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  1. Dry town, birthplace of the Anti-Saloon League. My daughter can point to the corner of 104th and Riverside Drive in Manhattan (NYC, not Kansas) and say, "That's where I was born!"
  2. Hi from a Spaniard in London (Uk)

    Welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!!
  3. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    All my gear is borrowed at this point, so I have a choice between two light welding jackets (both slightly too small) and a set of leather sleeves matched with my own leather smithing apron. I usually go with the former, and haven't had any issues with getting burned (other than through some pinholes in the gloves). One good thing about welding with flux core is that I can use my big stand fan to keep cool without blowing away the shielding gas.
  4. After WWII, the college where I work bought a mobile (i.e. plywood) barracks and installed it on North Campus as a men's dormitory. It was known for years as "Federal Hall" and was soundly loathed. When the administration decided ultimately to tear it down, word leaked out to its residents who decided to take matters in their own hands. Fueled by large quantities of 3.2% ABV beer, they held an impromptu overnight demolition party and were distressed in the morning to realize that they now had nowhere to live for the rest of the semester.
  5. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Just think of it as an edible canister damacus.
  6. What did I miss?

    +1 on hearing protection. I have occasional tinnitus from my days as a professional woodworker, so I make doubly sure to ALWAYS use hearing protection whenever I'm doing anything loud.
  7. No; just praying that IFI doesn't crash.
  8. workshop walk around (lotsa pics)

    Looks really cool, Aus. Thanks for showing us. The thing with the handwheel and the screw? Obviously a mechanism to move something manually over a fairly short distance. I could see that moving carriage being bolted to a sluice gate or the like.
  9. S7 is overkill, especially when you're starting out. My hot cuts so far have been made of torsion bar and leaf spring (both 5160-ish), and the most recent was from a heavy jackhammer bit (probably 1050 or thereabouts). You don't need the shock resistance of an S-series steel, nor the expense.
  10. Yes. As much as possible, try to keep the heat localized to the area you want to upset. However, be careful about quenching back other areas; improperly quenching tool steel can cause cracking. Also, speaking of jackhammer bits, if you can get the kind with a collar, those are great for hardy tools. Here’s my most recent hot cut, made from just such a bit. (This was after forging and heat treatment, but before I ground in the edge.)
  11. Help ID anvil

    Odd looking anvil. Can't tell if it's cast or welded up from solid stock. Price isn't bad, but unless it checks out perfect (good rebound, etc), I would steer clear. Never overinvest in an anvil you're going to regret.
  12. Complete Beginner

    Your forge looks good. Your fire is probably too small, so yes, build it up some. We sometimes say that the burning part of the fire (not including unburnt fuel) should be around the size of a small melon. The temptation will be to increase the fire by adding more air, but charcoal is really sensitive to overblowing. You'll actually end up blowing the heat right out of the fire rather than into your workpiece. So, keep the air low, but build up the fire above what you have now. Hang onto that brass; it has other uses. In short, you're making all the right mistakes. Keep it up!
  13. ankh cross

    I'm not particularly good at upsetting, but the best success I've had comes from remembering the wise words of Alexander Weygers and Rowan Taylor: "Little corrections, little corrections. With the little corrections, we avoid the big corrections" and "When it comes to upsetting, think about midget supermodels: short and hot." In other words, only heat the part you want to upset, and correct it the moment it starts to bend. However, that fire weld turned out great, and that last ankh looks fantastic. Maybe just stick with that, since it works so well.
  14. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    By the way, the flat wire brush I picked up a couple of months ago from the industrial surplus place -- the one with 5" long wires -- is absolutely fantastic for getting the slag off the welds.
  15. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I’ll take the bathroom scale out to the shop and weigh it later, but in the meantime, that new top section adds about 45 pounds (9” x 6-3/4” x 2-3/4” (less the volume of the 1-1/2” square hardy hole) x 0.283 lbs/cu. inch). Before the loaner became available, I had planned to buy one of those inexpensive units you mention. Unfortunately, I didn’t get as much money from selling my concertina as I had originally anticipated, so that idea got shelved.