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-Making tools out of tools-
I bought a rusty old saw from a pawn shop for $5. To me, that’s a lot of tough tool steel for a low price.
Now the rust is only a thin layer. Remove the handle and get to sanding. You’ll want a mast and gloves here. I started with 60 grit, then 100 and 220 last. You could keep going if you want it to really shine. When you’re happy with the sanding apply a light coat of metal cleaning oil and let it sit for an hour or so. Then wipe it down.
Now if you just want a nice old saw, put the handle back on. That’s not what I’m going for though.
I used a dremel tool with cut off disks to chop out the knife blades. Clamp the steel down when you are cutting or drilling it. You don’t want it moving around on you. This is heat treated tool steel and thus is very hard to drill on. But it can be done. I have a 12 volt hand drill and I manage it. Here’s some tips on drilling metal I learned the hard way;
Use an oil lubricant on the steel surface to reduce heat. You can burn out a drill bit without oil. I use mineral oil. If the bit is too hot to tough it’s too hot.
Start with a small drill bit, 1/8” or smaller. After that pilot hole is drilled through move to a bigger bit as desired.
Use a shorter drill bit and push straight down. Long drill bits bend or break on a hand drill with the amount of pressure needed to bite into steel.
Wear eye protection at the very least. Metal shards in the eye is the worst possible way to end your day.
Don’t drill steel with a dremel. I turned a drill bit into a useless glowing red ember once by trying this.
After chopping the rough shape out, refine it with a grinder or belt sander. Give it an edge with power tools. Finish the edge with a wet stone. Clean up rough edges with a fine grit file.
And there you have it. Now get busy, I’m not wasting my time writing this for fun.
Welcome to Wednesday. It’s going to be a wild one.
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The newest Barbarian Survivor Cuff on its way out.
I have a new material for the small blades on these. Now they’re even tougher and sharper. When I get time to finish it I’ve made a tutorial on the new process that I’ll post.
Thank you all for making this possible.
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Back in October I was laid off the job I’d been working since 2008 (minus the whole year of 2010 when I took a break to go visit Iraq again).
In August I started working part time at a pharmacy (pushing for a career change that uses more brains). Through a series of events I’m picking up full time hours now.
I’ll be making half of what I was before but it’s a job that challenges me and that’s something I’ve missed since being a civilian. Plus there’s room for advancement. I knew my old job was a dead end and I started going to school to work in pharmacy almost two years ago. Now it’s paying off.
I worked a full time crap job while taking classes and parenting my kids. And graduated a two year degree in 18 months. Now I’m pushing my way in a better direction.
Nothing will ever be fucking given to you. Learn to fight, sweat, bleed, starve and go without sleep. Contrary to what the god damn TV tells you, that’s how you change your life.
People will stare. Make it worth their while.
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I had the first in a series of phone meetings with a Veteran Affairs psychiatrist today starting a path to recovery. Or help anyway. What ever it’s supposed to be.
Maybe because I don’t like to admit when there’s something wrong with me (just tough it out) but it was very hard talking to the doctor. Some of the questions I had to just put the phone down and breath before I could answer. Making this post isn’t any easier but I feel like getting it out. Maybe some one else will read this and be inspired to find help.
Part of me doesn’t want to do this. But I can’t keep ignoring a growing problem. I’m tired of feeling this way.
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