Trying new things is always daunting.
One of 2 things will happen:
1) You succeed
2) You succeed in learning
You'll. Never. Fail.
The only time you fail is if you decide to ignore when life is graciously teaching you a lesson.
I really do believe that life is the best educational institution. It gives you exactly what you need at exactly the right time, whether you realize it or not. Going through happiness, life gave you something to be happy about. Going through shit, you needed to go through shit to correct your path in life.
Trust. I've made a post about it before. It's very hard to trust in something you have no control over and it's very easy to forget that life only gives us what we need the most. In the end, if you can't control it, why worry about it? Use that energy to better your situation instead of asking "why is this happening to me?". Ask yourself "what can I learn and how can I better myself?". Your journey in life with increase ten-fold and you'll realize that life is your biggest Ally and Friend.
Tension/tracking wheel is just clamped in place to mock up the size when finished. In theory this is a #2x72beltgrinder but this is a discarded (ceramic??) belt from a Fein grinder from a shop where I used to work. The Fein Grit GILS longitudinal #beltgrinder didn't make use of the entire belt width, so maybe 25% shows wear. It's 6"x79", and I have a few 6"x84" belts from an edge sander as well, so I'm making this to be very flexible. I'm sure I'll be able to use 48" belts, and maybe even 42", so I can buy whatever size makes sense or is available for a particular type of belt, rather than being limited to one size. Unfortunately the gas piston I bought like 3 or 4 years ago, before I got sidetracked with so many other projects, isn't even close to strong enough. I guessed at the time. I have a couple others that are probably too strong, and aren't as easily mounted. Haven't decided what to do there yet. #2x72beltgrinderbuild#beltgrinderbuild#metalfabrication#metalworking#knifemakersgrinder#shopmadetools#makeyourowntools#saturdayismyday#makingstufftomakestuff
After a month of planning, welding, cutting and filing on this thing, my belt grinder is finally operational!! Still have quite a bit to do to make it functional, but at least it runs. #beltgrinder#knifestagram#knifemaking
Back to work on the charity knife.
I lost my grinding jig in the move so I had to make a new one.
A 4 inch section of angle iron with a screw for adjusting the tilt as needed. For this one, rather than clamps, I tapped some holes to mount the knife through its pin holes.
I also extended the belt grinder base with a sheet of metal. Yeah, its a cheap harbor freight grinder thats way under powered. But its what I have, slow but I manage. I plan to get a 2x42 proper grinder once I get back into it.
But the grind is done and ready for heat treat. I plan to try a stonewash finish.
Мой самодельный ленточный гриндер готов. Была изготовлена упорная пластина для шлифовальной ленты и стол для удобной работы с деталями. Осталось провести тестирование работы и начинать покраску станка.
My homemade belt grinder is ready. A thrust plate for the grinding belt and a table for convenient work with the parts were made. It remains to test the work and start painting the machine.
Oh hell yeah!! I am getting the go ahead in a few days to let you know about a self build belt grinder being available very soon, the details , a YouTube teaser and links coming as soon as I can!!!! #ukknifemaker#beltgrinder