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Patrick Kerns

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  1. Found a very similar vise at a guys house when I was doing a swap with him his morning - except this one has a spring and mount. Got it for 80 and was happy about it. Will post before/after cleanup pictures here shortly.
  2. So I have the option of picking this guy up for about 50 bucks and two hours of driving. It clearly doesn't have a spring or a mounting bracket, but am I correct in thinking that those are two parts that are relatively easy to re-manufacture? I quite like the design and the screw is reportedly in good condition.
  3. Bo, where on that brass compression nut is it measuring 9/16 inch? Because as far as I can tell that is not a standard available size for those fittings. When I measure the nut from the back of the fan shaft is is 3/4 inch OD, about 7/16 ID, and around 24 TPI. Still no luck here finding a workable jam nut.
  4. Frosty, thanks for the tip on where to find flap caps - also I think I'll take the wood slats off and use some steel to hold up the forge Arkie, I was eyeing some of my square stock with something like this in mind last night, it's nice to see it so well executed!
  5. After about four hours of extremely ill-planned mucking about in my workshop/basement/home gym/storage area I present what is undoubtedly the ugliest thing I've ever made. THE COMEDY FORGE mark I The funniest part is that it actually works! It's probably not going to be getting anything to forge welding temp but it will suffice to get me to the goal of "light a fire" by this weekend at which point I will be using a rock as an anvil so I can actually hammer on something. This "apparatus" probably isn't going to last more than a few forging sessions but it is temporary until I finish overhaulin
  6. Took a crack at the axel with both a hacksaw and a metal cutting bladed sawzall - no love. Will probably take it with me to the guild meet and see if anyone is willing to help me hot cut off the flanges at one of the guild forges in exchange for me doing some striking for them, or for a chunk of axel!
  7. Arkie, thanks for the tip. Now that I have some access to a welder I should be able to put something together for a proper ash dump, I've seen a lot of good designs for both sliding and lever ash dumps.
  8. Charles, of course you're correct thanks for your comments. I thought about a number of options for my first forge including welded steel plate firepot, commercial cast iron firepot, and some sort of duck's nest. Brake drum won out for me based on the KISS principle - minimal expense, ease of fabrication, proven history of effectiveness. After it's been up and running for a while I'm sure I'll want to change some things about the forge and will hopefully have cash to upgrade to a commercial cast firepot eventually or the welding skills to fabricate a nice plate firepot.
  9. Thank you for all the advice! Frosty, when you say it's heat treated to be tough do you mean it was hardened and then had a lot of tempering done on it? Will let you guys know how the muscle building goes Also I have a sawzall for backup! Also, what do you guys do with the flanges - seems like they would have some usefulness as a base for something. Oh snap, I think I just figured out what I'm using for a tuyere grate.
  10. Hello! Just picked up two F150 axel shafts today at my local pick and pull. My question is how to best go about breaking them down into usable lengths. My current plan is to anneal the shaft near the plate at the end and then hacksaw it off, then anneal the rest of the shaft and cut lengths on an as-needed basis. Any advice would be helpful. I have minimal tools at this point but hope to be making a fair number of hardie tools/chisels/hammers out of the axel shaft. I've calculated it out and the price I paid works out to about 1$ per pound for the round stock of what is probably 4340 .
  11. Have you though about paying a machinist to make a replacement?
  12. Went out to my local Pick and Pull type junkyard and found a nice brake drum for the forge, it's about 3" deep with a nice "brim" to it, which is what I was looking for. Also pulled apart a F150 pickup rear differential, popped the c-clips, and got myself two 4340 steel rear axel shafts which are basically 1.5 inch diameter by 32 inch pieces of round stock. Should be enough to make a lot of the tools I'll need for the first year of blacksmithing. All in all was about 50 bucks. They threw in the rear diff pin which I think will make a nice punch for free because they didn't have it on the price
  13. Bo T, thanks that's very helpful. I'm going to go buy a 9/16" brass compression nut and some propane for my torch. I figure between the jam nut and endless heat, hit, oil cycles this nut will come loose eventually. Man this project is taking way longer than I anticipated. One thing I was wondering was has anyone ever added an oil drain oil to the bottom of the case? It seems like the oil dripping out through the fan bearings washes out all the grease and contributes to bearing breakdown - if the oil could drain straight out of the case the grease might stay in the bearings and prolong their li
  14. Man, where is that piece from? Is it the door from a fallout shelter or something?
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