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  1. How coincidental! Only this morning I was pondering the option of installing my japanese box bellows vertically instead of in the horizontally as it was made to be used. It will certainly work up ended if the flap valves are rehung and would save me some space in my little 6x8 foot's a low roof only six foot at the eve so I'll not be able to achieve a decent stroke. Had I thought about it prior to building I could have easily altered the diemsions to suit and retained the capacity! On the other hand,,,,,it does provide me with a useful storage area on it's top!
  2. Despite our local whaling heritage, (Whitby), I had no idea what a temple iron was till I read this thread, Very nice execution Jonathan, thanks for posting.
  3. I've never fancied the plants and fungi and lots of other things that are edible more than once.....civet coffee for example....!
  4. For small project use you mentioned, I would not spend time and effort fiddling with it, at least not yet, maybe later if something better doesn't happen along. Just get it securely stood in a stand, decent tree stump or make a wooden or steel stand, all depends on what you can find and what tools you have a vaiable, there are plenty of good examples to be found on these pages if you do a bit of searching.
  5. The Ever popular Myford, some work been turned on those over the years. My lathes a distant relative being virtually identical to the earlier Myfords, but then again most were back in the 30's, it's a little 3.5" x 20" Ross and Alexander (Randa). Nice cabinet you got that sat on
  6. Welcome to the forum Northumbrian, I take it you originally from up here in the North East.
  7. Very nicely turned out pieces for any Smith, most impressed to learn theyare the work of sudents. They reflect well on the tutor. ....especially that last piece, takes some work forging those barrels...!
  8. I agree Marc1, most knife crime is executed with knives intended for the kitchen or or the workshop, if the maker was responsible there would be a lot of cutlers and companies like Stanley almost perminently in court being sued! However supplying a weapon to someone if you had reason to suspect they may use it to harm someone or supplying to a minor could well see you in court, but not making the knife. If you really want advice on this subject then people need to see at least some pictures of your knives, preferably a small portfolio. Do you make sheaths for your knives?
  9. You stated that your town is just under 5000 populus, and I take it surrounded by farmland or similar homesteads, The chances that you are the only person in your immediate area within 30 mins drive that has an interest in blacksmithing or bladesmithing are pretty far away does the local farrier live? No reason why you can't do it on your own, but......who were you expecting to sell the spring to?
  10. Let's see, you have access to free materials, ie springs (which have only ferrous scrap monetary value). You do not have your forge up and running yet. Solution: Find a local smith, baldesmith, hoby smith, that would like to trade you some scrap springs for forge time, lessons to get you up and started. They would likely be able to help you get sorted with a forge and tooling, you'd learn and no matter how much fun forging is, it's nearly always more fun with someone else! Is there an assocciation or group local to you?
  11. Reminds me of my brothers boots.......I'll elaborate, As a hard up apprentice plumber, when he lost the buttons off his Donkey Jacket ( if you are not familiar with that term, it's a heavy rough cloth coat, think coarse felt, that workmen were issued with) he would scrounge a few four inch nails from one of the Joiners and use them, similar to original teepee closures. When his boot laces snapped he went to see the Electrician.....the picture above describes the rest...!
  12. Hand cut threads are made to fit each other, ie bolt and nut, and fit no other. This is why Whitworth attempted to standardise everything which was such a good idea everyone else jumped on the band wagon and unstandardised it all....!!!!!
  13. Welcome to the forum and please put a location in your profile, (nearest main city and country). It's important when recieving replies to quiestions. Red Brass, (C230 ?, Gunmetal? ) for bushings......which will need machining. My advice bases on the information given is to buy or otherwise source a suitable bronze for bushings and machine to size. Easier, cheaper, and safer.
  14. I'll just mention carbide tipped masonary bits..............
  15. Yep, they do look homemade as they usually have one straight flute and it is only a quarter (90 deg) of the drill not half as in the first pic. the end geometry is also normally offset for barrel drilling. There is one more possibility, still gunsmithing.....the picture in our original post could be,a rifling reamer with the end broken off, the cutter would sit in the flat area and cut a single groove.