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Shop time [May. 25th, 2010|05:32 pm]
Doug Ayen
Spent a little time in the shop last night. I started to re-handle a nice cutlers hammer-head I picked up a while ago, but discovered the handle I'd bought had almost no straight grain in it -- it split at about a 45 deg. angle while using a drawknife to adjust the shape of the shaft.

I got the power hammer working again -- I had to loosen up the head bolts on the main shaft, manually lube the babbit bearings, and carefully put it all back together. The ram had been immobile due to lack of lube, but it's turning freely now. I just need to replace the plug to match the new 220v outlets and it'll work again.

Which is a good thing. I had intended on working on some of the titanium I bought a while ago, but discovered that in a thicker stock, it's a lot harder to work. Either that, or the alloy isn't the same as the thinner stuff I've been using. Definitely a use for a power hammer, press, or rolling mill.