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  1. As Frosty said, welcome aboard. Have you looked into New England School of Metalwork? They're right there in Auburn, and have some great opportunities in black and blade smithing. I drove over 450 miles to take a class. You could probably ride a bike. Steve
  2. I dunno- maybe I'll be the wet blanket here. I've never used a shopsmith, but over the years I've come to the opinion that any, repeat ANY tool that purports to 'do it all' has the ability to 'do it all' but just not very well. Kind of like the 'jack of all trades, master of none'. It all really depends on what you ask your tool to do. I bought a quality ( single purpose) tablesaw as my first tool purchase many moons ago, and worked it and tweaked it so I can get a high level of precision from it. I have done the same over the years with the other equipment I have purchased. I have had some multi tasking tools, but as I said previously, they didn't meet my standards for performance. That said, you have the unit, might as well do what you can to make it fit your needs. Just be aware if limitations. Steve
  3. Oh man. Back in my ole tree climbing days I had a foreman who was constantly whistling "This old man", out of tune, no less. Cringe... 'This old man, he played 1, he played knick nack......... aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh it's back! Steve
  4. Re: the oil- you're not filling up the crank case- just putting a few drops in the top now and then. That's after you clean out years worth of grease crud. Steve
  5. Thank you. I really appreciate the level of detail you gave us, both in the tooling, and the work itself. Very much appreciated, and looking forward to the rest of the presentation. Steve
  6. If you don't know anything about motors, why are you trying to take it apart? I don't know anything about motors either, but I would look at the wire- is the insulation cracked? You might just have a wiring problem. Wire is pretty simple to replace, even for a knucklehead like me. If the wire seems ok, my next step would be to take it to a motor shop and start by getting an estimate. Also, see if you can pull the motor and replace it with something that works. As far as your manual blower, pix would be nice. Then we can offer some thoughts. Might not be a bad idea to add your location to your profile. Someone here could live right up the street from you. Also, take some time to read through the site, especially the stickies. A lot of your questions have probably been answered multiple times. Welcome to the sight, enjoy the addiction. Steve
  7. Yo Vaughn- I'd be interested in seeing your chisels and a quick rundown on how you do it. What are the chances of starting a separate thread on it? Steve
  8. Years ago I cut down a large walnut (Juglans nigra) for a client in prep for some garden construction. I was hoping to replant with some species I knew were sensitive to the toxin 'juglone'. I went to a trade show, where they had an 'expert' there to answer all our questions, and posed the question " How long is the toxin viable in the soil before it breaks down" or words to that effect. The expert couldn't answer my question, so I won a tee- shirt for 'stumping the expert'. Didn't answer my question, though. I did the planting ~ 1 year after the tree was cut, with no ill effect. I do have a list if plants that are not affected, just in case. Steve
  9. The one on the right looks like a mason's stone trimming hammer. Steve
  10. My late father-in- law had a house full of Yellin work- 50 lf of stair railing, 360 degrees, 2 levels. Shorter railings, a Juliette balcony, 11 sconce lamps and a 5' tall 5 sided chandelier. I spent a lot of time examining and fondling it, but never saw any kind of stamp. The house was built in 1926 in a Phila. suburb by an architect who had a business relationship with Yellin, and I found the job number in a reference. I believe Clair Yellin still has a copy of the prints. No stamp, but plenty of documentation. Steve
  11. No winch on that rig- what are you looking at? There's a loader on the front, and a backhoe on the back that got framed out of the photo. What kind of project do you have going on? Steve
  12. Here is today's project. You might be able to see on the flakeboard- x marks the spot. I pulled some translucent panels out of the way, and made the hole in the wall. My side sucker box is 13" square, and 4'long. Plenty poking in to give good clearance, and plenty outside to miss the gutter and overhang. I have at least 8" spacing from the box to any combustibles. When the forge is going all day, it doesn't get too hot to touch, but I still wanted some separation. I added some bracing inside after cutting and shifting one of the horizontal purlins, and beefed things up for the angle steel bracing holding it all up outside. The box in in place, and I set the first section of 12" flue pipe. The next step tomorrow is to get the outside braces set, finish the pipe and lid, and then flash and weatherproof it all. It has been a long time coming, but the end is (somewhat) in sight. Steve
  13. Moving back into the shop you can see the coal forge roughly in place against the back wall, then I start spinning clock-wise to see the space. The final shot is my portable rivet forge with the propane forge also mounted on it. I haven't used the rivet forge in a while, so the propane is a semi- permanent fixture on the cart. I can roll it where ever I want it, and can roll it out of the way when I'm done. I did fire it up last week- I was really jonesing for some hot steel, and I got my fix. I really enjoy how quick I can be up and running, without the mess of the coal, but I'm still anxious to get the coal forge going. I've had the propane for ~ 5 years or so, a basic freon tank 2" of kaowool and a burner by Steve Genscheimer of the local PA group, PABA.
  14. After a rather substantial delay, I'm back with an update. I've been putting things kinda in place, bringing in more stuff, and shifting again. There is now some semblance of order. I finished all my hauling from the old house- 22 loads in the dump truck.First image is the last load, sitting at the new house. I've made some good progress in the forge area, putting things away and placing the major stuff, anvils up on stands, and a whole bunch of head scratching. I think I have it mostly figured out. As I did at the beginning of the thread, you'll see the shop from the back door of the house, then front view, and walking into the center bay. I had to pull the little green tractor out for the photos, and will do the same when I fire up the forge. The bay on the left is packed full with my big mower, mini loader and my wheelbarrow and landscape tool piles. The building is a pole construction, 24x 36', with vinyl siding, one more overhead door in the back of the left bay, and 60 amps of electric. I'm waiting for the electrician (or someone just like him) to set me up with some 220 outlets for my welder
  15. As my grand daughter would say, " It has an 'owie'" Steve