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  1.  In 2019 the Kentucky General Assembly dedicated the Kentucky Spring Seat Saddle as the official saddle of the commonwealth of Kentucky.  Eugene Minihan is credited with coming up with what we call a spring seat saddle,” says saddle maker John Goble. “He learned that he could take a tree—the frame that a saddle is built on—cut a piece of the branch out, and replace it with a leather hinge, and the saddle would be flexible. Today they’re called flex trees. But he was the first guy, as far as we know, that came up with this idea.”

    A quilted seat is particular to a Kentucky stich seat saddle or some plantation-type saddles. There’s some cushion, and you really appreciate that on a long ride. These little raised places will let some air under there, which causes it to ride cool. It also gives some texture that you can ride against. It’ll keep you secure in that saddle; it’s not just a slick seat.

  2. Rivet stock depends on the size rivet you are making.  Think wire in different gauges for small stock, or round bar stock for larger rivets.  

    The stock size and how the rivet is made depends on how many rivets you are going to need or going to use.  Do not try to chase down that last little bit of stock just because it is there.  Better to head one end of the stock, and then cut to length + enough for the other rivet head.  You can use a smaller rivet stock by using a washer for support against the material being riveted.  To keep the rivet from turning, use a chisel and make a mark on the material so the rivet can fill the depression as it is formed.

    If you have many rivets to make or install, there are several ways to speed up the process, and make your life easier.  You just have to identify the problem, and then work up a creative solution to solve that problem.

  3. This is the vise held version Rivet Header Helper  by Jr. Strasil


    This Handy little tool for the vise, is what I use for rivet heading.


    To use I put a light center punch mark 1 1/2 times the diameter from the end and then use the upset helper to upset the end some. 

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    The History of Fisher & Norris

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    Contact Josh Kavett PM to order the book.

  5. EN24 is a very high strength steel alloy which is supplied hardened and tempered. The grade is a nickel chromium molybdenum combination - this offers high tensile steel strength, with good ductility and wear resistance characteristics.

    EN24 is a very popular grade of through-hardening alloy steel, which is readily machinable in the “T” condition. (Refer to our machinability guide). EN24T is most suitable for the manufacture of parts such as heavy-duty axles and shafts, gears, bolts and studs.  EN24T can be further surface-hardened typically to 58-60 HRC by induction or nitride processes, producing components with enhanced wear resistance.

    In addition to the above, EN24T is capable of retaining good impact values at low temperatures, hence it is frequently specified for harsh offshore applications such as hydraulic bolt tensioners and shipborne mechanical handling equipment.


  6. You were going to invest it anyway, so put the cost difference between todays steel prices and the old Freon tank into a kitty for tools you will find later.

    Welcome to the site. 

  7. You can dig under the bag and then raise the bag up until you can get a proper sled under the bag so you can move it to the new location.  A smooth bottom sled and rollers are your friend as are straps to hold the bag onto the sled.  Otherwise a strong pulling device, truck, group of friends, etc is needed.

    Your challenge is not moving the material, but how many different ways you can use to get it moved.  Choose the one that you feel will work for you.

  8. The preparation is ALWAYS the place to start. 

    The best preparation for anything, with no short cuts, and no *that is good enough* is the proper way to go.  Painting is the same, get it down to good metal by removing the crud, dirt, oils from you hands, etc and then build up the protective coating using good materials at every stage of the process.  At some point there will be a compromise or failure in the coating.  The coating should be able to be repaired or replaced when this happens.  

  9. I have seen the results of moisture getting under powder coating and there is no way to stop the damage once it is started.

    Hollywood and the movie industry can use paint to make things look any way they want.  Want a stone wall, paint it to be stone.  Want a brick wall, paint it to be brick.  Want a particular background, paint a piece of canvas to be what ever you want, forest, city overlook, dungeon, cave, etc.

      Cars used to come with a small bottle of paint to touch up or repair any dings from gravel hitting the surface of the paint.


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