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  1. Or it was a good place to dump the ash and clinker from the coal furnace in the house.
  2. I use old garden rakes for the same thing, tool racks. Also, the individual tines make good chasing tools or decorative punches.
  3. I have a steel barrel that is maybe 10 gallons just outside the door to the shop placed so that it catches rain water off the roof. To keep the mosquitoes out, I took an old bicycle wheel, removed the tire, stretched some window screen over the rim and put the tire back on to hold the screen in place. That is the cover and it will still collect the run off from the roof but no critters. Light and easy to move when needed. I'm not sure, but I think if your slack tub is inside and out of the sun the mosquitoes may not find it attractive as a potential nursery.
  4. Laynne, rather than lowering your hood, add some sides, either hinged or hooked on so that they can be moved out of the way if necessary. You may need to heat a portion of an odd shaped assembly someday and the movable sides will allow you to get it in there.
  5. It also looks like it may be wrought iron which needs to be worked hotter than steel. More care required not to burn it.
  6. Serious thread drift here. As mentioned, most auto type junkyards will sell you parts either with a remove yourself option or from a stockroom where they have already done the work. The scrap metal dealers around here do not take old autos - I think its an issue for them to deal with oil, gas and rubber. I would look in your yellow pages - oops! I mean online to find buyers of scrap metal. Get yourself a truckload of old washing machines, sash weights or whatever scrap metal you don't want to use in your 'smithing endeavors and take it to them. Ask them if they sell any of the useful stuff you might find there. The local scrap yard here realizes that they make more money per pound selling it to guys like me rather than a boatload of it going offshore. One scrap yard here actually goes through the stuff and picks out anything that they might be able to sell and put a price based on its actual value. For instance, I found a large eye bolt there once that was about 6" diameter and about 1.5" cross section and they wanted $20 for it. A new one would probably be $75 or more of that size. The other scrap yard weighs it and charges you .20 cents a pound so you might get it for less than a dollar. Back to thread drift. A friend and I once drove a 1950 Chevy pickup from California to New York after I had owned it for two weeks in CA. The rear axle seals let go in Bakersfield so we spent a day there getting repairs done and the starter went in Texas so it did not get shut off for the rest of the trip. Also pulled a 57 Chevy station wagon along with us as a trailer. Sold that when I got to NY.
  7. I have been running propane through an acetylene regulator to my rosebud torch for about 40 years now and it all still works properly. Not saying its the right or wrong thing to do, just sayin'.
  8. Nice example of form follows function.
  9. I had one of those sewing machine stands once. I thought I might make a treadle powered pencil sharpener out of it one day but never did.
  10. I was once given a bunch of very large bandsaw blades with carbide teeth and found that the material used to carry the carbide teeth was 4140 - something a bit better tougher than mild steel but not really usable for knife making. I made some large saw frames out of rebar and cut and drilled the pieces of bandsaw blade to fit. I gave them to potters that I know as they made great soft firebrick saws. I should make one for myself someday as it would be useful for the gas forge maintenance. I would guess the large circular saw blades would also be some sort of medium carbon alloy so that they would maintain stiffness better.
  11. Das, before you cut the bottle up, be sure that they will not fill it. The local gas supplier here will fill the smaller customer owned bottles without question, actually they just swap them out and they are not noted for doing anything that might benefit a customer. I have bought some of the smaller bottles at yard sales and had them filled without issue. Nice to have a backup on Saturday or Sunday and your large leased bottle runs empty. They are the kind of place that charges $58.00 for an 11 pound spool of MIG wire (online price $31 with free shipping or $34 at Tractor Supply) but are close enough that I use them for gases. If you were closer, I would give you a an old bottle to make a bell out of - I have several that I picked up off the roadside after I kept seeing them there for several years.
  12. I did some raising in school and that is the process you will need to use to make a sauce pan form. This video shows the the basic start of what you want to do. To make the sidewalls straight or 90 degrees to the bottom you will get and have to deal with a sort of a wavy or crenulated edge but this will work out into added height with more work over he stake;
  13. I think some, if not most of this stuff comes from local industry, like the chain hoist. The power cord cut off is telling, as though those who discarded it did not want any liability to follow them. Several times now I have seen small piles of manual chain hoists there in various stages of disassembly. I guess they come from some place that services them or maybe some outfit that just beats the snot out of them. I used to salvage the chain from them and then sell it to the local used tool place but sadly they are closing up shop. One time I was at the scrap yard and there was a LARGE pile of measuring devices - vernier calipers, height gauges and other similar tools, some that I did not recognize but sadly just dumped from a truck and pushed into a bigger pile by a dozer and most were bent and twisted beyond salvage. Those came from a used machinery dealer that closed up shop. Yes, its tough as the maker green part of me and the hoarder part of me wants to save it all but its just not practical. I do keep my eye out for bits of wrought iron but have not found any lately. And yes, that is exactly what the local yard charges me, .20 cents a pound.
  14. Another great day at the scrap yard! Three Jorgensen "pony" pipe clamps, a Stanley drill press vise, a large galvanized turnbuckle (I have no idea what I'll ever do with it), a pick head, a large mill bastard smooth cut file that is still sharp, bunch of small stuff like screwdrivers, surform tools etc. and the big prize, a CM lodestar 1/2 ton electric chain hoist with the trolley! The power cable had been cut so there was doubt as to whether it would work or not but I figured the trolley and the chain and hook were worth something to me so I took the chance. Later in the evening, I wired up a power cord to it and plugged it in (110-120VAC) and what do know, it works! Now I really have to hang the I-beam from the rafters in the shop. A great haul for $30! I drove by there yesterday and had to avert my eyes and keep driving otherwise my shop will be seriously choked with good stuff.