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arftist

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  1. So you are saying it isn't a loom tool? My input is from a character actor at the Hoxie House of Sandwich Mass.
  2. The mills on Cape Cod date back several hundred years but I can only report what modern day interpreters say. Another oldie; The weasel referred to in pop goes the weasel involves father going on a drunk and pawing mother's weasel, a loom tool.
  3. Supposedly the mettle (sic) was metal splinters in the hands of the fellows who had to dress the grain grinding stones with cold chisels. I guess they didn't know about preventing mushroomed chisels.
  4. In my opinion tube steel is not appropriate for the task. 1x2 solid would look nice.
  5. When I saw dream press I thought yes, 100 hp would be fine but so is 50hp. You don't need a very long stroke so ideal would be something around 8" diameter with up to 12 inch stroke. Your frame engineering would have to be robust. A friend made a hundred ton press from large H beams. Welding is also critical, if you are not good hire a pro. As to too much power, you need to use judgement with any tool. Even with your power supply I would expect to spend several thousand on construction for a safe I press of that magnitude.
  6. A 5 would replace a striker if you ever use one. It also will hit silent if that matters. There is no noise from a fly press. The real deal though, if you are willing to make tools is some very accurate work, with ease. One example is I made a grill with half inch square bar passing through half inch square bar, both on the diagonal. I had to upset each female intersection to make it look right. Tough to do on an anvil. Doing hot work greatly increases a fly press capacity. I did a lot of work on a #1 before I found a 5 for sale. Now I just use the #1 for small pu
  7. It is a cold chisel. Came with a sledge handle. One holds the chisel against the work while another strikes it with a sledge.
  8. Weld it up ad yu got a good deal; Larger post vises are going for huge bucks these days. Just make sure you get a price on the welding job, some people think their work is priceless. I would charge about fifty bucks to fix that as long as I didn't have to make any parts. This is what I get for not using the quote feature. My response is to the op. Marc Baldwin, I believe that box is cast iron. Could be wrong of course. Steel is unlikely though.
  9. I did just think of a problem with the lead sandwich. Lead has zero elasticity. Eventually the lead will be forced out the sides. Suggest you weld flat bar across the seams.
  10. Yup, the old soft hammer for the beginner trick.
  11. Frosty mine is a spring helve. The tup's true path is slightly elliptical with the lifting motion occuring as the tup is thrust upward...and forward. The motion is perpendicular to the motion of your LG.
  12. One of the problems with an unsecured hammer is that the tup or hammer itself can lift the entire hammer (slightly) on the upstroke. Mine, at 75# would walk towards you as you worked it. I solved this by bolting it down to a 6 inch commercial floor, with no apparent problems. My son is using it now and poured an 18 x 30 by 48 block for it, he say it works very well. Try the weight you have, chance are it will work good enough.
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