I'm almost finished with my Stiddy, and I had the camera out so I figured I'd post a pict of the progress.
The basic block is 11L17 cold finish steel. Hard surface, and a soft core so I could easily machine it without heat treating or annealing.
The tang that is on it now is 4130, and is 0.07863" thick. I have some S-7, and W-1 steel on the way to make interchangeable tangs from in varying thicknesses, and hardness.
For now there are two 1/4 x 20 machine screws holding the tang but tomorrow I am cutting a 1" round piece of 4130 lengthwise to get a half moon piece or cap to sandwich the tang with recessed cap screws onto the block. I figure that spreading that load across the bar would be much better than a couple screw heads. Plus that will leave an area for krinking.
The only other modification I need to do is add a few dimples to the surface to seat pin heads into for secure peening. I think I'll add these to the side of the block.
All in I have about 60 bucks worth of steel, and enough tang material to make around ten spares of each grade.
Time wise it took about an hour to drill the holes, tap the threads for the tang, and about 1/2 an hour in the mill to cut the end below the drift holes.
I call that time, and money well spent.
The messy work table is just a spare table in my lab room but I needed somewhere to stage from until my shop is built,
I have a grinding, and polishing bench that I am working on building as well so I'll try to post that up tomorrow.
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I need a pile side scale. THX!