ll be adding a gas shock on that arm for the belt change. It’s a great article, you can check it out HERE.
Here’s some progress photos:
Chassis after welding.
Chassis primed…can’t wait for the motor to get here.
Stand almost completed, chassis painted, and stand has its first coat on it. I’ll be adding more to the stand soon. (attachment storage section). More to come….keep checking back.
Motor came in. Took off the cover, taped it up, and painted it to match.
Made a TON of progress. The rest of my parts came in, and I got busy. It is nearly complete. All I need to do now is make a tool rest for it, and start planning the attachments I want to make. Sorry the garage was a little messy when I took the pics.
Short Video in Action
I’ll post more pics here as I make more progress. So check back when you can, and thanks for looking.
Hey guys. Just wanted to share this deal I got. Found this beauty on Facebook for $35 with no clue if it actually ran. I’ve cleaned it up a little bit, still need to sand down the table to get the surface rust off, and clean and paint the base it’s sitting on. Now for the cool part…..the only wrong with it was the start capacitor on the motor. $7 dollars and a little time, and it runs beautifully. It’s quite, smooth, and the tracking and tension adjustment all works perfectly. All that’s left is that final clean up and a couple new blades.
Ok, I was super excited about this find and had to share it. I hope everyone is having a great weekend, and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.
Well I’m starting to source materials to build my 2×72 grinder. It’s been kind of fun running around sourcing steel tubing, wheels, etc. I found a couple really good places to get my stuff, and may even be getting a superb deal on the steel tubing (FREEBIE), maybe. One can only hope.
Using the google I’ve found a ton of links on do-it-yourself grinders. Some guys even using skateboard wheels, I’m not going that route, but there are some great ideas out there. I just can’t help but go back to one of the most reliable sources for knifemakers out there on the net these days. That being D. Comeau Custom Knives. Dan has a ton of resources for the new knifemaker, and you just can’t beat that. Here’s an excerpt from his 2×72 grinder build. Thanks for the great article Dan, it’s going to be a great help to me.
I can’t wait to dig in and build this new beast for my shop.
Thanks again Dan for the resources!
Oh man this moving stuff is so fun, NOT. Just wanted to let everyone know that we got moved, but the new shop still needs some setting up. It will be a little longer before I can start taking custom orders again, but I will post up here when I can. I didn’t want y’all to think I just disappeared.
Hope you are all having a great day.
Thanks for stopping by,
I really like bowies made by Adam DesRosiers, Ben Seward, and Samuel Lurquin. Lots of styling ques come from their bowie styles. Can’t wait to get started on it. As soon as I finish the 9 1/4 inch Gentleman Hunter I’m doing it’s on!!