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About arkie

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  1. I had exactly the same experience/results when I was in the USAF. I didn't have staples, but LARGE stitches...lots of them. My belly looked like an NFL football. I asked one of the docs why such large stitches? He said the officers get small stitches, the enlisted men get large stitches. Forum rules prevent me from quoting what I told him..."sir". They monitored our bile output in a bag. One guy was not producing enough bile so they drained his bag into a beaker and had him drink it to help his digestion.....ARGHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I almost puked over that.
  2. I might add that you keep a very neat, clean construction site. Looks good!
  3. Looks great with the walls up! BTW, I work for brownies...but I am 1400 miles away, darn it!!! (It would be great if with all the COVID stuff around, that virtual construction would work, LOL)
  4. You might be work hardening the steel, strange as it may seem, with mild steel. If you begin drilling and (1) don't use enough pressure and (2) pause and restart drilling, that can lead to work hardening. I had the same problem after annealing files to make patch knives. Granted, files are not mild steel, but possibly the same thing is happening to you. I tried drilling the holes and ruined two bits. I posted a question about that here on IFI, and it appears that there is a stage of annealing called "sub-critical" annealing where you don't take the steel up in temperature to critical,
  5. That is the simplest and most accurate description I have run across.
  6. Everyone has their favorite method for drawing out stock...half-face, horn, but I have tried them all and prefer the horn. My main problem with the half-face method is that I have to go back over the notch created and smooth it out whereas the horn method creates a smooth profile on the drawn out stock. Half-face takes me probably twice as long.
  7. I hope he put on guy wires on that thing after the picture was taken!
  8. Ok, Ok, Ok,,,,,you guys got me! I had never heard of a "gozinta", so instead of embarrassing myself by asking here on the forum, like we tell everyone else to "search", well.... I SEARCHED Google....and this is what I came up with: "What is a Gozinta? The Gozinta Boxes are a topological magic trick invented by Lubor Fiedler in 1966 and first introduced at the 1970 FISM convention in Amsterdam. In this trick, a die box is removed from a box. The positions are subsequently reversed and the outer box is now placed inside the die, creating a paradoxical situation.Oct 28, 2016"
  9. That pritchel hole grabber is a great idea! Thanks for posting it.
  10. Frosty, your assessment matches what I have always heard about (but never had an opportunity to try) the method of interference fitting. I have seen machinist's videos showing the process.
  11. Glenn, glad you had some pictures of Hofi's flue setup! "A picture is worth a thousand words."
  12. Frosty, I understand interference fitting. I've seen machinists use it to insert shafts into borings for a super tight fit. However, quoting from anvil a few posts above here regarding his mortise and tenon work, the mortise hole shrinks, not expands. "Lol, now it's duck and run time. Just joking. However, when you heat up the steel around a mortise, steel expands when it gets hot, correct? Thus the hole gets smaller, not larger when heated up, and gets larger when cooled. Not to stir up a controversy here, but these are two opposite observations of heating a mortise hole. Which is
  13. Thomas, I wonder if the difference between expansion and contraction in the mortise examples is that with iron work, the mortise is generally surrounded by a larger mass than the brass ring, forcing the expansion into the mortise space, whereas hole in the brass ring in the video is allowed to expand outward freely making a larger hole?
  14. That's similar to the setup Uri Hofi uses at his smithy. He has several like that. We have a club member with a similar setup and it draws like a bandit.
  15. NW Chapter, Sept. 12, Springdale, AR Central Chapter, Sept. 19, Benton, AR PM me for additional information. Please adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
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