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About swedefiddle

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  • Birthday 07/20/1951

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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. Good Morning, The way the Tool Manufacturers want us to go, without the Umbilical Cord. If you think more Voltage makes a better machine, that is Psychology 101, is more better? DeWalt and Mac Tools have the same batteries, nobody else has the same anything. If you need a battery, it is cheaper to purchase a complete ??????Drill or whatever. A cordless anything will not out power a corded Power Tool. There is no simple answer, you MUST try the options before you buy!! Neil
  2. Good Morning, One of the side benefits of Induction Forges is the lack of scale or oxides. I haven't tried welding in mine, but the theory says it will work. The metal will get to welding temperature. There will be no problem if you are using a Hydraulic Press to weld. When heating a large section, it is peculiar that the center of the section is not as hot as the outer area, after/when heating you have to wait a few seconds for the center to get equally hot, from itself. Neil
  3. Good Morning, Hawg You need to use a better grade of Steel to make punches and chisels, not Mild Steel. A piece of Coil Spring, a piece of Leaf Spring U-Bolt (that holds the rear axle to the leaf spring), a piece of ?????. You don't have to purchase a new piece of Steel, but that is the only way of knowing what you really have. Think simple, What is available that you are able to scrounge. just my $0.02 Neil
  4. Good Morning, I was talking to Francis Whittaker at CanIRON II in Calgary. Another person asked this question of Francis, Francis said "Drill a 1/8" pilot hole at the desired angle". Neil
  5. Good Morning, If you can manually open the jaws and you are used to a thread opening the Jaws. Maybe you have to adjust your expectations. Neil
  6. Good Morning, Tyler Where are you making a shadow? Add it to your Avatar. There are knowledgeable people many places. Are you close to someone you can personally ask? Frosty is correct, it may have a chipped tooth, enjoy it's personable smile. The swale in the top face is better at straightening something bent, than working on a flat surface. Enjoy the lady you have. Treat her well and she will return the favour in spades. Neil
  7. Good Morning, Number, 3 Legged Counter-Top Forge. Call it whatever you wish, "Mine" works!! I have one without the leg extensions, a Shorty. Neil
  8. Good Morning, C-1 is correct. You should have a container of Play-Doh, Plasticene, Modeling Clay or Cookie Doh in your Tool Bag. The answer to your question would be in your hands. K.I.S.S. Neil
  9. Good Morning, Black Diamond, Washington got it's name from Coal. Neil
  10. Good Morning, You will not be sorry!! You may want to put some Silicone under it, when you put it on your Anvil Block. Makes hearing last longer. Neil
  11. Good Morning, Only in Canada eh, Pity!!! I don't want to upset your Apple-Cart, but, Learn how to make your own Blacksmith Tools, first. Then think about making, "That's No Knife". When playing Baseball, 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base. Sometimes you make it it home, sometimes you are out. Sometimes, but rarely, "You knock it out of the Park". Some people "Knock it out of the Park" on the first day, then try for years to duplicate the Trick. Just trying to be realistic. I am trying to politely ask you to understand the process before making piles of "Bish" (ru-BISH). Unless you are living in an area that has lots of Pigs, You probably don't need a Trick "Pig-Sticker". This Journey has no "Index Page", nor does it have "The End". Enjoy the Journey!! There is no End!! Whatever keeps the smile on your face, is the correct thing to do. Some like to think there is a 'Rule Book'. There is, it is called "Be Safe, Don't hurt yourself or anyone else". Spectacles, Hear-stacles, Breathe-stacles, Heart-stacles, MUST BE TAKEN CARE OF FIRST!!!! Enjoy, Neil
  12. Good Morning,Flux We are hosting the next CanIRON at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Cloverdale, BC (just over the hill from Langley). Dates are July 4-7, 2017. Hopefully Registration will open later this week. see caniron.ca/2017 The journey will be worth it!! Neil
  13. What kind of Power Hammer?? Ask the manufacture.what else works. There must be a lubrication cross-over to something readily available. This is something to get information, from the lubrication professionals!! Not the keyboard!! Neil
  14. NWBA Spring Conference is at the Fairgrounds, Longview Wash. Plan to be there May 12-14. Demonstrators, Tail-Gate sales, New Tool sales, real people to ask questions of, Not far from Home. Check out www blacksmith.org. There are members in your Town. Briquettes work, but are not the best. Stop banging your Head!! Neil Put your location in your Avatar, nobody will look back to the above posting to see where you make shadows. You may not care, we do. Neil
  15. Good Morning, You can adjust it in and out. Try this, try that. You will find that the Propane spray nozzle MUST BE DEAD Center. Some use a flare, some don't. If you put the burner too far in, the end will burn off with No Gain. If you put your localle in your Avatar, maybe there is someone who you can get advise from, local to you. Neil