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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

    My vises

    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
  11. Its a bit for a lathe or mill at a factory your probably right its a bit from a lathe or mill from a factory
  12. so I was given a piece of cobalt and was asked if I could make something out of it and if not the person needs it back. this is probably a very silly question but I am almost certain I cant forge it. any feed back is much appreciated. Nick O
  13. you could get an extention cord and plug in some box fans to get that bad gas out of you shed
  14. I would go with what Glenn said this is something you want to address immediately before its to late and also how far away are you from a working electrical outlet?
  15. I will try I to find it back read this back in September for school work had to write a research paper on what ever we wanted so I went with blacksmithing and read this some were and I think it was in roman times
  16. back in the real old days the blacksmith would give the small pieces that fall out of the forge when they were very hot to bread makers to heat the bread they were baking
  17. the two pieces I found were in a woods for a very long time there was trash and all sorts of thing on top of them so my thoughts are that its an old dumping sight. The piece that is a very odd shape has no pitting even though I had to take my knife and cut through tree roots and move other trash the metal has no pitting and I mean no pitting anywhere and its been out here a long time so I think its wrought iron. Also there is a chisel thing on one end this is forge welded on and there are two eyes on this piece to that are forge welded. I believe its a factory made piece off of an old bailer or implement. Another reason I think its iron is because looking at the sides its got almost a damaskus look to it but its very hard to see. The other thing is a what I think is an old wagon axel, the ends have a hand made nut that threads on and has a shoulder that looks like its to keep a wheel from moving too much also the ends were the wheel goes is tapered. It weighs about 20lb and has a bit of a bend in it also its kind of springy. its also pitted I also included a pic of the nut were you can see a forge weld
  18. you should have see the wheel it was soaked in oil and I think the last time it was used some one used it on wood
  19. that's a big chunk of cast iron maybe you could make a swage block but if you use it for a stand I wouldn't use it for anything that will take a lot of beating
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