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  1. The handle's for winding the motor up. You have to give it a few cranks for it to work right.
  2. Looks fantastic. Congratulations on a job (so far) very well done. I've enjoyed watching the progress of your shop.
  3. Never heard of oiling a file. Like Wroughton, I'd think they'd gather more filings and junk that way. Waxing sounds like a pretty good idea - might try it. I've used chalk to keep the teeth clear. It works ok, but I seem to have about the same results if I don't chalk, and make sure I use a file card every 3-4 strokes. Depending on the 'grade' of work I did with them, they got dealt with different: 1) New/near-new files are used pretty much for finish/fine work, carded/brushed thoroughly, wrapped in wax paper, put back in their boxes and stored in a special drawer. Occasional sac
  4. Any kind of dedicated space that I can lock up and leave my 'shop' set up in.
  5. Thanks for the tip. I'm in there every month or two buying coal and other miscellaneous stuff that I think might be useful and never thought to ask him that. Duh. :)
  6. One thing I've done when doing final fitting/tweaking of tongs is use a nut and bolt to temporarily fit them together. I can give them a test drive, see where I need to make adjustments, take them apart and apply the fix, and then put them back together and lather, rinse, repeat as needed. Once they get to the point I think they are 'done,' I rivet them together.
  7. Those are wonderful. I'll take any of your 'not very good' tongs over any of my 'best tongs' any day.
  8. Looks a lot like the first generation of my forge. I agree with ThorsHammer - make the tuyere longer. Also, I cut a hole in the bottom of a soup can that slipped over the tuyere and the nozzle on the hair dryer. Only seconds to set up and take down, and you don't have to fuss with tape (if that's what you used. I'm not 100% sure from the pic). I used the angle iron from a bedframe or two that I got for free from Craigslist to make a forge table. You could also make a stand for the firepot out of the same stuff if you like. I made my forge in two pieces (table and pot) so that I co
  9. I have the same problem (I'm working on rigging a sun shade. Need to figure out how to do it without making it an eyesore). In the meantime, I wear a pretty wide brimmed straw hat, like a lifeguard's hat. Helps a lot with casting a broader shadow over the fire when I want to take a look at the color of something. Not perfect, but works much better than trying to guess in broad daylight.
  10. Try this link from the V&A's website: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/search/?listing_type=&offset=0&limit=15&narrow=&extrasearch=&q=iron+work&commit=Search&quality=0&objectnamesearch=&placesearch=&after=&after-adbc=AD&before=&before-adbc=AD&namesearch=&materialsearch=&mnsearch=&locationsearch=
  11. My sincerest apologies - I downloaded a noise meter app for my phone and checked when I got home. The results for with a chain, with a chain and magnets, and nothing at all were virtually identical. I was getting pissy with you for what I thought were your preconceived, 'because I said so' notions, and I was doing the same thing I was unhappy with about. Going forward, I think it would be helpful for both of us to back statements up with empirical evidence rather than off the cuff remarks. Again, my apologies.
  12. I guess I need to ignore my own observed results then. My apologies for suggesting something to the OP that I found to be quite helpful in solving the exact same problem.
  13. Chaining is worth a try. My 105# HB rang like a bell until I wrapped about 10 ft of lightweight chain around the waist. Cut the ring down by about half. Horn and heel were still pretty loud, so they got magnets, which made them almost bearable without earplugs. Next is going to be caulk bedding and trying a different anchoring system and/or stand. I really wouldn't mind it being quieter.
  14. Some amazing out-of-the-box thinking. Definitely got my brain going, and I've got some sheet metal I've been wondering what to do with...
  15. I'd kill to have a 3'x3' space that I could leave my 'shop' set up in all the time. Nice use of your space.
  16. I worked in a shop that had a hydrostatic testing facility for SCUBA tanks attached to it. They are anything other than what you might call 'lightweight.' Most of them are rated for about 4500 psi, give or take and can take a fair amount of beating. I hadn't thought of using them for quench tanks. I thought the steel ones would work pretty well for swages - cut them length wise, the bottoms off, etc. Definitely wouldn't weld or heat them - they are galvanized or coated in most cases. The guys at the shop, if they know their stuff, should be able to tell you exactly what the tanks a
  17. That looks like a good call - mine usually end up closer to 1/4" by the time I'm done making them look halfway decent. More practice needed on my part so they look ok without being overworked down to nothing.
  18. Those are nice, and you avoided the mistake I made with mine - making them too 'delicate.' My next pair is going to be heavier built at the jaws, like yours. My current set has just a bit too much spring in them and I don't feel like they are holding quite secure enough sometimes.
  19. As 'knives' go, spike knives get a lot of knocks against them. I like making them, though, and the people who ask me to make them like the novelty of them, I think. It seems Iike I always have a couple of requests in the queue - as soon as I make one, and post pics on The Facebook, another couple of people ask for one.
  20. Whereabouts are you at? There's a guy in Yucaipa that sells pretty good coal for $20/bag, 50# bags. He usually has several tons on site, if you don't mind it bagged. I don't know of anyone that sells coal in bulk, but 50# lasts me a pretty fair while, so I haven't looked too hard. ;)
  21. Fair enough. Lead poisoning is always worth a double mention. Look what it (supposedly) did for the Romans. :)
  22. If you're going to use a loose bullet as a rivet, then definitely stay away from food and/or cooking with that spoon. I imagine it would be perfectly fine for 'industrial' uses, like as a flux spoon.
  23. Coffee filters work well, too, and they tend to fit the funnel better.
  24. I keep saying this... but it looks a heck of a lot better than my first one.
  25. Brilliant. Simply brilliant. I'm still hoping that someday my 'good stuff' looks as good as that.
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