Charles R. Stevens

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    Bradley Oklahoma
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    Horses, horse drawn equipment, and blacksmithing.


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    Bradley, Oklahoma
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    J.O.T., father, son and freind
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  1. It would depend on shop size and how close to the heat source you place it. I wouldn’t use it in a chimney but to to move stale shop air out it should be safe enough. 5000cf an hour would give a 10’x10’ shop about 5 changes an hour.
  2. Gerald with the south fork craftsmen has a nail header made out of the stuff, Lazy Ass Forge made it for him with there power hammer. I have to much of the stuff in my scrap pile, as some one used it as rebar in the roof of my storm hole.
  3. It has all the features to make a good boot jack tho the cast ones I have seen are rather fancy.
  4. You can always add a pallet for folks shorter than you to stand on or to put the anvil stand on for y’all folks (tho bending ones knees solves that problem. Thats the light one. The 120# Is more substantially mounted. Shaping shoes isn’t really heavy forging (2# rounding hammer) but aluminum legs with steel pins are going to waller out the pin holes eventually. Thanks John
  5. I am a farrier and I am with TP. We have articles on making 3 legend stands on here. My self, made my stand from 1- 1/2x1/4” angle formed into a square and 1-1/2” thinwall square legs cut at 22-1/2deg and a bit of 5/16” rod. I inserted a bit off hard pallet the feet are large washers with a hole drilled in them to stake down when nesisary (not nesisary to forge shoes but when you get wild it tends to move). All the material came out of my “hoard” so I am only out consumables. Heavier solid plate tops and larger heavy wall pipe filled with oiled sand and bolted to the slab are recommended if it’s not a mobile setup.
  6. The plans I have seen don’t seem to expensive to build and I have seen log handlers as well.
  7. Their are several good diy band saw mills on line using automotive or trailer parts. I would think that would be the way to tackle a 4’ log. One might consider an electric motor for occasional use (saw a garden tiller converted to electric once)
  8. Solid fuel forges are easer to deal with as they are essentially fireplaces, and their for guidelines for them work well. It may help to think of a gas forge more as a comertial kitchen. Know as I know Latticino makes his living designing and installing commercial ventilation systems I would take his recommendations very seriously. if memory serves, CO sticks to hemoglobin 16 times better than O2, so ear on the side of cation.
  9. And the bars make nice nice stock as well.
  10. Plenty of plans and articles on the net. One of particular note uses a trailer. It uses the “V” rollers to support large gates running on angle iron on a separate frame. Thus eliminating the fiddling with a guid board to get the first cut.
  11. The Alaskan school system actually has a lesson plan on using them (as well as making wood stoves) and making a standard chain saw chain into a rip chain (file down the rakers and use a smaller file to make a more acute tooth) as one already knows their are two gages of chain and bar, and the smaller/thinner one cuts a thinner kerf.
  12. I do love an engineer who knows what his blood looks like on his own tools. Being an ex mechanic, other engineers not so much...
  13. I will see if Mom has a picture. We also had a cholla skeleton and a manzanita branch at one time or another.
  14. Best Christmas tre we ever had growing up was a staghorn (cactus) skeleton.