John in Oly, WA

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    Olympia, WA
  1. workshop walk around (lotsa pics)

    Thanks for the pics. It reminds me of my Grampa's house - a fun place with all kinds of interesting iron. My Grampa would've been in seventh heaven walking around there. Of course he would've wanted to tinker with everything to make it "skookum".
  2. Butte Montana Anvil

    If you could decipher the numbers on the right side of the front of the foot, that would tell you. Otherwise it's a guess. Trentons were made at the Columbus Forge and Iron Company in Columbus, Ohio, which, I believe, ran from 1898 to 1952, or earlier Trentons were made in Germany.
  3. Where to buy Hofi hammer??

    Only place I could find was a shop in Germany who had an agreement with Uri Hofi. He makes the hammers and they sell them for him. Called angele-shop?
  4. What Would Your Anvil Say?

    Mine's giving me the silent treatment at the moment. Hopefully, she'll get over it soon...I mean, "what'd I do?"
  5. Signs /Pictures in your shop

    So that's what a type foundry looks like, huh? I always wondered how they made all those typefaces.
  6. Signs /Pictures in your shop

    Well Lou, your wife either just restricted you from using the shop (just joking I couldn't resist) or she thinks highly of you! And I don't have any signs in my shop, but I saw one in a rental store one time I thought was funny - "When I die, I'd like to go peacefully in my sleep just like my Grampa did. Not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car."
  7. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Just built some simple flattening dies for my forge press. And then BBQed a pork butt (actually just outside the shop).
  8. Help with new furnace

    And when you get to the point of firing it up, put a piece of cardboard on top of the plinth before setting the crucible on it (before lighting the burner, of course). It'll keep the crucible from sticking to the plinth. And before that, some careful study of pattern making and mold making.
  9. Help with new furnace

    Is the drain hole offset from center so the plinth block won't block it when in use? Hopefully a moot point and your crucible never fails. You should angle the burner hole tangent to the inside circumference - easier to do before the refractory is fired. Helps with even heat distribution.
  10. Info Request DIY Ribbon Burner Forge Build

    Yes, you can use kast-o-lite 30 to cast the floor over the rigidized blanket and not need the kiln shelf. Use matrikote or plistex, not ITC 100. Much less expensive, works just as well, if not better.
  11. Opinion of my possible first anvil

    Nice anvil and great price! Just wire brush it - cup brush in an angle grinder works well. Wipe the sides with boiled linseed oil, it'll look good!
  12. Beginning Tools/Where to Start?

    I second the angle grinder. It's just a handy all around tool if you're working metal. A small MIG welder (with gas bottle) was about the handiest tool in my shop when I bought it (Lincoln 135 Plus). Then I built a 2 x 72 belt grinder out of an old treadmill and some square tube. You'll love having one of these if you're making knives. Don't know how I lived without that tool (It's the handiest tool in the shop now). A vise. Tongs are useful. Some rebar to weld on to billets for handles. A Winco BR-9 butcher block brush for scale removal. Ear muffs, goggles or face shield, welding gloves and helmet, other PPE.
  13. Neighbors with noise conpliant

    My hydraulic press is very noisy and at a high pitch. I wear ear muffs every time I use it. Could build an insulated box to put over the pump and motor that would quiet it down some, but haven't yet.
  14. Don't ask how we know these things

    Now that makes sense Charles. After Jennifer's comment, I thought they might be eating them right off your head, cuz I'm pretty sure horse don't have any fashion sense.
  15. Don't ask how we know these things

    Well, if that don't beat all, I'll eat my hat.