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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    I was wondering how long it would take for you to jump into this.
    I tried to put a hammer in his hands at Randy's....He said awww....screw that. LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Davis View Post
    I tried to put a hammer in his hands at Randy's....He said awww....screw that. LOL!
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    Neighbors aren't an issue.

    I swore I wouldn't get into this but things seem to be calling me. I was going to put in a commercial kitchen but I'm getting a little burnt out on the cooking thing. A knifemakers shop will be less expensive and more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Davis View Post
    I tried to put a hammer in his hands at Randy's....He said awww....screw that. LOL!
    Maybe he was a little intimidated... Taking your first swing in front of bona fide knifemakers might be too much without Depends.

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    I would take 1000 and buy as much wood as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    Maybe he was a little intimidated... Taking your first swing in front of bona fide knifemakers might be too much without Depends.
    Good observation.

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    Wait...there was bona fide knifemakers there? Ha! Salty...I am planning a hammer in at my place here before too long. You are more than welcome to come and make something. You can even come early and practice before people get there. I would be happy to show you as much as i possibly can. I think you will find that most makers are happy to show someone new to this a few tricks Plus with all the sharpening and reshaping experience you have, you wont have any issues....I agree about the wood thing by the way...It is addicting as making the knives lol

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    Actually, I was kidding about Salty. Personally, I can't stand people watching me do things that require concentration. I never do my best work that way.

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    Scott,
    I consider 3 pieces of equipment to be essential to make knives with any efficiency. There may be some that disagree, but I have made knives with exactly these three tools and if I had only these three I could still make knives. They are;
    A good belt grinder, I have a Bader and I love it, but the wertz grinder looks good too.
    The important thing is to have a 1 1/2-2 horsepower motor.
    Drill press, a small one is fine, as long as it drills straight holes.
    A metal cutting bandsaw, the 4 x 6 is a popular size for knifemakers.
    With these three tools you can effectively make almost every knife you can think of.
    Coming in at #4 is a good heat treating oven, and for you I would recommend a 22 inch deep, just in case you ever want to make something in the 330mm range.
    And to go along with the oven a good quenching oil.(this depends on your steel choice)
    There are many other tools in the knifemakers shop that will vary from maker to maker but I will list some other i have and those on my wish list
    Flex shaft machine
    wood cutting bandsaw
    disc grinder
    buffer

    A mill(although I don't have one, or want one those knifemakers with a machining background love to recommend this tool, I always thought the learning curve was too great to make it worth the few minutes of time savings)
    A surface grinder(nice to have in the shop but i consider non-essential, if you really need it done you can job this out-I do)
    I am sure there are many more, but thats it for now.

    For a forging shop, all tools in addition to above. This depends on exactly what you want to do, simple forging-or making your own damascus in large quantities
    Forge; there are many types depending on needs
    anvil at least 75 lbs with a hardened face for hand forging, larger for other tasks
    post vice
    angle grinder
    chop saw


    I would also recommend shop visits to a few experienced makers, and learn all they are willing to teach. There are quite a few in wisconsin, and you have an open invitation to mine.
    Thanks,
    Del

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gray View Post
    hey you guys
    this stuff is suppose to be all added together for the
    ultimate knife shop

    Chuck has a good number going
    ok some of this stuff is listed more that once..
    feel free to edit this... list..to add more

    Leather apron
    Trend Airshield
    Didymium glasses
    gloves
    fire extinguisher
    ventilating system
    First aid cabinet
    post vise
    table saw-wood
    band saw-wood
    drying cabinet
    vacuum casting outfit
    micro torch system
    Sharpening stones,laps,hones,etc.
    12" grinding wheels
    Beer cooler
    Rockwell hardness tester
    CNC mill
    CNC lathe
    100# Little Giant
    variable speed Bader lll
    metal cutting bandsaw
    drill press
    Rotary table for the mill
    collet indexer
    2X72 variable speed, for hollow grinding
    2X72 variable speed, for flat grinding
    2X72 variable grinder with small wheel attachment
    2X72 variable grinder with Rob Frink rotary platen
    9" disc (variable/reversing)
    12" disc
    16" Disc Grinder
    Surface grinder
    Surface Conditioner
    Drum Sander
    BOSS oscillating spindle sander
    Die Grinder
    Dremel tool
    400,000 rpm rotary tool
    Right Angle Grinders
    Metal cutting bandsaw
    Wood cutting bandsaw with carbide tipped blade
    Table saw
    Chop saw
    Beverly Shear
    Welding /Cutting:
    MIG welder
    Plasma cutter
    Oxy/Ace torch
    Heavy Machining Tools
    Mill
    Mini Mill
    Drill Presses
    Metal lathe
    Wood lathe
    Granite surface plates
    Height gage
    Calipers
    Micrometers
    Forge with Digital Pyrometer
    Hydraulic forging press
    Air Hammer
    Anvil
    Hammers
    Tongs
    Several bench vises
    Metal fab table
    Solid workbenches
    5 gallon quenching tank
    Digitally controlled salt bath
    Heat Treat Oven
    Quench Plates
    Buffers
    Sand-blast cabinet
    Air compressor
    Variable DC Power Supply
    Spectrometer for identifying metals
    oxy/acetelene torch
    arc welder
    (MIG, TIG, etc)
    lots of Hammers
    Frink rotary platen
    9" disc (variable/reversing)
    12" disc
    Surface grinder
    horz Mill
    Drill PressES
    several bench vises
    lathe, turit
    lathe, Engine
    drill indexs numbered, frac, and lettered
    Reamers
    buffers
    metal cutting bandsaw
    chop saw
    sand-blast cabinet
    air compressor
    MIG welder
    metal fab table
    several solid workbenches
    digitally controlled salt bath
    forge
    anvil
    hammers
    hydraulic forging press
    lots of tongs
    granite surface plate
    height gage
    calipers
    files galore
    optivisors
    hand drills
    leather working tools
    boxes of abrasive paper
    rows of belts
    BOSS oscilating spindle sander
    Dremel tool
    56,000 rpm rotary tool
    400,000 rpm rotary tool
    shoulder filing guide
    sharpening stones
    etching machine
    utility sink
    5 gallon quenching tank
    Air hammer
    anvil 50# 100# 150# 200#
    digitally controlled oven
    belt grinder (KMG)
    TIG welder
    Sandblaster
    LN dewar
    a real big wish list you might need more than $15k

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