Candidquality

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  1. Candidquality

    38mm 1045 tubes

    I was thinking more about the little noise makers with blanks, not one to actually fire a ball. But I would test to failure if I ever decided to play with the idea. Never done anything with gun building, so would have to really spend some time researching first for that route. Getting some ideas for the smaller part inside the larger part, then forged welded and shaped into a peen. Cutting a pattern in to the outer tube to expose the cavity between.... Might work. Might be a disaster.
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    Cleaning Galvanized

    Once clean you may recoat with high zinc spray paint. Used in the fencing industry to coat cut ends, etc. You will get the protection as long as there is less than 1/4 " gap it will work. Much easier and safer than the std process.
  3. Candidquality

    38mm 1045 tubes

    I love it when I read the responses and think, yep, makes perfect sense now that someone else said it. Will give them all a try and see how it turns out. The cz26 is interesting. I believe most of these are friction welded to solid stock on one end. And the second end is already threaded internally though it is probably difficult to see from the photos. Actual dims are 1.5" od(38mm) 1.08" id(27.4mm) .0.212 thick(5.38mm). End has internal thread for a m30x1.5. Has a hole drilled near each end, but could easily be plugged to do some canister. The cz26 made me think this would be cute for a little 1" ball cannon.
  4. Candidquality

    First coat hanger

    Looks really good, but a bit of advice if you don't mind. Might want to make the tips a bit wider. Most felt hats are out of style now, but may come back eventually. Light hats would be fine, but heavier hats and coats would appreciate a slightly wider place to sit. I do see your grinder marks, and that is always a matter of taste. If you like the style, keep using it. Or experiment with other textures. No stresses on decorations. Find what fits for your style or what your client/friends want. Best not to lock yourself in to anything you don't enjoy.
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    38mm 1045 tubes

    I have access to some 1045. 38mm od and about 5 or 6mm thick. Have some solid stock about .865 dia and about 12-14 inches long. Will be using those to walk my son through intro knife making. Only use I can think of for the tubes is to flatten into an oval and use to buffer the heat of the forge for some nice easy soak time without worrying about oxidation. Seems like a bit of a waste for decent hardenable steel. Any other ideas for the tubing? Both shown in the picture.
  6. Candidquality

    just a quick little kneemail

    Hit a pickup and pushed under mostly. Didn't even trigger the air bags. Likely pulled off when they pried the car out. Was done before I got there, different angle shown here. Have one of the truck bumper as well somewhere.
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    just a quick little kneemail

    That was a bit long winded, but it was the Mazda that was hit. The crown Vic has a button in the left wall of the trunk you can test by tap, and it will pop up like a turkey timer. The Vic will be returning to glory today I'm sure. The Mazda on the other hand: Picture says it all. Wife has a fracture on her right leg, and is hobbling around in a boot just fine. Should have been a lot worse than a cracked bone and some major bruising. She likely cracked the bone by kicking open the door because she was worried when the wind got knocked out of my daughter and she couldn't respond. Yep, good to know we're being helped along. Wouldn't be worth much myself without them.
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    Sean Sells, Steve's son

    Thanks for the update Glenn, really good news.
  9. Candidquality

    just a quick little kneemail

    Hope everyone had a pretty good day. I just wanted to take a minute and relay my day, Wife gives me a call as I'm driving back into work, and can barely tell me the car is totaled and where she is at. Of course I comfortable her and remind her things can be replaced, she can't. So naturally I turn around and head out to pick her up, another 30 minutes north of where I work. She was on a trip to take her great aunt in for a check up. She is staying with us for a few weeks, to recover from what will someday be a lifetime movie channel multipart movie. So I get there and see the car is loaded up on the tow truck on its way to the impound, but I'm checking on my wife, auntie and my two teenagers to make sure nothing is broken. Kids have bruises from the seatbelts, but teenagers are hard to keep down. Auntie has a broken stich, but did a pretty good job catching her 75 year old 98 pound body. Wife had swelling just below her left knee where the dash smashed into her (2000 Mazda), head hurting and a bit dizzy, right ankle hurts to stand on and back is hurting a bit. Nothing too serious, except for what could be a possible minor concussion. Thinking I'll be able to take her to the medical service shortly and drop everyone back at the house an hour and a half away. I get in my other car and find that it won't start. This is an old retired crown Vic, and I'm at about 395k. She throws an occasional fit, but nothing I can't handle normally. Let the wife know so she knows we are stuck for a bit as she and auntie are getting the once over in the EMT van. I am of course going through the checklist, spark fuel, etc. Get the occasional bump, but nothing that will stay. By this time they get out of the van and start heading back to the car, I've told two of our finest that I'm broken down, but will either fix it or get my own tow. When they get back over i suggest they get dropped off across the interstate at a Whataburger so they can sit in the a/c as Texas in the summer is a bit warm. And every officer EMT, etc drives off before I can flag them down. So the whole crew is stuck with me, windows don't roll down, on the side of interstate 45 in the heat of the day. Two doors facing away from traffic open to vent it a bit. We call everyone we can get ahold of to get the out of the heat and in a safe place. Takes about an hour but the first two show up and get auntie and my daughter on the way back to the house and my wife on her way to the local Baylor medical with my son and her mom to make sure she gets checked over correctly. So now it's just me on the side of the freeway with my car trying to get ahold of one friend why will drive out with a truck to tow me the 1.5 hour trip home at 75 which will be a good 3 hour trip now. Burning up on the concrete and have already drank through a gallon of water I keep in the truck for just such a case. And then I begin thinking. Just you and your thoughts. Look up and say, you know, I would really appreciate some shade. About ten minutes later clouds cover the sun, and for the next two hours I'm in the shade and 20 degrees cooler. I say thanks, and keep trying to get ahold of my friend. Finally get ahold of him near the end of my 2 hours of shade, found out he left his phone at home and just now got my dozen messages and is heading my way. Tells me his transmission has been slipping lately, but will be heading my way anyway. Now the sun starts to some out again and I'm more worried that my friend may lose his truck than me getting home to work on this. And a tow truck with a big bed shows up. I try to wave him off, because I know what a 100 mile tow would cost, and I just lost a car and need to find a way to fix another. He tells me he drove by an hour earlier on a job and saw me sitting there, and still there on his way back, he offered to get me off the side of the highway for free, as it was dangerous, I thanked him, and just requested that he spin me anound to the other side of the freeway, and on the access road so we could hook up our tow rope safely. So we load up and begin then 10 minute turn around and start talking a bit. To make a already long story a bit shorter, he towed me all the way home. My wife is being checked out and sounds like she has a hairline fracture , full CT scans and the works show her head is as good as it was before. Auntie is now sleeping soundly in bed. And I know everything is going to be ok. I'll fix the car, and find her another eventually, and there is no doubt I had a bit of help getting through the day. Just wanted to let everyone know, that every great once in a while when you really need it, you get an answer. Keep believing, or start, and give it a chance. You might just be a bit surprised as I was today.
  10. Candidquality

    I just must share this...

    I read this very slowly near the end hoping to hear some good news, did you get the job and are so busy you have not updated? Or do you have some pearl of wisdom that might help the next Smith with big aspirations?
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    It followed me home

    Picked these tool boxes up for $20, full to the hilt. The old freon converted to air tank for $3 and the saw for another $3. Paid another $20 for the welder. Definitely a good day.
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    Sean Sells, Steve's son

    Sounds like he was already keeping an eye out for Sean. Will send out a few thankful prayers, and a few more that this isn't too much of a trial.
  13. Candidquality

    Newest pattern welded billet for knives.

    Send over a piece and I'll count them for free. ;) nice work, looking forward to see where it is going to go.
  14. Candidquality

    How to dry wood for tool handles

    Be a good opportunity to test several methods and see which works best on your wood.
  15. Candidquality

    Cast bronze plaque.

    Nice work. Definitly something to be proud of. Any backstory on how he got the commission?