the back of the main bench are mounted two grinders. At the left is
a shopmade 9" disk grinder, used primarily for bolsters and for
flattening handle material. At right, a KMG1 2" x72" belt
This rack contains a vast assortment of handle materials from many
sources, and most of it is covered in a layer of fine black dust from
the grinder. Included are bones from giraffes, camels, sea cows, and
cattle; antler and horn, Micarta in a number of sizes and colors,
various stabilized woods, and other oddments. Ivories and shell handle
materials are stored in the drawers on top of the shelving unit.
Another shelving unit holds steel bar stock, as well as Damascus
billets, Mokume, pin and bolster material, and other essentials.
This machine replaced an inexpensive import whose blade didn't like
to stay on the wheel. Used primarily for cutting bar stock to length,
it is also very handy for cutting mother of pearl because of its
fine teeth and slow speed.
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