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. Charles R. Stevens

    Am I missing anything by not having a fire pot?

    Fire pots eliminate the need for a thick table/box of refractory material (dirt or brick) they make forges a big more portable. The down side is your pretty much stuck with one depth and size of fire. With out a pot you can sculpt what ever Size and shape you need. So if you are forging nails you don’t need a fire big enugh to weld 2” billets
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    NJ specific law regarding propane

    Drop the “Polly” Slag.
  3. Charles R. Stevens

    rr track queston

    The issue is that the web in 7/8” thick. So using the rail in the normal head up (or flange up) configuration one experiences a minute amount of flex. This flex absorbers some of the energy that would otherwise go into displacing the hot steel. Buy using the rail in the vertical position you have a solid 1 1/2x3” column. And as every little bit of mass helps, the extra 1” is to your advantage. This is not to say that occasionally the longer face of the rail head can’t be used to advantage, but for straining out a long piece it’s just as easy to hang it down and strike sideways as it is to lay it on top and strike down.
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    small forge building on skids

    Insulating th roof is a must in almost all latitudes, as even in the “cool” north the roof and south (opposite for the southern latitudes) awall will radiate heat in in the summer and the roof and north wall will radiate heat out in the winter. So I recommend insulation. a properly designed fire place is a good adjunct to heat and forge fuel in the summer.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    One can modify a bench grinder to spin them as well (the compleatly blacksmith also used a table saw) make a new table with a thin slot and a new spacer for the guard to keep stuff from getting sucked in. Works for either used up chopsaw blades or 7” grinder wheels. Again check the rpm of the motor and the blade. Some times it’s safer to hold the stock than the grinder.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    I have an adapter that fits chop saw wheels to my 7”. The trick is to use up as much of the chop saw disk as you can so it fits in the guard in the 7”. It is always a bad idea to take off the guards, as grinders will eat flesh and bone with relish with a guard with out a guard just gives them more opertunity. If the guard is in the way, loosen the screw and move it or replace the disk. Yes I verified the chop saw disk is rated for the rpm of my 7”.
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    new guy from idaho

    You started out right, reading. If you like gas look at the forge 101 and burner 101 threads. Otherwise the 55 forge and JABOD forge threads will get you set up with inexpensive solid fuel forge.
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    white line disease

    I would like to see the pictures, profetinal curiosity and all.
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    How do you stay cool ?

    True that, wool socks, wool longhandles and a wool hat. I have a set of carhart insulated coveralls and a coat, but unless I decide to go visit Jerry in February I over heat. Most the time I will be just working out side with out a coat. what surprises folks about the desert is how many snow birds die of exposure every winter because they get lost on a day hike, and shorts and a t-shirt don’t cut it when the temp dips to near freezing.
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    How do you stay cool ?

    Surprising what a good hat dose for keeping ones hands warm in winter and ones brain cool in summmer
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    How do you stay cool ?

    As I have suffered both I can attest to the probability of that. I can also attest to the fact you get much smarter about managing heat and cold stress. I had heat stroke at six wile at Ladmo land in Chandler (unless you grew up in Arizona in the late sixties early 70’s you missed out on the Wallis and Ladmo show). To this day when I start to over expert in the heat I get a tightness in my chest and shortness of breath. Hydrate and work slower. in the service I frost nipped mynfingers and goes in Graffensveir in Germany, and on the way to the medics was informed my grandmother had died. Well as I new they would hold me for at least two weeks I went to the showers instead. Nothing like a hot shower in a parka to throw out your hands so you can get undressed. I still suffer from chilblain and arthritis. As soon as the temp drops below 50 out comes the gloves. Upside, Sandy likes the fact I do dishes for 1/2 the year.
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    white line disease

    It will help. I have seen seen some funky stuff over the years. False sole and the bars grown over the soles will give you fits, especialy in king ranch bread horses (tell me again how there is no Morgan blood in that line...) Blending the bars and exfoliating the sole is a judgement call. I am rather conservative about it but as we have been breeding for everything but good feet for the last 100 years a little intervention is needed. Tho honestly I see over application of the hoof knife than under.
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    We won’t hold it against you. Welcome to the forum
  14. Charles R. Stevens

    white line disease

    White line disease as I understand it is a fungal/bacterial attack of the inner hoof. That is the outer half of the hoof wall (the pigmented part) is harder than the inner half of the hoof wall (the half closest to the lama/white line) is attached and becomes a chalky/spungy. The only way I know how to deal with it is to respect the hoof, removing the outer hoof over the infected inner hoof, the knee hoof will just brush away. Don’t take out any health hoof. Treat with coppertox and sunlight. now if it isn’t white line disease we would manage it differently. Laminitis comes to mind. And I have encounters an unadinified prosses where the sole becomes inflamed and sluffed off. Vetts and other farriers had no idea. I have seen about a dozen of cases of this. Pictures would help me. There are at leasst 3 other farriers here who I would trust with my horses. So we should be able to help you.
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    Modifying my rim forge

    I used to push my 20% duty cycle miller to weld heavier stock. You start buy tackingevery thing up, pre heat and then fill in the gaps. With a fire pot, square edges or fine, as they leve ready made filets on the outside of the pot. Now the fire pot is the only thing that thick stock is needed for, 2.5 mm is plenty thick for the hearth, infact 1mm will do just fine.