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I Forge Iron


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    At the Castle, Kyalami,JHB. South Africa
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    Old books,metal all kinds, good single malt, old machinery and travel--not nessisarily in that order

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  1. Most silicone products contain acetic acid(the same stuff found in vinegar) which gives you that distinctive smell, polysulphide as used for glazing adhesive works really well. and unlike silicone its intended use is for adhering to metals .
  2. Dave you should try thinner plywood I mount my vices on a post set in concrete cast in an old tire 17"x225 typically it heavy but if you tip it you can move it and the rubber resists sliding.
  3. wow that is some forge, and if you line it with mud made from termite hills it should outlast your grandkids, you might also be able to source one of those old cast iron gully grids to use in lieu of that awesome grid that you made and they last forever.
  4. sorry . i missed the last two posts , in the past pels used to respond to and help with enquiries , but alas no more! As for feed/ drop plates/tables we bolt them on as needed as i have some unresolved space issues 500 SQM. seems smaller than i remembered( i recon old age is the problem and not too much stuff) my dearest begs to differ on that though.
  5. my input here would be if you intend to use a hammer of sorts as a top tool it would be smart to anneal the "struk " side .
  6. this discussion has been interesting, and i for one concur with marc . however being a blacksmith i'm cheap err frugal, and have found that the bath oil found in the dollar store type shops works very well and gives an easy clean up afterwards. sure it's not tap'o'matic or the like but for DIY type use it works really well. in our thread cutting machines we have used canola oil with great success For Frosty, i regularly give knifemakers a short course on the drilling of hard steels and it goes as follows 1) use a masonry bit. .2) fit a diamond tile cutting disk into your 4" baby grinder(is that what you call a peanut grinder?) 3)sharpen the masonry bit like a hss bit with the diamond blade the slotted ones work but smooth is preferable.4) now drill at a low speed using water(lots of it) as a coolant the steel stays hard and the hole gets drilled. it's as easy as making a mistake P.S. for those who want to DIY drill S/S try using hand cleaner(flyght,mitgrit, ect.) as a coolant and lube and you can use HSS drill bits at very slow speed.
  7. should you be a jesuit monk who is into self flagellation then i would guess that the flowers are a good way to start that said a few years ago i used some monel welding rods to create some nice jewelry items .they were popular due to the exotic material description rather than the "look"
  8. i have some of his(well replicas) ladder backed chairs, the design causes them to be somewhat top heavy which is prone to surprising folk that hang jackets/coats on them(these are chairs that were designed for a tea room go figure! they are however surprisingly comfortable . he definitely was a design icon and that must be a wonderfull book.
  9. well that looks like acute little fellow! i had never heard of a sugar glider before so it just shows you what you can learn on this site! did he come forsome of the leftovers from xmas lunch? i found a dead little hedgehog in my shop the day before yesterday sadly it had not gone home early enough and had been found by the dogs.
  10. 9 houses. ? one for each day of the week and the others just for show! debe, debe . debe, dum ( like something from fiddler on the roof)
  11. why not just paint the whole thing? when you put it back to work a bit of paint remover on the face a couple of minutes with a wire brush on a grinder and bob's your aunt! many a goop like fish oil or tectyl etc. will protect the face but are possibly a mission to remove afterwards and may not smell too aromatic when hot iron is placed on the face in future.
  12. hi, my suggestion would be to pop your vice in a large polyethylene (plastic) bag and add some vinegar say 2L /half a gal the cheap kind. now immerse your bagged vice in a large bucket of warm water. warming the acid(vinegar) will jump-start the process and the water displacement will mean that you need much less vinegar , leave it like that for a couple of days then take it out and powerwash. after this you should be able to strip and use electrolysis reusing the vinegar. Good luck
  13. check out the Ulfbert there is a really good video by one of the members here. very interesting and Ric(Door County forge) is very knowledgeable.
  14. it's easy for frosty to think outside the box , cause most of the time he is probably standing on it ! hence the head and shoulders above the rest! WrT. the decorative junctions we used to make silicone molds of those having added a sprue from the standard silicone tube and cast them in lead or aluminium in situ for decorative effect. if you play with recasting in wax cutting in half with hot wire and mounting onto your warmed bars then coating with gypsum reinforced with a bit of glass fibre mesh(for ceiling joints) melt out the wax and dry with a hot air gun you can cast them in brass. wich looks really good too.
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