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I Forge Iron


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    Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA
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    "When you're holding a Hammer, ... everything looks like a Nail".

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  1. Every job eventually winds up on the belt sander, wire wheel or bandsaw.
  2. I'd go with Saddle Soap and then a coat of Neatsfoot Oil. .
  3. Since this appears to be a repair rather than a new piece, an "unconventional" but effective approach, might be to use a little "Red Loctite" thread locker when you assemble the stud/rivet into the piece. .
  4. I'm no fan of powder coating. Yes, if the surface prep is done correctly, it has merit. But even so, it will eventually fail, and be very difficult to repair. Good quality oil base paint is, in my opinion, a better choice. .
  5. I swipe most of my spoons from he local Chinese Buffet, ... and find them quite useful, as is .....
  6. If I wanted a ball on both ends, I'd make them work like Cutlery Rivets. .
  7. I'm doubtful that there ARE any "authentic" examples. Barbecue grills are very much a "mid-century" American affectation, whose popularity was directly influenced by the surplus of commercially made charcoal briquettes.. A "Brazier" is a much older, more widely distributed system. .
  8. They're probably worth more to someone wishing to use them as forks, ... than as unidentified scrap. This whole notion of destroying useful things, ... just because you can, ... strikes me as short sighted. .
  9. Nope. Much like the highly touted Unicorn, ... there is no such thing as a "standardized" color code. Every mill and broker has their own codes, ... which may, ... or may NOT, ... be comparable with other brands. "Globalization" has most certainly NOT helped untangle this issue. .
  10. Those "sparks" are the carbon burning out of the steel. When the carbon is gone, ... it's no longer steel. Since we don't know the specific alloy, we have no way of knowing what it IS, ... only what it's not. .
  11. It was most likely trimmed off a new section of rail being inserted into the existing track, ... or off an existing section, that needed to be "shortened" in order to "set the gauge" of a curve in the track. .
  12. Been using a little piece of 5" channel as a cutting "saddle" for a couple of decades now. No complaints so far. .
  13. Well, here's the thing ..... You first have to recover lost or stolen property, before you can begin to prove ownership. Guns and cars are thoroughly stamped with identifying numbers, ... but are still routinely stolen, ... and never recovered. If I thought I needed to worry about the theft of "loaner" tools, ... they would never leave my shop. Now, that surely is a sad state-of-affairs, ... but there's no virtue in being a victim. If the organizers don't want to take responsibility for borrowed property, ... then I'd be reluctant to get involved with their event. .
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