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  2. Gotta love tourist town too. There is a motel in town that has on their marquee "Please don't pet the Moose" the only thing is, the statue below it is an Elk.
  3. I believe that my open minded comment was read incorrectly. I'm open on what to do. As for what I have done. Always have used the gas forge for these attempts. Combination 316L with a 1095 core. Cleaned each side on the grinder to 120 then cleaned again with acetone. Stacked & tacked the corners with a mig welder. Borax for a flux. Attempted to weld the same as a regular stack of carbon steel. Next attempt was the same as before with the exception of welding the whole parameter. Third attempt was prepared the same as above but not tack welded. I tried to use a can. Can was coated inside with titanium dioxide and thinned wood glue. This is the only try using the power hammer. Tried a few other times, but I can't remember the details. Thomas, I ended up with a case of cellulitis from a stray cat. I didnt know what that was, so like a idiot I didnt go to the doctor until it was almost to late to save my right arm. Was just shy of gangrenous they said. Whole lot of good times right there. All from a little cat scratch. But, getting better every day.
  4. OK let's try to cut the 20 questions short: I used this alloy for the stainless outside: I used this alloy for the high carbon inside: I prepped it like this: I am heating it in this type of forge: I am using this type of flux: I apply it: ; ; ; ; I am heating it till the steel/flux looks like: I am applying the welding force with this: I am applying the welding force like this: Other Questions Steve et al? BTW Hope you continue to do better; nothing worse to have time to think about stuff your health won't allow you to do!
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  6. open minded has nothing to do with it, what did you try to do to get it to weld? If you refuse to tell me how your trying to forge weld I cant help
  7. The short answer to this question is NO. I have not forge welded stainless steel, but I do know that what makes it stainless is the formation of Chromium oxide on the surface which (mostly) prevents oxidation of the iron underneath. This invisible layer of chromium oxide forms rather quickly even in open air without additional heat. In order to forge weld the material you will have to keep that layer from forming. The research I have done into what you are attempting to do suggests that you need a very aggressive flux (which may be toxic), a canister type weld with well prepared stock, or a forge with an inert gas atmosphere (which would probably mean an electrical furnace/forge and require you to set the weld without removing the steel). Explosive welding would also work, but has its own set of dangers and requirements. I believe some members on here have forge welded stainless to simple alloys and may be able to provide more information.
  8. So I've been laid up with an nasty infection for the last few weeks & have had some time for planning some projects. Bores out of my blasted mind. I'm been trying to make a hunter / skinner in stainless steel san mai ( stainless / carbon / stainless ). Every time I've attempted this, I've been unable to get the welds to take. Delamination city. I've got access to literally as much stainless as I want. But it's all 304/304L, 316/316L, with smaller amounts of duplex 2205, monell 400, & hastalloy (can probably guess what I do for a day job) I've only tried with the 316ss with 1095 or 1084 for the core. I know the 400 series stainless should work better. But until I can get some cash inflow again (blasted infection), I'm stuck with the 300 series stainless. Can someone please explain how to forge weld san mai with the materials available to me. Should I be trying to forge weld this like regular simple carbon steel? Maybe weld the whole parameter electrically first. In a can? This is vexing me & I'm hoping the doctor will sign off on me friday so I can get working again. Thanks for any advice y'all.
  9. This has been an interesting stroll down memory lane and all, but when can we expect AFB's inducers to available/on sale?
  10. Alright guys, I successfully hardened 2 hammers I forged again. I followed the charts for material thicknes and heating time that I found and it worked just fine. I assume it was a thing of getting used to the different heating rate in my gas forge. The picture shows a hammer I made for my striker, He was in need of a good hammer at work for setting up machines Thanks again for your support!
  11. Frosty

    Forges 101

    Tourist questions in general are pretty entertaining even if you give them a straight answer. I've been asked when the queen Salmon run, the family had seen the King Salmon. Let's see (an interjection to separate tourist questions) Ummm, "what season do Caribou turn into Moose. One of my favorites was the gentleman standing on the ferry dock who demanded a purser's mate, addressed him as Captain, he had braid you know. He demanded to know what the elevation was. The poor purser's mate was looking pretty stricken he just didn't know what to say so I rescued him. I didn't know his rank so didn't try I just said, "I think I can answer that for you, you have a LOT to do getting the ship loaded." I sort of combined a wink and rolling my eyes and asked the gentleman to step to the bull rail on the dock. I picked up a piece of debris, wood chip I think, held it in my left hand so I could start the stop watch. (Cassio calculator watch is my sort of trademark) While he was jabbering about how rude people are not answering simple questions. Just a second sir, dropped the debris and stopped my watch when it hit the water. Then I turned to the mate and asked him where the tide was and said . . . Something. Then I spent some time fiddling with my calculator watch, it takes me a lot of time and a pad of paper to work acceleration, distance, etc. calcs. We were about 28' above sea level at that moment but I was reading the depth marks on the Ferry's side. A BUNCH of people had gathered around to discover what the answer was going to be, the guy had been pestering a lot of people. We were in Haines the tides don't run as high there as in Cook Inlet but they're still significant, 22' IIRC. And I told the gentleman to paraphrase, "Without dropping a tape measure I calculate the dock is approximately 30'(?) above the current sea level, of course this changes with the tides." I don't recall exactly what I said but his expression is burned into my memory. Tourist questions, gotta love em. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. SLAG

    Aluminum oxide

    Mr. F.-Pepsi, Where did you study chemistry? By the way, Mr. Powers is absolutely correct. And Messrs. P. & P. are completely uninformed. SLAG.
  13. Same thing in a solid fuel forge. I even have a crank count I use when going for a billet weld. (or I chant that Monks chant from "MP&tHoly Grail")
  14. SLAG

    Forges 101

    Mr. Dragon, Mr. JHCC, et al., 'Ayyup', Texas is a big place, indeed. But some years back SLAG Industries (L.L.C.) bought an enormous spread in Antarctica. We are breeding thoroughbred penguins there. SLAG. ( CEO), p.s. great joke John.
  15. JHCC

    Aluminum oxide

    Into protons, electrons, and neutrons?
  16. JHCC

    Forges 101

    One of my favorite jokes involves the Texan quizzing the Vermont hill farmer on the extent of his property (the teller of the joke can insert here a lengthy monologue detailing boundary markers and their respective histories) and then bragging, "Down in Texas, I got me a spread where I can get in my pickup and drive all day without coming to one of my boundaries!" The Vermonter replies, "Ayup. I had a truck like that once."
  17. In regards to uneven heating in a gas forge. I rotate my stock in the forge to ensure there is an even soak,especially when working larger tool steel.
  18. True story, we always went to breakfast at the restaurant in the bowling alley where there was a long table that most of the farmers would sit & tell their stories (the liars table). One day there was a transplanted Texan sitting there bragging about just buying a 160 acre farm. He asked Bill "what's your best crop here". Bill replied Texans, he had sold the same farm a half dozen times when the buyer's went broke and he repossessed it.
  19. Just to be fair, I endured eight minutes of the 48 + minute video. Excruciating. I doubt that these gentlemen are doing anything more than trolling the gullible. Robert Taylor
  20. I hope they were just trying to provide information on a discussion and were not trolling. Unfortunately they were basing that information on a bad source. People sharing incorrect information is a fairly constant issue on the internet. We have previously discussed how to evaluate information from sources you don't know; about subjects you are not familiar with. (experience, credentials, dogpiling, etc).
  21. Thinks there is no Oxygen in air or in rust? Rust is either Fe2O3 or Fe3O4 and Thomas already covered air. LOL I just love how some people join just to spout off nonsense I suggest you stop listening to Peter&Pete as well, unless you need a good laugh
  22. Ferrules: for light duty I have used the metal ends of used shotgun shells, recovered from the desert or forest. (small ones: brass from the range)
  23. My daughter in law requested some shelf brackets for her bathroom. She wanted something unique and "blacksmithy looking", so here's what I came up with. I made her a pair of these, with sort of a sun motif. I learned a long time ago never to pick out colors for females. So, I told her to go to the hardware store and pick out whatever color she wanted, and to give me the can of spray paint. I also told her to buy some shelves she likes and to give me the width and distance she wants between the shelves. After 34 years of marriage I try and cover as many bases as I can before I start the project. If she doesn't like them, I'll be happy to take them back, repaint, and use them in my own house.
  24. Fredepepsi; Tim last visited in 2015; so I don't think he will get your update. Also rust *is* oxidation: iron becomes iron oxide---pretty much the definition of oxidation! So H2O, the chemical formula for water, doesn't contain O---oxygen? Air doesn't contain Oxygen? ("By volume, dry air contains 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.04% carbon dioxide, and small amounts of other gasses") BTW Annealing is a method of heat treating metal to make it soft. I strongly suggest you don't accept ANYTHING on youtube as proof unless you know enough to vet it! April 28, 2015
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