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  1. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    A lot depends on the thickness of your workpiece. My dad and his buddy were sanding pieces between 1/8" and 1/16" thick, which meant they were hard to keep from flexing. Anything over 1/4" thick should be okay.
  2. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    My dad had a drum sander like that back when he had a little business making Shaker-style oval boxes. He and a friend (a dulcimer maker) ordered a pair of kits and built the stands. The problem they kept running into was that any variation in feed speed left burn marks. The workpieces also liked to lift up, which would create divots. If you do a power feed, you might want to mount it above the table, to push the workpiece down as well as through.
  3. Toss one my way -- I'll try to catch your drift.
  4. Expectation Management

    "But what if I don't want to make an S-shaped knife?"
  5. If you make some kind of quick-release bracket to go through that hole, you can use the top, bottom, and both ends -- just loosen, flip, and tighten.
  6. HELP: forging presses

    Hi, Ross. You have just asked a VERY broad question, and we need to narrow things down a bit. First, what kind of work do you want to do on your press? You may get different answers depending on whether you want to make monumental sculpture vs Damascus billets for knifemaking. Second, what kind of experience do you have making machinery? How are your welding skills? (As @Frosty pointed out yesterday, a bad weld in a hydraulic press is a recipe for disaster.) Third (and perhaps most importantly), have you done any research of your own yet? I would suggest that you take some time to read over the threads here on IFI about presses, think long and hard about what you read there, figure out what you need for the work you have planned, identify the holes in your knowledge, try to find that information, and then come back to ask some more specific questions, with more specific context. You will then know a lot more, and the information that you get will be easier for you to understand and to put into practice. Here is the section about presses; enjoy: https://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/61-presses/
  7. Road to Damascus

    Basically, it was @Randell Warren's story, except that it ended with a bag getting checked rather than anyone getting tased. I do have a rather large collection of little "We examined your checked luggage" notes from the TSA, mostly because of my habit of picking up bits of blacksmith's roadkill while I'm out on business trips. It would be a larger collection, but they're pretty good for starting forge fires.
  8. Around here, Aldi, Trader Joe, and IGA.
  9. When I was on the volunteer fire department in my little Vermont hometown, an old electrical outlet in my neighbors' barn shorted out in the rain and set the siding on fire. I got the call, grabbed a fire extinguisher, and was first firefighter on the scene. Knocked the blaze down as best I could, waited for the truck to arrive, and then took out the rest with the hose. The most dramatic part of the whole episode was the couple dozen peacocks streaming out of the hayloft door as I arrived.
  10. Trim off whatever isn't directly under the rail, and you won't have to worry about hot metal falling on the rubber.
  11. Much too busy, and very hard to read. As much as there's a family legacy with the square NAZZ logo, you might want to consider just the anvil with a single "NAZZ" inside.
  12. Road to Damascus

    A TSA officer and I once had a rather awkward conversation about a hammer eye drift.
  13. All very good answers. If I'm pressed for time, I will start the fire and then neaten up a bit. By the time things are neat, there's enough of a fire to make nails, so I make some nails. By the time I've made a few nails, there's enough of a fire to work on the session's Big Project. After that, there's never enough time.
  14. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    A cousin of mine once dropped a pneumatic nailer nozzle-down onto his foot. It hit at just the right force to trip the safety catch and at just the right angle to fire a sixteen-penny nail between his toes. He came to a rather abrupt halt.
  15. YouTube gives you the option of watching at a slower speed, if you like. Click on the "Settings" icon at the bottom, and select the speed you want. I'll sometimes watch a normal speed video at a slower speed if there are details that I miss otherwise.