JHCC

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  1. Went back into the shop and made a complete hash not only of the tongs I started this morning, but another project that’s been on the back burner for over a year. Oh, well.
  2. One of those “If you break your leg, don’t come running to me” situations? I think I have some cable that would work; I’ll have to take a look. Might be worthwhile for the big springs on the back that bring the hammer back up to vertical.
  3. Well, natural selection found the weakest link in my treadle hammer: the wire yokes holding the shock-absorbing spring were too soft, wore through, and let go with a bang. So, I made some new ones from garage door spring, which should be more durable. With the treadle hammer back on line, I started work on some split-rein box jaw tongs (in progress, so no photo). Also made another knitting bowl for a customer:
  4. Update: made a little tweak to the shape of the bows, to allow the reins to close more. Definitely more comfortable in the hand, if rather unusual looking (but then, looks were never the point, were they?).
  5. What’s a consultant? Someone who charges you a lot of money to borrow your watch and tell you what time it is.
  6. That’s a fair question, and it led me to wonder if there was any significant iron smelting going on in the area that would have produced significant quantities of slag. It’s worth noting that the Romans did a lot with molten metal fastenings. Many of their masonry constructions were held together not just with mortar (which is great under compression) but also with iron ties held in place with pours of molten lead (better under tension).
  7. It seems that the Romans may have melted iron-rich slag and poured it into cracks to repair the streets of Pompeii. https://www.livescience.com/65479-ancient-romans-used-molten-iron-street-repair.html
  8. Oh, and a few interesting drops from my steel guys.
  9. It would have fit in the old minivan (of blessed memory).
  10. The college’s Theater Department came through again! The TD sent me an email with the subject line “Free Metal”, which turned out to be a prison door (from a recent production of “Dialogues of the Carmelites”) made from schedule 40 pipe and flat bar: Which I cut up and lashed to my car during my lunch break: So, not quite all the way home, but in transit.
  11. No idea, but that's a very nice looking hammer. Good to be able to start with good tools!
  12. Normally I would agree, Glenn, but jwmelvin is using a brand-new Holland anvil with super-sharp edges. Even a minimal softening is called for right now.
  13. An anvil is a tool, not a treasure. If it doesn't do its job, it's worthless.
  14. Well, you're moving in the right direction, but the edges of your anvil are MUCH TOO SHARP!!! Go put a 1/16" radius (or even slightly less) on the edge of your anvil, and try again. Otherwise, you're just putting the beginnings of cracks into your workpieces, and they're going to break apart sooner or later. Drilling out the hole wouldn't be a problem, and you might want to go ahead and do that for the sake of practicing setting a rivet.