jason0012

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  1. Yikes that alstate rod is expensive! Still, might be worth a look. Despite a lot of experience with nickle rod, I really hate the stuff...
  2. The guides are Vs in four corners. The blocks are all independantly adjustable. A tad different from what I thought these early hammers used. I was pretty sure I had seen a serial number on it before, but can't seem to find it now. Any idea where it might be?
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    New building (finally)

    We close in mid december. Assuming all goes as planned with the bank.
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    Liability

    So forming a corporate entity is a big part of this legal protection? I have run circles with insurance companies and never gotten anywhere.
  5. I have chewed through a lot of 5/8 inch plate with a worm drive saw and a metal blade. It sucks big time. Wear a welding jacket and gloves and neck, face head protection. Those chips are hot and sharp and go everywhere, in big piles.... I don't know about 1 3/8 plate. That might be a bit too much for the saw. It would be cheaper and easier to use a torch.
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    Grinding room

    I am working on floorplans/ layouts for the new building, and am kind of leaning twords wanting a separate room for grinding. While I only have 3 at the moment I will likely have a half dozen, possibly more belt grinders shortly. All my scribbling on graph paper it looks like a 14x18 would be about right. With two buffers and 4-6 grinders and a bench or two. Anybody who has gone this route have any advice?
  7. I have tripped over things in my 400 sq ft shop since 1992. I outgrew it by 96. Tomorrow I am meeting the realtor banker ect to purchase a new place. The shop is kind of overkill. 53x84 with heat and air. Two air compressors with a dryer and a dust collector, and three cranes, oh and 480 volt 3 phase....now I have to figure out how best to arrange the place. Plenty of room for fabricating, forging, grinding and machining. The building is divided in half. I suppose one side should be forging with everything else on the other side. Any suggestions?
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    Show us your knife grinder

    I have a grizzly 2x72. I bought it about two years ago an wish I had bought it 20 yrs ago. I have done a fair bit of grinding on a craftsman 2x42 which was a nice option for just under $150 new, but did leave a lot to be desired. I have ground countless knives, dozens of axes and three swords on a delta 1x30 that I bought back in the late 80s. The 1x30 was ok( well no, it really wasnt..)but the bigger grinders make a big difference and belt cost on a smaller machine, like the 1x30 adds up quick to make the more expensive machine really attractive. I have parts for about three home builds for the new shop. The grizzly is a good basic machine at a really attractive price, but it does have its shortcomings.
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    Bradley Cushions needed

    A fellow in Michigan made mine in the early 90s. I have no idea if the contact info is any good or not.
  10. True enough about the rabbit hole. I wouldn't discourage anyone from adding a small hammer. Perhaps if I thought they were getting in over their head, paying stupid money for a trashed machine, buying way too big ( like a 3000 pound steamer) or just not competant around machines. In general, anyone who can handle hand forging will find a power hammer a great asset. The tire hammers are a good affordable entry point. I think that is exactly what Clay had in mind with the design.
  11. Clifton would make coat hooks on his 250 pound Murray just to prove a point. As long as the hammer has decent control and runs predictably you should be able to work as delicate as need be. I haven't used a tire hammer but from what I see, this level of control looks pretty common on them.
  12. A 2x72 is very much worthwhile. I bought a grizzly about two years ago and am kicking myself for not buying one 15 years ago. With these machines you get what you pay for and the uber expensive machines are actually better. Unless you are a professional full time blade grinder spending 10 hrs a day with the machine, you won't really need the top shelf machine. These are really simple machines and easy enough to build yourself as well. There are numerous good designs online.
  13. ROI used to have a masonry bin behind the shop that held about a ton and a half. In the mid 90s I got away from burning coal and the coal pit got torn down and its bricks comited to flowerbeds or something. Now I am back to burning coal. I have a trash can I am currently keeping it in, but would like to get a ton or two. I would like to find some sort of container for it. Billy Merrit used an old oil tank. I am curious what everyone uses. I will be moving the shop soon so may just build a cinder block bin at the new place...
  14. the brake is laying under my welding table, i have about 50 pounds of nickle rod, and amazingly, there is still green paint under the oil and grease
  15. It sounds awful small. That said, The House brothers built many amazing rifles in a chicken coup, and Billy Merrit's shop was probably smaller than that- so I guess you just have to use what you got.