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    Knifemakers...Thoughts on a shop

    In the near future we'll be erecting a building on the property to store stuff. After visiting Randy's shop I'm kinda feeling the bug. So I just might set up a knife making shop with some of the space.

    With that being said, what would you recommend for equipment and any specifics regarding shop space.

    Budget for equipment not to exceed 15K. (if possible)

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    Exciting. I would say it depends entirely on what you want your approach to be. In short forging blades and maybe getting into laminating/damascus and such or stock removal?

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    Oh boy there goes another one. Go for it Scott!

    PS - That's a good budget, you should be able to get set up pretty good. Like Will mentions figuring out what direction to go first is important.

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    Scott,
    I just did that just over 3 years ago(new shop)
    If you have interest in forging then it is a good idea to seperate the forging and other aspects of knifemaking.
    I built a 16' x 32' with 8' ceiling, I divided this into 2 rooms one for forging and one for grinding.
    Other than the building, all of my equipment together would not cost 15k, though I would say that I am a bit of a minimalist when it comes to equipment.
    If you want to forge, then there is the question of whether you are forging blades, or making your own damascus. There are differences in the setup.
    It would be good to hear what direction you would like to go and the capabilities you would like to have.
    I'll post some list later in the day.
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    That's a very good budged. You should be able to get some nice equipment to start (a couple of grinders, kiln, drill press, forge, press, etc. Later as you may add power hammer, rolling mill, surface grinder, etc, you probably will have to come up with some more money.

    If you can, bring in 3phase to your shop/shed, otherwise you will have to run converters for big machinery. Shop power tools (including grinders) run on 120-240V.

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    I'll most likely progress slowly but eventually I'm thinking soup to nuts. So I want to plan ahead, although I wouldn't mind having most things in place. (That way someone else can move the stuff in at one time.) The building is going to be built to my specs so anything goes.

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    Evenheat 18 inch oven.
    2x72 grinder. If you get the TW-90 it has a surface grinder attachment. It's $3600 ish but you can also go the Bader plus a surface grinder for around the same or possibly cheaper.
    quench oils depending on the steels you want to work with.
    Good drill press.
    Metal bandsaw.
    Small hand tools(files, sanding boards, etc.)
    Stock up on belts and sandpaper. If you get into damascus, you will want to add Ferric Chloride and lots of windex and baking soda.
    If forging, you will want a good forge, anvil, hammer assortment, post vice, and possibly a press.
    Also get the best drill bits you can, cobalt.

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    Hmmmmhhhhh, that Wuertz grinder sure does look nice. Might have to sell my tractor.....
    Tom Gray, Seagrove, NC

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgraypots View Post
    Hmmmmhhhhh, that Wuertz grinder sure does look nice. Might have to sell my tractor.....
    I like mine a lot. If I had funds, I would buy a second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty dog View Post
    In the near future we'll be erecting a building on the property to store stuff. After visiting Randy's shop I'm kinda feeling the bug. So I just might set up a knife making shop with some of the space.

    With that being said, what would you recommend for equipment and any specifics regarding shop space.

    Budget for equipment not to exceed 15K. (if possible)
    I was wondering how long it would take for you to jump into this.

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