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    Metal working, sculpture, history, gunsmithing

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  1. Goods - I once had the same Marvel #2 saw which served me well in spite of having numerous repairs - broken cast iron pieces with sloppy brazed repairs. Then one day I was sawing something and noticed one of the guide pieces for the saw frame wobbling so I put my finger on it to sort of smooth out some of the wobbling. The saw immediately convulsed and broke in so many places that repairing it seemed to be an overwhelming task. I scrapped it. I believe I still have the saw frame and maybe the vise parts in my scrap pile. I have a Johnson bandsaw now.
  2. I bought one of those Delta bandsaws a few years ago for $50, priced that way because it did not work. Got it back to my shop with the enthusiasm to fix it, took the blade covers off and found that the blade had come off the wheels - that's why it didn't work! Mine has a lever to shift from high speed to slow speed for metal cutting. I wish changing the blades was that easy.
  3. I once shot a compressed gas cylinder with a 30-06 AP round. While visiting in my home town I had spotted a small pile of cylinders on the side of the road and guessed they were left there by some road crew. A few years later on another visit, they were still there so I brought them home. I didn't know what gas was in them as any labels were gone. I tried to trade them to the local compressed gas place who said they would take them but offered nothing in return. So I took one that was missing its knob to the local sand pit and stood it up and from about 75 yards away, I shot it. It did not explode or go flying off into space as they do in the movies but just made a loud and short lived hiss as it fell over. The bullet penetrated one side and lodged in the other with just the point of the bullet poking through to the outside. I made a bell out of the top half and used the bottom piece in some sculpture thing. I do not recommend doing this however as it may have been another tragic story if the gas was flammable.
  4. I think most of these cutting disc failures and accidents are because of using the wrong tool for the job at hand. These machines are called angle grinders because that is what they are for - they are not cut off saws. Yes, they can be used for cut off applications but are not the right tool especially when the stock gets bigger. If you drop your grinder and damage a disc, toss that disc. Flying pieces do hurt and less than perfect condition disc will be tiring to use because of added vibration. Get yourself a oxy/acetylene torch with a cutting handpiece if you want or need to cut bigger stuff and use the grinder to clean up the slag. It is much faster as well. Cut off saws, whether abrasive or bandsaw are good for one thing, cut off. The torch will be quite useful for other stuff as well. The O/A torch can be used for heating and bending, setting rivets, applying finishes, loosening rusty fasteners and can even be used as a heat source for a small hotbox type forge made of fire brick. I understand that budgets require many to work with what they have but if you intend to grow with the craft, the torch is indispensable.
  5. Kiddcaprix - it looks similar to a vise on an older power hack saw. I have one from an old saw and while different, it's function looks like it would accomplish the same thing.
  6. I'd like to see one of those cut and polished. What is the slag from?
  7. Serious on the wagon tire prices!? I just bought a few wrought iron ones for $4 each. I may go back to see if he has any left!
  8. Years ago, I had a Sears credit card. I had just set up shop and was tooling up and thought it would be good to have a Sears catalog in the shop so I went to the local Sears on Monroe Ave and headed to the service counter asking them for a catalog. No, you can't have a catalog even though there was a stack of them behind the counter. I explained that I wanted one for my shop so that I could order stuff at the moment I knew I needed something. No, you have to buy something from the catalog to get a catalog. Okay, please give me a catalog? No. I cut up my credit card and gave it to the woman. Years later I was helping a friend work on his windmill mast at his house and was using a Craftsman grinder which quit. I took it to the Sears repair center and they would not fix it because I had used it in an "industrial manner" and not on a home owner project. Sears was no longer the valued retailer of my dads generation.
  9. We never had that problem I guess. The coal was bituminous and it was delivered several tons at a time as we burned it at a steady pace. Maybe faster then it would break down or perhaps enough of the larger pieces remained that it didn't make a difference.
  10. Curious as to why you want to go to the trouble to keep your coal dry. The shop I worked in just had a pile out back and we would bring it in by the wheelbarrow full, wet from rain or snow, no matter. We used old motor oil soaked newspaper to start it and I never noticed a difference in the fire on dry or wet days. It is basically a rock after all. I could understand keeping coke dry as that may be a bit porous and would soak up some water.
  11. Most gas places will simply exchange customer owned gas bottle for full ones at least the one I deal with will although originally they wanted me to show proof that I owned them. I bought bottles in 1970 and moved in the mid 80's. The gas supplier in my new location would not honor my hand written receipt (because it was hand written!). I had to rent bottles (they would not sell any) but I would still take my personal bottles back to NY to get filled. The owner has now passed and they will exchange other bottles that I have bought at yard sales and such without receipts. I will not take my NY purchased bottles there however and still take them to NY for refills when I visit.
  12. I must have close to a hundred picks without handles and never paid more than a dollar for any of them.
  13. Still interested to hear thoughts on whether I should line the pot wit refractory.
  14. I had planned for that and did get some flat stock to make a fence around the perimeter but haven't got to that yet.
  15. Here is my project. The flat area will be covered with 1.25" thick fire brick. The hood will be removable and have hinged sides to help create better draft through the chimney.
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