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About ThomasPowers

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    Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
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    Iron Smelting


  • Location
    Central NM
  • Interests
    Iron smelting
  • Occupation
    bit herder
  1. Size of hardy hole has no bearing. If the hollow is a caplet shape and the heel underside is undulating I would guess Arm and Hammer as the manufacturer (with Trenton as my backup guess) Note that manufacturers sometimes did contract work for other companies and stamped such anvils per that company's requirement.
  2. I have a screwpress with a tool holder that a trailer hitch ball shaft will fit on. Fun to manipulate hot steel with "the engineer's thumb".
  3. Love the technique. I've done a number of moving heavy objects by myself. First rule is to not put yourself where failure will result in injury. Second rule is to go slow so the system can't get out of control. Keeping bystanders far away and silent is rule 0
  4. Nice forging colour!
  5. What continent is it on? What does the bottom look like? Is the underside of the heel smooth or undulating? Is there any numbers along the front foot of the anvil? Soes it have a flat on the feet?
  6. Better than "come on out and overdo things; I've already talked with your wife about your tools..."
  7. Most jackstands I have seen don't have much resistance to sideward forces.
  8. Slam you head on the concrete one time and suddenly a bunch of your old students won't let you carry anvils or other heavy junk---one told me last night that "he hadn't learned everything I could teach him yet".
  9. There used to be an effective treatment for such idiocy---cf The Darwin Award; unfortunately schools are very down on allowing students to self implement it these days. When I get a student who doesn't want to do the basic foundation work; well they cease being a student of mine. (Much along the thread about customers you want your *competitor(s)* to have).
  10. Your Bridgeport doesn't have enough holes in it?
  11. One thing you can do is to seat a copper plug in the hole and put your touchmark on it. (bevel the outer edges of the hole then rivet in a plug and then file/sand to flat with the steel surface...)
  12. If it's been sitting awhile the old oil may be sludgy and profit from a THOROUGH cleanout to prevent surprises in use.
  13. Sure you can forge it---it will fall apart as brass is a liquid at a good forging temp for steel...and very iffy slightly below that temp. You *might* be able to cold work it though the annealing passes may cause problems depending on the alloy used.
  14. I have an old vise that has a threaded shaft depending from the middle of the underside with a very large "wingnut". The shaft fits through the hole in the center of my drill press table nicely and then the large wingnut fastens it together. In general I swing the table out from under *AND* unplug the drill press---Belt and Suspenders!. My drill press isn't ancient; got it at a "oil patch crash auction" around 1982 Has a 2 HP Dayton motor on it and does what I need done.
  15. Far better to not be involved in the first place than having to try to sever your involvement later. Recognizing possible "problem customers" early is a skill worthy to be rewarded!