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  1. Daswulf, I just ordered the same swage block. It's supposed arrive by end of week. -m
  2. Same boat here. I'm trying to disassemble a 400 as well and it's fighting me every step. Mine was paint red and it must be some tough paint. Took ALOT of doing just to get all the caps off and it was pretty dry in there so I really would like to replace the bearings. I have it mostly done except the cone shaped screws that holds the ball bearing in place. Had it soaking in just about every type of oil/penetrating fluid for weeks. Nada. Made a tool to fit the holes but it bent. Nothing has worked so far. I've yet to apply heat but not that confident it would work. I didn't realize how soft that gear was and bent it just a tad. I've straightened it out by eye but would really want to remove it so I can index it on my lathe.
  3. How does it run with no crucible in the furnace? Does it run better?
  4. mutant


    Take some baby powder, sprinkle it on areas that have markings and dust off. The powder helps any details to standout more.
  5. I made part of my shed into a smithy. I lined the walls with rock wool for sound proofing and fire protection. Looked up eviltwinx on youtube - I have a series of videos on building a tiny and sound proof blacksmith shop.
  6. What I've discovered that helps solve the venting issue is to build an enclosure with, a relative small opening, around your forge. I'm assuming it's a coal forge. This helps dramatically increase the draw of the chimney since surrounding colder air doesn't dilute the hot air from the fire. My space is only 33 square feet and( mostly) soundproof. I use a cheap bathroom fan to blow fresh air into my space. Most of my free time is late at night, hence the soundproofing, and no complaints from the neighbors. I'm on my second season using this tiny smithy but so far it's been working out great. Challenging yes, but great, You can check out my build on youtube. Look for Eviltwinx.
  7. HB are top notch anvils for sure and yours is in awesome condition. Depending on where you live, anvil prices can range from 4-8 dollars a pound. Sometimes more. There should be a serial number in the left front foot. That can help determine the year it was made. Also, a number should be visible under the logo which will the weight.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. My workshop is tiny- a mere 33 square feet. Not perfect but it works for me. Don't over think it, just do it.
  13. 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
  14. Check out alloyave.com 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
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