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  2. Beyond words my good man, beyond words. Thank you.
  3. You can get manuals for all Lincoln welders on their web site.
  4. OK, I spent day on YouTube & this site. After getting very tired I went back to the T burner of Frosty"s and decided I will follow these plans. I went to hardware store & got parts to start again. Only issue is the. 033 tip & configure to attach to or work with T. I am failing to understand clearly although I have an idea how to accomplish. Wish me success!
  5. Hi, hopefully this is the right place to post this. I'm starting to consider getting a welder, and I'm looking for advice on different options. I think I'd like to start with a stick welder since they don't require the hassle of shielding gas, and I've heard from several sources that it is a good type to start with. Now the problem I'm facing: the only 230v circuits I have access to are wired with 20A breakers. I'm not an electrician, but I'm pretty sure that rules out being able to use a Lincoln tombstone welder for instance. I'm assuming this amperage constraint this limits me to relevantly low-amperage welders, but I don't see myself needing to weld huge pieces of material anyway. Currently what I imagine I'd use it for is repairs and relatively light fabrication. Am I better off buying new, or trying to find a used unit? I don't mind waiting a while to find a good deal, but is buying an old one relatively risk-free as long as the leads are in good condition and it strikes an arc? If I do purchase one used, what amperage would be able to work with the 20A breakers? I know new welders have documentation with information about required input power, but an old one likely won't still have its manual. Is 100A a safe choice? Alternatively, if a new welder is a better choice, any specific recommendations that aren't too expensive? If I'm missing any information, please let me know. Thanks!
  6. Here is a shot of it running D7A8207E-ABC2-447B-BDB1-1FAA5911D474.MOV
  7. Too lmuch time spent? We will pass; our improvements remain in the world. Too much time? I don't think so.
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  9. I've been given a lot of information and experience. This summer I helped out a smith and he taught me a lot as well, and it was really an awesome experience that I really appreciate.
  10. found a piece of steel that I'd punched a hole through (very badly) a while ago.
  11. I finally got my anvil mounted. When I got it it came on a very crude stand assembly but some of the components had promise. The base section is a VERY heavy cast iron/steel turbine pump section with an approximate weight of north of 300#. The middle portion was a section of thick wall steel pipe which bolted to the cast base with studs welded to the pipe. I cut away a very crude mounting arrangement on top of the pipe section and shortened the pipe to the anvil working height I was shooting for. I then welded a round 3/4" steel plate to the thick wall pipe. The crescent-shaped locators were salvaged from the original crude arrangement. My welding is still a bit crude but I'm making progress... To dampen out the ringing, I put 3/16 EPDM rubber between : 1. The pipe section and casting, 2. The anvil and the 3/4" plate, and 3. A boss on the casting which reaches up under the 3/4" plate (not visible in the photo). I finalized the mounting by clamping the anvil to the 3/4" plate with toe-clamps. The mounting is rock solid and the rubber interfaces dampen the ringing nicely. I'd estimate 500 lbs (+) total but its fairly easy to move by rolling on the edge of the base. I finished up by carefully radiusing the edges of the anvil face to get rid of the sharp corners. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I've been rounding up some very nice hammers and am about ready to start. I've found a propane forge I can borrow until I make a decision between coal and propane. I'm about to go get some sucker rod and begin making tongs and a few hardies. Enough words... Enjoy the eye candy. Dan
  12. One hairdryer should be plenty. More is not always better. 2 inches of coal doesn’t sound like it is enough.
  13. The gap in the jaws is better than a half inch. Can't grab a nail or horseshoe with them unless you are completely flush, and at that they are not stable. Like I said, they hold a spike well, though.
  14. Without an exhaust opening the forge will not do well. So yes cut openings for the exhaust. BTW... Welcome aboard, have you read this yet? It will help you get the best out of the forum. READ THIS FIRST You might want to look through the Forges 101 section for ideas on the exhaust openings. What is your forced air source? Can't see it in the pictures.
  15. I don't have one but have used another smiths NC Knifemaker. It had no trouble reaching welding temps, although I think he said it needed to be coated with Plistix 900. That was several years ago.
  16. The over head line shaft pulleys converted to run with a bottom mounted motor
  17. Good work DHarris. I try to get things to match and it doesn't always work out, but I'm getting better at it. Good on your daughter for being able to raise so much money with her crafts.
  18. And then I say that and find some just like on Google. Dang it.
  19. Yah, would think they wouldn't have been made for hot work with those teeth, no idea what it's for. The nail clinchers I had had one flat jaw with teeth and one that curved up in a "C".
  20. Yesterday’s work. Two steak-turners and one of the three leaf hooks. It is the one that looks nothing like the other three. The three that each look something like the other are things I made months ago to see if I could forge 3 identical hooks. Close, but not close enough. All the girly things on the table were made by my oldest daughter. She is trying to raise money for an autism service dog and was given a free booth at a local craft fair. So far she has raised just short of $1400 USD.
  21. Dang it, missed the post, but I may be down there again at some point. We don't have anybody working the area. If I do, I will absolutely throw a pm your way...BEFORE I travel. Thank you, and sorry I missed it.
  22. Sounds like you got the "nut" size coal. I've had far more success with the "pea" size. You could try breaking up the big chunks smaller just as a test to see if that's the problem.
  23. I understand the eyesight thing. Just today, we adjusted the lights in my smithy because I don't always catch everything. I bring stuff out into the sunlight now to get a better look, then it comes in the house for inspection. I don't have to wear glasses all the time, but for reading, definitely now. I spent a couple of hours forging today, but I wasn't really feeling it. But looking over what I did do, it looked pretty good. The actual forging part anyway. I work from the right side of the anvil also. It feels more comfortable to me. But if there's an operation that would be better suited, I hop over to the other side. It takes me awhile to forge things, but I'm more concerned with technique and quality right now. Hopefully when I get down what I need to do to for an excellent forging, I'll be able to get it done faster as well. It's amazing that you only forge once a month and you turn out such expert work, Jennifer. All your years of hard work really show in what you do.
  24. I have read that thread a few times, albeit not lately. I mostly based my design off of Torbjorn Ahmen's:. I will have another look at the JABOD thread. Thx, Rob
  25. Hello all, I'm looking at buying my first forge this week after having taken my first class and absolutely loving it. I've been trying to look into the NC Knifemakers Forge over the Whisper Momma based on some complaints I've seen on the Whisper Momma not getting to forge welding temperature very easily. Does anyone have any experience with this forge? I can't find any previous threads talking about this one. If you have any thoughts let me know! (I'm looking to buy rather than build because I've been buying materials for a few weeks and loved my first forging session and would like to get started. I have no welding experience and I feel like it would take quite a while to build my own. Therefore I've just been trying to find what I can best get for my money that isn't going to be a gas hog or cheap firebrick forge like a diamondback.) Thanks!
  26. Looks like nail clinchers for farriers.
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