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  1. starbits

    It followed me home

    My first thought was using the iron powder for canister damascus. However it is looking like it is just Fe with no carbon content so not hardenable and probably not the best choice. However powdered metals are used for cold casting metals using resin and molds. It looks like the powdered metals are selling for $10-$15 per pound on ebay so I will probably sell it on ebay and then buy stuff I can use. Starbits
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    It followed me home

    My 20 year old compressor tank sprung a leak and I have been looking for a replacement. At an auction this past week for less than the cost of a new 120 gallon replacement tank I picked up a nearly new (2017) 400 gallon tank with automatic drain valve and 690 pounds of 325 mesh powdered metal. The powdered metal included 189 pounds of iron, 95 pounds of stainless steel, and 191 pounds of bronze. The rest or the powdered metal was brass, white bronze and nickel silver.
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    It followed me home

    I recently visited my youngest brother in Colorado Springs. He had picked up the 2 blowers for me for $75 for the pair. The one on the right is only marked 476 and is frozen up. The one on the left is marked Royal Western Chief by Canedy Otto. It turns fine if a bit stiff and needs to be cleaned up. The chain binder, wrought iron pick and other tools came from the fleamarket for a total of $10. The big prize was on the way home though. My Great Uncle was a well known artist (BJO Nordfeldt). A couple years ago another brother bought an auction lot which had 6 of my great uncle's dry point etching plates. My brother had found someone to print the 6 plates and we dropped them off on the way to CS and picked them up on the way home. You really couldn't see what was on the plates so this one was a big surprise. Research afterward show a print at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC titled "The Forge, Engelhom, Sweden, Circa 1907. If you would like to see some other prints by my great uncle google search "Philadelphia museum nordfeldt"
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    Have you seen one of these ... ?

    In one article it mentions a complete set including a set of tongs. In the photo at this link you can see a set of tongs at the bottom left of the photo.
  5. starbits

    It followed me home

    My haul this past weekend from an auction for about $45.
  6. starbits

    Here's a New one "southern anvil"

    There is a 138 lb Hay budden on the denver craig's list with just as much of the top missing that is only $600. Yours is a steal.
  7. starbits

    Is this safe

    I picked up a couple rods from a hydraulic repair shop. Two inch diameter by 48 inches long for $5 each. The gal at the shop looked through her records and said it was 1045 or 1050 steel. The grinder test showed it was chrome plated and a medium carbon steel. I checked IFI about removing the chrome and didn't see anything that I wanted to tackle myself. Stopped by a chrome plating place to see about getting it removed. The first place said it was hard chrome and they didn't do that but recommended a second place. Talked to the second place and they said they could do it, but it would be a minimum of $165. So much for cheap steel. Plan for the future is to chop it up and make rollers for adjustable height extension stands. Starbits
  8. Angle grinder. We have a love/hate relationship. I try to treat it nice, it tries to bite me.
  9. starbits

    GTTS Go To The Source

    In Tucson there is a place that maintains and repairs suspensions, every thing from trucks and RVs down to cars. Out back they have a dumpster where they toss the old parts. Lots of U-bolts and leaf springs and a smattering of other stuff. The photo is what I picked up last time, $0.15 per pound and this came to $12.
  10. starbits

    Prayers as Dolores's life ends

    Prayers said for you and yours. I know somewhat of what you are going through. On Thursday my wife and I fly to North Carolina where her younger sister is in the late stages of ALS and not expected to live much longer. These are the times when our spouses need us most. Best wishes. Starbits
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    Meanwhile at the Office....

    I frequently save photos for future inspiration. I always try to add the handle to the file name so I know where the idea came from. As I pressed save I had to laugh at the title of this file CTBlades-at-the-office For a stink and think man you do good work. Starbits
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    Anvil & Swage Identification

    I saw that anvil on craig's list. You got a smoking good deal. Glad to find someone on IFI picked it up. Starbits
  13. starbits

    Forging for a Borax Wagon.

    New bar question: How many mules in a "twenty mule" team? 18 mules 2 horses. Learn something new every day. Starbits
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Jeep: The numbers on a dice add up to 7 on opposite sides. 3&4 2&5 1&6. You will need to fix that on the next version, because customers will notice. Starbits