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About arkie

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  1. Nice work. The loose handle...the wood part; that's a lot easier to fix than the steel part!! You'll get it tight to fit.
  2. I have not a clue what type of stainless the forceps are. I have noticed that a lot of disposable surgical instruments are coming from India and other third world countries. No telling what their "stainless" composition is.
  3. Steve (Sells), thanks for posting the info on various types of stainless steels. I recently had a magnet stick to a pair of stainless medical forceps which surprised me. I guess they were made of ferric stainless.
  4. Very clever idea for your header!....interchangable inserts for different size nails.
  5. Wish my coal source was that close!...mine is 3 1/2 hrs. one way.
  6. Alec is not making hammers for sale any longer. Now, "Ethan the blacksmith" (maybe still a member here, see post above), is making hammers for Alec with Alec's touchmark, a horizontal "S". Ethan just recently posted a youtube video describing their business arrangement. Ethan says he is making 100 hammers for Alec at this time.
  7. Update on BOA October, 2019 meetings: Central Chapter, Hot Springs, AR, Oct. 19 PM me for details.
  8. OK, understand that! Yeah, you nearly need a bonfire to start that stuff.
  9. Chris, and for others making hammer racks for their anvil stands, I would like to make a suggestion. Rather than using sliced steel pipe, steel bar, etc, all of which have sharp edges, use round rod, say 3/8" to rack up your hammers. The edges on pipe and bar racks will eventually chew up your hammer handles, which ain't fun replacing. The round rod is much more forgiving on your handles. I had straps originally on my stand and found that sometimes being in a hurry changing hammers that I would drop the hammer in the rack and it started gouging the handles. Since going to round rod, no more handle dings.
  10. Nice size table and good firepot, the 1/2" thickness will serve you well. I hope you aren't needing to use all that wood to start your coal. I just use a couple of sheets of newspaper wadded up in a mushroom shape to start my bituminous.
  11. Too thin. Use 1/4" thick bar, 1" or wider, depending on the blade size.
  12. AC and DC each have their own advantages/disadvantages. One particular advantage of AC not mentioned so far is the ability to weld on steel that may be magnetized such as oilfield tubing and sucker rod (for fences and structural posts/headers, etc.) and other sources. The magnetized steel is notorious for arc blow that plays havoc when welding it with DC. The magnetism doesn't affect welding with AC. There are ways to minimize arc blow under DC, but it's still there.
  13. Jennifer, you are so creative! No store bought chineesium hold-down bolts for you. Your skills always amaze. I really like the swing out tool racks, too. When you start teaching in your new shop, your students will probably have no clue as to the skills of their teacher...wish I were closer to be able to experience that.
  14. Charcoal is nowhere near as bad as coal when it comes to smoke. If you're using charcoal, you should have no problems.