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  1. So Cal Dave

    Opportunity of a lifetime

    I 'm a pessimist when it comes to trades or deals. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. You might not like what you see. I would want to see, at least, pictures of the anvil. It would be best to see it in person, to see what you are getting. It might be terribly chipped, uneven surfaces, horn tip broken, etc. As mentioned above, that is an unusually big anvil that might have been used hard and put away wet. However, if it is in good shape, you are a fortunate person to find a once in a life time anvil that you will enjoy your entire life. Good luck.
  2. So Cal Dave

    Les Paul Guitar

    Nicely done. I had to stare at it before I started to see all the detail in the guitar. Clever!
  3. So Cal Dave

    Used TIG

    Someone may not use their tig welder much anymore or they weld outside and a tig welder doesn't work well outside. It would be best if you could test it out and run some passes both with DC and AC polarity. Good luck
  4. So Cal Dave

    Hammer handle ?'s

    You might try some Farrier Supply store. They have a variety of handles in terms of size and thickness. Good luck.
  5. So Cal Dave

    Farrier Lube

    Puncheize lube is $15 and shipping is $20.00. Outrageous!
  6. So Cal Dave

    Farrier Lube

    JHCC: Equal proportions?
  7. So Cal Dave

    Farrier Lube

    Are you talking about Plumbago and graphite? I did see anything about farriers using either one of these materials. Is it mixed with something to make a paste?
  8. So Cal Dave

    Farrier Lube

    I've been watching farrier videos and notice almost all farriers dip their nail hole punches in some kind of lube each and every time they punch a hole. I cannot see what they are using or get someone to tell me what the lube is made of. Does anyone know?
  9. So Cal Dave

    Ornate picture frame

  10. Thanks John for the info. What I saw when we tested the welding machine, on aluminum, was dirty welds with lots of black junk on all the welds. I personally did not like the welder. It was a very basic tig welder, maybe a 175, with almost no adjustments except A/C or DC positions and a digital readout for the amps. I thought the gas wasn't covering the torch and tungsten area enough to make an adequate atmosphere.
  11. A friend purchased a Miller tig welder, and hooked it up to his argon tank without a flow meter. He has a gauge on the tank and set it for 20CFH, but I don't believe it was suppling the right flow of argon. Can this be done without issues. Is a flow meter absolutely require to meter the gas evenly?
  12. So Cal Dave

    Center Punch

    Nicely done. I like the hex shape on my center punches so it doesn't roll around when setting it down on the anvil. What color did you temper it to?
  13. So Cal Dave

    XXL coil springs, usefull ?

    OMG, run as fast as you can , (really take a vehicle), and get as much as you can. You never know during the next 5 to 10 years what might come up or which friend may need exactly what you have. Get as many different sizes that they have and of course try to salvage the newest once they have. You will learn a lot about how these metals forge and what you can make with them. Are they Free? If so, that is even better. Good luck.
  14. So Cal Dave

    japanese blackening

    I believe Sculpt Noveau has different chemicals to give metal a patina.
  15. So Cal Dave

    Forging a hand

    Something like this? It gives the impression of a hand.