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  1. You may want to make a casting mold of the object before you start. Call it plan B. As others suggest glue would be preferred to heat on an unknown material.
  2. And your answer arrived 30 minutes later (grin).
  3. We need all the information you have (plus photos) available in one place in order to answer your question. Your posts have been merged as they are on the same question.
  4. Look up the JABOD just a box of dirt forge (solid fuel) and you can have a fire going in an hour or so. Your choice of solid fuels can be found locally. Look for the thread on makeshift anvils and choose one that can work for you. The IFI store sells gas forge refractories and delivers them to your door. The more you read the less money you will need to spend. You can get metal to play with by going to the places that throw metal into a dumpster. Learning to scrounge is both an ability and an art form. Above all look up TPAAAT, the Thomas Powers Applied Anvil Acquisition Technique. It works for all sorts of things, including anvils. The READ THIS FIRST thread will guide you through the site.
  5. Plates stacked horizontally are a poor choice, unless they have a FULL penetration weld between each plate. Each air gap absorbs energy and efficiency. A better choice would be to stand the plate up vertically and have a 2.5 inch wide anvil face.
  6. Please realign your anvils to north and get back on topic.
  7. The site self corrects. This is one example of the self correction. gwynlaredogranger, thank you
  8. My question relates to the statement about breathing in massive amounts of the fibers for many years before the onset of silicosis. The site is viewed by over 150 countries of the world and errs on the side of caution. Each person is a unique individual and reacts differently. What is the minimum amount of fibers inhaled that cause problems?
  9. Top of the forum is a tab labeled IFI Store, Shirts, Refractory.
  10. Ceramic Wool Insulation, Safety Alert by Chuck Wright MD Please present references and your credentials, to back up your statement. This is not personal, we want to read the information and learn.
  11. May want to consider a couple of drawer pulls (horizontal), or handles for things or doors (vertical), for Dad's garage.
  12. Tree ornaments, coat hooks, stocking hooks for the fireplace, candle holders, etc .
  13. Figure out how many brackets you need, and what size material you want to use to make them. A jig will make it easy to bend a couple of 90's or another type jig to bend the U shape. Hydraulics or a mechanical press will speed up the process. Another jig to measure the location for the holes will outrun any ruler.
  14. Add another brick on top of your current stack and add more fuel to the top of that brick. Fire and flame does not heat metal, embers heat the metal. Fuel does not make the fire hotter, air makes the fire hotter. Control the size and heat in the fireball and the extra fuel will insulate the fireball and allow you to get it hotter and use less fuel. Only use enough air to get the heat you need in the fireball (embers). You will be surprised how little air it actually takes. The fire fleas then go away as you are no longer blowing them into the air.
  15. Camper vans can be washed down with a garden hose, computers and monitors can not be washed down with a garden hose. Your call. Keep dust and debris away from delicate things that do not play well with dust and debris. If you want to see how much dust is created by grinding, do it outside in the snow. All that gray stuff on the snow can be a problem inside a shop as it settles on everything. You stir up that dust just walking through and stirring up the air. How much is there now? Do the white glove test with a damp white cloth and the top of cabinets, door frames, etc. Next wipe across the low areas, table horizontal rails, floor, corners, move the stands and stationary tools, etc. That is the stuff you have been breathing. One way to clean the air is to put a furnace filter on a window box fan and let it circulate and clean the room air. The best way is do not create a problem and you will not have to solve that problem.
  16. A three toed metal blade, or brush knife, for cutting small brush with a weed whacker (if it can take such a thing) can cut through brush 2 fingers thick. Great tool but you MUST keep it away from anything you do not want to cut. When one side gets dull, just flip it over and continue to cut.
  17. One of the IFI mottoes states “learn from our mistakes and go forth and make new and creative ones” Charles Stevens
  18. If you have use for it, then go for it. Speaking of stumped, you ever make a divot in the end grain of a wooden stump? Makes a negative bottom tool with many uses.
  19. What would you use a swage block to do in your shop? Are most of the holes in a swage block larger than the normal stock you use anyway? When was the last time you forged 2 inch square, or needed a large round tenon? Photos of the block would help.
  20. Steel 12 x 12 x 1/2 inches weighs 20 pounds. Your piece of steel 23 x 14 x 2.75 inches should weigh about 256 pounds. Placed on end, that would make a nice anvil and anvil weight. If you purchase an anvil to gain a hardie hole and a pritchel hole, how much are you going to use the holes? Ehough to justify the price of the anvil? Make a portable hole when you need a hardie hole. A pritchel hole can be made for the portable hole or use a bolster plate. Bottom tools can be attached to a saddle that fits the plate.
  21. Have you contacted Alec Steele?
  22. You selling the mandrel or just wanting a representative price?