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  1. No matter how you drill, lubrication is usually helpful.

    Motor oil is the stuff used in a car engine to keep the parts from cutting into each other.  Use a good cutting fluid designed to help the drill bit bite into metal, keep the cutting surface of the drill cool, and help flush out the cuttings.

  2. The resident turtle passed through yesterday and two wild turkeys were in the yard this morning.   There are two bird nests outside the shop and parent birds are trying to convince me the area close to their nest is their space.  Next they will complain that there is too much noise and it keeps their kids awake.

  3. They were working too close to each other.  

    Rule with chainsaws is reach out your arm, have the other fellow reach out his arm, and have 16-18 inches between your fingers.  That is as close as you can get to each other.  You do not want to turn and cut an arm off or cut someone in half with a chain saw.  It is not a cut, but each tooth on the saw blade rips skin, meat, and bone as it passes through at warp speed.  It WILL leave a mark.

  4. One way to learn to swing a sledge hammer is to hand split a couple of cords of wood.  You quickly learn to aim to hit the correct place on the end of the log, learn how hard to swing, and learn that twenty minutes of splitting wood is not even started yet.  Pace yourself takes on a whole new meaning.

    As with hand hammers, choose the proper weight hammer to get the job done, done correctly, and be able to do that for several hours.  Learn to control a 6, then an 8, then a 10 pound hammer before grabbing that 16 or 20 pound hammer and embarrassing yourself.  Everyone knows what it means when your tongue is hanging out and your panting for air.

  5. The tools shown in the videos break up the soil easily enough. It just takes a little time and effort to make it work.  

    You may want to consider breaking up one row and planting potatoes.  The soil may need to be broken down finer, so the potatoes can more easily develop in loose soil.

    Only take on a small amount of ground at a time, and get it planted  so you do not wear yourself out.  Stop when you get tired and rest.  You can come back later and continue.

  6. Use only a 2 pound hammer for a week.  Easier to hold, easier to control. 

    Make and use a tong clip for holding the tongs closed.  There are several designs for tong clips, choose one that works for you and your tongs.

    Check your body position while hammering.  Make sure the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, and hammer are in the same plane when hitting the metal.  When you practice a hammer swing, the hammer should pass just outside your leg or pants pocket.  Now move to put the hot metal into the same plane.

    Look at the way you grip on the hammer handle.  It should be much like the grip you use for a tennis racket.  The thumb should wrap around the handle and the tip of the thumb and tips of the fingers should almost touch.  Adjust the diameter of the hammer handle accordingly.  When you swing your hammer, throw the hammer head toward the hot metal and the hand is only there to guide the hammer head to the intended point of impact.. 

    You can not push with the hand to improve the impact of the hammer.  At the top of a power stroke, my finger nails touch the top of my ear, then I throw the hammer head down to the metal. Aim the hammer to go into and below the face of the anvil, an inch or two  below the surface. Tap, tap, tap does not move metal, bury the hammer into the anvil and the hot metal has no choice but to move.  For less  force, adjust the height of the hammer at the top of the swing but continue to aim past the anvil face and bury the hammer into the anvil.

  7. The sand blaster will exhaust the same amount of air that it takes in do do the sand blasting.  Depending on the sand blaster this exhausted air may or may not be well filtered before it is dumped out of the machine.  It is not the sand being recycled that is a concern but the fine dust that is produced.  If the machine has filters, when was the last time they were cleaned, serviced, or replaced, or does it just exit an exhaust pipe to the open air?

  8. Then you should see the size and gray color of using a ox/ac or plasma cutter outside in the snow.  Sun will hit the gray dust and debris and melt it faster than the white show.  The melted area will visually reinforce the use of masks and ppe.

  9. Grinders work best where the grinding dust and debris do not get on everything, outside for instance.  Put the grinder on a stand with wheels, or a small table on wheels so it can be placed near the anvil or outside. 

    This is not the time of year in Ohio, but grinding outside while there is snow covering the ground will amaze you as to how much grinding dust it produces.  You can actually the snow with a gray covering.

  10. Price depends on where you are located, the size and construction of the anvil.

    My first suggestion is to keep and learn how to use the anvil.  It will have more value to you for making the things you need then the money value from a sale.  Search for a JABOD forge (just a box of dirt).

  11. Fuel does not make the fire hot, air makes the fire hot.  Add gentle air and only as much air as you need to get the heat you want. It eats coal because that is the setting of the air flow. 

    Put a on/off switch in the electric line and turn the blower off when you do not need it, like when you are working at the anvil.  You can mark the air valve for two positions, one when you are heating metal, and two for when you step away to the anvil.  You may need to take the air valve apart and apply a little lubricant to make it turn more easily.

  12. The height of the anvil can be changed or adjusted by tipping the end of the anvil and adding or removing sand.

    As described elsewhere, use a piece of wood sheeting, and observe the dents or impressions left in the wood by the hammer, to fine tune to the proper anvil height for YOU.

    Did the sand covering the feet of the anvil help reduce the ring of the anvil?

  13. This is where modeling clay is your friend.  Push the modeling clay into the eye of the object and when removed it will give you the impression on the end of the tool used.  It is now up to you to figure out if it was one punch tool, multiple punches, or one tool multiple times being used to make the eye.

    Eye punches are relative easy to make.  Choose a stock, say 3.8 inches round and heat the end.  Clamp in a vise and use a center punch to put an indentation in the end of the tool.  While the tool is still hot, use the indentation to center the stock over a BB or other object and whack the end of the stock to form a dome in the end of the stock.  Grind the end of the stock to center the impression on the stock and grind to taper the stock, so just the end of the stock can be used to form the now pupil of the eye.  Test the new punch in clay to be sure this is the impression you want and adjust as needed. Repeat to form an eye socket, and or an eyebrow.  Several different size eye punches may be needed.

    The exact position of the bunch on the metal does not have to be perfect and can be changed to make a crossed eye, funny expression, etc. 

    You may want to reference how to make an eye punch.

    Eye punches

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