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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. spring swage diy

    Correct for exactly what you will be using it for.
  2. spring swage diy

    Are you making a swing arm swage or a bent spring swage? For bent spring swages I generally use coil spring from cars and trucks. Not knowing where you live I can't say where the best location to source the material needed would be. If you can buy drops from a spring manufacturer I would go that way; but most can't and so I use stock from a scrapyard. 5160 is a good alloy for it; please be sure to heat treat appropriately!
  3. Nemo Speciale; sounds very much like the VOICE OF EXPERIENCE; glad it was only the "minor owies"!
  4. Sceaux-Kukri sounds almost victorian! Strongly encourage you to build a propane forge and get into some in depth forging . Is there an ABANA affiliate near you?
  5. I mention it here on a regular basis. It's one of the "how things change with time" examples. Even words can mean different things a couple of centuries later---like "awful and artificial" High praise at one time!
  6. Yes; I lucked out one scrapyard visit and the electrical coop had just dumped a load of scrap and I got a bunch of the eyebolts---handy as my shop extension was built using 2 40' long utility poles for the uprights (saw in 20' lengths for 4 poles set in the the end of the first shop so 2 15' bents for the new section; shop now 20'x60' with 10' walls)
  7. Have to check it to see what it was; can you get a sample? Will you be doing a spiral weld or a trough weld? Will it be used????? Are you familiar with the term " Indemnify " Bridges may use differing qualities for differing parts---tension members generally better than compression.
  8. Can you tell me how you determine that the cross hatching is original and not just redone sometime later in it's life?
  9. Cue "If I had a minion!" as sung to "If I was a Rich Man"......."I wouldn't have to work hard............."
  10. Definitely take it apart and clean it all up and then reassembly it for use. The zerk on the end of the screwbox was an idea I got off another smith right here IIRC and thought it was such a great idea that I have mentioned it on a regular basis. He brazed an endcap on IIRC and drilled and tapped that for the zerk
  11. IIRC Rich took his postvise and ground it clean and smooth and heat coloured the shafts (NOT THE screw/screwbox!!!) and then coated it to preserve the colours.
  12. Bloom => Muck Bar => Singly Refined Wrought Iron => Doubly Refined Wrought Iron => Triply Refined Wrought iron => ... Now what you are trying to use it for determines quality for that task. I had a friend that needed some WI so I cut and mailed him a bunch of high grade wrought iron, lovely stuff forged like butter, welded like it's last name was smith-miller. He hated it as he wanted to use it for blade fittings and then etch it to get the rough pattern of low grade wrought iron. I replaced it with wagon tyre. Real wrought can often be forged at yellow to white heat and so be dead soft compared to modern steels that are burning at the working point of WI. So muckbar will make a blade that a good celtic smith would be ashamed of; or an artistic sculptural piece etched to show the "grain" that would stand proud in most museums.
  13. Shoot there was one Quad-State where I camped onsite and woke up to ice in the top of my wooden bucket. Now my mother, 80 this year, tells me how her father in Oklahoma used to buy a barrel of cider in the fall/winter and let it go hard and then freeze it outside and use a red hot stove poker to tap the freeze concentrated stuff...
  14. For my built up stands I took an electricians drill bit and drilled through the wood and installed the all thread directly. I also used the bolts that we use out here for guardrails and utility poles that I find at the local scrap yard. I particularly like the utility pole "eyebolts" as they make a nice hand hold/tong/hammer holder and at 20 cents a pound are much cheaper than buying stuff at the hardware store.
  15. I once ran across a crate of WWII surplus hammers that looked a lot like that; but may have been smaller. Still had the sticker on some of them Hammer, boilermakers 1 ea, and they had the broad arrow stamped into them and were date stamped. All except the 2 I kept went to quad-state over the years. There is also that tool maker whose symbol looks rather like and A and a T melted together that might end up looking like that.