arkie

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  1. arkie

    Wrought Iron

    If you plan on working with it, remember, WI likes to be forged HOT...bright yellow or above. Depending on the quality of the WI, it tends to splinter if worked cooler. Refined (or fine grained) WI tends to behave better.
  2. BOA December 2019 meetings; dates and locations: NW Chapter, Mountain Home, AR, Dec. 14 Central Chapter, Benton, AR, Dec. 21 PM me for location details.
  3. Firemedic, as far as coal volume goes.....I don't know if this will help...this is 840#, just shy of 1/2 ton, in the back of a Toyota Tacoma 6 ft. bed.
  4. I get about 1000# at a time in my pickup. I have 10 or 12 plastic garbage cans with lids, 20 gal. size, each holds about 100#. I just lay a tarp under the tail gate, shovel the cans to about 100# each and wheel them off to my storage place with a 2-wheel hand truck. I round up the tarp and shake the spillage into a can and I'm good to go. The trash cans are easy to store in various places and move to the forge when needed.
  5. I had so many pairs of pants with the thigh areas turning to mesh, that I NOW ALWAYS wear a leather apron when grinding or cutting with my angle grinder. No more aerated pants! (I sometimes wear the old ones in hot weather to stay cool, LOL).
  6. Some machinists use camphor blocks in their tool drawers and tool chests as a rust inhibitor. If you keep your chisels, punches, etc. in an enclosed space that might help. (also sometimes works as an insect repellent). Hmmm....might keep mosquitoes out of your tools as well...!!
  7. OP, if you plan on doing much welding now or in the future, I highly recommend (as others have) going to 230/240 VAC. The returns, both satisfaction-wise and welder-wise, will be greatly appreciated. Your welds will be much better quality and choice of quality welders is much more extensive.
  8. Addendum:. Central Chapter, Nov. 16, Hot Springs, AR
  9. I say finish 'em up and hang something on them...goat tack?? LOL
  10. CGL, your horse drawing is eye-popping. Your horseshoe hooks are just fine, look good. I would suggest an overnight bath in vinegar, quick rinse in water, quick dunk in baking soda bath, dry and wire brush. I spray mine with Rustoleum clear matte spray for rust protection.
  11. New guys gotta pay their dues and earn their spurs, right? LOL
  12. CGL, I think you have enough to keep you busy for a while!! Get to hammering!
  13. Thomas, I love tongs made from sucker rod. Strong stuff. I hand hammered one set, but after that, I wished I had a power hammer! I drew out the reins; no forge welded reins. Bob Patrick often makes tongs from sucker rod...power hammer of course. When he brings a bunch to a meeting, they go like hotcakes.
  14. CGL, here are some pictures of some horseshoe items. Others (Charles, Thomas, anvil) have mentioned some of them like hoof pics, hinges, etc. Here are some hooks, bottle openers, hoof picks, door knocker, hinges, handles, candle holders. The hoof picks can have various shapes, owing to the user. (The loops should be rotated 90# so you can put it in your back pocket). I have made a lot of horseshoe yard art, but no forging, just welding. Boot racks, trivets , chimes......on and on. Let your imagination run free. Etsy and Pinterest can give you some ideas as well.
  15. BGD, I do, but in the heat and humidity and 73 years of age, I wasn't inclined to drag it the 1/2 to 1 mile down through the torn up rail bed chat. They were replacing rails and ties. Thomas, had I been in the dry, low humidity of SW TX or N Mx, I *MIGHT* have considered doing it.