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  1. billyProps

    First Henry Rifle project

    Anodizing is a good idea.
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    First Henry Rifle project

    Hello, I’m starting my first Henry Rifle project and I’m wondering what the best ways to finish whatever metal this is. I would just call it pot metal but I’m sure it’s not technically…it’s white and non ferrous and customer service couldn’t tell me either. It has black enamel which I probably...
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    Magnum vs 901 hand piece face off

    I have both the magnum and 901 and I love the 901. I rarely use the magnum. I found it very useful for applying a dot background with a beading tool installed, but the 901 does everything I need otherwise. Granted I’m a novice and only spend about an hour a day practicing lettering, shading, and...
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    Practice plates

    I’ve bee I just ordered some steel from McMaster Carr to practice on. I’ve been engraving brass so far and the one time I tried steel it cut surprisingly easy. the steel I ordered is called “high tolerance low carbon steel”. I’m sure there’s a local supplier.
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    Optical Drawing Aid Like The Lucy

    Watch the movie TIM’S VERMEER.
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    Dumb question: backhand vs forehand

    Hey Sam, I’m rewatching your flare cut videos and wondered where your camera is situated. Are they recorded from your perspective or is the camera off to the side. I ask because I’m thinking about the angle I hold the graver. I do what’s comfortable and that usually has me steering it pretty...
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    Dumb question: backhand vs forehand

    Hey, thanks a lot!
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    Dumb question: backhand vs forehand

    Okay, I figured it out. On a forehand cut the belly of the graver is on the inside of the arc, and on a backhand cut the belly is on the outside of the arc. I don’t know how much sense “forehand” makes to me, but “backhand“ is like pulling back on the stick if the graver was a little airplane.
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    Dumb question: backhand vs forehand

    Watching Sam’s flare cut videos and I don’t understand what distinguishes forehand and backhand cuts. At first I thought it was based on which side of your hand would be exposed when you roll the graver, but he labels the inside turn of the cuts forehand for both left and right curves. Is the...
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    Work Station Organization

    Do it!
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    Work Station Organization

    Maybe I’ll try a points down style for v2.0 with a hole for an m4 lug on the bottom to attach a clamp. The magnets don’t really do much anyway. The holder fits snugly enough on its own that if it was bumped hard enough to knock it off the magnets wouldn’t stop it.
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    Work Station Organization

    Good... point.
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    Work Station Organization

    I decided to model my workstation in CAD to make a tool holder for 3D printing. It holds two hand pieces and 9 QC holders. There‘s also space underneath to glue in two magnets, but it clips in securely without them. I’ll Upload an STL to Thingiverse if anyone‘s interested, but it’s pretty...
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    Magnum vs 901 hand piece face off

    After two weeks with the 901, then switching back to the Magnum, it’s like driving a Cadillac. Really hard to decide which one I like best.
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    901 and Graversmith question

    As someone who has always just shut off the propane and O2 without properly purging the regulators, I can see how this might seem like a bad one. I’ll try cleaning the handpiece. Actually returning the Graversmith and upgrading to the G8, so we’ll see if it persist.
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    901 and Graversmith question

    Hi, I’m using a 901 handpiece with a Graversmith and it seems like I might need to adjust something. Doing fairly consistent lines (for me) and then I go deep and power through it. After that, on the next line, the handpiece will be very slow to start and then “pop the clutch” and take off with...
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    Graver sharpening question

    That’s all it takes... just start looking at the puppy pictures.
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    First scroll design

    Good notes, thanks.
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    First scroll design

    Here’s my first attempt at drawing scrolls more seriously than a doodle. I used Sam’s German example as a reference. Feel free to point out problems. One I see is that the vines don’t taper the way I’d like them to. Next, tracing it in Illustrator.
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    Magnum vs 901 hand piece face off

    Thank you, Sam. I’m thinking I’m going to go with the 901 once it comes in. I’m actually using your Nuremberg scroll design from the drawing archives as a reference this morning for practice drawing scrolls.

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