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  2. Welcome aboard, your sign in is WAY too clunky for a handle, can we call you something easier? If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many members live within visiting distance. All things being equal(ish) always go for the more powerful machine. Go with Thomas's advice, give Jet a call and find out the real bonafide poop. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. I have used charcoal exclusively for many years, and I have never paid a red cent for it. Just some time and effort to go and collect it. That may not apply to you, as we don't know where you are. But if cost is your primary concern, go with the cheaper charcoal - it works fine.
  4. Irondragon Forge & Clay

    Can a ferrous blade be used in a non-ferrous cold saw?

    Welcome to IFI... Have you read this yet? It will help you get the best out of the forum. READ THIS FIRST
  5. Glad to hear from you again Ted! Good to be part of the lucky to be alive club isn't it? I'm glad and more than a bit surprised I've lived long enough the parts are starting to wear out. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. 671jungle

    Naturally Aspirated Ribbon Burner. Photo heavy.

    Burner with rich flame that wont stick no matter placement of jet had 40 holes a 1/2" unrefined intake and 4" long mix tube with a .025 mig tip. Aside from increasing the intake slot width and smoothing the flow path I have also decided to reduce the orifice to .020 with a dispensing needle interference fitted into another .025 mig tip (I plan on tapering) and cleaned up with tiny drills as well as increasing the outlets to 72. I remember reading Mikey's post about smaller orifices making hotter burners but this is the recommended size for a 3/8". Would it be too much of a drop? At work now, cant do anymore experimenting so I am asking and reading. I know this is kinda starting from scratch since I've changed so many variables. Also an experimental multi outlet with the bottom of a water bottle for a mold. The bottom of the bottle has interesting grooves and shapes (different brands have different shapes) that could possibly influence the flame. I have fitted it with 15 coffee stirrers and 1 larger soda straw in the center. the plenum is a 2" x 1" reducer. can any outlet be a N/A burner nozzle/nozzlettes? If so, then is it about fitting the right intake and mixer to the part?
  7. Azhobbychick

    Hello from Arizona

    @ThomasPowers thanks I’ll do that! @Irondragon Forge & Clay I read it carefully and promised myself I’d not do something stupid the. Promptly broke my promise :) It’s fixed now. Also, just found a super cheap anvil shaped object to start out with. Pics as soon as I can get it out of my car...
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  9. SLAG

    garden fence

    John B, Thank you for your informative post on this thread, supra. The Blacksmiths of Missouri Association*, has many blacksmithing texts, and others, on their website. They are P.D.F. files and are downloadable. They have many of the C.O.S.I.R.A. series there for the taking. As well as numerous other classic books on the craft. Try, www.bamsite.org/books/books.html These include blacksmith craft, wrought ironwork, decorative ironwork, catalogue drawings …. , making a wheel, weathervanes, etc. For those who, instead, want a tactile book, they are available for sale second hand. About a decade ago the C.O.S.I.R.A. books were obtainable through second hand book merchants for very reasonable cost. Those books may not be so cheap, these days. But it's worth a shot. SLAG. * A very good group with a web site full of excellent information.
  10. Daswulf

    Horseshoe Nail Wedding Ring

    Wow. Really sorry to hear that you were robbed and not able to hold them accountable for their low and dispicable crime. Very nice ring you made. I've only turned some cut nails into rings. Haven't tried with horseshoe nails and haven't tried forging them out. Thanks for sharing your warning and the nice ring.
  11. John B

    garden fence

    The Cosira books are I believe not currently available on line, the website I am informed is being overhauled, and they should be returning, but when that will be I have no idea. These are some notes from an intensive basic Blacksmithing course I host. They are intended as a reminder of what can be used in various projects and situations that have been dicussed in class. Joining methods used in metalworking Welding; Forge welding, oxy acetylene, arc, Mig, Tig, spot Riveting; Round or square shank, different heads and riveting allowances for different types of head Studs; Threaded rod, double ended, need a tapped hole or/and nuts Ball nuts; Round, domed, and other profiles Collars; Shaped, riveted (Multi parts), cast, need for use of mandrel Wrapping; Like collars, but from wire/round rod Brazing; Use of brass, copper, fluxes, cleaning after Silver soldering; Different grades of solder, use of flux, cleaning after Threading; Use of taps and dies thread, chasers, tap and die holders, drilling for core diameter/tapping size, clearance sizes, cutting fluids Nuts and Bolts; Types and uses of threads, different pitches, Identification on heads Tong with a Slot and Wedge; Leg vice type fitting, can be easily dismantled, use table legs, frames etc Cotter pins; Like old bicycle pedal fixings, go solid but can be dismantled. Tapered flat on one side to fit against flat on a shaft, secured in place by nut with washer Split Cotter pins; Made of thin sheet, ( C=== ) fit through a slot and legs bent out to retain glass sheet etc ie lanterns Taper Pins; Used to secure rings on shafts eg on Blacker hammers, that move, but not rotate or similar situations. (They need a taper ream to form the hole after drilling, pins can be removed if required) Roll pins and dowels; Used to locate items, and are removable. Halving joints, Pass throughs; used to position bars but not necessarily a secured fixing For sheet metal working other methods are also used, the most common being Lapped, Spot weld, Seamed, Soft solder, Wired, Hemmed, Flanged I hope this may be of some use as to what may be available when assembling projects. Enjoy
  12. Irondragon Forge & Clay

    Got my Devil Forge 2 burner in 20 days early

    One of my favorites... If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research.
  13. Recently due to my wife experiencing serious health issues, Neurological Technicians were sent to our home to set up equipment to monitor my wife’s health. When the last one left, he took more than he brought with him. HE TOOK (STOLE) HER WEDDING RINGS AND A DIAMOND BRACELET THAT I GAVE HER WHEN WE GOT MARRIED FIFTEEN YEARS AGO ON THE 15THOF FEBRUARY. It was the perfect crime. The medical community has harbored them, and will not Provide any information about the people they sent into our home. They will not even provide information to the Sheriff’s Department. I watched my wife silently process what happened, and it was heart breaking for me to see her. I write this knowing that only a few people will read this. But if it gives you a “HEADS UP ABOUT BEING VERY CAREFUL ABOUT ALLOWING ANYONE IN YOUR HOME,” it will accomplish what I wanted to do. KEEP IN MIND: they came wearing their official medical clothing, representing “the distinguished medical profession” that somewhat disarmed me. So Now: “IT IS TIME TO GET UP AND DUST MYSELF OFF” I was a blacksmith (by trade and as a hobby) for over 60 years. As I got old and ill, I no longer had the strength to forge. After I become ill, I specialized in forging small items, and the trick was to learn how control heat with small stock, and that is what made it a challenge for me. As opportunity would have it, several years ago my wonderful Mormon neighbors ask me to make them some Horseshoe Nail Rings that they called a “Prairie Diamond Ring”. The Mormon Pioneers were frugal, and made due with what they had as they crossed the prairie to come to Utah. Over the past few years I have made close to 500 rings that they give out when they travel (called the Trek) part of the Mormon Trail. SO NOW IT IS MY TURN. I forged out a “Horseshoe Nail Wedding Ring” for my wife. I forged the head and crown of the nail into a heart shape. She is happy, and then, so am I.
  14. louspinuso

    Got my Devil Forge 2 burner in 20 days early

    Thanks for the additional advice. I think the quote you're going for is: Quote by Albert Einstein: “Never memorize something that you can look up.” and that's a good bit of advice, IMO. Also, thanks for the kind words on the video and my narration. I completely understand about the background noise and that means I either need to get a good lavalier mic or narrate everything after the fact (which is the more likely option going forward). I totally understand about the backlighting but the lighting in the garage is so poor that I thought it would only help. I have an idea for lighting for the next time I do this so it should be MUCH better. Also thanks for the explanation on "buttering". While I am a technical person by trade, and my hobbies involve me working with my hands, I have a background in cooking and when coating something wet with something else wet in cooking, that generally just leaves you a mess. This is why I made the chicken cutlet reference. This is the reason you dredge the chicken in flour first, then dip in egg wash and then dip in breadcrumbs to make chicken cutlets. That egg base with the bread crumbs is the magic in chicken cutlets and making that stick to the chicken requires flour. On the other hand, fried chicken is all about soaking your pieces in milk/butter milk/whatever your family secret is and then dropping it in the seasoned flour. That flour will stick very well to the now soaking chicken pieces and then go into the fryer (again wet to dry, never wet to wet or dry to dry), but this is way outside the scope of this convesation . Also, if I understand you correctly, you're saying I should just take the greenpatch up to about 230 and once dry fire from there. My initial plan (and I may have not been clear) is to start at below 212F (the lowest my oven will go, actually, which is in the 160 - 175 F range) then after an hour, go to 200f, then wait an hour and go to 300F, then wait an hour and go to 400F, etc until I hit the ovens maximum and then let it cool in the oven, closed, until the temperature is dropped (slowly to minimize cracking) enough to handle, and then fire. Additionally you say to not use the firebricks as the floor. These are hard firebricks, not the soft ones so not sure if that makes a difference, but if I don't use those, can I make a thick flat layer of Greenpatch for the bottom to use? Or should I just go to the Dollar Tree and pickup a bag of unscented kitty litter and wet that down till it dissolves, add grog, lay it flat on the bottom, dry it again in the oven until it's got no moisture and then fire it with the burners? Just trying to get it right the first time . As for the borax directions, that sounds EXACTLY like how to make soda ash (except you start with sodium bicarbonate). After an hour or so at about 200F, the baking soda turns into sodium carbonate (one carbon is released with the H2O). This is used in salt water aquariums to raise alkalinity and pH. Yet another expensive hobby I was in for a while about 10 or so years ago. Loved it, will never do it again.
  15. Frosty

    Seax Question

    Gee, THANK YOU FOR THAT Thomas! Just what I need more addictive reading material. Heck, maybe I'll be able to keep up with a friend of mine with the masters in history. I'd be REALLY surprised if I pick up something he doesn't already know about but . . . Frosty The Lucky.
  16. Irondragon Forge & Clay

    Charcoal vs anthracite

    That would depend upon your forge and air supply. Not knowing that it's hard to advise you. Also your location figures into the equation, hence the suggestion to edit your profile to show location.
  17. ThomasPowers

    Case Hardening

    OTOH the clay is not important. I've case hardened using thin walled steel pipe filled with powdered carbon donors with wrought iron buried into it, One end was sealed and the other folded over a couple times---semi loosely so it wasn't subject to popping---tossed it in the forge and kept count of the hours at heat.
  18. HojPoj

    Moreland and Son Ironworks - Beginner's Log

    I'll second what JHCC said. They're a little spendy, but I'd order at least one pair of commercial tongs that'll fit the type stock you'll be using most (or something that's so-so for general use, like wolf jaw tongs). This'll give you the benefit of something that you *know* will work, and also gives you something to have in your hands to dissect the process of making them and what geometries you might prefer.
  19. HojPoj

    Case Hardening

    If you're at a pottery supply place you could just ask for a high-fire clay. Whatever's cheapest will do the job. If there isn't one near you, the only other places I'd check would be a brick yard. Unfortunately fireclay doesn't have the ubiquity of bentonite, so the sources are more limited.
  20. Glad to see you're still above dirt. I missed you brother
  21. JHCC

    First time coal forge

    My coal forge is just inside the door of my garage, and I have a removable flue on wheels that gets rolled out the door when I'm forging. Great solution for when you can't put in a permanent stack.
  22. Father Grey Beard

    Arm and Hammer IDentification

    Thanks for the info so far guys. As requested I got a pic of the numbers on the foot
  23. My wife's grandfather survived the North Atlantic convoys in WWII, was shot, stabbed, survived cancer twice, survived heart attacks, strokes, and a career as a long-haul trucker. Drank like a fish, smoked like a chimney. Coffee was his lifeblood. The joke in the family was, "God don't want him, and the devil ain't ready!" Good to see you hanging in there, Ted!
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