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  1. Thank you both for your concern. The picture I posted of the toy box was taken right after I completed it and before I gave it to him. Great minds must think alike because as soon as my wife saw it the first thing I had to do was remove the clasp (it honestly never dawned on me it could be a hazard). The second thing I had to do was replace the limiters on the inside with the type that would open and HOLD open the lid if it was raised above the halfway point to keep it from falling on his head or smashing fingers (I think she was more worried about his fingers than his head. Boy's head is ha
  2. I would love to have concrete floors. I work with dirt floors. On the upside very little chance of an errant fire (like concrete). Down side, dust gets EVERYWHERE.
  3. I appreciate the comments, Even though it is not blacksmith related this is the gift I gave him on his 4th Christmas: 2ft wide x 3ft long x 2ft deep (approx.). Red cedar(toy box). I think I am a better carpenter than I am a blacksmith. I have had more practice at it. But, I do enjoy hitting hot steel versus working with dead tree carcasses. The steel is more "alive" under my hammer than a piece of wood ever was.
  4. Probably the same way I did. When the fire fleas started jumping, and I was just using a hairdryer. A suggestion that was given to me was to use a piece of 4 inch flex vent pipe. You can bend it in loops which will slow down the flow of air but not hinder the motor as much as with say the sock. It is aluminum but that shouldn't be an issue if your using a sock to control the air now. You should be able to find it at any of the big box hardware stores and if I remember right it's less than $10 for a 24inch long piece.
  5. Here is my first attempt at any kind of project that I was willing to give to someone. A small hatchet that I gave to my 7 year old grandson for Christmas last year. It was made from a 16oz ballpein hammer. Heat treated and tempered the blade only. I used vinegar and salt with a battery charger to do the etching before heat treating it. On the hammer end I used a triangle file to cut a waffle pattern like you would see on a framing hammer. Sorry, I didn't get any photos of that. The handle is make from a piece of hickory that a friend of mine gave me (he uses it for smoking sausage).
  6. Thanks Bo. I'm not sure what the N stands for honestly. We have machine parts made and I got the number off the engineering data sheets. I'm hoping to get some time to try just what you suggested this weekend.
  7. I have some SA-675 GR70 N. I know it is primarily used in welded pressure vessels. My question is (and I'm asking here instead of wasting my time) would it make for a good body for an axe head. It would be a small hand axe. Here are some specs on the material: Carbon 0.27 - 0.31% Manganese 0.79 - 1.3% Phosphorous 0.035% max Sulphur 0.035% max Silicon 0.13 - 0.45% tensile strengths from 55 - 90 MPa I would be fire welding in a piece of O1 for the bit. This will be my first attempt at any type of blade. I have learned to fire weld (finally lol). I just thought I would ask he
  8. Ok, that is just cool. I've never been one that into skulls and such but that is absolutely a cool piece. Using the bolts for teeth and bearings for the jaw works really well. Great job. My son thinks it's Bad**s (his words) and I have to agree.
  9. Nice. Wish I had had an anvil like that to start with. Used a 4" thick piece of SA-516 Grade 70N until I could upgrade to a piece of rail. The plate is the same stuff they make boilers out of basically and while tough, it's as soft as a horrible freight ASO . Only suggestion I could make would be to drill some drain hole in the bottom of the bucket your anvil is in so it doesn't fill with water. The wood blocks will stay stable longer even if they are treated. Unless of course your area is covered .
  10. I like the look of that one,My wife has been after me to make one. Unfortunately the one she want is above my skill level right now. Round, 24" OD, made to suspend for the ceiling and free spin. I told her she might get it this time next year. Frosty, I just email myself the pictures I take with my phone and save the attachment to my computer. Probably the round about way of doing it but, it works for me .
  11. Finally had some free time today and decided to hit the flea market. Spent all of $20 (my WHOLE budget) but got a few items. A Nolvex file and 3 Nicholson rasps (they look rusty but I would bet that if they were ever used it was very little. They're still sharp), an adjustable that's stamped "Diamond Calk Horseshoe Company" (never heard of that one), a small pair of cutters that are Maun Industries England (good shape and no nicks in the cutters) a few clamps that I already figured out something to do with, and a good Easco hacksaw handle. Also a couple of old Stanley squares, a punch an
  12. Found (and killed) this in my yard the other day. I don't have anything against snakes mind you. I see them in the woods I leave them be. I also don't mind the none poisonous variety (Rat snakes, black racers, hog nose and the like) if they come into my yard. But, I draw the line at Cotton Mouths, Rattlers and Copperheads in the yard. My grandson and my dogs mean to much to me. Unfortunately, this has been the worst year by far for them. I've had to kill 7 this year alone.
  13. One more day to be my wife's "old goat", one more day to be my grandson's "peepop" and one more day to scratch my old dog's head. Anything above that is a plus
  14. My brother-in-law must like me (no idea why) but he just brought me this from his father's estate: A 102 pound Trenton. Has about 70% rebound using a ball bearing. I hit it with a wire brush and put it on a temp mount to give it a try. Works great and I'm in love with it already. Isn't she beautiful? It has a serial number but I got so excited I didn't bother to look nor honestly do I care when it was made. It's mine now to love and work
  15. When I framed houses, especially putting down decking on the roof or such I used to do the same. The "tap the anvil". It used to drive my co-workers crazy. I used this tap as a time to flip the next nail into my hand or move to the next position. I can see this being a "stop and think" moment when forging and actually noticed myself doing it today. Guess old habits die hard.
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