51 Papy

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  1. 51 Papy

    How should I mount this vise?

    My local farm supply store had u-bolts for mounting leaf springs to axles. Fine thread so they don't back off. It has worked well for me and the price was cheap enough. Use the u-bolt to trap your new spring.
  2. 51 Papy

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Played with a piece of wrought iron. My better half bought it for me over a year ago and wanted a letter opener. Wood grain in metal is just cool.
  3. Sun I have used a break drum forge for the last four or five years. The best thing I did was go to my local brick yard and pick up some cheap! fire brick. These are used in fireplaces and will stand up to "some" heat. I got 4 full size for $10 US. I fit them so that they set level with the top of the drum and they form a "forge pot". These are consumables. They will need to be replaced. I can more than pay for the brick with the savings in coal. The other two brick can be stacked on top to deepen the fire for welding. As to the original question, the suggestions above came from some very experienced people. Try them. If you have access to any heating and cooling folks, son-in-law is a master HVAC, have them get you an old exhaust blower off a 92% heater. I have three different brands and they all slide right on the 2" pipe I used. A ceiling fan variable speed controller $10-15US will let you "idle" the air flow to the fire when your hammering. Not sure what is available in B.C. or costs but you can make it work. Once you start having fun with it you'll want to upgrade your set up. I also have a very small backyard and neighbors. Be curteous with your work hours. When I roll the forge out my neighbors want to know what I'm working on. Communication is key. Last summer the neighbor was having her in-laws over for a BBQ. I shut down as soon as I found out. Neighbor-Relations are important.
  4. Jennifer thought the video was great. I like the intro. Shows the work (that does speak for itself) and the smith. Proud you upset that bar and not me.
  5. 51 Papy

    Friction caliper fail

    No problems there Irondragon. I still have wall space for the "firsts". I hang them up and smile when I make one that suits me.
  6. 51 Papy

    Friction caliper fail

    Yep. Sounds about right. I knew it was something stupid I was doing. Thank you gents! Guess that will give me an excuse to build some more. Thanks again!
  7. Not a fail but not a success. First pair attempted. I had filed the two legs flat and to thickness. The two washers were filed flat and the same thickness. I used a 5/16 round for the rivet. When riveted they froze up. I expected that. I then stuck them in the fire got them red and worked them so all the faces mated up and then tightened the rivet up. I did this a couple of times. Resistance seemed to be about the same through the range I wanted them to open so I lightly set the rivet and let cool. Needless to say they were either froze solid or did not have enough friction to hold the dividers/calipers in place. I know I did something wrong just don't know what. The legs started to get thin and the rivet broke. They now have a thumb screw going through the two legs and into a backer plate. They work fine just not what I was hoping for. Anybody want to tell me what I did wrong? Thanks Papy
  8. 51 Papy

    Stone forge chimney

    Clay flue tiles are available from almost anywhere that caters to Mason's in this area. They are safe, easy to clean and not real expensive. As I can't see the construction from the picture I don't know if this is an option short of doing some sawing or hogging out. A solid masonry chimney is one of the safest and easily maintained chimney's you can have and I agree with Frosty on being cool. Your other options would be a flexible SS liner. They don't last as long but might go a long time with only a forge. I would second the thought of Marcusb one flue per. Build and finished pictures....ya we want to see them.
  9. 51 Papy

    What did you do in the shop today?

    If it were only that easy. Alexandr WOW! I always enjoy looking at your work.
  10. 51 Papy

    making a flatter

    Now there's a duhhhhh moment! What a great thought. Looking forward to the video Jennifer.
  11. 51 Papy

    Drill bit lubricant

    Bonus knowledge!
  12. 51 Papy

    Drill bit lubricant

    Thanks Frosty. I cheat on my drill bits. Several years ago I picked up a Foley Belsaw. I sharpen everything from planer blades to sissors with that thing. There's a special hard stone and holder for drill bits. I've gotten plent of experience with bits from HD.
  13. 51 Papy

    Drill bit lubricant

    It sounds like the easy answer to my question is there is no easy answer. This discussion,Thomas's discussion from 10 years ago and PM's have been very educational. I'll have a couple by next week and water and baking soda sounds like it's worth a try as long as I don't get caught getting the soda. Thanks for the guidance!
  14. 51 Papy

    Drill bit lubricant

    Thanks guys! This gives me a place to start. I picked up some high sulfur dark cutting fluid today and ordered a bottle of tap magic. If someone has a favorite water borne lube I'm all ears. Glenn. Stupidity.... It's what I've seen used in shops.... I'm not sure I have a reason. It is better than nothing but your point is taken. Thanks