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  1. Stash

    Post vise mounting question

    Shouldn't be a problem mounting it in that range. You might need to rejigger your spring but that's all part of mounting it. Steve
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    1940 Fisher - What do you think?

    A lot of pricing is location- based- is there an anvil drought in the area, or is it anvil rich? In my area, eastern PA, that might be a little spendy (at least for me). That said, that is a great looking anvil. The edge chips are pretty insignificant, and are typical of Fishers, which has a hard top plate. The top plate isn''t as thick as you think- they are usually not more than 3/8 to 1/2". They are cast iron bases, so they cast in a false plate for marketing purposes. Even at that price, if I didn't already have a few anvils, I would be very tempted by that one. Offer a bit less and use the chips and beat horn as bargaining ammo. Good luck. Steve
  3. Stash

    Punch and drift

    I think the centering is enough for me. Measure and centerpunch cold, it's easy to set and punch when hot. Steve
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    Beginner anvil question

    So just set it up like in Irondragon's photo and use it like that until you decide to modify. Make yourself a portable hole for hardie tools and you are good to go. Steve
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    Beginner anvil question

    I was under the impression that the OP was referring to the improvised anvil along the lines of the photo Irondragon posted, with 3 different profiles ground in- 1 as presented, slight radius on the edges, 1 rounded as a broad fuller, and 1 as (I think) a bevel like a butcher. I know Brian also made much use of his striking anvil, that Iron Alchemy referred to. Both are good examples of improvised anvils. Steve
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    Peter Wright

    The 1-0-15 stamp is not the date, but the weight as forged. That puts forged weight at 127# so your anvil lost some weight over the years. Steve
  7. Hey Cav- yeah, looks like your old (?) worn out(!) pick head was re steeled at some point. Bad joke- sorry. Also looks like the 'not so great weld' held up fine, and did it's job. I can't really tell if the base metal is WI or mild. A good soak in vinegar might clear that up. Personally, I would not use it for anything- I would put it on a shelf with my other neat, nifty and/or odd doodads. If it is WI it might be a little soft for use anyways. Steve
  8. Peter Wright Steve
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    Beginner anvil question

    That is something that you make yourself. I believe Brian used just mild steel plate, but I could be wrong there. If you could get hold of something medium carbon it will be better, but harder to grind to shape. Just grind away with a angle grinder and some coarse discs, then finish up with finer flap wheels. If you are starting out, just use the edge of the plate as-is, and develop the shapes as you see the need. Steve
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    Which would you use?

    If you've never struck hot iron before, I would go with the lighter one. The bigger one is good if you need to whomp some larger stock, but will wear you out more. Make sure to dress your faces to avoid donkey tracks on your work. Look up hammer dressing in this section. Not a bad idea to dress your pein a bit, too. Try to go for a larger radius, at least 3/4". I also have a slight crown in my pein, not much more than 1/16", and round the edges a bit, too. You can decide for yourself if you like the fiberglass with the rubber handle. Personally, I'm not a fan. Work with both and decide what works best for you. Steve
  11. Stash

    Surface grinder advice needed

    There is a discussion in the general machinery section about phase converters- I think it is even a sticky, so easy to find. Be a good idea to at least start there. Steve
  12. Stash

    S7 hot tools

    Looking at the heat treating app, re normalizing, it says do not normalize. The app is available for free to your phone or device. I believe info on the app is above, in the HT stickies. Steve
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    Wilson? Post vise Help with maker and era

    Hey Cody, I'm wondering if you might have a bit of a Frankenvise. The screw, handle and nut don't appear to me to be factory issue. Not that there is anything wrong or even uncommon about it. Sears catalog in the early 1900's had screws available so you could repair your vise. That vise looks very usable, obviously with the addition of a spring and mounting bracket. Sorry I can't help with the ID though. It looks like a lot of the English made vises of the mid to late 1800s, many of them came with no markings. Maybe the Wilson(?) stamp was put on by one of it's owners? Anyway, use it in good health. Steve
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    Hoodies, long sleeves and safety

    I figured out the hoodie drawstring thing pretty early this winter season. I was going to do some grinding, bent over to get my ppe stuff and saw the string flopping about. So I said to myself, "self, his looks like a you tube moment waiting to happen". I tucked the strings in, and went to work. I might just yank them out, since it is just a shop hoodie. I do know that it is all cotton, though. Thanks for the heads- up, Glenn. Steve