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  1. Ive thought of a portable band mill. They are expensive, at least for me. The other problem is having the equipment to lift logs onto the bed. Not impossible, but that detail has made a band mill out of the question for me.
  2. I would normalize once, anneal, harden, temper.
  3. Tough luck, or fate, or however you look at it. You made good progress.
  4. correct. a right angle bend is stronger if it is upset to get extra material for the outside corner. And if you can do an upset right angle corner you can do any angle corner. This demo is shows a very common esthetically pleasing detail.
  5. one more thing to consider. Perhaps you are forging it below its forging temp. I don't have the specs for 1085, but I'd suggest not forging below 1500 degrees F
  6. I've found that with a sharp chain an a good bar that the cut is better than rough cut from a mill. Plenty good for rough cut timbers, siding, heavy planks and beams. The spruce in my pics above were planted by my friends mom and dad in the '30's. We made sure when milling to add enough extra wood to run them thru a planer. His plan is to make something for each family member from the "Founding" tree of many branches. As for ripping chains, I'll add that it's good to start with a skip tooth chain. Some use a 10 degree angle and some set the angle to zero. I think you get a better cut with the latter. The trade off is you remove less material when you set it to 10 degrees. Thus longer life on the chain. And a big yes on saving your dead chains for chainsaw Damascus. You will certainly get your money back in spades.
  7. I agree David Budd. I'll add that you must keep your bar in top shape for good cuts. I've used my alaskan mill for decades. I've only milled pine and spruce. My stihil 044 has never had a problem, although a more powerful saw would be great. Here's some pics from a few years ago. the first pic is my friend mark and my setup for the first cut. 2: easy peasy. 3: width of kant. I have 30-40' logs waiting to become my new shop next spring,,,, till done.
  8. I'd join ABANA and perhaps put an add in the Anvils Ring. put your skills and itinerary down and offer free help for room and board.
  9. I've given away a fair amount over the years. a few blowers, a post vice to a lady smith and a 25# lil giant for a 16' trailer. The hammer was worth more than the trailer. He comes by once or twice a year with pics of his work done on the hammer and the improvements he's done on the ole girl. I think I got the best of the deal.
  10. All I can say is Awesome! What a joy to work on.
  11. I was gifted my 184# PW once upon a mystery. I knew a lady in my hometown, once upon a time. One day she said her mom,who I had never met, wanted some iron. I drove out and we talked. She asked me if I knew Francis Whitaker. I told her of my connection with him. It was a small job, cant even remember what it was. When I delivered and got payed, she said she had something for me and took me out into the garage. I may not remember the job, but I'll never forget her words. "You can have this anvil with one condition. You must agree to tell Francis that his anvil has a good home." Of course I agreed, after making sure she knew its value. The next time I saw Francis I relayed her message. I'll never forget his reaction. He got a twinkle in his eye, gave a little snort and with a shake of his head, He then turned and walked away. I will always wonder what the story is behind my 184# PW, and will remember that moment with every ring emanating from it, seeing that twinkle, hear that snort and the toss of his head.
  12. looks like you have a few cold shuts in those tongs. Using rebar of any kind for tongs means that when they get hot, you must quench them. then they break. Thus I use mild steel for all my tongs. no reforging, no no cold shuts, no breaking when quenched.
  13. I have. bed rails are great material. I tried it when I first got Weygers books. I never used it much. It ended up somewhere unknown to me. I found a beautiful hand forged one at a junk store in Fairplay, Co for $10 when I started my log house. I'm rounding up all my log tools now getting ready for next summer.
  14. Wishing a Gappy Thanksgiving to one and all!