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About Donniev

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  • Birthday 04/21/1986

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    Lincoln, NE
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    Poker, football....and football

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  1. TBI Survivors

    I'm following laurabpilates on Instagram, her husband Jon Grant suffered a massive TBI earlier this year getting t boned. He was a navy seal, and seeing where he was 6 months ago compared to now is pretty dramatic. For doctors only giving him a 10% chance to live He's doing great he's finally starting to talk again in whispers, each post she makes I can see improvement, hoping for the best, but they still don't know what his ceiling is, he certainly hasn't reached it yet
  2. Frosty "multi port" forge build

    I'm starting to gather everything necessary for a frosty multi port burner (NARB...he said it's not so much a NARB as it is a multi port so...) I think I have everything figured out for the most part but I do have a few questions. I'm going with a box shape forge 8"*5"*12" unless I'm way out of line at 480 cu inches. I know it's best to have 1 t burner per 350 cubic inches in the forge, but if I remember correctly that was if forge welding temps were desired. My main needs this forge needs to meet is the ability to get a 10-12" long piece heated for bending/ scrolling, and I want to leave 3-4 pieces in the forge at once, I don't want to reach forge welding temps- I'll always have the coal forge for that. As for the door on the forge, should I intentionally make a fairly loose fitting door to allow for warping, or would leftover high alumina kiln shelf be more appropriate? If there was only say a 2*2" hole in the back of the forge for a pass through is that something a firebrick could be ok to use to cover it or just don't use firebrick anywhere ever on a forge because of their heat sinking? I'll have more questions down the road, just trying to get everything somewhat close to cemented in my head so I can start rounding up everything. Daughters having another open heart surgery later this week, so I'll have plenty of time to order stuff online and run down the 6 blocks to the harbor freight and supply house and grab things.
  3. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Got two really quick shelf brackets made from 1/2" steel, saw Alec Steele make some this way on one of his vlogs and had to try it myself. Also made my first attempt at making a hinge. I really really really hate 1/4" and under rivets. As you can see as well, the hinge does not sit flat as it should, all it took was 1 errant hammer blow when riveting... another try or two and I should be better at it
  4. I got both racks finished up yesterday. The small one is 20" long, and I was laying it flat in the coal forge to heat an entire section up, but it starting twisting pretty badly. After 30 minutes fighting it back flat, I stood the steel straight up in the fire so I would get about a 1"*6" area hot, and just chisel and work one side at a time. This went much better, after the chiseling was done I easily got it back flat with 2-3 blows since I was only working one side, as opposed to heating a section of the 3" wide steel. Also went with Thomas' suggestion and used 1/4" stock, I do agree that it's easier to keep flat than 3/16 (what I'd used for the last one I made)
  5. Naturally Aspirated Ribbon Burner. Photo heavy.

    Me too- I'm going to make one soon, right now I'm just reading everything and trying to grasp what's happening. I'm not someone who just wants to follow step a,b, and c for a forge build and call it a day, I want to understand what's going on and why, but at the moment I feel like I'm trying to fit 10 gallons of information into a 5 gallon bucket
  6. Naturally Aspirated Ribbon Burner. Photo heavy.

    Frosty what ended up working out for you to prevent the burner block getting hot? Did just turning up the pressure work as you'd surmised earlier?
  7. Burners 101

    Finally diving into the gas forge side of things, and I have what is likely a dumb question. I'm planning on making a NARB, if I make a forge that after refractory is 8"*6"*14" will I need 2 t burners? I've seen that you need 1 3/4 burner for every 350 cubic inches, so I'm wondering if that holds true when making a NARB? I could scale is back smaller to say 6*6*10 so I only need to make 1, haven't decided yet. Thanks
  8. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Only had about 45 minutes with the fire today but I got these done, cleaned em up and riveted later
  9. I have a friend who wants me to make a coat rack for him, he wants 3" wide flat stock to be used...I'm wondering if it would be better one way or the other to get 1/4" thick or 3/16" and also the best way to go about keeping it flat and's going to be 36" long end to end, and aside from working it in the vise I'm just not sure how to have my finished piece not have some wobble when it's laid on the table. My anvil has slight swayback, it's not a lot but enough that I can't just use my anvil as a guage to see how flat it is/ hammer it back flat Any thoughts appreciated
  10. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Finished a coat/ key hanger as a housewarming gift for my brother and his wife, and got started on a couple coat hangers for a friend's mom
  11. 4 pound rounding hammer

    For the temper I ran it to the first, dullest red I could see in the shade. I hardened and tempered each head separately. After I had the one face hardened and tempered I wrapped the finished side with an old cut up t-shirt kept in place with wire. I made sure to keep the shirt wet while bringing it up to and soaking it in's got a nice bounce off the anvil, so the HT took!
  12. 4 pound rounding hammer

    EJ I used 5 gallons of vegetable oil, threw a couple hot RR spikes in it first to get it warm. Honestly quenching it made me pretty nervous, but the oil never even got to the point of smoking, so no problem there. John thanks lol! I've never put anything on my boots other than a few coats of water proofing spray
  13. 4 pound rounding hammer

    Well it took a while, but I finally made my first rounding hammer. Also took some time to make the needed tools (cupping tool, drift, eye slitter, top and bottom fullers) I also did a lot of reading this winter to figure out what alloy to use and the heat treatment process, but with some help of others I figured out what to use to harden it. 4340 steel, hickory handle Open to any constructive criticism
  14. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Gave my 4 pound rounding hammer final grind tonight, just gotta get HT figured out and handle it now...going to make the handle myself