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  2. Mr. G-Son, Has cogently stated, and I quote, "The computer does as told, but unless you made the program you are at the mercy of the programmer and what he want's you to be able to control". Sounds nefarious, and looks a lot like Communism to the SLAG. Horrors! SLAG.
  3. Such wonderful work from everyone! I haven't posted in quite awhile and didn't do much forging through the winter. But been back at it the last few weeks. Been working on several things but I haven't got pictures of most. Hope y'all have a good day.
  4. , GADZOOKS !!, You mean to tell me that there are practicing smiths in South Darfur? Ms. Darfurian welcome to 'I. Forge Iron'. Sorry but my Arabic is somewhat rusty. (actually non-existent). SLAG
  5. Been using the TPAAAT anvil searching system. Mentioned my search to a friend in the gym this morning and his shoulder immediately slumped. Said he traded off a 100# German anvil less than 6 months ago. Oh well, TPAAAT is "guaranteed" to work, I'm told.
  6. I noticed that too. Thought maybe leather PPE of the day.
  7. What type of forge, coal or propane? It sounds like you are not getting it hot enough.
  8. Just noticed in that photo that the guy's pants are a bit shiny. That shows he was wearing "tin pants", the common choice for loggers in those days. Tin pants are basically canvas that's been soaked in linseed oil (and other stuff) and cured to make them similar to linoleum. Tough as nails. Still available at about $ 250 USD a pair if you want super stiff pants to wear...forever. Scrappers used to love them also because they were basically fire proof against cutting torches and the sharp metal would rarely cut into them.
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  10. You mean SD isn't Southern Darfur???? I thought we had added another one to the 150+ countries/regions that have participated here on this forum on the World Wide Web.
  11. Well... That's a matter of perspective. The computer still does exactly what it's told to do. It just listens to the programmer over the user, as the programmer has the ability to dictate what the user can control. The computer does as told, but unless you made the program you are at the mercy of the programmer and what he want's you to be able to control.
  12. I don't get where those prices you tossed out are coming from. Around here, you can't give that stuff away in the kind of condition you are showing. Just about every farm has similar rotting away somewhere. Maybe in your area there are more restorations going on. Steel wheels as decoration go from about $ 25 to about $ 100 depending on a lot of factors but the rest of the parts are pretty much worthless in this region (inland PNW). Restorers can easily find better carcasses to start with. That being said, the wood hubs similar to those shown in the first photo are sometimes turned into hanging lamps. Spokes are pulled to leave open tenons, wood and bands stabilized, and a bulb socket inserted.
  13. Gleen it is mild steel started 1/2 thick making an ax and putting a bit into it but can't get get mild to weld. I started but grinding everything nice and clean got it red hot brushed fluxed and put it back in until it was a bright orange took it out and gave it a few taps, brush flux and back in. I did this 3 more times and nothing so stopped opened it back up and am going to grind it clean again. Thomas, I just checked looks to be about an hour away. I am going to send them a message on their FB and see when would be a good time to go check it out and talk to some people.
  14. Now that I've got the wire welder from the college, what would you think about my tack welding the frame (just spots in the corners to hold it together in proper alignment) and then doing the full stick welding later? I'd love to see the thing together without having to juggle clamps, but I don't want to do anything that will mess up the proper welds later.
  15. The crumbling isnt necessarily a too high carbon issue. Your issue is not knowing carbon content and not knowing proper temps to work it at. Thermal cycling is good for diffusion. It creates a shell so to speak, but it benefits the pattern as well....if you can get to a pattern
  16. and depending on which of the 150 world countries that are members here you call home, can effect pricing as well
  17. I think you guys have a good handle on the bit of bow and have good workable solutions. I concur weld the frame up square and true before welding it to the table. I wouldn't trim the bottom though. I'd tack the posts where they touch the table and put shims under the gaps to prevent it pulling out of true. Say, break the flux off a stub of welding rod and if necessary flatten it till is fits tightly under the gap. Tack it heavily in a couple places before you run an arc over the shim so it doesn't melt, become part of the fill and shrink as it cools. Yes? When you run a bead over the shim it just becomes a part of the fill, zero effect. About shims in general, they're a good way to bump things true, say the posts were leaning one way, tap wedge shaped shims under the low side to bring it back to square and true. Frosty The Lucky.
  18. So you need to go ask local antique dealers what such "decorative objects" go for. Asking on a site dedicated to using things for blacksmithing is not terribly useful.
  19. Yes; I remember the days when the first page generated by the query only contained exactly what you queried on and not what the browser wants you to look at because people paid them to push it in front of your eyes. Also a reason why I want an "app-less" cell phone. Bad enough that they track me with it; I don't want "directed ads"!
  20. Deleted most of what Glenn said? You DO learn fast. Frosty The Lucky.
  21. My second jabod is made from a night stand from the hotel where I work. I put a couple of layers of bricks in the bottom so I wouldn't have to shovel as much clay. It's working great. Pnut
  22. Andrew: The general discussion section is for "general blacksmithing," there are a LOT of sections and subsections to help folk find and discuss specific topics. For instance, placing a question about forging an axe in the general or maybe alchemy section puts your question where folk are less likely to have a good answer and clutters up other discussions. It's like trying to look up "Antipasto" in the "G" section of the dictionary. Yes? Just take a little time to look around when you post, you'll be fine it's just a learning curve, we won't throw things. Frosty The Lucky.
  23. Sssspattter! It burnsss it BURNSSS, my feetsesss BURN! Why my Precioussss WHY? Frosty The Lucky.
  24. Les: The angled stiffeners on the bridging member are there to convert vertical forces to longitudinal tension along the plate. A vertical "stiffener" would concentrate the forces in one place where the bending moment form the press is already greatest. There are 4 angled stiffeners two on each side. It won't twist, 25 tons isn't nearly enough force. Maybe not even if it were all directed to a single point but we're avoiding that one. Frosty The Lucky.
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