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  1. another new tool from the cave

    Thanks guys. I wish I had a press!
  2. I am not sure what it is called but it helps me make the 90 degrees in the brackets for my gate bolt. And I made a pritchel plate too, finally finding a use for a rail plate I had laying around.
  3. gifted some tongs

    A friend of mine gave me 4 sets of tongs today. One of them is quite large and heavy. probably more than I can get in my forge. the others will likely be useful. They show sings of being blacksmith made I think 3 of them have had the reins forge welded on. What is the intended function of the set with one hooked jaw?
  4. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Built a fullering tool. Not sure if it has a name, but plan on using it like a spring fuller. I have not yet rounded the dies. considering leaving a flat section as well. with the staggered spacings I can get from about 1/4 up to 5 inches in 1/2 inch increments.
  5. It followed me home

    Nice Shawn. will the unsupported area be useful? For convex?
  6. It followed me home

    Thanks I used a Milwaukee deep cut when I worked as an electrician at a corn plant. I was amazed at what it could do. This one is 10 amp and if I recall, the Milwaukee was 6 amp, so all things being equal this one should be more powerful. and this one has a infinitely variable speed from 100 to 360 fpm I think.
  7. It followed me home

    Picked up a lightly used DeWalt DWM120 bandsaw. works like a champ. what blades do you recommend for cutting steel stock?
  8. Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Looks great Jonah. sort of mid century modern look.
  9. Casey. Not yet but you are close. I did attend an open class where it was mostly independent study up north of Freeport. he had two gas and two coal forges set up in a barn. if you needed guidance he would help out or if you know what you are doing and don't have a forge you can work on your own. I'll get the number and post it tonight if you want. I've attended a demonstration day at the Smithy in Pioneer village in Scott County Park also. all coal forges there.
  10. is my forge hot enough to weld?

    Thanks Latticino. It is getting warmer so my forge maintenance is just around the corner. going to make the opening bigger and repair any cracks or dings in the refractory. I have bumped it with work quit a lot and see some cracks. I want the hole just a bit bigger so that I can reach the back of the forge with a gloved hand to apply refractory. It was a pain on the initial build. interesting that your set up reads high. In researching I cam across literature on the Omega Site that showed only their stainless shielded probe to be accurate at these temps and I think there were 4 brand x's there with it and they all read around 30 degrees low at the high temps we're talking about.
  11. rail spike repurposed.. again

    Thanks shawn and Frosty Works like the proverbial champ. I might make it a bit longer next time so it fits the hand better. this one had about 3 inches removed.
  12. is my forge hot enough to weld?

    Thank you Latticino. All very good information. I had the notion of putting the probe though a port so that it enters the forge at the top and between the opening and the burner port about 3 inches from each. Wondered if it is solely the temperature or the atmosphere that attacks the thermocouple. have considered the wells you mention. would having the thermocouple about a quarter inch into the forge then sealed from atmosphere with a couple coats of Satinite, protect it?
  13. is my forge hot enough to weld?

    thanks Buzz
  14. rail spike repurposed.. again

    thanks Wulf
  15. had this in the forge while I was working on a pritchel plate so I had something to do while the plate was heating.