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Luke March

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  1. Ok, there's one! Here's the spec sheet on the stuff I've got. 98% Iron oxide! Would it be worth segmenting it out and putting it up on the tailgating section? Shipping would be killer, but if anyone is having trouble finding magnetite for their smelting project, it might be worth it. I might do some smelting eventually; but I can't imagine I'll be smelting 1400 lbs! MagnaDense 2 Data Sheet 08-03US, 16-05.pdf
  2. So, due to a project at work, we now have about 1400 lbs of magnetite that we don't need; I have access to as much as I want. What are your favorite uses for magnetite?
  3. hmmm, I would only be able to swing friday - but don't make plans on account of me! I'm not even entirely certain I'm going yet. Actually I was going to skip this year, until I saw that Brian is demoing, and now I really want to go... but I have final exams Thursday and Friday morning (last exam Friday at 7:30-9:45 AM).
  4. Divermike, I may be interested in a ride - what day are you leaving?
  5. So, I got Colin Peck's book, and I've been working on gathering the needed parts to build one of these furnaces. The biggest issue, of course, is the refractory. Because shipping would be killer to get three 50+ pound bags sent by mail, I've been checking my local suppliers, and came across a company that keeps this stuff in stock: http://www.sparref.com/uploadedFiles/File/Products_Document_1214321489.pdf Would this work for the furnace refractory?
  6. That's exactly what is puzzling to me. By all accounts, the etchant was strongly corrosive. I don't know what the exact alloy was; it was part of a 4'x8' sheet of 16g steel I bought from the local steelyard. I didn't think to ask what it was when I bought it, but they only had one type of steel sheet. By the way its finish looks and by the way it work hardens, I would guess it's hot roll - I don't know if that means A36 or some other alloy. It's certainly not stainless. To test my acid I took another scrap piece of the same material and stirred the acid with it; the surface oxidation was di
  7. Thomas, Thanks for the tip, I'll have to try that sometime. Perhaps it will work better than what I have done so far. Do you think my shallow etching was the result of the metal being incompatible with the acid? Or should I have left it in longer? Or, perhaps there was something else I failed to do? Woody, I learned the H202 + HCl trick when learning to etch my own circuit boards. It was one of the recommended formulas I found when researching the subject; rest assured I did not simply say "hmmm, maybe if I add this chemical." I am aware that combining chemicals together when you don't
  8. So I decided to give etching a try. The goal here was to etch a design into a plain piece of steel. The particular piece of steel was a belt-end for a costume my brother is working on. I am using Beeswax as a resist, melted onto the piece of steel; I then use a scribe to scratch in the design. For the acid I am using Muratic/Hydrochloric acid from Lowe's. (I think it says something around ~30% concentration) For the first test, I tried the acid diluted, about as much water added as acid. After an hour, nothing appeared to be happening, so I added some Hydrogen peroxide (the diluted stuff
  9. If you do a google search for помредников, the translations show up variously as "Mediator," "Intermediaries," and "Agents". Wikipedia says, "Mediator -legal (Company, organization), or a natural personand to contribute in making a Deal. An example of an intermediary in commerce : the broker , dealer , broker ." I get the feeling that the word means something similar to "middlemen." So, a complete translation would be along the lines of "My dream is to work without intermediaries. So let's create a resource without middlemen, a thread that will direct customers to collect there! Does
  10. Wow, this thread came back to life. I started with some belts from usaknifemaker; they seemed to work pretty well, but for a college student, $15 seems kinda high for a single belt. Right now I'm trying out some belts from this local place: http://www.fintechabrasives.com/sanding-belts They actually make sanding belts and drums, and it's really close to where I live; I don't have to pay any shipping costs. I can't say how well they hold up, as I have not used them a whole lot yet, and I also do not have a very good point of comparison with other belts; but being able to afford multiple grit
  11. Here's the link for "On the Construction of Locks and Keys" that Neil mentioned above: http://www.anvilfire.com/eBooks/Chubb_Locks_and_Keys/
  12. HWoolridge, Thanks for the tip! I will check that book out. Edit: Bentiron, Looks like you posted right at the same time I did. I'm hoping to get some good books on the subject from the library, since that's free. I really like the look of the viking bronze, if I can figure out exactly what materials to use for things like molds and crucibles - it looks to be almost "dirt cheap." I suppose the reason I was not terribly keen on sand casting (which we did in an introductory class at school) is the surface finish. Whatever I end up doing, it will probably not be something that I have to s
  13. Randy, We actually don't have an art department; it's a small university centered around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). I think the only non-STEM program we have is business (well, and pre-law, but that's really small, and so is business). I did take a look through the course catalog for casting, and here's what I found: IME-405 Casting Processes 204(4) Prerequisites: IME-301 Corequisites: None Minimum Class Standing: None Green sand casting, lost foam casting, permanent mold casting and die casting are discussed. The interrelationships between part de
  14. Frosty - I'm a troll! Though I have been over the bridge a few times - there's a nice blacksmith shop up on Mackinac Island. I'm actually from the Grand Rapids area, currently going to engineering school in Flint (Kettering University, formerly known as GMI), and I'm on a schedule where I move every three months between Grand Rapids and Flint. How late in June is it? I'm working full time until June 22, then I'm spending a week volunteering at a summer camp, then I have a couple days off, after which I'm moving back over to Flint for the summer school term. A trip out to Minnesota would be
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