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  1. With a 14" wheel running at 3,450 rpm, that gives me about 12,645 sfpm. Not bad at all for abrasive cutting.
  2. Cut a scrap for testing, but do a file test before a break test. Less risk of shrapnel, you know.
  3. The vise only opens to about 1-3/4", so it looks like I'd be standing up anything wider than that anyway. The clearance under the blade is about 4", which is probably bigger than I'm going to need. Thanks!
  4. I have long maintained that the only legitimate use for rebar in blacksmithing is for applications where either (A) you want the texture for aesthetic purposes or (B) the texture doesn't matter. As an example of the first, I like to make rebar bottle openers to give to contractors and demolition folks who let me scavenge structural steel; of the second, my hammer stand is welded up from a bunch of different scrap that was at hand, including both rebar and mechanically twisted 1/2" square from a salvaged balustrade. For anything else, the variability in carbon content and the added work of removing the texture (by hammering or grinding) makes rebar more trouble than it's worth, in my opinion, especially if you have easy access to stock that is more appropriate to the job at hand.
  5. So, put the switches for the work light and the motor in a box at the front of the arm: Running the main cord under the arm and out of the way. Belt tensioned, belt guard mounted, and we are good to go! I tested it on a jackhammer bit, which was slow going (although it later blew through a piece of 1” pipe like Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber through Ponda Baba’s arm) but produced an impressive shower of sparks. I’m very happy with this. I was able to use a number of parts (motor, switch, box) I’d bought for other projects and reuse some others (power cord, plug, washers, bolts, nuts, etc) from the original setup of The Pressciousss, putting the total cost around $225. For an industrial chop saw, that’s not bad at all.
  6. Love it! I finished setting up the new-to-me chopsaw, wiring in the motor, plug, switch, and work light. All in all, a success!
  7. Have her reassure him that you did all your bank robbing over on the other side of the Connecticut River.
  8. Not an uncommon sight. Those are the marks from the smith testing newly hardened punches and chisels.
  9. If its inherited nature prevents you from making any substantial modifications, then burying the stand in a box of sand (say to halfway up the web) would help with the ringing.
  10. Just make sure that they don't have any plating on them.
  11. Welcome to IFI, where in the midst of a seemly endless supply of non sequiturs and bad puns, there abides of community of genuinely knowledgeable and helpful people! Where are you in the Bronx?
  12. JHCC

    Burners 101

    I got a call once from someone who was being offered my old job and wanted to know if I had any recommendations. The first words that came out of my mouth were "Run away screaming." You LISTEN to them.
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