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  1. looks like a really nice build. What are the various configurations of the wheels and platten used for?
  2. I used to have a #3 Hawkeye. It said what model it was on the front pedestal. My #3 had a cast iron rear pedestal, so I would guess that yours is #1 or #2. In the ad, the #2 says so on the casting so if your says nothing maybe its a #1.
  3. I built a gas forge doing just what you describe. The rammable refractory I put over the kaowool held up just fine and since it was pretty thin didn't suck up a lot of heat to get up to temperature. This would be a lot more useful to you if I could remember the name of the material I used, but I don't.
  4. There is a 3 day hammer in scheduled for August 19-21 at Roaring Camp near Santa Cruz CA. Cost is $110 for all 3 days and there will be demos as well as a group project that everyone can work on. It should be fun and I hope it is enough of a success to become an annual event.
  5. I just spent the last hour reading a VFD manual for something else and it does sound like there are many ways to screw it up. Manufacturers often have customer support people who can help you with the handful of settings that really matter for your application. A phone call to the support line might be a good use of time. The whine on motor drives can be caused by a drive signal that isn't the right sequence and amplituded needed to cause any movement but just vibrates the windings. You don't want to do that because you're putting power into the motor without it turning the fan to cool off. You may also damage your VFD.
  6. Here is the Trenton logo from my nephew's anvil.
  7. Thank you for the dating information. His anvil looks like it came to him via a time machine. Its either hardly been used or expertly repaired. I'll get a picture of the logo and numbers when I next see my nephew.
  8. Another request for Trenton dating if someone has the Postman book. My nephew just got a Trenton serial number 217515 on the right side of the foot. On the left is maybe a 75, maybe Z5. Thanks.
  9. I would not reuse the oil. Oil is cheap compared to a scored cylinder from some grit that might make its way out of your sump. As far as oiling, you pump the handle until you see the first drop or two in the sight windows, then when its running you adjust the needle valves so that you see a drop every 6-10 seconds being pulled in. Again, oil is cheap and hammers expensive so don't be stingy with the oil. You do want to grease the bearings, but not too much. A couples of strokes on the grease pump is all you need. The manual says every 3 months of use for the grease so you can adjust that to the amount of work you do.
  10. We'll be camping too. We'll have a black Dodge truck.
  11. I bought that book for my son's 12th birthday and can highly recomend it. It is very complete and written in a clear concise style that makes learning easy and presents the material in small bites, and in increasing levels of complexity.
  12. Who else is going? I'll be there with my son. Look for the old guy with a beard. That'll be me.
  13. My blower handle is a cheap Chinese file handle that I drilled through. No wonder everything I make looks Iike crap. I need a brass blower handle.
  14. I forget what that job was called. My son did a report on it when they studied the U.N. children's rights declaration at school. He found some old pictures of some very dirty 8-10 year olds sitting in front of a conveyor belt of passing coal picking out the rocks.
  15. If you Google for John McClellan tongs you'll find a reprint of an illustrated set of instructions for making tongs. He suggests starting with 18" of 3/8x3/4. You can make these without using tongs because you cut the two halves apart after doing all of the shaping so you've always got a cold end to hold onto.