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Joe Davidson

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  1. @ Dan C I'm think of using a ball valve to control the air
  2. Well I'll add mine to here. I picked it up today, needs a bit of beutifying but it works which is all it needs to do :) It's an odd thing, it was a dog dryer, for large dogs. But when I saw it I instantly thought of a forge blower. A bonus is I picked it up for $15, a steal in aus any day :) Here's the pictures
  3. Thanks for all the replies I feel like I am getting my head around this steel business. I think I will go with what you have recommended forgemaster, hoping to ring the supplies on Monday. @yahoo, that's for taking the time to explain the differences between American and Australian steel grades. Thanks for that link too, very helpful. Definitely going to save to favourites and print out a copy :) Thanks again for all the help guys, very much appriecated.
  4. @ Thomas, Or in fact any one I was looking at steel grade comparison charts and could find one that fitted A -36 for an Australian steel. Looking at the chart that I found would any off the others do a similar job. That is if the chart has any relevance to the topic at all... The amount of steels availed is pretty overwhelming for me, but I would love to be able to know what I'm working with, so it's good quality. Then when mistakes come it will be because of me and not the steel, so I can't blame the steel. Though knowing me I probably still will :) but I'll know it was something I did and have to think over what it was Thanks again guys for taking the time out to answer all of my questions. I will certainly ask if they have any of cuts lying around that they don't what. Cheers
  5. I'll give that a crack first then sounds like a good idea :) If it works then it does its job and that looks like it sure works. I'm hoping for something similar Thanks
  6. Okay cheers, I'll give that a crack I'll be sure to have another read
  7. Hi guys, I'm hoping to purchase some steel from a local steel supplies. How ever there are so many types of steel out there that someone like me, who is quite new to every thing that I don't know where to start. So my question is what would you recommend to someone for sizes and types of steel and all that sort of stuff for making tongs and tools? Also they sell 3mm black form sheeting, which I'm thinking on using for a forge table, with a brake drum set into it. Does that sound alright? I am stepping into this for the first time so any help would be much appreciated and I don't want to make a fool of myself :), although that is the best way to learn some times. I thought that if I bought it I'd just make it easier knowing what I'm working with rather then it being a mystery. Thanks Joe
  8. Thankyou a million guys That is definitely the one :) Thanks again it is very much appreciated
  9. I will give them a crack now I should mention that it was in somones signature
  10. bet me to it mike :) Some photos of any markings might help here is some threads which might be able to give you a hand too '?do=embed' frameborder='0' data-embedContent>> '?do=embed' frameborder='0' data-embedContent>> Hope that helps you
  11. hey everyone, I have a bit of a different sort of request to normal. A week ago i was browsing the site and came a across this great quote about how the world is losing the ability to use there hands. But now i cannot find it and Google isn't being very helpful due to me not being able to remember it very well. I think it was by Gandhi but now I am not too sure. I'm thinking on using it in a speech that i have to give on a topic of my choice. I will be speaking on how the hand trades like blacksmithing have declined due to how manufacturing having changed and what might be the result of this in the long run. So does anyone know the quote? any ideas on the speech would be appreciated too anyone has any ideas Thanks Joe
  12. that is a very nice hammer, crisp
  13. hey everyone, I've got my hands on some Hebel, which is some Autoclaved aerated concrete... apparently. What I know about it is just what Wikipedia could tell me and in there it says that it is a high thermal insulator. With this in mind is it possible for this then to be used as a fire brick or something or the nature? Thanks Joe
  14. Most brazeal rounding hammers are about 4 to 5 pounds depending on the user
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