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  1. Luckily it's not going to take but a few minutes to make another. I think i'm going to keep this one to hang on my wall of mess ups instead of salvageing it. I went back and spark tested it and it does look quite a lot like cast metal.
  2. Haven't spark tested it yet.
  3. So I was making a spring swedge today and this happened. I just grabbed the thickest scrap out of the pile for this no Idea what it is, any help? Could it be cast iron?
  4. Has anyone used the new dewalt flex volt angle grinder? I've been eyeing them for a long while now
  5. How do you guys that make your own drifts end up with the final dimensions? Do you just aim for a squareish oval shape and call it a day or are you going for a specific dimension?
  6. A concern I have is the quality of the welding that will go into it. Before I built a power hammer, I read and searched for every hammer group build out there and a some of them left me a little wide eyed from the atrocious welds. I'm far from a professional welder myself but from everything I've read on building Forging presses weld quality is a pretty big safety issue.
  7. What part of the state do you guys meet in? I would definitely be interested in joining your build if the costs are in your ballpark estimate range. I wouldn't have an idea how to do it besides following Jim Batons book though.
  8. Ok thanks. Ya, just your run of the mill 50lb tire hammer. I built it pretty much to the exact detentions as the plan calls for, maybe 1000 lbs in total weight.
  9. I just re-read your post and I can picture it better in my head now. Is your regular all thread good enough or should I search for a certain grade? Thanks
  10. I thought about mechanical fasteners but I like the idea of epoxy better. Plus I already bought the anchoring epoxy a long time ago so it would probably be a pretty dumb waste of money on my part not to use it. How come you guys are leaning more towards mechanical > epoxy fasteners? Is there an advantage or is epoxy just a relatively new method? From what I've read others say epoxy fasteners are much more shock resistant and are pretty much just as simple to install.
  11. I need to bolt my hammer down to the floor and was going to use threaded rod and concrete anchoring adhesive to do it. Do I need to buy a certain grade of threaded rod or will the regular run of the mill 1/2" threaded rod you buy at lowes be sufficient strength?
  12. You're talking about railroad rail right? You have 6' of that and will cut in into 3 24"sections and welded up in a bundle 24" tall? Would work better than what I originally thought you had in mind. But unless the goal is extreme penny pinching I would hold out for a different option. If it were me, before I put that much of my time and effort building something I'd be sure to o overbuild it as much as possible. If you want to brave the drive to Atmore, Al there is a scrap yard there that has a piece of maybe 4"x5" solid bar that's maybe 8 feet long. I think he sells stuff for $.32 a lb, I'd call first and ask if you can cut it into smaller pieces though before the drive.
  13. You'll wind up with a junk hammer, did that with my first junkyard hammer when I was young and ended up with a hammer more suited as yard art than forging. Apparently the hammers energy gets absorbed instead of rebounded when stacking metal used for the anvil horizontally.
  14. Just skimming through the first listings that pop up it looks like everyone with an angle grinder and RR track anvil is selling stuff they made in 15 minutes. Wondering if buyers skimm past that stuff or is the market so saturated with that stuff there you'd be lucky to have anyone find your listing?
  15. I've been giving a lot of thought into selling on etsy lately. I've never really sold much of my work before and it seems like a good place to start. What do you guys make that sells well there? I was thinking small things at first, wall hooks, bottle openers, maybe RR spike knives? Well made, does that stuff sell quickly there?