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  1. If you can dedicate 10’x10’ of outdoor space it will probably be more than enough. I am working with the assumption that you are just getting started and will be making small items alone. If you want to build a shop with walls you will need to be able to answer the questions asked above before beginning to design it.
  2. Thomas thank you. That is how the contact wheel arm I have works too. But what I am trying to do is replace the wheels on my flat platen arm. So that way I have a contact wheel with out having to change arms every time I want to use it for something when I would otherwise be working on the flat platen (profiling of knife handles or getting the langets when working on an axe). Worst case I can swap a 2" wheel onto the contact wheel arm when I want to use it.
  3. I contacted Bader for the user manual shortly after I purchased the machine since I purchased it used. They sent me a PDF of the manual. Then I asked them a follow up question about something that wasn’t in the manual. The response; crickets. So yeah they’re not my first stop. And my question was posted I a Friday afternoon. A helpful beginner could potentially tell me about their experience right away. The office staff are likely to respond after the weekend. The manual has no information about how to change the wheels. Regarding my logic. I asked a question to a group of people with similar interests to my own, many of which have posted that they have experience with the same machine, to see if any of them had experienced a similar problem and had a solution to it. That seems like pretty sound logic to me. The only flaw in it is posting to iforgeiron and expecting a helpful answer.
  4. I haven't tried yet. My experience with manufacturers is that they always try to sell you something when you contact them (that is why they are manufacturing things). So I thought I would ask if anyone else had run into this issue already before having someone try to sell me a solution I might not need.
  5. I bought 2" contact wheels from usaknifemaker to replace the alluminum wheels on the flat platen arm of my Bader B2. I just tried to swap them out and to my surprise when I removed the bolt that I thought was holding a wheel on it was short a does not run through the wheel. Has anyone replaced these wheels before or have any idea how to remove the wheels?
  6. Paging Teenylittlemetal: Any tips? Or maybe if you have a thread on it I couldn't find you could point me in the right direction?
  7. I also have a 1/2" Mikey burner that I use outside the forge that could benefit from a smaller orifice. So I think I'll order the tubing anyway. If it doesn't improve the T burner (I think it will since going from 0.025" to 0.023" tip was an improvement) it's no loss since I can use the part anyway. If it does help than I can report back on the NARB thread about using that method to improve the burn since there is not much info on 1/2" burners in that thread.
  8. Thank you for this. It's perfect timing. I recently put together a 1/2" Frosty T 1/2" NARB and it's burning rich no matter where I position the mig tip (.023"). I was thinking of grinding out the openings on the T with a die grinder. But I'll try the hypodermic tube instead. Amazon has a tube with a 0.02775" ID for $6 for a 12" length. So unless someone can suggest a better source I will purchase it and see where it gets me.
  9. Judson Yaggy how didn't you attach the brick to the rest of the burner?
  10. I know it doesn't answer the original question, but what about giving the handles wood scales?
  11. That's a neat project but I don't think my wife would approve of me "courting"
  12. Yeah this is a homeowner model. Definitely not 5/16" thick. But the point of think of it as (probably medium carbon) stock, not a blade, could certainly open up opportunities. Got it. I knew what a rod is but had never heard it referred to as a connecting rod. Maybe I should take the whole thing apart and look at each piece individually to see if any of it inspires me.
  13. I didn't think the blade be thick enough for twist tongs. I'll have to give it another look and measure it. Probably a better use than trying to make a cutting tool with it, not knowing what alloy it is. I'm not sure what part you are referring to here.
  14. Thanks for the suggestions. I've been thinking about making a solid fuel forge. I currently use propane but there are limits to what will fit back in the forge. Any one else have thoughts/suggestions
  15. I had to replace my push mower this summer since the old one was leaking out all the oil in between mowings. It was free and I used it for 11 years so I feel like I got my money's worth. But before I let it go to the scrappers I was wondering if anyone here had good ideas on repurposing some of the materials. I've seen mower blades turned into various cutting objects. I've already reused the wheels to put on my grill since it's wheels were broken. There has to be some forging related use for some of the other parts. Any thoughts?