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  2. Dax Hewitt

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Yay finally found time to light my fire again. One of my customers sent my mobile compressor back with broken clasps so I forged new ones, but rough and ready but will do the job. One of my lads wad interested so I let him make a keyring snail and made one myself at the same time to show him the steps. The 2 hooks were 1/2 stainless steel rebar (yes I know but it's what I had) the snails are 6mm (1/4) round stock. Mine is on the right, Zaks in the middle. He did a cracking attempt for his first go with a hammer concidering his teacher knows next to nothing.
  3. Steve Shimanek

    Anvil Army Patch

    The Color Guard of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian community used black berets with the SF crossed arrow insignia as their badge; all were former military, some of them were SF and arrows are definitely associated with American Indians. I was an honorary member as a retired officer and from an associated community. My take on the stolen valor issue is that as long as someone is not falsely posing as something they are not, the wearing of non specialized insignia is not really an issue. Special qualification badges not earned are another issue, one that is frowned upon. Some presumably well intentioned persons have berated people innocently wearing a shirt or hat with a service insignia as stolen valor, going way overboard. I like the anvil unit patch; a t shirt with that will be cool.It won't be long before it will be available through civilian sources that sell militaria.
  4. Laynne

    Post Vice ID Help?

    TP, I see what you mean. Thanks for pointing that out. I don't mean to mislead. RF310, I am a couple of hours south of you.
  5. Daswulf

    A collection of improvised anvils

    Should work fine as you have it drawn. Make the base for the down angled piece good and sturdy and do most of your heavy hammering on that edge. Have a welder? Could weld eyelets on the side to bolt into the stand from the sides just to tie it down better.
  6. Well, if you put it in the right orbit it will be self returning like Sputnik. Not sure how much would burn up on re entry. Could call Corning about some heat shields for it.
  7. Casapa

    Burners 101

    I wouldnt get too hung up on trying to analyize your own work space, as the CO , oxygen and CO2 levels will constantly change as you opens doors , time you have you forge on for etc. So taking one reading may give you a false sense of security, I have one due to my work, so its easy for me to check. Your main aim is to install a CO detector in the correct place and have adequate ventilation at all times, your forge will use the availible oxygen in a small space and the longer it burns the less will be availble, resulting in incomplete combustion and CO levels rising. Im in UK and use a Fluse gas Analysizer. Flue Gas Analyser
  8. WhiteElder

    A collection of improvised anvils

    First time posting so it this isn't the place to ask sorry. I got this large angle plate and want to use it as an anvil. Plate is about 104lbs of mystery steel. Planning to put a 1" square hardie and 1" round hole. Towards the back and think to mount it do they would be thru holes exposed on the backside. Wanting help on ideas on how to mount it. Thinking something like the hand drawing. I had thought to cut some grooves in the edge and use some sort of tiedow / toe clamp. A buddy is suggesting I should put a couple more holes thru the faces and lag it down. So I am open to suggestions on how to mount and or what holes I should put in it.
  9. ThomasPowers

    Trenton year ID?

    I have a couple of commercial 2 and 4 oz ballpeens and some "shop class made" paper weight anvils and had the grandkids hammering on thick no lead plumbing solder while their parents were at the forge one Thanksgiving.
  10. RatFink310

    Post Vice ID Help?

    Laynne, I am in Edgerton, KS.
  11. Frosty

    Forges 101

    I took a look at their web site and I'm not clear on a few things. "Triple Twist" could mean a couple things, but I THINK the triple nozzle means there are 3 nozzles in the set. I could sure be wrong though. I don't see why it wouldn't work, though we'll need to hear from someone who's used one for anything meaningful. I picked up a Turbotorch set at a yard sale a couple years ago and have no doubt it'd heat a good sized forge. I have a few tips, one really small one, the medium one is what I'd call a pencil flame, the next one up would be a fine soldering/brazing tip and the large heater/ rosebud is a beast. I wonder how the rosebud would work in a multiple outlet burner. . . Hmmmmm. I'd hate to burn it up though, a replacement is more than $100. Frosty The Lucky.
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  13. "I do like the outer space suggestion tough. Good luck getting that back." No problem at all; just stand next to a roadrunner and wait! Dressing up like a coyote may speed things up, (or down...).
  14. The ball bearing can be a minimum of 62 HRC since they are commonly 52100 alloy. I believe they are simply harder than most anvils. I have a refflinghaus, a Peddinghaus, and a recently purchased Vaughn. Tried it on my Vaughn with a 1” ball bearing for 2 bounces and noticed some small depressions. It’s a nice parlor trick and I know lots of people use it to determine rebound, by as for myself, never again.
  15. ThomasPowers

    Post Vice ID Help?

    Doesn't look like the Cole Vise I have as it does not rotate around the front of the mounting plate and does not have the option of sticking a rod or pipe in the base.
  16. Frosty

    Hammer build for 40$

    Thank you you've alieved my concerns that you are another guy with more ideas than sense. You got me good, use twine because a belt is too great an investment! I salute you SIR!. I'm very much into "just because" experiments done as safely as can be pulled off. I'm not the only one who's amazed I made it through my teens. It's a handy size made properly as in safely. UHMW plastics are thermal plastics. You can heat the shaft to 300 f. and wrap it in plastic, cool and trim to fit the guide. It doesn't need to be thick for a low friction surface though the hammer rod should be polished. You can lube it with veg oil or grease (Crisco). Frosty The Lucky.
  17. Agree 100% ; but the question was storing metal outside and protection from rust for a couple of years. He didn't mention getting them out I do like the outer space suggestion tough. Good luck getting that back. Apparantly there are better paints than the two part epoxy paint for diving bottles; but if you rough sandblast stuff; and then apply a couple of layers of industrial hi quality paint; it'll still be there after a century.
  18. Irondragon Forge & Clay

    two leg vise ?

    Now that's a vise.
  19. Irondragon Forge & Clay

    Burners 101

    Check with your local fire department. They may just come out and check for you.
  20. Buzzkill

    Craft vs. Art

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but then again so is the contact lens.
  21. Laynne

    Post Vice ID Help?

    Google "Cole Vise" I believe that is what you have. Where in Kansas?
  22. Irondragon Forge & Clay

    Trenton year ID?

    Make them little kids, little wooden anvils & hammers get them to hammering on play dough or modeling clay. Never too young to start learning hammer control.
  23. John in Oly, WA

    More New Stuff from an Old Man's Front Yard

    They may not have "worked", but they sure look good! Only a mistake in your eyes cuz you know what you were wanting to get out of them. The wavy feather pattern is especially beautiful!
  24. I just spoke with the local Sherman Williams. I requested a product that was clear and would protect metal. They recommended two of their products, DTM Wash Primer, and Armor Seal Rexthane. DTM WASH PRIMER is a low VOC, water based wash primer free of heavy metals and mineral acids. Designed to be applied over aluminum and galvanizing, or used as a tie-coat over zinc rich primers. Accepts high performance "hot" solvent topcoats directly, such as epoxies and urethanes. Rexthane is for industrial, commercial, or marine applications where a heavy-duty polyurethane floor finish is required. First remove any dirt, debris, rest, grease etc to get a clean metal surface. Apply a DTM Wash Primer. When dry apply an Armor Seal Rexthane. Both are clear and should protect the metal well. There may be other paints or coatings by other companies available.
  25. BIGGUNDOCTOR

    Craft vs. Art

    I have been creative all of my life and grew up with parents that also created. Mom taught me how to do leather work, cooking, and a short foray into knitting. Dad taught me wood carving, mechanics, machining, we got into blacksmithing together, and he also taught me to never stop learning. I draw constantly, got into wood working, ceramics, photography, and do some inventing. My mind is a whirlwind of ideas that at times has caused other issues with staying focused. I was a member of the Las Vegas Artist Guild when my work scheduled allowed, and while working in Southern Utah fell into the art scene there. I am the stereotypical frustrated artist who has to endure the rigors of a job I hate in order to pay the bills. As such I have not been able to make the items I think about for a long time. The debate between art vs craft is a long one. I agree with Marc1 in that art is something that elicits some emotion from the viewer. It is not always beautiful as evidenced by works by Goya, Rubens, Bosch and others. Art has been used for propaganda purposes by all participants of conflicts. It has also been used to make political and social changes around the world. Craft to me is the use of ones skills to make other items (mostly utilitarian), and those works made. I consider computer coders modern craftspeople. The ability to use 1's and 0's in various combinations and mixing them with electrons to make what we are doing right now possible is pretty amazing to me - so would that make it art?.... Now some crafted items can be very simple, while others can be very ornate. I worked as a gunsmith and have been around firearms all my life. When I look at a machine made and hand assembled AR-15, Remington 870, etc I see a utilitarian item, but when I see a handcrafted Holland and Holland, or Schuetzen rifle with full engraving and inlays I see an art piece just due to the the emotional effect it has one me. And yes, as Thomas stated, some very simple pieces are very artistic. A craftsperson can definitely also be an artist, as an artist can also be a craftsperson, it just depends on the reaction the items they create on the person viewing it. This debate will go on as long as there are people to debate it.
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