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    Weatherford, Tejas
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    makin' stuff from as many materials as possible & learning new fabrication methods

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  1. Frosty beat me to the thread files. As a maintenance guy, we swear by them to repair "hammered" threads on our machine tools & equipment. Slag, thanks for the tip on the jeweler's saw. I have one at the home shop, now the maintenance guys get a couple too. Good excuse to hit the craft supply during lunch.
  2. Makes it nice to drop by the welding supply for 25' joints of used 3/4" sucker rod - $10 each. Known steel, fairly clean, the last foot at each end is already upset to ~1-1/4" for top/bottom tool blanks, punches & drifts. They keep it on hand for high end horse fence mostly.
  3. Also abrasive blast or a good strong pressure washer will make the grain "pop". Some oaks will gray up nicely afterward by painting with ammonia cleaner to give the aged look.
  4. I too am beginning into burner trials. A major portion of my needs are in jewelry-sized work; I started out with 3/8 & 1/4 inch endeavors. Thanks to everyone for posting the moon-sized mass of information. I'll keep reading. "Mikey burn and frost bite" forced me to post. Now I'll clean up the coffee I spat all over my desk.
  5. Large conference room door for a bench top - solid core, glued, maple 1=1/2 strips. Just the 6' top weighs over 100 pounds. The hole for the handle is right under my drill press spindle.
  6. 1st pic, 2nd item down on left. Looks like a re-use of the hinge from an old folding buggy top or doctor's hack. Blacksmiths tend to reuse things occasionally; I happen to have a set of dividers that g-g-granpa made from the same type hinge.
  7. It appears that it is a constant 160 graduations per revolution, approx. 51 unit diameter. Could it be a traveler wheel in millimeters & fractional inches? 6.29 diameter? So hard to tell from the photo... intriguing. I ignored the strange, repeating "betwixt" numerals, but they seem to fall in patterns every 10 units, digits 1-8 only though. Maybe an octal to binary translator....
  8. Did you intend to type "no more than 1/3"...? Just my two shillings, try to pickup some old 3/8 & 1/2" pawn-shop bits & practice regrinding & drilling mild steel. When you can refurbish them reliably, get some split-point cobalts, run them slow & watch how they cut in different materials. Cutter grinding is a useful skill in itself.
  9. I like it. The chain edging should prevent chisels & whatnot from vibrating off the shelf; still lets the grime & filings be brushed out. If it's welded solid at alternating links, you may wind up using it for handy twisting holes on small stock. Consider that little gem stolen.
  10. Do you happen to have that original image or source? I'd like to have it color printed on mylar for my shop. It would greatly reduce some of my explanations.
  11. Engineering manager in aerospace composites with tool fab department and equipment/facility maintenance duties too. Keeps the days interesting. I was very lucky to start my professional career as a summer coop tool design/mfg engineer in '80. A couple years after graduation, I inherited the tool fab shop & machine maintenance, Lots of one-off, blacksmith solutions to keep "unique" production equipment running. My grandpa got me interested in smithing almost fifty years ago; I still use some of HIS grandfather's tongs. top/hardy tools and a small 1# straight pein (very sentimental about that one). My son is an engineer now & we enjoy building prototype stuff for work & repair projects for friends on evenings/weekends.
  12. Wife will love that. Thanks for the verification on the files. Good to see I'm not the only one to find the awesome that is Brownell's
  13. All John's adverbs. Very striking. Did you use checkering files on the handle?
  14. Ditto here. Looking to make one for my maintenance shop for occasional use and I foresee having to "store" the prototype at home.
  15. Good to see you back! I seem to recall a common work interest in fair sized airplanes...?