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  1. arkie

    Found My Dad's Old Anvil

    There are a myriad of youtube videos on electrolysis setups...go looking. The links posted above are very good.
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    Is this wrought iron?

    That's wrought iron for sure. When were they no longer made from wrought? Who knows. Some folks still make them from WI. If they are in good shape I would keep them for history's sake or just use them.
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    T-Stakes for Tongs? Maybe?

    Save your bent-up T-posts. They are fixable. A friend brought over some T-posts that had been bent over when a dozer ran over them. Put them in the forge, heated and straightened them out. Good as new....
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    T-Stakes for Tongs? Maybe?

    I have found that there are basically two types of T-posts one finds these days. One, the cheaply made, tend to be made from a thick sheet metal, folded and stamped to shape, and light weight. The other is a heavier, solid steel post apparently either forged or extruded. Some of the so-called "new" posts are just as heavy and serviceable as the "old" ones. I only use the heavier, solid steel ones.
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    T-Stakes for Tongs? Maybe?

    One source I read (don't remember where) said that a lot of T-posts are made from recycled railroad rail. Now to find out what that is...
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    No apology necessary. At least you remembered "someone"did...I would be lucky to just get past the "remember" part!!! LOL
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Jen, I posted a photo of the split ring trivet in your thread on 12/13/ commented on it. It was fun to make, albeit a challenge. The thickness depended on the location of the end holes, as I recall, and that's probably where I got off track.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Jen, beautiful work on the flat basket twist. I think I like those much better than the customary rod type. I gotta take a stab at making a flat inspired me! (BTW, you inspired me to make the split, non welded ring trivet on your video as well, LOL)
  9. I think you'll find that a 12 pound weight for a hold down might be a bit heavy. Try about 3-5 pounds for starters....jus' sayin'
  10. Sucker rod is also used in some water wells....although not commonly found.
  11. NW Chapter, Gentry, AR, April 20 (Tired Iron Old Engine Club) Central Chapter, Roland, AR, April 20
  12. arkie

    3D printed plastic burner experiments (photo heavy)

    Hey guys, I am not into gas forges (I use coal only) and know zero-zilch about them or 3-D printing but this may be of interest (in the future). I browsed through a few posts and it seems that you are printing in a plastic media. My son happened to run across an article about 3-D printing in METAL. I thought you folks might be interested in pursuing this sometime. Looks like it's in the formative stages and probably will/would be rather expensive.....just food for thought. NOTE TO MODS: The link below may be construed to be a commercial link, but I'm posting it for the informative value. If you deem it to be commercial, please remove and let the guys in this thread know how they may access it. Thanks.
  13. Estwing started making the one piece hammers with a rubber-type, shock absorbing handle which helped dramatically over the leather type. My hammer from about 1963 is the "rubber" type and still great shape.
  14. Water will give you a harder quench. I like to use old files because the file teeth give you a good grip on the striker.
  15. Karn, you have a very good, instructional video. I like the closeups where one can see the detail work better than a lot of other videos taken further away. I agree with the others' comments regarding the music....lose it! I turned it off at about 0:15, as it was very annoying. It is a negative aspect of an otherwise very good video. Your bottle opener is very appealing, nice lines, clean work, functional. Congratulations on job well done!
  16. NW Chapter, ESSA at Eureka Springs, AR, Mar. 9 Central Chapter, Hot Springs, AR, Mar. 16
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    Fuzzy Math

    I wonder how many folks here know what a slide rule is, or more so, how to use one.
  18. NW Chapter, Fayetteville, AR, Feb. 9 Central Chapter, Glenwood, AR, Feb. 16
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    The perils of speakerphone

    Possibly the WORST thing about the speaker phones/conference phones is when you *think* you have pressed the "mute" button on the speaker, but did not.......................been there, done that, sorry to say.
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    Post Vise Help

    Trash Boat, Google "coal in Kansas". Tons (pun intended) of info there. Some listings include info on coal sources and mines...
  21. NW Chapter, Fayetteville, AR, Second Saturday in January Central Chapter, location not known, Third Saturday in January
  22. Uncle CD, I will PM you with the location info this afternoon.
  23. arkie

    Advice : Sunlar Electric Blacksmith Forge Blower

    Considering that these blowers are scattered for sale all over eBay and other sites, certainly more than one smith who might have purchased one could lend a review here on the suitability for forge use.