Jigs And Fixtures Little things that make knifemaking easier - Topic for March 2011
Posted 27 February 2011 - 09:07 PM
Anvil Top Custom Knives
Posted 10 March 2011 - 06:48 AM
You just have to make sure the bottom side is parallel with the bottom of the legs, and you will get nice perpendicular holes. A thin piece of leather between the handle material and the tightening plate is used if needed.
Hope someone can use the info. Dan
Posted 10 March 2011 - 04:29 PM
Posted 10 March 2011 - 05:42 PM
Now, I have a couple of, what I consider basic and essential, devices for knife making.
The first is a file guide. I made this one in a less than 2 hours. There's definitely nicer ones out there but it's functional and it only cost me $2.00 to make it.
I learned about the second device from watching Bill Moran's video "The making of a knife". Is just a bolt that has been sharpened to a point. It's attached to my drill press table directly under the drill bit. For those that are new to drilling out handle material to accommodate a tang, you place one end of your material on the point and the drill bit will then drill directly to the point. Just set the depth of the bit for the length of your tang and you're good to go.
I know that neither is high tech but I couldn't get along without either of them.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:09 PM
Dan and Rick
Thank you for your contributions to the Topic of the Month. This is exactly the kind of advice and photos that the Moderators and I were hoping for.
Posted 11 March 2011 - 12:43 PM
Here's another one that is probably the lowest tech fixture that I can think of. It's probably the most used fixture in my shop.
For those that are new to knife making and are limited in space or tools but have a vise, a piece of steel and some vise-grips it is invaluable for filing or sanding on the flats of the blade, or with care, it can be utilized to shape handles.
To use it, just clamp the steel plate horizontally in the vice jaws and then clamp the knife blank to the steel plate with a pair or two of vise-grips. I also use a piece of scrap leather to protect the portion of the blade or handle that is being clamped. This fixture and leather have been in use in my shop for over 11 years now and it's been used on every knife I've made. One of these days I'm going to make or buy one of those fancy knife making vises that can be twisted and turned in any direction, but until then this one gets me by.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 03:05 PM
I figured that it was time for me to get busy and get some of my fixtures added. I have been working on a new page for my web site to display the stuff that I use in my shop. The easiest way for me to add to this thread on fixtures is to just attach the address to my web page. Culver Jigs & Fixtures
I'll be adding more to the page on my site soon. I'll repost to this tread when I have something new on my "Tutorials" page.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 04:17 PM
I have seen the extensive collection of jigs and fixtures in your shop and attended your lecture at the ABS Heartland Hammer-In on Jigs and Fixtures. I am sure that our ABS members will appreciate the information that you are providing to them. I just want to list the jigs and fixtures that are now on your website at Culver Tutorials Page
Clip Grinding Attachment
Integral Grinding Attachment
Fixture for milling tang mortises in handle material
Fixture for drilling precise vertical holes and holding parts for milling
Fixture with standard Dremel router base that has had a piece of Micarta added to it
Mandrel for shaping a San Francisco style handle frame
Thank you Steve!
Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:11 AM
Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:21 PM
Mastersmith Hanford Miller demonstrated the use of his Leveling Table Jig at the ABS Hammer-In in Dubois, Wyoming in July 2008 which was the Silver Anniverary of the first ABS Hammer-In which was also held in Dubois, Wyoming. Hanford Miller has been a Mastersmith in the American Bladesmith Society since 1986. This video clip was filmed during Mastersmith Miller’s presentation on "Knife Jigs and Fixtures".
Posted 20 March 2011 - 03:22 PM
Culver Jigs & Fixtures
Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:42 PM
Culver Jigs & Fixtures
That is some good stuff there!
Posted 24 March 2011 - 05:03 PM
That's a pretty neat tool! Simple and functional. I like it!
Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:41 AM
Thank you for this and all of your posts on "Jigs and Fixtures". Please post photos of the new model when you have it completed and have the time.
We are getting very strong winds and occasional snow in the mountains this morning so watch out down your way for later in the day.