ThomasPowers

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  • Location Central NM/El Paso TX Area, USA
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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: Champion Model H leather cutter.   

    I see Charles is prepping for another estate sale to go to.
  2. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Etching methods   

    only 3 inches?  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/32/HoneyLocustThorn.JPG/170px-HoneyLocustThorn.JPG
  3. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Need help with This Anvil   

    Less than US$2 a pound, not a bad price in that general area I would still go and offer a bit less in cash in person. (or get them to throw in some other tools!)
    Google: anvil ball bearing test
    That test will tell you if it has been softened in a fire; if it's still hard there is a lot of life left in that anvil!  Just whatever you do don't grind, mill, sand, etc the face of it!  Working hot iron will shine it up nicely.
    Please note this type of anvil will NOT ring when hit with a hammer---EXCELLENT as you do not need to wear hearing protectors using it or flee from neighbors with pitchforks and torches.
  4. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: gas torch   

    My browser, google chrome running on Kubuntu, if I back arrow from the forbidden page and go down the the reply area and click on it it will restore my original writing that I can then copy to somewhere safe as I have never had any luck trying to repost it until I have totally exited and then came back in and do a gripe post and edit.
  5. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Need help with This Anvil   

    Looks like a Star anvil from the last half of the 19th century most likely.  Is that hole in the bottom 1 7/8" in diameter?  The patent calls it a tempering cavity...
    The star anvil is like a Fisher in that it has a steel face and a cast iron body and is a quiet anvil.
    Check the face's hardness by the ball bearing test and tell us how much it weighs so we can give a judgement on if that price is high or low. (Your location would help too)
    Note that these anvils are discussed in Anvils in America pages 197-203 including the patent documents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  6. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Etching methods   

    I've always blamed a combination of the First Atomic Blast and the Aliens for the existence of goatheads
  7. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: When bad welding is a good thing...   

    I remember one quad-state when the knifemaking demo had a fellow doing a can weld and had his assistant weld shut the can---someone asked him about possible issues heating a sealed container to which he replied that his welds were never that good---and then the can welded up by his assistant popped in the forge!
    Me, I'm *safe* from that problem!
  8. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Post vise identification   

    50 should be the weight in pounds
  9. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Etching methods   

    They are the reason there is a pair of sandles by each side of our bed; running into one in the middle of the night is not restful and the animals will spread them around the house when you are not looking.  Every door to our house has a piece of catwalk grating to scrub your shoes on before entering.
  10. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Some further testing on my trailer   

    Usual is Ball hitches of various sizes with ring and pintle for very heavy load systems, + gooseneck 5th wheel systems.
    Typical failures?  I'd say tires.  Ball hitches do fail from the balls becoming unscrewed or perhaps more often lift off from improperly balance loads.
    Safety chains are a cheap and easy method of back up for one of the critical failure points with several failure modes.  You only have to need them once for that "hassle" to become a welcome part of hitching up!
  11. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: All my knives are breaking!   

    Sigh; my daughter still refuses to let me give my grandsons hammers!
  12. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Etching methods   

    (he has seen them!)
  13. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Some further testing on my trailer   

    Liability is a bit rougher over here with payments in the millions of dollars possible; helps companies put a bit more weight on the safety aspects of their products.
  14. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Advice on forging a hardy cutoff   

    Sparcking may be due to a heavy scale layer, did you remove the scale before cutting?
  15. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: First try with cable   

    Now try one with a weak ferric chloride etch and see which you like better