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Old 10-30-2010, 09:52 PM   #3586
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Straight carving knife blades aren't long at all. most range from about 1 1/4 inches to 2 1/4 inches. Another thing to make a good carving blade from is a concrete nail as the concrete nails are very tempered also but once again they are very brittle so keep that in mind when using one.

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I had the bushing and did what the fellow who sold them told me to do but it was really out of hoodoo bad. I have my felt wheel where it will rotate upward instead of downward like they normally run.
That's a good idea. I guess you just need to turn the grinder around to face the other way.

I have the guard off the end where I have my felt wheel. It has always annoyed me about having to hold the tools so awkwardly because the wheel really runs backwards - right into the cutting edge.
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Straight carving knife blades aren't long at all. most range from about 1 1/4 inches to 2 1/4 inches. Another thing to make a good carving blade from is a concrete nail as the concrete nails are very tempered also but once again they are very brittle so keep that in mind when using one.
That reminds me of a show that the missus and I attended in Vancouver many years ago.

They put together a collection of all of the best native Indian masks which were carved in the Pacific Northwest. Along with the show, they produced a beautiful book with excellent pictures of the masks.

The guides who took you around the exhibition were all native Indian folks - who still spoke their native language.

Along with all this, they had a live demonstration with a local Indian carver from Pender Island, which is about 15 miles away from us. He was in the process of carving a mask, right from the blank to the completed mask. He said it would take him 3 days from start to finish.

If you wished, you could engage the carver in conversation - which naturally I did - and he was able to answer all my questions. Really neat guy to talk to.

Here's an interesting tidbit. He used a Toyota leaf spring to make his carving knives from. One leaf makes LOADS of carving knives.
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I was able to find some wood to make the end hand rail from. It only needs to be 53" long...so there was no shortage of that here.

I have a few pieces cut and thicknessed, now just need to glue them up and they will be ready for shaping tomorrow.
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Does that part of the rail miter into the other one? Or is it free standing without touching the other rail?
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Does that part of the rail miter into the other one? Or is it free standing without touching the other rail?
Actually, I have been thinking about that very question since I put the front railing up.

It could be done either way, and I could use biscuits to keep it inline. I have tried to weigh the pros and cons of both ways, and at the moment I am leaning towards fixing it solidly to the front railing.

Where the stainless steel cable goes around the corner, I will need to have something to keep it all inline. I found a piece of stainless steel tubing I could use, and it would need to be fixed to both the railing and the deck as it would be under some pressure from the lines as they went around the corner.

I could also make another post which would fit at a 45 angle (roughly) right on the corner. If it were to be made with a similar curve as the rest, then the lines would more closely match up as they traversed the corner.

I think mathematically, that the curve on the corner post would need to be something like 1.4 times that of the others.
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Something else I use from time to time for sharpening is this set of three diamond hones.

These will cut glass, carbide and any sort of steel.

The first one I got was one of the fixed types with a nice backing. It was primarily used to grind a 45 edge on a telescope mirror. Several of the other fellows who made mirrors also made use of this diamond hone.

I'll see if I can find the big one tomorrow for a portrait.
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I carry those exact ones in my hand tool box for touch-ups on-site.

Princess Auto, I think, is where I got mine.
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I carry those exact ones in my hand tool box for touch-ups on-site.

Princess Auto, I think, is where I got mine.
I don't remember where mine came from. Have you had any problem with them not sticking to the backing?
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Yes, when they get warm, the glue releases.
I don't worry too much about it.
Keep them flat is more important, but I make sure the 'rubber' back is used when I strike a tool on them.
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GOOOoooOOOoooood morning, Keith, that post with the curve in two directions would be interesting to make but you could do that with ease. Everything comes to you so easy, where I have to do a lot of head scratching, among other scratching, to figure something out. I know for a fact though, which ever way you decide it will look great.

You have made a believer out of me on the finish you use, if it can hold up to salt air and the elements up your way it has to be some good stuff.

Buddy, I have several of the diamonds also and use them a lot, I have come to depend on them where most other things won't work. Some of mine are the width of yours and some are rather narrow but they are all good.
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GOOOoooOOOoooood morning, Keith, that post with the curve in two directions would be interesting to make but you could do that with ease. Everything comes to you so easy, where I have to do a lot of head scratching, among other scratching, to figure something out. I know for a fact though, which ever way you decide it will look great.

You have made a believer out of me on the finish you use, if it can hold up to salt air and the elements up your way it has to be some good stuff.

Buddy, I have several of the diamonds also and use them a lot, I have come to depend on them where most other things won't work. Some of mine are the width of yours and some are rather narrow but they are all good.
I guess that since I'm making the end hand rail - at long last - I should make the last corner post up at the same time. I suppose it is actually easier to get them both done at once, then I will only need to mix one batch of glue.

I'll do the math, then make up the mould to glue them in.
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I guess that since I'm making the end hand rail - at long last - I should make the last corner post up at the same time. I suppose it is actually easier to get them both done at once, then I will only need to mix one batch of glue.

I'll do the math, then make up the mould to glue them in.
I'm looking forward to seeing the rail.

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