• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by arkie

  1. Thomas, you really need to hang a sign on that buck's neck that says "Yes, Deer" (only if your other half doesn't frequent the shop often, LOL)
  2. Ethan, I've watched your videos. You have accomplished a remarkable feat, what with all the forging, cleaning, handle making, etc. I recall when you first started out smithing, and you have progressed fantastically (sounds like Alec, I know). I think you deserve a long vacation from that job!!! (before the next run, LOL). The next run should be a lot easier.
  3. Chelonian, your 230VAC circuit(s) are adequate for your welder, just make sure that ALL your WIRING, RECEPTACLES, PLUGS and BREAKERS are proper for carrying up to 50 amps or whatever your welder requires. From your question, I would recommend you consult a licensed electrician to do ANY work on your welder circuit. As others have mentioned, the 110/120VAC welders are underpowered for anything above 90-100 amps and that is really stretching it for anything but thin steel.
  4. Jennifer, sometimes slower is better. That way, the little (and maybe bigger) mistakes come on not so fast!! LOL. On the other hand, with your smithing skills, I feel that mistakes are small and very few between. Take your time, smell the roses and enjoy every minute of it.
  5. BOA November 2019 meetings; dates and locations: NW Chapter, Marble, AR, Nov. 9 Central Chapter, no location yet, (somewhere in Cent. Arkansas) should be the third Saturday normally. PM me for location details.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Very clever idea for your header!....interchangable inserts for different size nails.
  10. Wish my coal source was that close!...mine is 3 1/2 hrs. one way.
  11. 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.
  12. Update on BOA October, 2019 meetings: Central Chapter, Hot Springs, AR, Oct. 19 PM me for details.
  13. OK, understand that! Yeah, you nearly need a bonfire to start that stuff.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Too thin. Use 1/4" thick bar, 1" or wider, depending on the blade size.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Charcoal is nowhere near as bad as coal when it comes to smoke. If you're using charcoal, you should have no problems.
  20. Laynne, my forge was originally under a metal carport, 10 ft. ceiling, 8 ft. eave, 12 in. flue pipe, 5 ft. tall with a 2-3 ft. clearance. Open on 3 sides. The smoke under the carport was so bad I finally ran a 12 in. extension out to the far end peak to get the smoke out. Now, no more smoke!
  21. I think we're talking about two different need to pursue it any further.
  22. Good job on your first tongs. Gooseneck tongs are not easy to get right for a first try... congratulations. Laynne, you did well going with the 12 inch flue pipe. I hope you are planning on venting it outside, otherwise your shop will be full of smoke!
  23. If you place the anvil, which *should* have a *flat* base prior to milling (if it's done right), on a flat surface (milling machine) and run the milling cutters across the top, then it would be a flat surface; i.e. straight line on the side.
  24. V bits are good (both V's or flat + V like yours). I need to make a flat + V. Have fun making your tongs! I think it's gratifying to make your own.