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  1. Now I have a new criterion for judging potential spouses for my children: will they give me smithing equipment!
  2. So how do you get out a broken bit?
  3. To do a proper repair, you'd need to grind all the way to the bottom of the crack, and then build weld beads all the way back to the surface. Arc welding true wrought iron is a tricky business, and you'll probably end up spending more on consumables and electricity than you would simply by investing in a new (or at least solid) anvil.
  4. I once knew a monk who boasted (apparently without any irony at all) that his great humility was the thing of which he was most proud.
  5. I just read an article about Dunning-Kruger Effect, and now I know more about it than anyone.
  6. Ah, Steve agrees with me. A lousy week just got a little better.
  7. Ouch. That is one sadly abused anvil. Unfortunately, even a Mousehole (aka The Undisputed King of Anvils) can't absorb abuse indefinitely. I would strongly recommend that you simply wirebrush the face of the anvil, maaaaaaybe grind down the weld beads where they protrude above the face, and get to forging. It's entirely possible that the existing repairs may have damaged the face by ruining the temper and/or creating cracks within the HAZ, and I would not advise making it worse. The crack at the base of the horn is really bad, and I'd avoid using the horn as much as possible. The good news is that you paid less than $2/lb, so you may well be able to recoup your investment by learning on it and reselling it when the time comes to get its replacement.
  8. They're sold through a company called Meader Supply.
  9. Normalization IS a kind of heat treatment; I assume you mean "harden and temper", yes? Annealing wouldn't be necessary, as you don't need it dead soft for filing or grinding. You might want to do the triple normalization (bring to critical, air-cool, repeat) to ensure that the grain size is good (annealing can increase the grain size, and therefore should not be done after normalizing), then harden and temper.
  10. I think we should wait for confirmation before adding him to the list. I'm also wondering what people think about adding folks who do custom or limited-run production, but not as a regular thing?
  11. Makes one wonder if there's anything similar on the grounds of the Valley Forge Military Academy.
  12. Started converting a 24” x 28” dolly into a new base for my gas forge. Cut apart the 24” sides, flipped the long sides around, and welded everything back together at ~18” wide: Together with the piece of pipe down the middle, this turns the side rails into a sort of chute for the bases of my propane tanks: Next step: add verticals and a frame to support the deck from the old stand.
  13. Latticino would have included the CO detectors in the original design.
  14. Just FYI, we have a number of members here on the autism spectrum. It's a pretty ASD-friendly place.