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: Will the gate sag?   

    rather than sq rivets I would just use two per crossing and off set them---a lot easier than messing with sq rivets.
    (eg one in the top left quadrant of the crossing and another in the bottom right quadrant)
  2. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Value of a Sahinler SM50 ?   

    Are they offering free international shipping?  Location plays a large part in pricing for heavy objects.
  3. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Aluminum oxide   

    Lets see Aluminum metal is hardness 2-2.9 on the Mohs scale and Aluminum Oxide is hardness 9 (diamond is 10)
    Iron oxide as scale has done a dandy job of polishing and smoothing the faces of my hammers and anvils
    Seems like you have things mixed up somewhere
    Note that if you have ever seen someone take an Al can to scrape ice off their windshield and see them scratch it you might not sal Aluminum Oxide is too soft.
  4. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: electric forge blower   

    nope what country was it found in?
  5. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: electric forge blower   

    They don't make parts for  these anymore; several of my old ones have had new paddles brazed on; one was riveted on.  You are on your own unless you can find a "donor" and even then transfers can be tragic.
  6. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Inconel 718   

    I've seen it used for sword hilt parts instead of stainless
  7. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Will the gate sag?   

    Is your 7' horizontal or vertical?  
  8. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Can threads be repaired?   

    generally the cost of repairing a screw/screwbox on a vise is several times greater than getting a vice with a good screw/screwbox.  If you are good and well equipped for welding or machining and do not count your time as having a cost and can get the vise at scrap rate then it might make sense to get one for repair.
     
    It's rather like buying a car where they say "it's in great condition; only the engine and transmission are blown!"
  9. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: how to roll a bead on sheet metal?   

    if you need to do it by hand and do not have access to a beader may I commend to your attention armourarchive.org as rolling edges on things like arm armour does come up from time to time.  Do mention your intended use and don't mention "Blankenshield" (an abrasive fellow who advocated rolling *ALL* edges all the time...even against the documented proof of places they were not used)
  10. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: just getting set up, how am i doing so far?   

    What does the bottom of the anvil look like?  The 1728 is the serial number and if it's on the right and the weight is on the left when looking at it from the horn end then we can probably give you the maker anyway.  American made!
    Trenton with the weight on the left and serial on the right and if I recall correctly that low number would be around 1898; so not an old anvil; but a great one!
     
  11. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Vise repair   

    It varied.
  12. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Steel Grade for "Grade 8 Bolt" ???   

    far better to be expected to sit around the garden looking cute than to be double digging the caliche with a spoon!
  13. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Iron City post vise   

    BigGunDoctor---it's not worth trying to advance the date of the estate sale!
  14. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Leaf spring steel?   

    warm vegetable oil (around 140 deg F)  Or buy real quench oil rated for 5160.
  15. ThomasPowers added a post in a topic: Steel Grade for "Grade 8 Bolt" ???   

    so I don't want to be a 1%'er; I want to be a Pointer!   Somehow that didn't come out right...