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    Cave Junction
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    Mangling steel, butchering wood, and scrap creation in general. But mostly the tools to do it with.

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  1. Give yourself as much elbow room around the shop as you can. If you have a clearing you want to put the shop in, and have the property to push it back, do so, having enough room for trucks to turn around, and guest parking is a thought as well. Trees are nice for shade, but a sufficient clear fire zone is a must.
  2. Not to my knowledge, I have a Parker 6" 3000psi rated tie rod cylinder in my forging press. It was a 20" stroke, too tall for my want of a bottom up press, so I turned down the tube and re-threaded the bolts to 14 inch. I could get the numbers off the tag if that helps in your search. I know you'll hate me for this, but my friend got 2 of them for 100 bucks each at the scrap yard, we built 2 presses around them, I cut them down (the 3.5" rods were fun to cut), I think the tie rods were 1 inch thick, one end threaded about 2 inches into the flat bottom block, so I put the threads I cut into
  3. Might be a candidate for hydraulic power? Use a hydraulic motor with a flow valve to the treadle for the rotation, and a small cylinder to motion the fulcrum where you want it with a valve nearby. You could adjust the throw of the hammer on the fly. ...Oh, re-read your post, you are thinking a hydraulic motor already, cool. I dont think you'll need a brake, mine stops on a dime when I let off the treadle, the flow control valve I use isnt a motor spool (which are designed to let the motor coast to a stop), the motor stops almost instantly when the flow is cut to it.
  4. Did I read that right? You're handing out spouses and minor dependents?
  5. I don't know if anyone here knew him, he was a talented smith who lived in Takilma Oregon, I knew him at a distance for many years, tho I did get called to chase down his horse a time or two when I lived in takilma. He was a blacksmith for Pirates of the Caribbean, he set up the blacksmith shop in the movie, and forged many of the knives used in it. He was also a tall ship sailor, and crewed on the Lady Washington. As well as a founding member of the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, and many more praiseworthy accomplishments. I was looking at the Hay Budden anvil in my shop that came from him,
  6. Another babbit pouring trck is to use oiled tissue paper, wrapped around the shaft to be poured around. Not TP, the best is the stuff that comes in new shoe boxes, it's a little tougher. Wrap around once with the tissue, oil it to keep it on the shaft, set it centered in the cups to be poured, dam the ends and pour carefully to avoid any voids. The shaft will tap out easily, and have the right clearance. I poured the babbets in my parks 30" bandsaw this way, and they turned out well.
  7. Are you planning on just welding the seams on the outside? You might get a tight enough joint if you slightly convex grind the pieces to pull them tight together, but you might end up with deadening gaps between the pieces. Or you can through weld it. It will take a while, and a lot of welding rod, but here's what I did when I built up an anvil for a power hammer from large pieces that were stacked. I tacked a piece of 1/4" square down the middle of one and then laid it on its side, lined it up with shims to the other piece and ran a bead in the gap, flipped it over and ran a bead on the oth
  8. Might be of interest that the hammer runs at around 500 psi or less. My system is more designed for higher flow, less psi. I run a 30" bandsaw (old parks resaw) off it as well with a hydraulic motor, and it hits maybe 800 psi pushing 10" of oak through, cuts smaller wood at under 500psi. My lathe or belt sander rarely go past 800 psi either and I have no complaint about the torque on those. I do slow down the bandsaw gradual to shut down, with a flow valve, it has big cast wheels to slow down, but rarely have had anything chucked up in the lathe not to just stop it rapidly turning the flow val
  9. Maybe before commiting yourself to either, set up both, attached to the bearing block and bolted down, and see which method gives the control you like the best. I tend to think a hydraulic motor will start and stop on a dime better than an electric motor, I can go from full speed to stopping the head exactly where I want by taking my foot off the treadle and shutting the valve off there. Part of the trick is to have the flow control valve as close to the motor as possible, I wouldnt put the valve at the treadle with long hoses, I'd put it close to the motor with treadle linkage to the valve l
  10. When you say inverter controlled hammer, do you mean treadle direct to a VFD controller? My buddy and I built two of these press/hammer units, I'm off the grid here and use a diesel for my power source, I tend to run it at half throttle, sometimes raising or lowering the RPM/flow rate for what I'm doing (will be doing, spent most of last winter working on this project). He set up on a 15hp 3-phase, and those presses really go fast. I should check the hammer speed with a laser tach I have, it seems pretty fast too, faster than I'm comfortable with. A VFD control on the motor would give another
  11. Idk if you remember the clip of my old hydraulic motor hammer.I havnt taken any vids of the new one. I've thought about a tire hammer arrangement, with the same method. Say you lose the tire and motor, have the concentric on a hydraulic motor, treadle to the flow control valve. To size the motor, just figure your system gpm and size a motor for the rpm you want to hit at full out. The new hammer has that control, one hits nice and hard, with the small hyd cyl under the spring pivot changes the hammer strike, I can adjust it up and down, withing a 1/4" of where I want, with the spring fwappage
  12. Hey Bruce, looking good. Been on logwork a lot, but toying with a few ideas still. The gearcase here is out of a small john deere tractor, powered with a hydraulic motor. Still prototype, will be needing a heftier I beam to attach the powerhead to. Took out the spider gears and made a sleevable chuck that fits snug in the diff case. I will be building a cover over it before I get much further with it. John Deere Twister
  13. How are solenoid valves for feathering, or are they full on/off? I'm accustomed to spool levers, or flow control valves, being able to adjust flow or give something a lighter nudge.
  14. Isnt the black tank the reservoir? You could fill it and hit the switch quick, see which port the fluid shoots out of...
  15. Either would do it, bandsaw is nicer. With a skilsaw, to cut the long cut, weld a stub at right angle on the piece you'll cut off, put it end up in a vise and cut. A guide tacked on would help, run the base of the skilsaw on it. After that cut, set flat, adjust the shoe, cut the piece off.
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