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    • Thank you very much, Rob! That is incredibly helpful. I look forward to finishing the build now.
    • Interesting that the cutting lube is gone. Good thing that I bought 3 or 4 last time and have a few left. Seems that I'll have to work on the Mk II sooner than I would have liked and will need to mock-up the bracket with 8020. Might have to get some local tool & die guy to make the cutting block out of billet aluminum, so it will take tougher metals than brass/bronze like my current one does. The sort of cutting oil that I'm talking about can be found at this link. I generally hear people talking about mix ratios of 10:1 or 20:1, when cutting metal. https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/cutting-oil-coolant/A-p8034012e You can see what I did to make a rig in this video, if you're patient enough to make it through the hand worked windlass part https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psIGKM4TD-Y
    • My intent is mostly titanium, for the moment, which I'm under the impression is hard enough to warrant a proper lubricant set up. My intent is to wax the coils and to pump in some lubricant just to be extra safe and minimize burrs (and hopefully help the saw blades live slightly longer). What lubricant are you using that's soluble enough to mix with water instead of floating on the top? Soap? Sorry if that question is super basic. No one ever really says what they're using, just to "lubricate a lot and often." TRL doesn't seem to sell the stick of lubricant anymore, unless I misplaced it. Was with the saw blades but I checked each category under Tools and it's gone, not out of stock, no longer listed. Which is a bit funny because I had it in my cart last week. But that's no big deal as I can use bee's wax, or something. Building this has been extremely interesting and fun. Relying on whispers of ideas while everyone else just says "don't bother." XD Thank you both for the replies!
    • On the plate thing here's an interesting Youtube page though not a historic, nor really combat related one: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkoYXnhsEbfvlreCoRf49mQ
    • I think it should be plenty effective for rings.  Haven't gotten the urge, though. Re plate:  there are a couple of worthwhile pages of instruction on the 'net.  Several more that ain't much if you expect the armor to last through being hit.  A more comprehensive reference volume is Brian Price's Techniques Of Medieval Armour Reproduction: the 14th Century.  This will give you a long leg up on ergonomic plateharness design, ca. 1385-1399.  You don't have to reinvent any wheels. Again, you may end up contacting the nearest chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism; there's nothing like trying to use plate armor (especially!) to teach you what actually works, and the SCA has hundreds and hundreds of swordplay-mates.  Sticking close to historical shapes of plate components allows you to just wear the plate armor, and not fight your harness as well as your opponent!
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