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  1. Forging a hand

    Here's a couple links:
  2. Celtic cross

    littleblacksmith did one of these for a school project:
  3. First Gas Forge (UFO build)

    To be fair here, it is repeated over and over again to pick a set of designs and follow them exactly for those just starting out. I can see where a beginner might not be clear on which things we can use "Kentucky windage" and which things need to be as precise as possible.
  4. huffing at high temp?

    If you change the position of the mig tip it will most likely affect the fuel to air ratio and therefore the forge atmosphere. Intermittent huffing at moderate to high pressure suggests to me a breeze affecting the inlet air flow, recycling exhaust gases, or a pulsing/temporary decrease in gas pressure. Do you have another regulator you can try? Just to sort out the problem you could also try a needle valve with no regulator to see if that's where the problem originates. I do not recommend eliminating the regulator permanently though.
  5. Conversely, making some items that are useful/decorative around the house when you are "messing about in the garage" may go a long way towards her being more supportive of your messing about.
  6. Burner choice

    Given your preferences you should definitely go with a ribbon burner, however one does not preclude the other. There are a couple threads on here regarding naturally aspirated ribbon burners (NARBs) which give details about how to make them. If you wish to go with a blown ribbon burner, Wayne Coe has plans on his website for that.
  7. Are these burners running right?

    Both carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are colorless, odorless, and tasteless gases. That's what makes them so potentially dangerous. Without a detector you can't assess your exposure until it's extreme. If you were smelling something before it was not one of those two things.
  8. If you're not using a ribbon burner then you should look into those. I'm using a naturally aspirated ribbon burner (NARB) and although there is a dull roar at forge welding temperatures, I can listen to the radio and/or carry on a conversation with someone while standing next to the forge. I still have to fight the urge to turn up the pressure because it doesn't sound loud enough at normal forging temperatures. Oops, I didn't see that Frosty had already posted the link.
  9. Student with Project Dilemma

    You may want to watch "Secrets of the Viking Sword" that Nova put out in 2012. However, if you have to be done by June 13 you are asking for a very generous smith and something close to a miracle to get it done in that time. Assuming you're still taking classes I don't believe you even have the free time to accomplish this if you could find a willing smith, but that's just my 2 cents.
  10. Mixed metaphors, or just misused

    Hope springs in turtles.
  11. Naturally Aspirated Ribbon Burner. Photo heavy.

    I thought about it but did not try it. Unless you packed the straws with something I think they would likely collapse. The refractory material I used wasn't flowable (much) when mixed properly and I tamped it into place before vibrating the mold. If you can get by with just vibration then you might have a shot, but you do not want any voids in the finished burner block for obvious reasons.
  12. 1/2" steel rod to 3/16" bar?

    The area or cross section of 1/2" rod is 3.14x.25x.25 (pi times radius squared), which is 0.196 square inches. The area of 3/16 inch thick bar that is 2 inches wide is 0.375 square inches. So no, it will not be easy/possible to turn 1/2 inch diameter rod into flat stock that is 3/16 inch thick by 2 inches wide without a LOT of upsetting. You *might* be able to pull it off with 3/4" diameter rod, but keep in mind you will lose some material to scale and even if you are good with peen hammers your stock will get longer as it gets wider, which means not all of the deformation will go into the cross section. In the long run it will be much easier to find or buy stock closer to your desired dimensions. If you have a lot of the 1/2 inch rod you can sell it and buy what you need. I've assumed that you wanted to hammer the round bar into flat stock, but what you actually asked is "if a 1/2" steel rod was enough to flatten a 2" × 3/16" bar" which could also be interpreted as using the rod to somehow flatten stock you already have.
  13. Another etching question

    Thanks! I don't remember the burl type. A couple years ago my wife bought several sets of burl scales online for me, and that was one of them. That one was dyed green towards the blade and brown towards the pommel.
  14. Info Request DIY Ribbon Burner Forge Build

    Isn't that a bit like asking what's the best blower for your naturally aspirated burner? I think that was CRS's point.
  15. Best book for a beginner Without knowing your particular area(s) of interest it will be impossible for us to recommend a "best" book for you. The Backyard Blacksmith by Lorelei Sims would not be a bad place to start though. Keep in mind you do not have to buy the books at first. Assuming there is a library nearby you can have them ILL books and read as many as you want. Then if there's one you must have on your shelf you can purchase it after assessing the content for yourself.