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  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Gazz, that never even dawned on me. I am having one of those "DUH" moments now.
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  8. Or it was a good place to dump the ash and clinker from the coal furnace in the house.
  9. 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
  10. It’s almost flat with 2x10 rafters and sealed plywood. Possibly asphalt shingles, maybe a tin roof
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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.
  12. 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
  13. I know where it can come and live. Pnut
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. I will make a steel lid to be placed over the tank so the coon can't get to the antifreeze.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. Check the tank daily for floaters. Pnut
  22. Great!!! now the coon that have holes in the shop dirt floor may pass on to the next world without passing "GO"!
  23. Dead critters, unless you get the non toxic anti freeze. Pnut
  24. My forge building progress: Today the chimney portion inside the building was completed. It took two of us, a come-a-long and several ropes to lift the chimney bottom two sections into position. The connection joint is made by cutting a piece of the tubing into a 6" high piece with a 2" wide strip removed so the chimney section can be squeezed to be stuffed into the top of the chimney section. The section is then welded to the top end of the tube section to make the male joint. The Female section is made by making 8 each, 4" long slits in the bottom end of the tube. The tabs are pounded out. The two chimney sections are checked for a proper mating. A 3" wide clamping collar was made to go around the tubing joint. Since the Side Blast Forge is water cooled and winter is approaching I had two choices. a, fetch 10 gallons of water for the forging session and then drain the water when thru forging. b, go to used antifreeze. I opted for the used antifreeze that I got from the local car dealer. The antifreeze should not cause the steel tank and tuyere to rust. Antifreeze conducts heat a little better than water. ??Has any blacksmith used antifreeze to cool their Side Blast Forge?? If so, what is your evaluation of using antifreeze in stead of water? Is there any surprise problems associated with using antifreeze as a coolant? Are we having fun yet? Paul
  25. It depends on how authentic you are trying to be. In some historical re-enactment circles there is an unfortunate "more authentic than thou" ethos with people trying to out authentic their neighbors. "Oh, you have a woolen garment? Well, mine is hand woven wool. Oh, yours is hand woven? Well, mine is hand woven and hand spun. Oh, yours is hand woven and hand spun? Well, I raised the sheep and sheared them myself? Oh, you sheared your own sheep? Well, mine are a historically accurate breed." Etc, bloody, etc.. In terms of authenticity for eating implements you can go with either wrought iron or mild steel in my opinion. Just keep them lightly oiled. And stay away from forks since they weren't introduced into England until the early to mid 17th century and probably didn't get into common use in the Americas, particularly at a level below the gentry, until into the 18th century. Also, spoons had a bowl shape sort of like a fig, broad at the end and tapering towards the stem. The end of the stem was often beveled with a simple angle cut which was called "slipped in the stalk" and resembled how you would cut a flower stem at an angle. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  26. pnut - yes i do happen to have a old scrap pit on my quad trail i dont know i didnt think of it i will go check
  27. Up the speed some and figure out how to get it to dwell with the tup up. A little slow for a 100# mechanichal. Probably an easy fix, swap out a pulley somewhere. Good job with the mass, nice to see nothing jumping around or the camera shaking on impact.
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