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  2. I know a guy who found an original poem handwritten by Rudyard Kipling in a used book of poetry he bought at a tiny bookstore in Covington KY. Some folks have all the luck. Pnut
  3. Welcome aboard, glad to have you. Love the web handle, do you get nervous around Sailor men? Have you outlined the categories of your essay? Perhaps discuss fuel types, each works better in a certain type forge and has it's own management requirements. Control is the basis for safe use of anything. Each fuel type has it's own safety issues as well. I believe everything you're mentioned has been discussed at length here many times over. Perhaps do a little more than light reading by section and thread. A couple hints, skim the section titles, then the subsection titles, then the thread subjects, then the threads themselves. If you try reading it all you'll be reading for a long time. The IFI search engine works poorly if at all. Use your favorite search engine and include "Iforgeiron" in the terms. This works a treat. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Well at 2 cents a pound, it won't bring much. As far as selling, especially to a scrap yard he will need the title. I would not grind the paint off, but heat it and scrape it, or just toss it in a fire and go do something else for awhile. Chopped up you could forge a whole ristra of chiles.
  5. I really like the way you think. Give Basil Bob a little chin chucking for me please. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. FEEL the panache envy! My pants are all so monochromatic.<sigh> Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Why did you go with a 2 inch crank offset? 3.5 is what most hammers use. Marcus B, your anvil isn't hollow and has at least a 20 to one anvil to tup ratio.
  8. I can see some folks are trying to pull in the date of the estate sale for my smithing stuff! Actually with the forge being back near the property line my wife only looks in it about once per year, probably on the advice of her Dr...
  9. Research the Dangers and how they differ for each type of fuel, (for solid fuel forges I would expect at least: charcoal, bituminous coal, coke and perhaps anthracite coal.) Cover storage, use (Ventilation!), dust issues, heat issues, safety around the forge, putting the fire out, dealing with problems, etc. I will check to see if any on my books include a safety chapter as I know instructors often want hard copy sources as well as net sources.
  10. Thomas, you really need to hang a sign on that buck's neck that says "Yes, Deer" (only if your other half doesn't frequent the shop often, LOL)
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  12. IFI is an interactive peer reviewed document. You have access to an archive of information provided buy knolegible folks, discussed buy the same and any incorrect information is quickly ferritted out. Profetinal Smith’s, talented amitures, fabricators, metallurgists, engineers, authors all contribute. The bonus is that you can also talk to and receive perspective from the contributors. Note that forge desighn and fuel type and quality effect fire management, as dose blast type. To show your due diligence in your reserch one might mention that up front, and then after describing your chosen combination and it’s managment and use, briefly describe differences. Most of us certainly won’t write your paper, but as folks that have written papers and taught we will be happy to offer clarification once you do your due diligence. Parden the spelling
  13. Think I paid a buck for mine way back when...We cruise old used book stores on vacations for FUN!
  14. I used to beef up a roof beam with two lally columns and a piece of heavy C channel to lift anvils using it. 1920's decrepit garage and I didn't want any Wylie Coyote escapades lifting anvils!
  15. Ethan, I've watched your videos. You have accomplished a remarkable feat, what with all the forging, cleaning, handle making, etc. I recall when you first started out smithing, and you have progressed fantastically (sounds like Alec, I know). I think you deserve a long vacation from that job!!! (before the next run, LOL). The next run should be a lot easier.
  16. I've always been amazed how willing to help other smiths have been when I've just outbid them on something we both have wanted. I bought a 6.5" postvise; definitely robustus, at a sale of a car repair business that had been in the same building since 1918, (so the old blacksmithing and woodworking tools were still in place...) Well I was recovering from having my appendix removed, old school scar, and was not supposed to lift anything. I outbid two other smiths and they actually loaded it for me!
  17. Chelonian, your 230VAC circuit(s) are adequate for your welder, just make sure that ALL your WIRING, RECEPTACLES, PLUGS and BREAKERS are proper for carrying up to 50 amps or whatever your welder requires. From your question, I would recommend you consult a licensed electrician to do ANY work on your welder circuit. As others have mentioned, the 110/120VAC welders are underpowered for anything above 90-100 amps and that is really stretching it for anything but thin steel.
  18. My wife just donated my set of plaid Bermuda shorts---I tried to promise her I'd only wear them with my collection of Aloha shirts...
  19. Looks like there is something funky about the Pittman arm to spring connection. Can you post a close up photo?
  20. I bet it packs a wallop. It looks like a tool that would take practice and the same partner to get truly proficient with. Pnut
  21. Thank you sir id saw it was just a little awkward. It was very tiring, not because it was heavy (it was less than 20 pounds) but because the motion that the handle has to travel in is a little different than in you were to swing yourself, so you end up working against the other person sometimes. If you just got comfortable at it over a few days, great power and accuracy could be achieved. it was cool how much BANG it had when it hit hot steel, compared to a normal sledge.
  22. P/B Blaster use it all the time in welding shop on farm eqt
  23. Wire welding is easy to learn, and there are plenty of machines that plug into a regular 110/115v outlet.
  24. Agreed. Lots of work for minimal return. Turn it into cash and buy bar stock!
  25. Is it in a form that supports something you want to do? I've met several people who "saved" nearly a dollar by forging down large "free" steel they had; of course they did spend an entire day and $13 worth of propane to save that dollar... It may be an alloy like is used for plane frames---a chrome moly alloy; I'd expect a motorcycle frame to be more than mild steel; but not an alloy good for say blades. Many "free" scrap items are best sold as scrap and the proceeds used to buy what you need. I'd list it on Craigslist and see what you can get for it.
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