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About Anachronist58

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    In a Strange Land......

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    Alpine, California, and Santa Barbara County
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    Blacksmithing, Hammering, Bucking, Metals, Music, Mineralogy, Elutriation, Foundry, Pottery, Panning, Shooting,7.62 x 39, 7.62 x 54, Science, Humanity, Industrial Anthropology

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  1. Hello, Joe. I have a #5, which I bought in 2018 from Pieh Tool. I believe that it will take more than just "a few more swings", to make a #5 work like a #6. In the first video that Mr. Russell put up, the fellow in the plaid shirt says that it is a #6, and I can see that it appears to have more punch than my #5. Mind you, I have yet to do hot work on my press, but I am constantly using it. So far the table has only been 14" off the ground, and I am now building a base for the sake of my poor arthritic knees. I would research fly press hammer eyes, to verify the application, and I would definitely go for a #6. Search here: site:iforgeiron.com fly press hammer eye Here is my continuing fly press adventure: Robert Taylor
  2. I am a fan of wood, copper, and aluminium jaw covers, methinks I will make redundant sets of heavy copper covers, that I will not mind thrashing..... I must say though, that these split nuts have been a lot of fun to use, and were well worth my time to make. Robert Taylor
  3. We will continue to hope and pray for further good outcome, Thomas, Robert and Sheila Taylor
  4. Yes, IDF&C, this particularly rusty thread would take the bite right out of the only 3/4 - 10 die I own. I once made one of these with a hinge - hint: takes two nuts, or a competent weldor to build from a single nut... Robert Taylor
  5. I have a six foot length of 3/4-10 threaded rod. Dad had it driven into the ground at the Old Place, to stake a tree. As I often clamp bolts in the "vise", I usually double-nut the bolt, and clamp on the nuts, to protect the thread, and to increase grip force. This rod is in need of Restoration: Just try running a nut three feet down that. Hence, the Split nut, to hold the rod securely, especially in a leg vise, whilst I treat it with 40% ascetic acid (strong vinegar), followed by a massive cup wheel. Works so well, I am sure that I will be using these for other work - think straightening threads on the press....... Robert Taylor
  6. Thanks Chris and Frosty. Means a lot. Good Memorial Day to all.
  7. Hello. My heart goes out to all of the IFI Family who are going through trials and loss. I am not yet able to talk about the loss of my Brother. I will say, though, that it appears that my property may now be insured, and my disability income far exceeds our present need, for the time being. I will be posting about what I have been up to, as I have been consistently putting in many hours to battle against despair. Works very well for me. Thanks to all of you fine People, Robert and Sheila Taylor
  8. In our prayers, Brother. Robert and Sheila Taylor
  9. Very sorry for the news. Blessings upon the family. I hope those who seek comfort will find it....... Robert and Sheila Taylor
  10. I usually try to read the whole thread before I post, but life is not like that right now. I am sorry for your loss, Jerry, dogs, cats goats, and other critters can sure bond tight with us people. To much emphasis these days, seems to go toward getting past a loss - Well I am not ready to move on. Wishing you well, Robert and Sheila Taylor
  11. Yeah Frosty, I find myself having to use the big (for me) bad boys more often than I would like. Even the 3" cup on my 4" commands repsect. Users must be on top of their game, and not distracted when using these very useful tools.
  12. Water follows the path of least resistance. As Glenn has said, remove the source of pooling on the outside of the building. I had good success with a simple compactable earth berm, at least until it was overtopped. If you give the perimeter water an easy path to your ditch, you will see good results. A lot depends upon the elevations surrounding your shop. Robert Taylor
  13. I am sitting with my brother. David Loy Taylor Born March 23, 1954. Passed at 3:47 p.m. today. They are letting him stay in his bed so family can visit with him. Thanks to All.
  14. WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS. Still smack in the middle of this property mess, and my eldest brother is getting ready to pass into the next world. Friends and Family have been banging our heads against the wall, trying to get him to control his diabetes. Now he is in ICU, and I hate to say on an irreversible downward slide, but that is the reality of it. Was last conscious Friday afternoon. Thanks all, bear with me if I do not reply promply to this thread - Family is on the watch for now. Prayers, thoughts, and intentions appreciated. Robert and Sheila Taylor
  15. Okay, I guess I have to locate mine - definitely a lockwire tool, mine was... Robert Taylor
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