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  1. I thought that would be a neat side note. Looking forward to seeing it work.
  2. That build is looking great. This is very random but you mentioned the woodpecker motif back on 7 Oct and that got me thinking back to a small hammer bench top hammer I saw on Youtube. This thing was like a sewing machine with a 10# or 15# needle. I had just competed some of the Allan Quatermain books and one of the main characters was a Umslopogaas, a Zulu Chief who for no fault of his own needed to take his act on the road. Umslopogaas used his axe, Inkosi-kaas, to peck at his enemy like the Picador with his lance or the Banderilleros with their darts during a bullfight. This style of getting stuck over and over. That how Umslopogaas got his name of 'Woodpecker' that according to the author translates to "woodpecker" in Zulu.
  3. The guy I got it from did say he milled the top flat. I think the ladder pattern is due to the mill he used. The top is very flat and smooth. I would not be at all surprised to find out the top looked like Harag the Horrible's sword in some places. It is a new to me that is heavy and has a much better rebound than my home built job. It was a tool, the smiths at that time were not worried about the resale price in the 21st century.
  4. Good Morning All, I was on vacation and I found a long time machinist with a very nice anvil for only $300.00 so I took him up on his offer. The nice part about getting the anvil from this guy was he had a racquetball sized ball bearing to test the rebound (around 10 inches out of 12 inches) and he refaced the top so it is as smooth as glass. I have seen a great number of anvils that have dents in the slid like this one has and I wonder why people seem to beat on the non-working part of the anvil.
  5. This item is about 3 inches but I have been able to weld up something that may work even better. I will up load a photo when I get done. Thanks for everyone's input.
  6. Daswulf, I don't think that is what it is you have given me another idea what I might use. The attached image is an example of what one guy made with aluminum flat stock. If I can't find anything I will use the one item I have as a template and hope for the best but as you folks know hope is not a plan. thanks
  7. Farmall and Mr. Steve, I am running these leads down now. I found out the trade name EFCOR is short for ELECTRICAL FITTINGS CORPORATION. I love old companies that have names that mean something. Makes it easier to run down leads.
  8. That is a very good question I did not think of but I don't think so. It sticks to a magnet like glue and I tried to scratch the surface with a snap knife. I am just about sure it is steel. Now that I think about it I have cut these in the past and I do think they are steel.
  9. Good Afternoon All, I am working on making a grabber that will pick up heaver things since at 6' 8" tall the ground it a LONG way down. I got a number of these items from a surplus store many years ago and now think they would be of use in my grabber build. If I knew what to call it I might could find some on the web or at the hardware store. The item is about 3 inches long and the holes are a bit larger than 1/4". The imprint is EFCOR (the manufacturer) and IBEW. I think IBEW is the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Before I start looking for the correct hay stack to start looking for this needle I thought I would try my luck with you good folks. Thanks in advance
  10. Mr. Frosty, So I have the strangest mental image of one of the walk in humidors at the fancy cigar stores where they have the bulk of "the good stuff". Is that the type of atmosphere you are talking about? My daughter and I are doing the opposite of that right now with a large plastic box, a laptop that had a cup of water spilled on it and two buckets of DampRid. Am I correct that in this case I would use the large plastic box or trash bag, the item to be cured and some type of humidification agent like a large wet sponge in a bucket? Thinking about the way water chemically bonds to Portland cement so it will set underwater (found that out the hard way back in High School) leads me to guess that a well mixed Kast-O-Lite will do the same thing. My (limited) understanding leads me to guess that water makes a chemical bond to the Kast-O-Lite but to a MUCH higher temp is required to break the bond and cause a explosive spalling. So once you have your forge or foundry spend the week in the swamp it should (we hope) be cured? How forgiving is Kast-O-Lite if too much water is used? Thank you for being the resource all of us want to be like when we grow up. Ernest Seemann
  11. That is a bad pun by my (very low) standards. A herd of guinea pigs, looking out on the yard and seeing nothing my lumps of furry cuteness, all little squeaky voices and whiskers. There are people that have a fear of mice and such that would extend to guinea pigs but not me. Can you imagine what it would look like driving this herd from one pasture to the next. There is a Far Side comic waiting to happen.
  12. Frosty, You do have a point. Sort of a pulse width modulation type of thing.
  13. Where are you going to find 6,000 degree rated firebrick for the firebox? Much better for foundry work if you can work out the brick problem.
  14. Tripods seemed to work well enough for the martians in War of the Worlds.