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  1. And to answer Glenns original question, it grew from the road side trash piles, picking at the dump (which is no longer allowed), the scrapyard and from where I used to work. A couple of weeks ago, I scored about 15 pieces of 3/4" round each 5'-6' long for .20 cents a pound. Not sure what i will do with them but when i figure it out, I'll have them on hand.
  2. Having lived at this location for 30 years, I have managed to accumulate a good size resource pile. A woman I know calls it my "rust garden". I have quite a bit of good rusty stuff and have to move it now as I want to add on to my garage for a place to keep my new old truck, a 1951 Chevy 4400 flat bed with hoist:-). As I go through the pile, some will head to the scrap yard I'm sure but some is to good to scrap!
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    Show me your Lathe

    Nice score on the lathe! As mentioned, they can be easily damaged while moving since they are so top heavy. Strap or chain it to a pallet being mindful of the precision surfaces to move it. Also, check out this site http://www.lathes.co.uk/ for possible information on your machine. If its not listed there, Tony would like to have pictures of your machine to add to the data base. It looks like you will need to get some kind of tool post for it and a 3 jaw chuck would be handy too. Make sure you ask the current owners if there are accessories that go with the machine that are currently attached. Maybe stored elsewhere in a cabinet or something.
  4. And they can be tough to drill through. I've made lots of things from them (I'm talking bed rails here) and found that blowing bolt holes in them with the cutting torch was more reliable than getting a twist drill through. I never tried a sharpened carbide tip masonry drill though. And I've never had problems with them cracking after welding.
  5. I always wanted one of those. It looks to be in very nice condition which is not always the case with .22s since most were used hard although it does look like the wood has been sanded and redone but still nice. What is especially nice is that your loves mother brought this home for you.
  6. You're thinking about putting 400 pounds of red hot steel in oil? How big is your quench tank? Very very large I hope otherwise the oil will burn or boil away before your anvil cools enough to harden. Also, it will not harden to any degree if you're using mild steel. I recall reading that one anvil maker quenched the anvils in a waterfall. The continuous flow of water got the job done.
  7. Jacobs chuck made a spindle nose chuck for use on lathes like the 9" Southbend and Logan and was essentially a larger Jacobs chuck as found on drill presses. The chuck had 1 1/2"x8 internal threads to attach to the spindle of the lathe. I believe the little Craftsman lathe had a solid 1/2" spindle that was threaded 1/2-20. Be careful with your Craftsman, it is easy enough to bend the spindle if you crash the machine while it is under power.
  8. BGD, I picked up one of those Whitney punches at the local scrap yard a couple of years ago but no base came with it. Haven't had an opportunity to use it yet though. Nice you got extra dies with it.
  9. Consider the work of Albert Paley. He did not hesitate to use any modern equipment available to him as would have any smith of any era. To truly be a purist, you would have to start with iron ore that you smelted yourself in charcoal fire (after you made the charcoal) and then forged it with a stone hammer on a rock. You could then make your own iron hammer and anvil and other tools as you needed them. Blacksmithing is technology so why limit yourself?
  10. I believe you are correct Mcostello. Dibbles have a sort of pistol grip and a pointed poker similar to a swollen carrot for creating a hole in the ground for the seed or seedling. I think to light duty for a boat hook. A goad is the tool used for animal training / herding. If I recall, elephant goads were some interesting looking tools.
  11. Okay, do a search for "blowhorn stake roper whitney" then.
  12. My yardsale find. It's about 8" tall.
  13. WiMetals, the stake in the lower left of your picture is a blowhorn stake - not sure about the others. Quite expensive if you are buying new; [external link removed] I think if you poke around the Roper Whitney site, you may be able to find the names of your other stakes.
  14. The first thing that came to my mind was a tool used to adjust window shades for very large windows, or maybe a tool to open or close a transom window. I remember seeing long poles with a metal end for one of those purposes when I was a wee lad in elementary school. Then I bought one at a yard sale this past summer, just the metal end. When its light, I'll take a picture. In any case the curled looped end makes me think it was intended to somehow catch a cord or rope and the pointy end meant to manipulate something.
  15. Jewelers rouge is made from iron oxide. The powder you have could be useful as polishing media.
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