arkie

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  1. arkie

    Post Vise Help

    Trash Boat, Google "coal in Kansas". Tons (pun intended) of info there. Some listings include info on coal sources and mines...
  2. NW Chapter, Fayetteville, AR, Second Saturday in January Central Chapter, location not known, Third Saturday in January
  3. Uncle CD, I will PM you with the location info this afternoon.
  4. 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.
  5. Tommy, will send you a PM with directions.
  6. arkie

    Decided to take the plunge.

    Tommy, I will PM you the location directions. We don't publish them publicly for privacy reasons. Since there is a good chance that winter weather will be upon Fayetteville, your location in Bella Vista will give you a good idea of travel conditions. Tommy, I will PM you the location directions. We don't publish them publicly for privacy reasons. Since there is a good chance that winter weather will be upon Fayetteville, your location in Bella Vista will give you a good idea of travel conditions. Tommy, I will PM you the location directions. We don't publish them publicly for privacy reasons. Since there is a good chance that winter weather will be upon Fayetteville, your location in Bella Vista will give you a good idea of travel conditions.
  7. arkie

    How to forge an edgewise Holdfast video.

    Jennifer, your videos are great. Take the YouTube analytics with a grain of salt. Keep up the great work. If it works, don't fix it....
  8. Go for the 20 Mule Team at DG. That box will last you a long time. Most smiths I know use borax...just keep it simple and use the borax. With mild steel, you'll be fine.
  9. arkie

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Pr3ssure, practice is good. The more the better! As for your steel stock, if you have a steel supplier anywhere close I strongly recommend that you get your steel from them. Their prices will be a fraction of those in the big box stores. Where I purchase mine, the 3/8" and larger sizes are mild steel and come in 20 ft lengths, and the 1/4" is cold rolled in 12 ft lengths. Most shops will cut the stock in half for you free for easier transport. Happy forging!
  10. UPDATE.... Central Chapter January 2019 meeting to be held in Hot Springs, AR on the third Saturday.
  11. arkie

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I modify my bucket handles with PVC pipe. Cut a piece of 1/2" PVC about 4" long. Split lengthwise with a hacksaw (put some orienting marks across the cuts beforehand to properly realign when cementing). Cement the two halves around the handle or bail with PVC cement. Lasts longer than a rubber hose and much more comfortable with heavy buckets.
  12. arkie

    It followed me home

    Sash weights are great for a chain hold down. Use a motorcycle, logging roller, or bicycle chain...they lay flat on the anvil as compared to conventional link chain.
  13. You are apparently doing your research. Just make sure whatever you get specifies "IR" for the filter for the infrared from a forge.
  14. arkie

    Hearing misconceptions (use and abuse).. Aging

    I can relate to that!!
  15. arkie

    Rusted bench vise question

    You can leave it in the bucket without being plugged in. For times I'm not around the electrolysis process, I just set the container outside my shop on the ground or on a metal workbench when its plugged in. You can put some non-flammable cover over it if you are concerned about rain, leaves, etc. In fact, I do all my electrolysis outside on the ground.
  16. Ted, I think that your anvil stand has been beaten to death in this thread. I'm surprised it's still holding up the anvil (tongue in cheek comment......) If it works for you, so be it!!!!! Happy forging!
  17. arkie

    Rusted bench vise question

    Mellin, it won't hurt to leave things in the electrolyte longer. I leave some pieces overnight if they are heavily rusted. If mostly light rust, maybe only few hours during the day so I can check it.
  18. No, you just cleaned it up. Wire wheel..OK. Grinder... NOT ok
  19. arkie

    Farewell. At least for a couple years.

    We'll miss seeing your fine work and contributions. Best wishes on your future endeavors.
  20. Wow! Congratulations! Brian made a good choice picking you. Summers in TX have you conditioned for summer down there...might be a bit more humid, but smith's like to sweat, right? LOL
  21. arkie

    Mousehole review

    Understand the concrete floor! Great that you have father and son anvils. Hope the son enjoys smithing
  22. Frosty, you are so practical... that's why we like you so much! No mess, no fuss.
  23. arkie

    My Heybudden

    You might try dusting some flour on the serial number and maybe you can decipher most of the stamping that way. Looks like a lot of chisel and punch testing went on there.