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    Damm, that leaves me out. But I strongly...

    Damm, that leaves me out.

    But I strongly support your advice.
    Anyone with the chance to go to a school that teaches a trade and doesn't, misses out on a great opportunity.
    Jim,
    1975 Graduate of...
  2. Thread: Seal carving

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    Very nice work! I would like to try that...

    Very nice work!
    I would like to try that someday.
    I admit when I first saw your post, I wanted to ask you how you held the seal down to engrave it, aren't they slippery?
    Do harbor seals engrave...
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    Critique Request: Add a leaf where the elbow is, that could allow...

    Add a leaf where the elbow is, that could allow you to massage the link into the flow.
    Call it an engineering change...
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    Question: MMXVII, It might help us to know where you are...

    MMXVII,
    It might help us to know where you are located.
    Someone may be close by and willing to help.
    Engravers are typically very nice and encouraging to beginners.
  5. Thread: Inlay Punches

    by MoldyJim
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    Okay, bast**d file. Legitimate name, not a...

    Okay, bast**d file.
    Legitimate name, not a profanity.��
  6. Thread: Inlay Punches

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    I have had good luck with a textured face on the...

    I have had good luck with a textured face on the punch.
    Tap the punch down onto an old ******* file a couple of times, rotating it so it cross hatches the face.
    It seems to hold the wire better to...
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    I started to make one from an old aircraft valve...

    I started to make one from an old aircraft valve once.
    Then I realized it might be sodium filled, so I decided to find something else.
    Discretion is the better part and all that...

    If I make...
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    If you have access to an arbor or hydraulic...

    If you have access to an arbor or hydraulic press, you could put the paper and plate between two flat plates and squeeze them enough to print.
    Or between two plates and roll your car tire up on...
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    On most of the handles I used paste wax with a...

    On most of the handles I used paste wax with a little extra carnauba wax melted into the paste. (couldn't hurt..)
    One has superglue finish, I think I am going to remove it, too shiney and slippery....
  10. Wow! That is beautiful. It must take a skilled...

    Wow! That is beautiful.
    It must take a skilled hand to not break the stone.
    I know agate or jade would be fairly strong, any other stones you would recommend?
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    Heck, most everything I do is non profit! Well...

    Heck, most everything I do is non profit!
    Well mostly,
    But yes, I'd only make a copy to learn from not to sell.
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    I like how it captures and directs your eyes to...

    I like how it captures and directs your eyes to follow the flow.
    I'd love to use it for practice if I may.
    It would make an awesome pattern for a bracelet if you mirrored it at the base.
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    http://www.moldmakingtechnology.com/articles/teach...

    http://www.moldmakingtechnology.com/articles/teach-yourself-polishing

    A little bit past the filing stage to final polish.
    Probably more than you need...
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    Oh, also those thick plastic nail files are...

    Oh, also those thick plastic nail files are pretty useful, cut them to fit into narrow areas.
    Or use double sticky tape to stick sandpaper to popsicle sticks.
    On smaller parts, you can take a full...
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    One suggestion, file as close as you can to...

    One suggestion, file as close as you can to finish.
    I was taught that once you start sanding or using a stone you shouldn't go have to using a file.
    Sanding/stones will leave particles behind in...
  16. Announcement: Very nice setup. Clean and simple design, well...

    Very nice setup.
    Clean and simple design, well done.
    Not only did you save some money, designing and making things is an education unto itself.
    Thanks for sharing it with such detail.
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    Nice!!!!!!!!

    Nice!!!!!!!!
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    Question: Good point Roger, thanks for reminding me. ...

    Good point Roger, thanks for reminding me.

    But,
    I would expect anyone serious enough to want to do engraving could run a drill press.
    Even a hand drill could ream the holes a few sizes good...
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    Question: Or just drill out the vise holes to fit the pin...

    Or just drill out the vise holes to fit the pin set for the second vise.
    Assuming the jaws aren't too hard.
    If they are too hard, make a new set of jaws from Mild steel with holes sized for the...
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    Stunning! Way too cool!

    Stunning!
    Way too cool!
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