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About EtownAndrew

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    Elizabethtown, KY
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    Forging and knife making

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  1. EtownAndrew

    2nd view of anvil

    This design worked for normal hammering. When I used a sledge hammer on some hot steel I ended up cracking the concrete as shown. At that point this whole thing was ruined and I made another all steel anvil base.
  2. EtownAndrew

    Railroad track anvil

    I used a chainsaw to shape the stump for the railroad track. An auger that I got from Harbor Freight was used to drill through to hold the track down to the stump. However, take note of my original comment that this ended up being too light and bouncy so I immediately went on to work on a heavier version with the stand made out of welded steel.
  3. I'm looking forward to it. This will be somewhere around my fifth year. I don't have any big plans but it is fun to hang around and look at the material and tools for sale, attend the seminars, and look at the books for sale.
  4. I am excited for you and looking forward to hearing more about it!
  5. I made a blown ribbon burner earlier this year. It has a single row of nine crayon size holes. They are 1" on center. I had in mind knife making and so was going for a longer flame area. So far it seems to work good. My next improvement is to rig up a solenoid controlled air gate valve so the PID temp controller does not turn my motor on and off constantly to maintain temp. I ended up overbuilding the blower not knowing quite what would be needed and ended up needing to choke it down a lot. For the blower I followed the directions from Iron Melting Cupola. https://www.amazon.com/Melting-Cupola
  6. I think that I remember you saying that you were writing a book. Is that correct? 

    1. Mikey98118


      I am writing two books at present; they are about two different series of burners; each will also feature new heating equpment to mount the burners in. However, it isn't necesarry to wait for a book to be published. I write everything new down on the forum; All you have to do to find out anythng you want to know about them is ask. I don't hold my designs hostage to book sells. When someone buys one of my text, he is paying for all the editing, photos, and drawings; all the scutt work I, or anyone else in his right mind, expects to be paid for; not for ideas.

    2. EtownAndrew


      I'm looking forward to them being released. I find it easier to get my information from a book. I refer to your earlier one every so often.

  7. Ivan, So you got rid of all the stored tools and reduced things down to a back pack. I'm curious if there are any smithing tools that are so special that you made space in your pack to carry them around the country. If so what are they and why?
  8. Ian, I'd appreciate it if you could upload a new set of pictures too. I remember thinking it looked pretty good a couple years ago when they were first posted.
  9. That is great detail tracking! I've sold just two knives so far and I figure I made about $2.50 an hour on them. I may not have sold any more since then since I've raised my asking prices when anyone asks but I'm still probably not asking enough.
  10. I'm jumping in on this old thread with my personal CAD story comments. I've been using AutoCAD daily at my regular job for about 23 years. For about the last 10 years I have had a work laptop with AutoCAD, Inventor, Navisworks, etc. on it that I would use at home in the evenings when I wanted to design something. At home a sample of what I have used a 2D drafting program for are the following; Sawmill design, forged hinge layouts, shed design, 2x72 grinder design, jigs, book shelves, casting patterns, knife designs. About 3 months ago I got tired of lugging my laptop back and forth to work eve
  11. Nice. I like the skate board wheels. Looks like they work fine. I couldn't find an inexpensive 2" wide idler wheel when I made my wood 2x72 grinder and so I made may own.
  12. Better than my first try. As you made a few more you will notice them getting progressively better. At least that was my experience. Keep this first knife. (Not that you were going to throw it away.) Looking at the first few knives I did always brings back memories.
  13. I had a more complicated 2x72 designed but was never getting around to building it. So I finally said to myself "how simple can I make this and just get it done". So I made a 2 pulley grinder with the frame mostly being a stick of 2x4 lumber. I spent a weekend making it with most of the time spent machining the drive pulley to go on the motor shaft. In order to simplify things I went with a single slower speed at 1500 FPM which also matches the 1/2 HP size. So far it has been working well. I used it a fair amount just before Christmas working on presents. The major costs were $75 for a used mo
  14. I have run into guys for years who worked there at some point early in their career.
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