John McPherson

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    Charlotte, NC
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    Full Time Welding Instructor/CWI, occasional blacksmith.


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    Charlotte, NC

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  1. Going to Madison guy?


    1. Canyonman


      Hey there fellow Grumpy Guy,  

      Might you have a material and dimension sheet for the steampunk sawhorse lookin Anvil stand.

      I realize the original post was a while ago. Just thought I would ask.

      TIA    Ken


  2. I have found that companies that cut out sink openings in kitchen countertops, often give piles of stone oblongs and discs away on freecycle and similar websites. Use drill bits made for cutting glass, make a dam of clay around the spot, and keep the bit wet. youtube has lots of videos.
  3. If you will take the time to read the lettering on the pitman arm of that massive horizontal metal bender, you will find that it is "The Bulldozer". Years later, recalling the action of that standard shop tool, someone took to calling the impressive earthmoving capabilities of a push blade on the front of a tracked site preparation tractor by the same sobriquet, and the name stuck.
  4. 1 x 112 + 0 x 28 + 6 pounds = 118 when new, which was prior to 1906, since it was not required to be stamped 'England" for export.
  5. I am not aware of a guide to all of the ironwork for Savannah like the one for Charleston, SC. The wrought fence at the Girl Scout founder's home was actually made by her. (Juliette Gordon Low) Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road is another point.
  6. Gauges and meters can lie. They either lose calibration, were never calibrated to begin with, or in the case of gas gauges, are set up for the wrong density to gas or gas mix. That being said, the right, high quality flow meter is worth it's weight in gold if you are going to do this a lot. Certain shops test new welders by taping over the amp meters and flow meters, and have the applicants set the machine up by visual and audible feedback. If you actually have the field experience, it takes two minutes to get it dialed in. If you don't know where you are going, anyplace you end up is OK. If you have a certain destination in mind, and have never been there yourself, maybe you need a map or a guide.
  7. Do nothing: anything that you could do would destroy the market value and history. It is perfectly usable just the way it is for 99% of the things that an average blacksmith would do. Most of the time you only need a flat surface under your work the size of the hammer face. The gentle curve is actually useful when trying to get something perfectly straight, metal has a memory and tends to rebound. If you ever do need a perfectly straight and flat surface with absolutely square edges for a special item, make a plate with a stem that fits in the square hardy hole.
  8. Google search for the "Scary Sharp" method of sharpening: lots of wood worker pages and youTube videos to help you out.
  9. Working by myself, I would use a hammer, anvil, butcher tool in the hardy hole, and a monkey tool to shape the tenon. But there are probably half a dozen other ways to do it, depending on how complete your shop is, and what your time is worth. Are you primarily interested in making money thru production, and blacksmithing is simply a means to an end? Or are you interested in the art and science of blacksmithing, and making stuff and having to sell it to support your hobby is a necessary evil? Somewhere in between? The fastest way to make money from metal is to buy a CNC plasma table, a cheap MIG welder to use as a metal glue gun, and buy items from an architectural catalog to bodge together to sell at flea markets and the like. Soulless, lifeless, and I see hacks selling $10K worth on a Saturday. The fastest way to go broke is to buy every tool offered on the market, hoping this next one has the the magic inside to make you an artist. Or, you could learn the basics, and work your way up thru the skill levels a little at a time. The traditional way, making a hundred of everything util you get it down pat, then moving forward. Then you would know if a tool or jig would help you make a better product, and why.
  10. What we all want to do is have it all, now. Barring buying a winning lottery ticket or inheriting a fortune, that's not going to happen. A barn full of tools does not make you a master craftsman, anymore than owning a katana makes you a Samurai. We are all born with hands and feet, but it takes tears of training to become a Black Belt. What you need to do is acquire skills, basic and advanced. Fancy jigs and power tools just help you make more mistakes faster if you don't know what you are doing wrong. Take classes. Join a group. Go to hammer-ins.Texas is full of those things. Save your pennies and go to national conferences.
  11. FlatLiner, that is not torch damage, it is chipping of the hard face from missed blows and working cold steel on the edges. And yes, leaving it alone and using a square edge on another anvil, or making a hardy tool with square edges is the smart thing to do.
  12. Actually, the formula is X + 1, where X is the number of anvils that you currently own. I only have one wife, but that does not stop me from looking at other women. She says that the day I stop looking, I will be no good to her either! The hunt is part of the fun, maybe most of it.
  13. If you go there in person, bring a file and a ball bearing, or small ball peen hammer. If the file skates on the face plate, but cuts into the body: joy. If both surfaces cut the same: door stop. 75% rebound with the hammer or bearing in a rust and paint free spot: anvil. Less than 75% rebound, or dents from the test: Anvil Shaped Object (ASO).
  14. Cade-O, those look like commercial pickets made by rolling bars thru or between dies to get the texture. Sell the hand-made appeal, not the cookie cutter catalog look.
  15. JHCC is correct: you need two H20 molecules to add to each SO2 to get the 4 oxygens in H2SO4. There is some free hydrogen released in the reaction, just not noted in the equation.