Charles R. Stevens

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About Charles R. Stevens

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    Apprentice Curmudgeon
  • Birthday 10/24/1967

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    Male
  • Location
    Bradley Oklahoma
  • Interests
    Horses, horse drawn equipment, and blacksmithing.

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  • Location
    Bradley, Oklahoma
  • Biography
    J.O.T., father, son and freind
  • Interests
    horses
  • Occupation
    farrier

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  1. I'm certain they bought the axes too, lol. But It was imaginative.
  2. For small camp pots 1/2 and 3/8" stock sound good, but the boys with big cast iron pots and 2 gallon coffe pots make me nervous.
  3. I'll give you a few hints as to the information you will find, first, an annealed hunk of rail is better material than was used in 90% of the history of smithing, and is substantially harder than steel at forgot temp. Would heat treet improve it, yes sir but I wouldn't recomend it for a beginner. Second, how rough is rough? Are we talking torch cut buy an gorilla, torch cut buy a pro or cut buy a band saw or chop saw? All but the first requires something drastic, but the cheepest for both the torch cuts would be to have some one with a bandsaw cut off the ends square and then clean them up with sanding disk on a 4" grinder. From there, use it, modify it, what ever.
  4. Somthing like that, lol. Thats ok because as Dannie Ray McMichael "don't remember much"
  5. 3/4"X 45" makes a good "U&O" style as TP describes. It's a confortable size for a cowboy trench fire, with out the "bendy" issues with lighter stock. Lots of accessories to make to go with it.
  6. JHCC, my daughter has an oppinian as to what my Innitials stand for...
  7. WL, sounds like the .... er, stuff I get into. The best was the father and son who had a bet as to wether I could straiten the level indicator on a John Deer front loader... its a peice of 1/2 rod inside a peice of 1/2 schedual 20 pipe. The made a nice "S" out of it. Dad lost $40, and payed me for two trims. Son tipped me $20, lol. I think a nice tail gate barbeque grill would be a better use for sad ammo can, or a Jeep tool box. Talk to Wane Cole about a nice freon/helium can forge.
  8. #2, but I have a bit of a drawl...
  9. Not to mention the fact that you realy should be thinking about two or three dire the operations, and there for differ forges. Heat treat and forging are two difrent things, and possibly welding as a third. Unless you are using a power hammer or a pair of strikers, a forge that heats 6" to forging temp is plenty big, if you are welding, I don't imagine you need to weld more than 1" billets 6" long, as to heat treating you need to be able to beat the whole blade, and tho one can heat an 18" blade in a 12" forge it is a bit of a pain if you are doing it all the time. So consider a nice single burner for general forging (goes for general forging or knives and tools) maybe a coffee can or two brick forge for small work and a three burner for heating those long blades. Now that's gas, the same can be said for coal, a small forge with a 3/4" tuyere (side blast) will be just fine for a 6" forgeable zone, wile one will need a longer trench fire to heat the whole blade.
  10. Bah, the IFI family has been putting up with me for about a decade now! If they can tolerate my mangy butt your in like flint. All kidding aside, you have asked your questions then took the answers, turned them every wich way and did your homework. Be it reading or at the anvil. You have been a breath of fresh air
  11. JHCC, if only a goodly few humans would forget such basic skills...
  12. I was a grunt back in the late 80's. Humped a lot of that "junk" lol. Most of us work from the side, so moving the fire pot out from under the hood (smoke will draw sideways) and then slot the sides of the table so a long bar goes threw the center of the fire. You are a welder, no problem... On a side note, the quartermaster's movers are going to love you!
  13. Bum... I was a mechanic till the doc's desided I was to crazy to work back about 1990 so I draw a disability pension. Now I shoe and train horses to make the ends meet.
  14. Knee bent for you and yours.
  15. So can we say it is a "milspec" forge?