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  1. Very good point Slag. I do use a two filter full face mask. Preferably of a known name brand. I use a Honeywell right now. I keep different filters for different things. I don't like a that covers multiple things. I feel that those won't do anything well. I don't particularly care for acetone & don't really like having it in my shop, but I do & I do use it. I just try to be careful about using it.
  2. Kozzy speaks truth. Every word. I just got stupid lucky with this. It's part of a bowl blank I bought about 10 years ago. Was supposed to be birdseye but is just soft maple. So I set it aside and forgot about it until a couple months ago. Fortunately it's not gone punky yet. Professional stabilization would be best, but in a consummate cheap skate. So here's another method. Not a good, but doable one. #10 coffee can filled halfway with minwax wood hardener. Cut that 50% with acetone. Add a dye or stain of color preference. I used a minwax redwood something in this one. Submerge your wood in the can & seal it good. Forget about it for a few weeks to a month. Then remove & let it cure for a few weeks or so. Not fast, but it does work. When you work it, WEAR A MASK!! This stuff can't be good on your lungs.
  3. Finally got back around to this. To many projects going on. Birdseye maple. Both dyed & natural. The natural is sanded to 500 grit & a couple coats of my BLO / Tung mix. I started with the instructions for the dye & prep. Then I said to heck with it. Mixed up a strong batch of dye in a large Mason jar & dropped the wood in it for a a week. Until the wood was just barely floating still. It's been drying for a few days now & hasn't been sanded or finished in any way yet. The big piece in the middle is some spaltted maple I've been playing with.
  4. That's what I was thinking, just wasnt sure. I've done canister by hand to this point. I can keep doing by hand. What do I need to look for when looking at a powerhammer? Condition wise.
  5. My wife threw me for a loop yesterday. I've got a truck for sale & she's insistent that I spend the money once it sells on a power hammer or a hydraulic press. I'm completely out of my knowledge base on either option, heck I've never even seen either in person. Let alone used one. I've tried researching through the sight, but there's so much info that I'm at a loss of where to start. Most of my work has been leaning towards blades over blacksmithing lately, but I'm still doing the odd hinge or poker or whatnot for folks. Which kind of machine would be better for both bladesmithing & blacksmithing? What do I look for when looking at a potential purchase? Questions to ask? The only odd stuff I make is canister damascus. What's a reasonable price for either? I'm sure there's a lot more I need to think of, but I really don't know what. I've found some 25 Little Giant trip hammer nearish to me for over & under $3k usd. As well as a #25 Kerrihard in the same price range. I found a homemade forge press somewhat local, but it looks very sketchy & they be wanting some serious coin for it. Any advice & pointers is greatly appreciated.
  6. I only wish that I owned a press of any sort & my minions are too lazy to pick up a hammer, let alone swing it. Someday I will have a bit of land somewhere with a year round gravity fed stream, then I'll build a water wheel trip hammer & maybe a grinding wheel.
  7. I'm partial to my old Wagoner & Griswold for plain cast iron. I like the weight & smooth surface. I don't own a "modern" pan for cooking anymore. I'd noticed the number of billets used in the sutton hoo article you posted. Its interesting comparing the differences between the ancient smiths and modern. Technique wise.
  8. Thank you. My brain was saying Staub. Which I knew was wrong, but are amazing enameled cast iron cookware. Loves them I say. Of sorts. I think that the folks who planned the roads here, did so in an opium den.
  9. This is the one I like. Was done by Manuel Quiroga. I've found several other variations with a slower & a faster twist which all looks really good. The second photo (I forget the smiths name, Salem S something) is closer to what this was originally about.
  10. My working theory on this is as thus. There is a secret society out there who is responsible for naming streets and some towns. It doesn't matter where you go in America, every town has the same street names. Is this a coincidence? I think not!! It is a conspiracy to confuse & mislead people!! Must be the road naming department of those eyeball triangle people, who's name I can not remember at this time....... I have wondered how things get named and the progression of languages. I find the transformation of say middle english to modern english to be interesting.
  11. Old equipment isn't so common around here either. Not since the great scrapping about 10 years back. I saw many a good machine head across the scales back then. Scrap prices were just so high. Everything that's turning now are the survivors. These two are maybe 20 miles from the house, so I'm borrowing a smaller truck from work to haul them home. My truck sits a bit high. I must admit that I've a fondness for old Japanese made machine tools. I've always found them to be well designed, well built, & made to last. So I'm very happy to have acquired this one.
  12. Latticino is correct. The head is on a cross feed slide. I'm eager to get it home & running. Hopefully Monday
  13. scored me a new surface grinder using the Thomas Powers applied anvil acquisition technique, but for a surface grinder. Because I'll I'm tired of fighting the one I've got. Never have gotten it to work right. Anywho. This is a Thompson model B with a 6"x18" mag chuck. The wheel that's on it is new & has some extras. 220v 3ph 3hp motor, so all I'll need for this one is a phase converter or a VFD. It's a lot cleaner in person than the photo. Has some other assorted goodies to round it out. I also got the big drill press in the photo to go with it. Didn't really need it. But who am I to say no. All for the princely sum of $300 usd & I owe him a pocket knife. Small machine shop who's out grown their available space. So the old machines which ain't seeing use needed to go.
  14. I feel thoroughly stupid now. This idea has never once crossed my mind.