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About swedefiddle

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    Victoria, B.C. Canada
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    CanIRON. I have been to every CanIRON event and I co-ordinated CanIRON VI.
    I have a very bad habit of racing automobiles on frozen lakes, 5 time BC champion, 3 Canadian Championships, 2 World Challenge championships. I'm just a beginner.


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    Victoria, B.C. Canada
  1. ember problems

    duct tape end of gloves close . ABSOLUTELY NOT. If you are going to wear gloves they must be able to be thrown off immediately. Do not wear gloves for forging!! I wear gloves when I am using the Power Hammer, but they are always ready to be thrown off. I never ask students to wear gloves. I don't deny them to use gloves, but after a little bit, they realize they are in the way and don't use them anymore. Yes there are times when you are holding a Punch, that it is justified. Eye and Ear Protection is an absolute MUST!!!! Only wear cotton clothing, NO SYNTHETIC FIBRES!! Leather boots, welders have a leather flap that protects the shoe laces. No sneakers!! unless you want to do the 'Crazy Dance'. You will learn when you get a hot one inside your shoes, there is no way to get at it fast enough!! Neil
  2. Greetings From Newfoundland, Canada

    Good Morning and Welcome from the left Coast, There is no perfect size or style of Forge. I have a Forge made from a 1 1/2" pipe tee, added a couple pieces of pipe to support the piece that is being heated. Flared a short nipple for the air intake in the middle. Someone said it couldn't be done, guess what!! Do not start with a large container, start with whatever you have at hand. Fire-brick works too!! Enjoy the Journey, K.I.S.S. Don't make it complicated. Add your location to your Avatar, this lets people know where you are. Often, help is not far away. Neil
  3. Good Morning Andrew, Different materials use different 'Quench Rates'. 'Quench Rate' is how many hundreds of degrees it may/should take to cool something in one second. (ie 900 degrees/second). Fastest to slowest is; Brine, Water, Oil, Air. There are many different quench rated oils (some oils cool faster or slower). When you ask a general question like above, you are showing that you don't understand the "Hardening and Tempering" process. The hardening and tempering data is available in every copy of 'the Machinery Handbook', regardless of what year it was published. The data for what chemistry is used for what Metal is also available in 'the Machinery Handbook'. You can often find an older copy in a used book store for very little dollars. The Hardening and Tempering Data is also in 'the Machinery Handbook'. The Heat Treating of a material requires the material to be stress relieved, first. This is Annealing or Normalizing. The next step is heating your material slowly to above the 'Critical Temperature'. This is about 50-75 degrees above when the molecules don't know if they are north or south, ie. become non magnetic. Then you plunge your material in your quenchant. This makes your material hard like Glass. The next step requires Tempering, this is to take the brittleness out and creates the toughness. The tempering should be done as soon as possible after hardening, the internal stresses of Hardening could cause the material to crack, on it's own. There are many books written with all the information and all the correct terminology. This is just a quick snippet to try to start your learning process. Often times the correct quenchant is determined by creating failure. What breaks, what doesn't. Good Luck in your journey. Neil
  4. Help with identification - hanchett manufacturing

    Good Morning, For quite a few people, an e-mail is a bother. They won't answer. Pick up your telephone and call them. If you ask intelligent questions, you most likely will get an interested person. Neil
  5. Troubleshooting Anvil Stand

    Good Morning, The best answer is to ask your 'Donor' for a taller block, next time he is bucking up a tree. Those pieces will make good shaping blocks. Neil
  6. Dimensions of flat jawed and gooseneck tongs

    Good Morning, Poor Baby, Do I have to think once in a while, or twice in a short while???? Forget the long while, it turns into a "whine"!! Best to leave the wine for the cup and forget the other "whine"!! If there was a chart for "This dimension of material, makes this dimension Thongs", it would be in the Sewing Department. LOL We used to call Thongs, the things on our feet!! LOL I guess I am showing my age again, If I can remember that far back. LOL Neil
  7. Dimensions of flat jawed and gooseneck tongs

    Good Morning Dave, Now if only there was a chart to tell what size and length stock to start with..... Make one the size you want with Play-Doh, scrunch it up to the size of your material. somewhere around 7-8" for average Tongs. Neil
  8. Good Morning, It's a beam from a scale. Maybe he is tired of pushing his weight around, LOL. Neil
  9. Super newbie looking to start learning the craft

    Happy New Year, There are quite a few in the Blacksmith group for your area. Frosty is in Palmer as well as a few others. I think they had a meeting/get together last weekend. They will answer you, here, when they are on-line. I forgot, put your location in your Avatar. Welcome to our world!! Neil
  10. Should see when he is Finnish, in Australia!! Neil
  11. Good Morning, The Silk Road. This created "Damascus" in Damascus because the merchants were trying to dilute the grade of Steel from the East. Stretch the commodity so to speak. The rest is history!! Neil
  12. Bending tube and bar.

    Good Morning, Some tubing you fill with sand and weld a cap on each end, so it will bend without the tubing wall collapsing. Neil
  13. Forge welding

    Chain Mathmatics, 1+1=3, 3+3=7, 7+7=15, 15+15=31, etc. Enjoy the Link!! Neil
  14. regulator confusion

    Try it, You'll like it!! Don't bother asking permission, get it done. Neil
  15. regulator confusion

    Good Morning and welcome. Trying to figure out a Propane regulator is not a simple as a yes/no. It probably will work and it should, if everything else is correct. The correct answer is "Absolutely, Positively, Definite Possible Maybe". Try it and see, if it doesn't work for this Forge is probably will for your next one. Enjoy the Journey, there is no Destination other than taking care of things inside our Heads. Neil