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About hdwarner

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  • Birthday 09/23/1961


  • Location delaware
  • Biography i am a optimist
  • Interests blacksmithing
  • Occupation machinist

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  1. hdwarner added a topic in Anvils   

    smithsonium museum
    i was at the smithsonium today and there was a metorite that hit arizona
    in the 1800" and guess who found it ?
    read story
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  2. hdwarner added a post in a topic Tire Hammer Plans   

    anyone know how much this hammer would cost to make
    i have all the tools and capabilities like lathes saws mills and welders
    just looking for an amount for parts , approx
  3. hdwarner added a post in a topic production dies for a kuhn   

    questions answered
    these are for some sort of window shutters forging
    will get some pics when the kuhn is forging
    they are milled on a milling machine the material is h13 tool steel
    the pictures show the dies before heat treat
    and they are three pieces mounted to one base plate , underneath not shown is countersunk screws to allow for perfect alignment
  4. hdwarner added a topic in Power Hammers, Treadle Hammers, Olivers   

    production dies for a kuhn
    i just finished up some production dies for a kuhn hammer in pa
    thought i would share

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  5. hdwarner added a topic in Welding/Fab General Discussion   

    welding table
    i thought this was a pretty good idea , not mine but i will steal i have one of these face plates
    steel table/ welding table
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  6. hdwarner added a topic in Blacksmithing, General Discussion   

    piece of fence
    i took a piece of 3/8 thick by 1 inch wide by 4 foot long steel
    in even increments in the center slots about 2 inches long
    opened them up with my cone mandrel
    twisted everyother one
    and for a novice like i am i thought it turned out acceptable
    just wanted to share the pic

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  7. hdwarner added a topic in Blacksmithing, General Discussion   

    look what i found
    been a long time since i been on here , i have been fortunate enough to be real busy at my day job. Plenty of parts need machining but i always check the classified every day and i saw an anvil and tools
    for 150 dollars about an hour from me. i go get it wasn't too enthused till i got it home and on the side it had kowelsa , sweden on side of 70 pound anvil with an enderas hot cut so all in all i am happy
    and this anvil was barely used.

    i don't get a chance too often to gloat so please endure me
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  8. hdwarner added a post in a topic Drill Bit selection for a drill press   

    in a blacksmith shop , on a drill press i reccomend a drill point angle of 118 degrees
    for most work .
    the equation for, is the more mild the material the steeper the angle
    hence 130 degrees for stainless
    stay away from split points although they cut great at first but are real vulnable to chipping .
  9. hdwarner added a post in a topic Going for a machinist degree, advice?   

    for stable and clean working envirement , the medical machining industry
    " swiss type cncs"
    seems to be a huge demand in my area ,northeast
    synthes is the company that is predominant
    i don't work in that field but headhunters call me on a daily basis
    i have been a machinist for 30 years , i am a journeyman .
    always worked never layed off .
    i like it always have
    if i can say this , and i can in this forum
    being a machinist or blacksmith for that matter is a matter of "heart" to have any sustainability.
    i have seen the guys with no heart come and then they go.
    just like blacksmithing , being a successful machinist requires constant vigilance
    and attention .
    if not you end up being another"button pusher" that fades into obscurity.

    if you are looking for a good shop to work for ask the local tooling supplier "street salesman"
    they normally know where the good shops are to work for, not the propaganda adds in newspaper
    another observation is the smaller jobs shops tend to in this day and age pay more and
    contrary to popular belief manufaturing in the states is going thru the roof
    don't reference manufaturing with gm or ford that is a whole other entity .
    i have worhed unfortunatly 50 hours plus for years now.
  10. hdwarner added a post in a topic Shop Mottos   

    when in doubt sub it out
  11. hdwarner added a post in a topic twist drill preservation   

    wood is fine try using a very tight grain wood or even "nova ply"
    i understand you can not always back your work up like drilling pipe or
    on site eye beams , etc
    but here is a grind that will minimise drill pulling when drill goes thru
    and it lends itself for longer lasting , takes a slight more physical energy
    but worth the expense for the results , recommended grind for brass also

    grind the positive rake on the drill to nuetral rather than positive
    rather than grind till you understand function , use a sharpening stone at first
    a few swipes on the face is all you need
    be careful not to wrap around to the margin of the drill
    i will try to generate better pics on my cad system

    drilling principles is one of the most important aspects of machining and
    sometimes blacksmithing however somethings are overlooked

    will expand

  12. hdwarner added a topic in Shop Tips n' Tricks   

    twist drill preservation
    here are some proven tips from me on longevity of twist drills

    When you purchase a brand new drill take an Arkansaw stone or some light sand paper and gently stone the face of the drill or the lip when these drills are ground new they have microscopic slivers that tear into large imperfections when drilling.

    Try if possible to drill into another piece of steel when drilling through a piece { NO NOT INTO YOUR DRILL PRESS TABLE OR YOUR VISE } and don't completely drill through that piece either.

    One of the most detrimental things that happens to a drill is when you drill through is that little thin section right before the drill breaks through gets so hot it anneals the hardened drill , were blacksmiths we know that right.

    Be sure you have the correct speed for drilling , a slower speed is always better than a higher speed, if you have doubts.

    Keep good pressure on drill ,

    Another dulling factor is a drill that dwells

    If you are using cutting oils this even worsens the dulling process. If you are not pushing the drill, think of the honing process, that is what you are doing honig the cutting edge away. A couple drops of oil is all that is needed at entry.

    A properly dressed twist drill in a blacksmith shop, for what blacksmiths usually cut, will never need replacing just minor touchups. i have dressed drills on the job and drilled thousands of holes in mild steel with out any maintenance .

    if there is any interest in this subject i will expand
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  13. hdwarner added a post in a topic Which way to turn?   

    left hand drills , ahhhhhhh
    i used to run screw machines and the high range was ccw with left hand drills to drill the hole and when you went to tap threads , right hand threads that is
    you shifted to low range and the machine would run cw and reversing the tap went into high range
  14. hdwarner added a post in a topic Which way to turn?   

    left hand drills , ahhhhhhh
    i used to run screw machines and the high range was ccw and when you went to tap
    you shifted to low range and the machine would run cw and reversing the tap went into high range
  15. hdwarner added a post in a topic if you had a lathe what would you do?   

    i have lathes and milling machines and i perpetually make more tools
    i like to think of it as a self feeding frenzy
    i love it though
    always need a tool to do something