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  2. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    Thanks for the book recommendation; I think I have volume 1? I got stuck in the metallurgy chapters and haven't finished reading. When we got to the atomic level, I tuned out and felt my eyes glazing over in confusion. My lathe chisels (my used Micro Sorby pen turning set) really do need sharpening, but I'm scared - and the reason I haven't done much turning this year, as I'm tearing wood when I use these tools. Yep, I definitely need a sharpening mentor, and this past summer I was considering joining the local American Wood Turners group and going to the meetings to get help and then decided to put a hold on those plans and eliminate all non-essential travel.... I will try to find the book at resume study! I appreciate the encouragement!
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  4. Bill Hudson

    Flexcut Carving tools

    I rarely use bench grinders or any other type of grinder to sharpen or re purpose my knife blades. Knife blades are not made of hardened steel and can be shaped with a good file. I stay away from stainless steel blades. Good old carbon steel blades are best fort me. A couple of good books on sharpening and care of wood carving tools. Woodcarving Tools, Materials & Equipment Volumes 1 & 2 by Chris Pye. First volume goes deeply into care and sharpening of wood carving tools (gouges etc.). Volume 2 is a variety of related chapters from modifying carving tools including hardening etc. Clamps and holding devises and making speciality tools and of Wood selection. Very informative books.
  5. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    It seems that your experiences with metal serve you well, while I could change the profile of a blade with our bench grinder and could sharpen it with the various sharpening tools that I have acquired the sharpening and re-hardening of tools remains a puzzle for me and hopefully a future good experience. The perfect handle for control will likely be a lifetime endeavor for my journey. I really wish for a class on sharpening and creating tool bit profiles, and properties of steel as there are so many alloys and without knowing the specific alloy, how do you know what temperature to bring to? The slow cooling seems easier with a kiln.... I am pretty sure that *our* Pfiel set of 12 came from woodcraft as the measurements are consistent with their set and the previous owner had many items still in the shipping cardboard from Woodcraft - We paid $35.00 for the set; I don't know why we got them so inexpensively. I attended the auction as they advertised a set of micro Sorby lathe chisels, but neither of us ever found them at the auction. I need a project so I can try using some of these carving tools! I have always wanted to make some barley twist legs, perhaps I can use some of the V Gouges for mini Barley twist legs, but I feel like I need an indexer first to stop my spindle from turning on my lathe... I will have to do some *thinking*...
  6. Bill Hudson

    Flexcut Carving tools

    I don't quite see it that way Tamra. It would be nice to have all custom fitted tools or hav very good quality tools but that is out of my pocket book. I have learned to work with any tool that does the job I need it to do. I adapt to the tool or make my own tool. Notice the altered blade on my Case knife It acts like a #11 blade but much stronger. Great for fine detail like horse eyes or ears. My first tools as a young boy were my pocket knife, and a boy's carpenter kit I got for my 10th birthday. It had a coping saw, small hand saw, an egg beater hand drill and a little hammer and a square. I used to tear apart apple and orange crates for the wood. I would save the nails and re used them or flatten the points and file them to a spear point for drills.
  7. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    I purchased the Left hand taps & dies and they were delivered today. So I'm looking for any recommendations from the FMF on metals to purchase for my barrel nuts and long screws. I know I will make them in 1/12th scale, but will probably make some larger ones later for use in assembling miniature projects. Tamra
  8. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    It is good to see another option and tools with a family connection are even more valuable. A part of my head and hands know when the tool fits your hand, you know that you can control it; it is the right tool for you. Tamra
  9. WeekendMiniaturist

    Copper Field Kettle Kit

    Were the kettle seems soldered? What kind of metal did you use? I'm most interested in type of solder used too.
  10. Bill Hudson

    Flexcut Carving tools

    My old Case knife was my favorite for many years. It is kind of worse for wear because my father used it when working in the shingle mill to pick out cedar slivers from his leg and arms.
  11. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    From karincorbin, <Dockyard cutters are not great steel, the handles are too small around and the radius gouges are all a full half circle in shape.> I guess I don't understand, what a full half circle in shape means. Besides the handles, if the tool's shape fits the size of the item you want to carve, why wouldn't I try to use my dockyard tools? I'm of the opinion, if a tool is sharp and it cuts and is the right size for what I'm carving, I would use it, irregardless of the brand. I just bought a set of 12 pfiels carving chisels at in person auction for a wonderful price, but many of these, probably 9 of 12 chisels, are too large for 1/12th scale miniatures... we have a lot of carving chisels, jut no Ashley Iles to my knowledge. While the brand recommendation and experience is welcomed, so many of the tools look too large for 1/12th scale miniatures; so I'm not comfortable purchasing the bird set. Did you purchase all 1/16th sizes? And which specific profiles do you like? Do miniaturists who carve prefer curved or flat chisels? Thanks -
  12. karincorbin

    Flexcut Carving tools

    My favorite carving tools for making miniatures are made in England by Ashley Iles. They are palm grip block cutters so very easy to control. They come in a wide variety of shapes. The Ashley Iles are available in shallow as well as deep profiles. Plus of course all the other types of carving gouge shapes. You can get them in the USA from a company in Brooklyn New York. https://toolsforworkingwood.com/store/dept/TXQP Dockyard cutters are not great steel, the handles are too small around and the radius gouges are all a full half circle in shape. You really want to have gouges that like the full size sets come in a variety of radius from shallow to deep because you use that radius plunged into the wood to outline details of the carving. If you want to learn more about that just do an internet search on Peter Follansbee. He specializes in early styles of carved furniture. He has a blog, he has a youtube channel and he also has books and videos. Well worth the time to see how the full size pieces he makes are done because those lessons do translate to miniature carving if you have a great set of Ashley Iles block cutters which have those same types of gouge profiles but in miniature sizes.
  13. Bill Hudson

    Copper Field Kettle Kit

    From paper to copper.
  14. Bill Hudson

    Copper Field Kettle Kit

    I have started on a new project. It is a Georgian campaign copper field kettle kit. The kit is a large water kettle which contains, stored inside during transport, a small tea kettle, a chocolate pot and a braziers to heat the two. It also contains a small flask and two other containers for tea and possibly chocolate. There is a wooden handle that fits both the chocolate pot and the teapot. Alllare made from copper with possibly brass trimmings. Today I developed the forming plug and made a paper mockup kettle to test the patterns.
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  16. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    I looked at JI Morris and the website is not cooperative... as the descriptions require you click on each item to READ as they used a very light gray, almost white font, so I lack patience to establish if they have left hand thread taps & dies... I am assuming everyone else that has in imported Left Hand Tap & Die will be made in China or Taiwan... although I think MSC does allow you to click made in the USA in your search parameters. I'm not going into production; so hopefully I will be able to make a decision as soon as I decided on metal for the long screws & barrel screw inserts. Enlarging the monitor is helpful with the JI Morris website. I called and the company was purchased by SWISSTURN about 3 years ago. They do not make any LH Taps & Dies at the present time.
  17. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    <Light Bulb!> So the seed was planted here in the FMF... I don't know what sizes I am going to make in 1/12th scale, This price about 40-50% less than MSCDirect... (where I can pickup) - and what I am contemplating at the present time for ordering. I think these sizes will correspond to the Morris Set; I think I remember the Morris Set did not have a 0-90 Tap & Die, so these are the smallest LH Taps and Dies available from www.victornet.com
  18. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    Prior to the shutdown and the nationwide travel ban, I made a little trip into Chicago to purchase a gently used small glass kiln, so in theory, I can temper metals from 1650 degrees farenheit max temperature.
  19. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    Being beyond stir crazy, I attended an auction with Dear Husband on Saturday and bought 4 Wood Hand screws for woodworking projects... but wouldn't these be fun to make as miniature? DH had some knock - off kits and he gave me a kit to examine today. (For the most part I kept my distance from everyone and was the runner of his stuff back to the vehicle; I'm sure I surpassed my 10,000 steps for the day!) The Long Screws have left and right threads... The left and right threads allow for different or irregular thickness and odd shapes to be clamped. I have 0-80 RH taps and dies in my little Morris set; at least I am assuming that it is a right hand threads. I found Left hand 0-80 taps and die, but also assuming my Left Hand and Right Hand thread pitch needs to be identical for the screws to work..? Of course this last statement is a bit theoretical and definitely not proven as I have not ordered the LH tap & die. I will confirm the pitch before placing the order... A larger assumption is that as long as the right hand tap and die are mated; that it doesn't matter if my LH and RH tap & die pitch is identical. I put this topic in metal work... what kind of metal rod should I use? Obviously, I can use a long bolt and remove the existing threads from the long bolt, or drill rod, or used drill bits... but how do you decide what is best metal to use for your project? Making these clamps, in addition to violin type clamps in TSC has been on my things to make list for a long time...and using a die doesn't even require me to turn on the lathe to create the threads! And then next, something witty to have lasered on the side of the clamps?
  20. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    It is a field Kettle set. What you call a box is a large water kettle. Stored inside the kettle are accessories for making tea and hot chocolate. At this point in time I don't know much more about it. I am just starting to gather information to start developing it. Then I will develop drawings and patterns before even thinking of cutting metal. Once I reach point of sharing I will start a new thread just for it.
  21. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    What kind of box is this? This will be a wonderful copper project... I'll be tuned in! I want to try an make my own hinges.
  22. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    Yes I know Kerri. We have talked. I am planning on making my own ox if I ever get around to it. Right now I am going in a different direction back to metal work.
  23. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    Where does one buy a 1/12th scale ox? You probably thought of this in advance, but I think I forgot to ask about scale of this most impressive cart. I was entranced by the wheel building and beautiful hardware...! Kerri P makes the most beautiful animals... I have a Unicorn that is my soon to be costumed Lady Isabella's companion for my 4th quarter project? Kerri is also in Oregon.... I hope you are safe!
  24. WeekendMiniaturist

    Painting of a little girl

    Ben, I am hopeful the miniature community will have an opportunity to see your paintings in person next year. I hope that you will attend the KC Toy & Miniatures event in 2021. If we have planetary alignment and travel resumes I hope to attend!
  25. WeekendMiniaturist

    Is anybody working on a project in 2020?

    I noticed that D. Thomas Miniatures has some zoominar(s) - posted to his website. I admit I am ALOT stir crazy since we are not traveling, so it is another opportunity to meet some other miniaturists. https://www.dthomasfineminiatures.com/watch
  26. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    This one is pulled by a mule. Many of these carts were covered with a canvas like material to keep out the wind, rain but probably not much of the cold. My vision is like this but with an ox and not covered.
  27. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    Congratulations! It is a beautiful cart! I hope you can find an ox to pull the cart. This is amazing, and it seemed the project flowed well for you. I have some mudmen that might be the right human size for the cart. I also find photos challenging on the FMF. I think I will try to post one picture per post.
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