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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. SmoothBore

    Cutting Plate?

    Been using a little piece of 5" channel as a cutting "saddle" for a couple of decades now. No complaints so far. .
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    How to mark anvil and vise

    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. .
  3. Shop "cleaning" ? ? ? Sounds like a trick question.
  4. In my experience, the folks around the "Steel ( Steal ? ) City" aren't always xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, ... but it's doubtful that anyone is interested in accepting the liability that would attach to such a project. .
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    Trailer house steel

    DO with it ! ? The ONLY thing you can ever DO with a chunk of scrap iron, ... is make a big ole honkin' BLADE ! That nobody will actually use, ... for anything ... ever. .
  6. A foot ( dead man ) switch on your electric blower, will prevent over heating your work.
  7. You might try playing some very loud and annoying music, ... to cover up the sound of your hammer. Here in America we'd say, "give em' something to cry about". I think the British axiom might be "hanged for a sheep as for a lamb". .
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    Steel Tariff

    The EPA is only as tough as the Administration that supports it's regulations. The current Administration has been rolling back "regulations" at a never-before-seen rate. ------------------------------------------------------------- Now here's the thing that's much harder to quantify. "Prices" expressed as numbers, are totally irrelevant. Whether something costs a dime, ... or a dollar, ... is meaningless, until you weigh-it-off against how much of your precious TIME and LABOR you must expend to acquire any particular item. If you're flipping burgers at minimum wage, a dollar-a-pound for new steel, is expensive. But, ... if bringing the high paying manufacturing jobs back to your town gets you a much better paying job, that same pound of steel actually cost's you less of your time and energy. .
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    Shop apron

    I used "Denim" Shop Aprons for many years, ... but was always setting them on fire. Then my Wife got me a remnant of glove-soft "Upholstery Leather", ... from a Fabric Shop. It's comfortable, ... and protects you like a Suit-of-Armor. ----------------------------------- An "Old School" fix for cotton aprons and gloves used for welding and grinding, was to coat the front with any "old" paint, that would yield a a more spark resistant surface. .
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    Horizontal/Vert or Porta Bandsaw

    I use a 16" DoAll vertical band saw EVERY DAY. Don't know how I got along all those years without it. Next most useful is the horizontal cut-off saw. Portable band saws have their uses, but are a distant 3rd in my estimation. .
  11. SmoothBore

    Farrier rasp teeth

    Yeah, I believe you are. A Bladesmith doesn't use a Rasp because he can't get "new" material. He obviously wants the finished blade to show it's "hand forged" origins.
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    Can you tell

    The physical "ability" to perform any task is only a small part of the equation. You can discern someone's underlying "attitude" in a matter of minutes. .
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    Where to get square/round stock

    To those Americans born into the era of manufacturing, it's second-nature to reason, that you should be able to buy ANY commodity, from a business devoted to supplying that material. ( ie: A Tire Store, A Lumber Yard, An Electrical or Plumbing Supplier ) But things change. Here, ... in Southern Pennsylvania, ... many of the wide variety of Industrial Suppliers that existed 20 years ago, have gone the way of the Dinosaur. While the OP's question might initially strike you as lazy or thoughtless, ... I'd point out that my local telephone company no longer bothers to publish or distribute a "Phone Book". Things change. .
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    Ground Rods

    We often forget that the steel we use today, is quite different from the wrought iron that was in general use, back when much of the "conventional wisdom" was formulated. Apples and Oranges. .
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    Cleaning up old work

    Bead blast it. .