Michael Cochran

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    Hayden, AL, USA

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  1. Mine came from a beekeeper and not a toilet. I've replaced those wax rings on several toilets and never knew they were beeswax. Would you mind sharing your source for that information?
  2. I can't blame you for not wanting to trade. I wouldn't either
  3. I'll trade you my almost finished 2x72 lol That's definitely a tool to be jealous of.
  4. I found a local source for beeswax recently and landed myself a pound and a half block. I also got a new shipment of known blade steel and my belt grinder belts showed up. Now I just need to finish building the thing and put it to work.
  5. I'm hoping that someone can give me some helpful advice here. I'm at a point in my belt grinder build where I need to fit my drive wheel and tension wheel but I need to make them first. I plan to cast them and them shape them as I've heard of people doing in the past. However I never saw mention of the tooling used to do it other than turning the drive wheel on the motor shaft itself. I don't want to try doing this and end up throwing a chisel into my foot, face, etc. and that's why I ask here knowing we have some experienced people. If there are any suggestions, or perhaps someone has done this themselves, please help me out. I am more at a loss then usual when trying something for the first time and don't want this to be the last thing I attempt.
  6. An iron in the hat type event could be fun. That said, bottle openers could be a good project for it. It'll give a new guy a chance to practice something that they could then get feedback on from others in the community. We all know pictures are great but with hands on we could give better feedback. I hope I'm not speaking out of turn here, just thought I'd make a silly suggestion.
  7. Ultimately, it is worth whatever you're willing to pay for it. I personally wouldn't offer more than $50 US the first time. I also have to say that I have never owned nor operated one so I know very little about them. I also suggest you listen to the comments and suggestions that are bound to follow since they are likely from more knowledgeable people.
  8. That is exactly what I meant. Your English is better than many of the people I interact with daily. It is a shame too because for many of the English is their only language.
  9. That is a big help, Gergely. I can probably find what I need to build that easier than the one I was thinking about building. Thank you for sharing.
  10. You wouldn't mind posting a couple more pictures of that setup would you? I've been looking at trying to build one using some of the junk I have laying around. Nothing big or fancy but was thinking in the lines of a 5 gallon bucket. Now I have to go back and search for the bucket tumblers I've seen before.
  11. Looks like the one slides up allowing the liner lock to be pushed over as usual.
  12. See if the measurements are close to the ones listed here. If they are then you're looking at a slice of 80lbs/yard rail. You can find more information at the following link or search for railroad rail weight. http://harmersteel.com/hs/wp-content/catalog/cache/harmer-steel-catalog-2014/16.pdf And I see Kozzy replied much the same as I did.
  13. That's a good little ride from me. If you haven't done so already, I'd suggest you joint the forge council. I've been to meetings for two of the groups one of which has a little giant. If the group local to you has one you'll be able to see how it's put together and take some notes on how to go about putting yours together. Biggest thing is, as already suggested, finding a solid anvil.
  14. I decided to bite the bullet and make some tools that I've been putting off for a while now. I took a drift pin/crescent wrench combination and remover the wrench end flattened the taper and welded on a handle. I think I'm going to weld on a little more around the joint to help bolster it some. I then forged a hammer eye punch (it's all sorts of wrong) from a piece of axle. I will probably have to do some tweaking on both to get them just right but I'm happy for a first go. Btw the foot in the picture isn't mine, my wife said to tell you guys you can reference the size of the tools by her size 8 1/2 foot.