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  1. MotoMike

    Making Camp Knife from Leaf Spring

    Grayson, is there enough steel there to do what you want. I'd think you'd want a camp knife at least 1/8, and at least an inch tall, that means you'd likely have enough steel there to get it out to about 4 inches total. maybe I'm missing something. I've notices in using coil spring that it is tough as heck to get strated, then all of a sudden it starts moving. Have not yet used leaf. I probably should.
  2. MotoMike

    20 ton benchtop press

    oooh, I like it . Do you have any video of it working and moving metal? Is it quite loud? 7 hp. 3phase or single? circuit requirement?
  3. MotoMike

    First Forge! Then a problem

    AKM Sure like the look of that forge. is your volume 350 cu in or less? I think AnotherCurtis and IDF&C are right on getting that stuff out of there. I like the angle and position of the burner mount. though I'd probably put the mounting bolts a bit farther apart from top row to bottom. burner should impinge on the floor and should swirl. Keep us posted.
  4. MotoMike

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Hi Jen. I drew out the reins a bit more so I had enough to go through the handles. figured I poke them through and put a copper washer over them and peen them over. a wise smith once told me that they are usually peened on. Thanks Ted. No, I wish I did. that was about 7/8 rail spring when I started. So... you know.
  5. MotoMike

    What did you do in the shop today?

    That is sweet Ted. an excellent idea. I've only one monkey tool and have on occasion had trouble getting the rivet out of it. your rig certainly would solve that problem. hardened and tempered my draw knife today. seen normalizing here before the quench. had to bring the reigns in so it will fit in my toaster oven.
  6. MotoMike

    My Heybudden

    Latticino, Don't know if it is true or close to true, but it is the story I believe.
  7. MotoMike

    Mock ITC 100

    Not sure the cost of the chemicals required to home brew your own reradiating kiln wash, but Plistix is not expensive comared to ITC100 and some claim it is superior.
  8. MotoMike

    Dragon head guitar stand

    looks very cool. can we see a pic with a guitar in it ?
  9. Looks good. my first, I'm told looks stone age
  10. I quite like your version. The ones pictured as inspiration and from JHCC look to be more welding and fabrication. I could be wrong. Yours are blacksmith work. It made me think, most of the things I make for outside use I put the blacksmith finish of boiled linseed oil applied while hot enough to smoke the oil. My forge could not handle such large pieces I think and wonder about how one could finish these pieces. Very nice work.
  11. MotoMike

    Herb Knife from a File

    Looks like a great set up. Let's see that herb knife
  12. MotoMike

    What did you do in the shop today?

    the hammer hanger from earlier in use. I gave it to my buddy last night. He told me that the original owner would have been 100 today. weird.
  13. MotoMike

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Ben, that has to be the prettiest hammer I've seen. I think using it will only make it more beautiful
  14. MotoMike

    My first set

    Scotty your OP did not ask for advice ore invite comment on your work. As has been pointed out to me in the past, with so many viewers, we can't count on them all being as smart as you. the old timers feel obligated to point out things that are dangerous, if not for your benefit, for others. I like to show respect to the craft by doing it as safely as I can. Do you seek critique of your work?
  15. Glenn perhaps you've had better luck with them than me. early in my research, I used their online info forms seeking info. basically saying that their specs were not clear in the cartridge applications and asking which offered protection from metal fume poisioning specifically that from welding corrigated steel. after a week I got no answer so asked again. to date, no response. my research continued and I'm now satisfied that P100 will do the trick. my specific application was to repair some galvanized antenna tower, so concentrations would not have been high anyway, but I wanted to be safe. I recall my dad having been dosed when I was a kid and I don't want it. MBForge. sure looks like rust to me.