ThomasPowers

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  • Location Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
  • Interests Iron Smelting

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  • Location Central NM
  • Interests Iron smelting
  • Occupation bit herder

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  1. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic What do you think   

    Scrambler, look up Tim Lively's washtub forges.  You can make a variant with the wagon easily.  Shoot I made one out of a 1930's dry sink  about a decade before Tim/Tai got started with them.
  2. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic After abortive attempts at overthinking, we settle on a nice rivet forge   

    *PLEASE* pretest it in a fire with PROPER PPE!  I have had a rather nasty experience with exploding rocks way back in Boy Scouts 40+ years ago and now pretest all the ones I use around fires---The Irish Living History group I was president used to cook meat with hot stones and part of my duties was to test and prove in a new crop every year. (as I recall we had the best luck with igneous mafics...)
  3. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Working on my Mayer 25lb   

    yup you would be able to ship the entire hammer to Frosty in flat rate boxes and never go over the weight limit!
  4. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Buff Hawk   

    Definitely presentation grade++
  5. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Butchers Block Conditioner   

    160 C or F or K? (I hear it gets chilly in Nebraska...)
  6. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Customer Care Instructions and Materials   

    If it's something that  MUST be maintained I try to design it so it doesn't need to be.   (ie use stainless steel when forging items for sea coast exposures)
  7. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Butchers Block Conditioner   

    Sounds like a non-drying formula
  8. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Buying adVISE?   

    First determine what material the screwbox was made from.  That is the controlling datum for welding choice in my opinion.
  9. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Shaun the Sheep   

    Been married to a spinster for 31 years; I sure know what a dag is.  Don't let on catch you marking their back with a piece of blue chalk!
  10. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Buying adVISE?   

    are the legs beveled?  As I mentioned my Columbian vises don't have the red part stock from the factory! (In cleveland, OH, USA)
  11. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Show me your anvil   

    How about just a row of coyote outlines on the anvil for confirmed kills...
  12. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Forge weld flux   

    So what you mean is that you want to go see someone use it who knows how it's supposed to be used  to see how it's supposed to work.  I can buy the same materials for dinner as a cordon bleu chef but I guarantee it that mine will end up a lot different...
  13. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Problem with my temper...next step?   

    Remember when heating a blade the fat part heats slower than the thin part unless you take special precautions---look up tempering tongs for instance.  I've tempered a lot of blades using my gas stove burners.  (usually do a snap temper in the oven and then a differential temper using the burner)  and at last I TOLD YOU SO!  (also look up stress concentrators wrt blades)
  14. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Buying adVISE?   

    can you get a picture of the vise with the missing end?  One of the nicest mods I've seen on a postvise was a fellow who put a zerk on the end and so greased the screw from the back pushing any crud out the front of the screwbox. My travel vise is getting a bit gritty so I probably need to soak both pieces in oil for a week and then wipe them down thoroughly.
  15. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic Buying adVISE?   

    Round these parts a 6" vise for that $$ would have been gone by the time you hit the save button on your first post.