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  1. Shape looks a lot like a Hay Budden. If so, Black Frog's suggestions should confirm it.
  2. Beautiful chandelier, and the wall sconces really pull the whole room together.Nicely done.
  3. They do grow em big down under. Nicely done, I'm always impressed with how you capture the lifelike attitude in your creations.
  4. Out of curiosity, what makes you assume it's a swivel vise that is missing the base, rather than a solid mount?
  5. Depending on how badly damaged your cap is, you might be able to buy the $33 tap off ebay and just run it in your part. I don't think there's a lot of force applied to those threads.
  6. Scrapmascus (#7) is speaking to me. If she's still available, I'd be honored to receive the Precious.
  7. That sword is really turning out to be an awesome piece. I really admire all your work.
  8. Both are beautiful, but I really like your visit to the dark side. That thing has some sweet lines.
  9. That looks like a nice layout, and you have some good ideas I will be borrowing. I like the hammer rack and the angled legs for the stock storage under the bench. I'm curious about the hood over the gas forge. Is that a powered exhaust? For the fumes or the heat?
  10. Very nice, I really like the handle texture effect on the first pic. How about some details on materials & finishes?
  11. Interesting shape. Is the edge ground on both sides, or just the one side shown?
  12. Jeremy, It's been a while since I tore mine apart, but as best as I can recall, the washer halves go into the groove and stick out beyond the shaft diameter. The shoulder they create pushes against the shoulder in the brass nut in order to connect the upper shaft to the lower threaded shaft. The upper shaft spins around as it raises/lowers and the lower shaft moves in a straight line. A little grease or never-seize on the two faces would be adequate, they aren't spinning fast enough to be concerned with galling, and the nut shouldn't be over-tightened. My guess is it was over tightened at some point which damaged the threads. I agree that the washer halves don't look right. They may have been a previous attempt to repair or rebuild the post drill. If I remember to, I'll see if I can take mine apart and get some photos. Looks like the clean-up process is coming along nicely.
  13. If you have friends/family/neighbors with cats, have them save the kitty litter buckets for you. Square-ish, around 5 gallon size, with lids and stack nicely. Could be a good, low priced solution for a cheap thrifty blacksmith.
  14. First: Add your general location to your profile. You may discover that there are other people close to you that can offer guidance or their experiences with similar models. Second: Read through the Bellows section of the Forges forum here. Narrow down your searches to Champion to refine the specific information and figure out which model you have (it is not a Champion 400). Third: As stated above, don't force anything when trying to remove, clean, open, or operate it. Some of the Champion blowers (I don't know about this particular model) had special features built in that if you try to pry off the top cap, you would break the casting (as Thomas was suggesting above), those had to slide the cap off after removing the screws. A good soaking of a penetrating oil before you begin will definitely help.
  15. Sandstone has a tendency to explode when subjected to heat, so would not make a durable forge or chimney. You could make and use it, but maybe only once.