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  2. There are a few methods to repel coons and groundhogs. Caster oil works well for both, place it around the perimeter or in the case of ground hogs at the entrance of the den. Used cat litter around the building or male raccoon urine. Along those same lines straight ammonia will also keep them at bay. Both keep them away by simulating a predatory animal. I suppose you could just start relieving yourself around the outside of your shop also. Coons really, really do not like menthol, so some horse lineament poured around the building would do the trick. Planting pumpkin or cucumber around the shop will help, coons dont like to step on them with their dainty little feet. Groundhogs will rarely burrow more than a foot down so a fence that is buried a foot under ground will keep them out. Then there is electronic methods. The sonic repellents work along with motion detectors on a light and water sprinkler. However coons are pretty smart and learn to avoid the area where they would get sprayed, and they also get used to sound and noise. Then there is always the good old fashioned cage and a .22 rifle. Both coons and groundhogs are a little stringy but can be quite tasty, kind of like squirrel. I am in the burbs and even here i have to deal with coons and groundhogs. This past summer i almost broke my ankle when i stepped into a groundhog tunnel in my barn. As a side note the groundhog did keep the cats out of the barn. They will attack a cat like right now.
  3. Why? what do you expect to gain?
  4. Attached pictures. The .025 wire tip is at the top of the 1/2 bell at narrow end
  5. Hey i had a thought the other day snd wondered if anybody has ever tried this ? My crazy idea was to start with 1095 stock and seal it up in a box with charcoal as a carbon donner. Then case harden it to attempt to acheve the carbon content of white paper steel 1.1-1.4% Anyone think this might work? just a crazy thought du
  6. Phoenix I imagine that you are not too far from Wild West city on RT 206. They are in the Netcong-Stanhope area, they used to have a blacksmith there, also Watertloo Village. They should be able to point you in the right direction for steel suppliers both new and used.
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  8. Unfortunately my hardened steel ball bearing didn't arrive when it was supposed to, so the hammer test is the best I can do. To me it feels like it has some bounce back and ring to ith https//youtu.be/fRxUs7vXRIo
  9. Rust and poky things are a hazard, watch out for snakes. Me and my uncle were clearing a trash heap one day. I was using a hoe to flip over some old sheet metal while my uncle stood with a shot gun. After blowing off the head end with a 12 gauge we ended up with with over 60" of copperhead left. One of the biggest ever killed in KY.
  10. My grandpa was quite the accomplished carpenter and cabinet maker. I have a bunch of his old tools. Thanks to someone here on the anvil stand thread i learned that some of the drill bits i have are bell hangers bits. I also have a couple adjustable drill bits.
  11. Gazz, that never even dawned on me. I am having one of those "DUH" moments now.
  12. Or it was a good place to dump the ash and clinker from the coal furnace in the house.
  13. You might try a solar powered light with motion detector since both of the critters you mentioned are basically nocturnal. I don't know how feasible that would be for you. I'm set up in an open implement shed so roosting birds are the biggest mess. I know some people swear by moth balls, you might try dumping a box where the entry points are. Good luck, Laynne
  14. It’s almost flat with 2x10 rafters and sealed plywood. Possibly asphalt shingles, maybe a tin roof
  15. MYX

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    Well, no books like that so... music then, and say Rush and 2112, but just did a search and steel melts around 2750, so that won't work. Hmmm... We need to change the melting point of steel.
  16. I was kind of thinking of the reducer as the decrease in diameter, and the flare as the increase in diameter...it just has a long straight tube in-between. So no, not a wasp waist, but the same principle? The furthest the burner goes in is pretty much the depth of the flare, so I was going from no flare to a couple inches of flare. I like you solution to no pyro. The pyro has it's issues as well - placement in the forge is the main one. When working where temps are critical (like heat treating) I use the color of the pyro as a known temperature to gauge the ballpark of where the metal is. It's always different. DanR
  17. I know where it can come and live. Pnut
  18. A Mossberg plinkster was 99 dollars the last time I saw one. A dog inside the shop at night will keep the critters away although it could cause damage of it's own. Make sure it's up to the task though an angry coon can give a lot of dogs a good fight that the dog might not win. Pnut
  19. The cooling reservoir tank is secured to the forge table. The hinged steel lid will keep the coon and my sister-in-law's cats out of the antifreeze. There aren't any dogs in the area. Rest assured the antifreeze will be well secured against any animal intruders. I am glad that the antifreeze poison problem was brought up as I never thought of this problem. Now a little background information: I do have a coon and groundhog invasion in the smithy building. They have dug holes under the buildings footing, in the dirt floor and leave their foot prints everywhere including the seat on my tractor. My Smithy is in an old Hog House surrounded with corn and bean fields here in Iowa. The cats are a real big problem as I will catch it if any one of the cats get poisoned. The only way to keep the animals out is to concrete the floor of a 30' x 60' building, which would be nice but cost prohibitive. .For those who live in cities, the wild animals probably are not a big problem. But for those who live in the farm country, they can be a huge property damaging problem much more severe than just being a nuisance . They leave their piles of scats everywhere, Coon will break into a house thru a hole that they make and live in the attic, or basement. Over the past few years, the coon have chewed a entrance hole thru the roof, and baseboard in our farm house. The coon fur prices have been down for several years. As a result, the fur trapping isn't worth the effort. This accounts for part of the explosion of coon in the farm country.
  20. Well PW104, it looks like it's to the island of misfit anvils for you....don't cry, maybe Santa can find you a home come Christmas time.
  21. I will make a steel lid to be placed over the tank so the coon can't get to the antifreeze.
  22. Hi there my friend. first ....who would blame You for the amount of pictures? The more the better! for us looking at your skilled work is entertainment and we are not overfloated with that, arent we? To make a living with making knives(or another craft) needs a lot of discipline....I say, more than if You work for somebody from 8am-4am....it more easy to get distracted by some " knife playing in the backyard" ....of course said from my point of view. as ever you show a nice asian influenced row of wild useful tools all looking undestructable and pretty mean And....he year isnt all over yet....keep them coming! Cheers
  23. I used to have a Stanley 45 combination plane that was my stepdads. I never did figure out everything you could use it for. I don't know what ever happened to it. Pnut
  24. The antifreeze additive ethylene glycol is poisonous to humans and also animals. animals like it a lot because it is sweet. It will kill them. In contra-distinction, the close cousin propylene glycol is safe for consumption and is an approved additive for some food products. Carefully check the label before use. Ethylene glycol containers should be kept covered. It is a strong poison. SLAG.
  25. Check the tank daily for floaters. Pnut
  26. Great!!! now the coon that have holes in the shop dirt floor may pass on to the next world without passing "GO"!
  27. Dead critters, unless you get the non toxic anti freeze. Pnut
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