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  1. Show me your anvil

    You ain't kidding, that is NEAT!!!
  2. Crazy thought for the day, tape measure-mascus?

    A guy I met at an SCA event knew a guy that serviced street sweepers and got his hands on a bunch of steel bristles. He used them for a demo of full hard vs full soft. The full hard snapped like glass and the full soft acted like normal wire.
  3. Crazy thought for the day, tape measure-mascus?

    The problem is I drive past one every day! Must get more lights!!!!
  4. Good Morning All, I have been looking at people doing Harbor Freight challenges like how many free LED lights that look like light switches they can get in a month and one guy posted a photo with a box full of "free with any purchase" items including tape measures. I figure that HF tape measures would be the cheapest steel you can get and still be spring steel but they would still be some kind of spring steel. I wondered if anyone has sanded or sand blasted a HF tape measure tape and added it to a pattern weld just for the heck of it. I know you would need a bunch of them since the tape is very thin but I thought I would see if anyone has done this in the past.
  5. matching pump and cylinder pressures

    Thanks for the info, I (sort of) understand that you on get the top of your power curve when the (in my case) air over hydraulic jack makes contact with the steel and is (for lack of a better term) straining against the top die.
  6. Getting my "T-Burner" tuned

    BM and Frosty, I think I have it up too high and am wasting gas at this point. I think I can get it as low at 5 to 10 PSI before it starts sounding like a V-1 Buzzbomb. I can always take the bell off and see what that does as well. thanks Ernest
  7. Getting my "T-Burner" tuned

    Good Evening from Sunny but not warm Alabama. I have installed my 1" T-Burner in what I call the forge with a face only a mother could love. These images are using a .045 ( I think) MIG tip at around 20 psi with a 1" pipe and 1 1/4" bell on the end. To my not-very-good-at-judging-this-eye the blue cone looks less solid then an oxidizing flame and maybe between oxidizing and neutral. Please let me know what you think since I am rubbish at trying to figure this out for my self. Ernest
  8. That makes me think of the truck crash in the Matrix and the use of thermite to weld RR track. I know thermite is not an explosive so I guess it would fall under fire. Ernest
  9. matching pump and cylinder pressures

    Yup, reminds me of a quote "They say when you've drawn blood - you're exfoliated". The very last thing anyone in life wants would be a jet of VERY hot oil shooting out from a hose. I was thinking about the stroke length and I had a question. Is there any efficiency to be gained by using a shorter stroke ram since in most cases the steel will only move a 1/4" or so per-stroke. I assume that you need enough fluid in the reservoir space to complete the longest stroke but I did not know if this 8" cylinder starting from 6.5" extended (for example) and pushing to 7.5" (again for example) is any more or less efficient than a short ram (say 2" max) going from 0" extended (again again for example) to 1" extended. I know that I don't know so if I am typing nonsense please let me know and I will not take it hard. Ernest
  10. Anvil heater

    Michael took the words out of my mouth. the small tank can only get and store so much heat from the sun on a clear day. An external 250 or 500 gal tank (external meaning not covered by a roof or the like) has a much larger surface area to collect sunlight on a clear day and much more mass to hold that energy for later.
  11. Anvil heater

    I just found out that Mr. Propane will not come out to play when it is 22 degrees outside without a heat source. I can honestly say this is a first for me. Ernest (the cold)
  12. First knife - not yet hand sanded

    Keep on keeping on and make some neat things. You would be amazed at what you can come up with. Ernest
  13. Horizontal/Vert or Porta Bandsaw

    A buddy of mine has this one Grizzly G0622 - 4" x 6" Metal-Cutting Bandsaw and he can use it as a 90 degree Vertical Cutting or for Horizontal Cutting and he seems to like it. I have a HF portaband and I don't like some of the changes that they have made since adopting the Bauer name but it works well enough.
  14. It followed me home

    I have to wonder how many different times the word dog shows up not talking about something with 4 legs and a tail. This is from Wikipedia so take it for what it is worth. In engineering, a dog is a tool or part of a tool that prevents movement or imparts movement by offering physical obstruction or engagement of some kind. It may hold another object in place by blocking it, clamping it, or otherwise obstructing its movement. Or it may couple various parts together so that they move in unison – the primary example of this being a flexible drive to mate two shafts in order to transmit torque. Some devices use dog clutches to lock together two spinning components. In a manual transmission, the dog clutches, or "dogs" lock the selected gear to the shaft it rotates on. Unless the dog is engaged, the gear will simply freewheel on the shaft. This word usage is a metaphor derived from the idea of a dog (animal) biting and holding on, the "dog" name derived from the basic idea of how a dog jaw locks on, by the movement of the jaw, or by the presence of many teeth. In engineering the "dog" device has some special engineering work when making it – it is not a simple part to make as it is not a simple bar or pipe, and the metal used in its construction is likely to be special rather than regular steel. There is potential for confusion as "dog tensioners" are levers that are named due to the shape of the lever appearing as a dog leg, as the lever is in a pantograph arrangement, or "dog trailers", which are named due to the use of multiple trailers for transporting animal cages.
  15. It followed me home

    For the most part I am familiar with how they are mounted, the sliding tab is going to take some work. I remember using this type of vise in school where the tab would be used for (I think) over sized stock. Other than that I would need to RTFM (read the fine manual). That I do remember and the ones used in school were "well used" enough that we would use new scrap wood as a second buffer. I don't think I will make a new jaw, Acme Screw in the hand is worth 2 at the scrap yard, but I do think I will do something to add on to the broken part to make it more usable. Thanks for all the info guys. Everyone in Alabama, stay warm because it will be very cold this weekend down to the teens. Or as Frosty might call it T-Shirt weather. Ernest