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    Well my steel arrived today! Ordered from Enco on Sunday and it arrived on Wed!

    5/16 x 1 1/4 x 18 0-1

    There's a Harbor Freight nearby so I grabbed some chisels from there just to get started ($10).

    I have a full sized band saw but I don't know what kind of blade to get that would cut 5/16 0-1 steel. What do I need. I have a hack saw but Brian mentioned that he's had trouble cutting 0-1 with one. I'll lay out a design and see if I can make any headway with one.

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    Is it a metal cutting bandsaw? on most wood cutting bandsaws the blade goes to fast to cut metal. If is a metal cutting saw I would buy a 14 TPI blade. I have cut blades out of O1 with a hack saw it is a work out but it can be done. (even by a big boy like me)

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    D'oh..It's a wood cutting one. However I have a variable speed motor (the bandsaw is an attachment to the Shopsmith setup I have). Is it just speed that makes it into a "metal" cutting bandsaw?

    Here's a Shopsmith setup for all you non-wood workers out there:
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    I use it to turn shaving brushes, cut out scales and I'm wondering if I can make a grinder out of it somehow....

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    I have recently used a hacksaw for cutting O1. It is slow going but I got there in the end. I used a series of drilled holes for the tighter curves where the hacksaw couldn't quite get in.
    O1 is harder than other steels I have used but not impossible. I don't own a bandsaw or any other power saws so I just used what I had. If you have the bucks, the metal bandsaw would sure speed things up.

    Keep us posted with you progress pics.

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    Yes, the primary difference is speed. A metal cutting bandsaw moves very slowly.

    This one has a cutting speed of 230 SFPM ( surface feet per minute) and works well.

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    I have used both a 14 TPI blade and a 24 TPI and prefer the 24 TPI but the 14 TPI is more commonly available.

    Hope this helps,
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    To be fair, I also said I am a wimp. I didn't [don't] have a vise, so it was hard to get a good bite with the saw. Now, I have seen a knife made by drilling then hammering a cold chisel between the holes and filing smooth. I might try that some time. I can wack stuff with a hammer pretty well. If it don't work, get a bigger hammer.

    Seriously though, let us know how the shopsmith thing goes.

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    I found someone who made a belt grinder for his shopsmith. I think I'll spend my time making a blade for now, but this looks like a worthwhile project!
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    Does this seem workable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tumtatty View Post
    Does this seem workable?
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    Interesting design Tim, I think it looks cool.

    Only problem I see (keep in mind I have not made any razors (yet)) is that the heel is further back than the spine, wouldn't that give you a honing problem?
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    I like the design. Very interesting, though Zephyr makes a good point about being "behind" the spine. I look forward to seeing this project develop!

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