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Nick O

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  1. the brass turned out to be some kind of alloy if it were cast iron it would have busted when I quenched it at an orange heat
  2. I have this melting pot that I think is made from iron. I was using it trying to melt some brass that would not melt and instead the pot began to melt. The pot was at a orange heat when i pulled it out of the forge and since I know that its not cast iron I cooled it in my quench bucket. When I quenched the pot it did not break nor leak water so I thought I would try to fill in the hole using my arc welder. Since I was using a new rod I had to break the flux off the end of the rod to strike the arc. I taped the rod on the pot and it exploded with sparks and to my amazement there was a crater in the pot were I taped my electrode. The pot has a vary grainy look to it were I taped the rod. The welder was at about 90 amps then I turned the welder down to 80 amps and I had the same results. Then I tried a nickel rod because that is what you are supposed to use when welding cast iron and I had the same results. I've herd and have read in books that when people try to forge weld a piece of iron and steel together the iron will melt much faster than the steel. The pot is also very hard but i think that is because it was quenched. I would like to find out how i can weld this but i think a tig welder would work.
  3. I recently bought a coal forge that had the blower body acting as the tuyere. I also bought a forge blower because the one that came with the pan was very old and cracked so now I have to make a new tuyere or chop up the blower case. The clinker breaker and air grate was missing so I had to by a clinker breaker off of Centaur Forge now all that's left to do is cut a hole in some 1/4in plate steel for the clinker breaker. What I need to now is should I make the hole oval or round? Also how much of a gap should I leave around the clinker breaker? I'm using coal about the size of your thumbnail. the clinker breaker is 2 1/2in long by 1 1/2in deep and 2in wide. Thanks for you time also happy late Easter! Nick O
  4. That's an old vice anvil I seen one on auction go for less than $80 and was complete and not used much this was also a auction with tons of tools it was a auction meant for blacksmiths
  5. it would be mostly brass there is the possibility that its got some lead mixed with it but not much
  6. from my research it says they use leaded brass for bushings will it make a difference when I cast it?
  7. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but I've got some questions on casting brass. I was given all this brass for free and was wondering if I could cut it into smaller chunks and melt it down and pour it into brass hammer molds. Or if there are other things I can do with them. Now for those of you who know about bushings how they have those ones that have graphite in them theses ones are not all of these are solid graphite free inch thick brass bushings. Each one ways 50lb so if any one knows if this can be done please let me know also they are out of a turbine of some sort. the one with my hand on it is a quarter of one of the bushings which would be the one with the big chuck gone. there are not cracks in them they are cuts made by a cutting wheel. the bushing are not cast either
  8. Nick O

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    you sir have 2 great vices
  9. maybe you could use a angle grinder to sharpen it
  10. I would use a wood stump to quiet your anvil
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