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  1. One obvious suggestion is e-bay but I haven't seen fan parts very often. I'm on the lookout for parts for my champion 400. Maybe look into brazing or soldering? I think soldering is for electronics though.
  2. mutant

    Help needed!

    You really should brush on something that's acts as rigidizer over the wool. Some use refractory. The fibers are very hazardous will be blown out as you use the forge.
  3. mutant

    New digs.

    Very cool space! How big is it? My space is a measly 33 square feet and I'm thinking about building a larger shed. Need to keep it small though.
  4. mutant

    Brian Brazeal classes?

    About year ago, I took a class with Alec Steele, he mentions Brian's name often since he studied under him. I asked him about Brian and why doesn't he post more videos and that most of his content is a few years old. Alec thought it might have to do with Brian's age and not being as active. Not sure how accurate that is but it's all I know.
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    Minimum Work Triangle Footprint

    My workshop is tiny- a mere 33 square feet. Not perfect but it works for me. Don't over think it, just do it.
  6. Thers is nothing wrong with melting cans. It all depends on what you want to do with them. I think it’s awesome to use trash that’s blowing around, melt it, and make art. I do lost foam. I even use them to make belt buckles. If you want to machine it or make parts for a steam engine, then yea, use higher quality AI. As to why your crucible failed? Could of just been a defect or maybe how you tempered it. The guys over at AlloyAvenue will have better insight. -m
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    Melting aluminium

    Check out The guys there will steer you in the right direction. You you're planning on doing just a couple of melts, a metal crucible is fine. Casting a simple billet is pretty straight forward but you might want to add gates and a sprue - both help with metal flow and shrinkage. -m
  8. mutant

    Need Anvil Repair Advice

    Looks like someone use to much force on it.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    I have the same rivet forge. Since I use mine in a small closed space, I built an enclosure and a hood for it and use a brake drum as my fire pot. I cut a large circular piece of heavy sheetmetal and made a shelf that sits on top of the brake drum. This keeps the coal level with the top of the brake drum and makes it easy to rake - if that makes sense.
  10. Hope you unlock the bipod for it.
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    Size of forge buildings?

    I have the same building code - 50sqf without permit. I’ve posted this before - I sectioned off part of a wooden shed I built (and need) for storage and made a tiny smithy at a whopping 33sqf of space. I also made it mostly sound proof since my free time is mainly at night. I wanted to see how much I was going to blacksmith before building a new shed. If you want to see how I did it and the safety precautions I took, look up eviltwinx on YouTube. I have a series called Building a Tiny and Soundproof Smithy. Don’t over think it. Just do it. -m
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    Saw blade bowl

    Hey ausfire - the blade has a hole in the center to mount on the saw itself. It helps keep the bowl steady.
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    Saw blade bowl

    Thanks for the suggestions! After I make a few of these, I would like to tackle a larger blade. I’m a big fan of recycling items and retaining some characteristic of its original form. -m
  14. It's not that impressive but I thought it was pretty cool, especially for a beginner project. It was the first time I used a swage block as well. I found an awesome guy who's been smithing as a hobby for 30+ years and he has an open forge every Sunday. I've been trying to make it out to his shop as much as I can. -m
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    Forge Hoods Explained

    My set up starts with an 8" pipe with a slight bend, goes to a 90 degree and reduces down to a 6" pipe. (It's a 3-foot length of double wall metalbestos which passes through my shed wall.) It expands to an 8" 90-degree elbow and extends up to a 4-foot pipe which is 3 feet over the peak of the shed. Crazy right! But it works because I built an enclosure around my tiny rivet forge and made a small opening. Less cool ambient air mixes with the hot air for the coals and I get a fantastic draft.