Steve Shimanek

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About Steve Shimanek

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    American Samoa
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    toolmaking, blades, blacksmithing

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  1. Steve Shimanek

    Les Paul Guitar

    Very cool.....I'm a Les Paul fan.
  2. Steve Shimanek

    Anvil Army Patch

    The Color Guard of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian community used black berets with the SF crossed arrow insignia as their badge; all were former military, some of them were SF and arrows are definitely associated with American Indians. I was an honorary member as a retired officer and from an associated community. My take on the stolen valor issue is that as long as someone is not falsely posing as something they are not, the wearing of non specialized insignia is not really an issue. Special qualification badges not earned are another issue, one that is frowned upon. Some presumably well intentioned persons have berated people innocently wearing a shirt or hat with a service insignia as stolen valor, going way overboard. I like the anvil unit patch; a t shirt with that will be cool.It won't be long before it will be available through civilian sources that sell militaria.
  3. No, I mean the opposite...lowering the ram to hit harder.
  4. Impressive build; I see no excess movement, unlike a lot of home built machines. That was a sizable piece you were hitting on, so it looks like it hits well. How big of a gap is there between the tup and anvil? You might just adjust the turnbuckle out a little to get a harder hit.
  5. Steve Shimanek

    Cleaning the old work table

    This is as clean as it has been since i made it
  6. Steve Shimanek

    What did I do wrong.

    burnt? grain looks large; you didn't quench it, or forge too cold? No idea unless you specify all of your process.
  7. Steve Shimanek

    sculpture or trash?

    Forced patina recipes will vary depending on the metal; one method on iron or steel is heat, followed by salt and hydrogen peroxide applied in cycles, with light abrasion in between applications. Concrete cleaner is another method, but the fumes are harsh. Sealing an item in a closed atmosphere with vinegar also works. Try to google "forced rusting" or "forced patina" will return lots of results. I had a metal sculpture using an old chain link and a flange that i welded together, and needed to match the patina; the above techniques were useful and turned out well. I then sealed the piece with clear spray lacquer or similar.
  8. Steve Shimanek

    sculpture or trash?

    I like the patina of old junk; it lends itself well to creating art. Learning to do forced patinas to match old patina is a useful skill. Art is in the eye of the beholder, be sure to wear safety glasses
  9. Interesting, i will be watching.
  10. Steve Shimanek

    Cleaning the old work table

    I started cleaning off my work table; it just led to more projects completed and started...stuff is still on it
  11. Steve Shimanek

    Mower deck repair

    This deck has had a hard life and i needed to get back in business ASAP. I used my Lincoln MIG welder with flux core for most of the repairs, as i had not fired that machine up for a while; i later found more cracks on the spindle housing and acetylene welded them up.
  12. Steve Shimanek

    Started Power Hammer Project

    Roger....good shop day today, finished up what i was working on yesterday.
  13. Steve Shimanek

    Started Power Hammer Project

    I modified a spring bushing for the top roller to take up the slack and add in some rubber cushioning....yesterday i made the link for the top of the cylinder to the spring by modifying a leaf spring toggle, which i will beef up a bit by welding a strap on it; the eye of the leaf spring still has the rubber bushing in it, so it will be cushioned at both ends. I also welded on the top of the column, and cut a flange for the bottom of the cylinder to mount to. The cylinder and pivot point are placed asymmetrically so the rod does not extend to the end of its travel, so there will be a built in air cushion in the cylinder as well.
  14. Steve Shimanek

    Started Power Hammer Project

    Clarity not so good but shows the general idea....I cut off the die from the ram, melted in some more lead, then welded on a plate so the top die can be changed. Guide bushings are drilled to index them and keep them in place. Bonus photo shows compressor AND my welding cart.