John in Oly, WA

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  1. Look up the TW-90 belt grinder and the surface grinder accessory for it. That might give you some ideas you could work from.
  2. If the top of your burner has a threaded rod centered on it, then that top disk (large washer presumably with a nut welded to it) should be spun open a lot. Then try firing it up. As Latticino has already advised - Open the ball valve all the way. Control the gas flow with the knob on the regulator.
  3. B_Hoss, that looks like quite a feast of BBQ. Nothing like smoking and BBQing for yourself. Beats nearly anything you can get from a restaurant. Of course I say that from a Washington state point of view. Now if I lived in Texas, there'd be a bunch of great BBQ joints I'd have to try. Being in Washington, I smoke a lot of salmon. Also BBQ pork butts and ribs and the occasional brisket. For smoking, I use an old freezer I converted. For BBQing, I use Weber Smokey Mountain cookers. Just BBQed a couple of pork butts, some racks of ribs and a brisket for my Mom's birthday weekend before last. Tasty stuff!
  4. What MC Hammer said! I love the historical perspective - perspeculative. If that anvil could talk, the stories she could tell.
  5. And then in the comments section, he says he used a belt grinder to flatten out the top of his anvil. I can't stand these "I don't know how to do this, but here's my 'How-To' video on it" YouTube idiots. Worse are the ones who copy another YouTube video idiot to post the same schlock.
  6. It almost looks like a torch cut that's been filled in. But that could just be my imagination.
  7. Beautiful work Creekside! Love the grain patterns in the boards.
  8. Maybe they lost their "9" somewhere in the shop and used a "b" upside down. Then later found the "9" die again. LOL Is that a sideways T in front of the weight number? If so, my roughly thrown together records show your anvil may have been made by a fellow named "Doggie" Taylor.
  9. Wouldn't that be an ABT? You guys are making me hungry. But in my world, an ABT is an Atomic Buffalo xxxx - half a jalapeno filled with a cream cheese mixture, topped with a big piece of pulled pork, wrapped in bacon and BBQed/grilled until the bacon is crispy.
  10. I can see that, but fuzziness and made of metal? How do you resolve that without ending up with spikey, pokey? I was just focused on the eyes and that black line that looks like a mouth. So much expression there. Now if you could find some of those twisted wire, plastic bristle brushes - kind of like a narrow bottle brush or the little brush on the spark plug gapping tool for the legs.
  11. Das, if you mentally remove the hair from that jumping spider and just look at the position of the legs and get the eyes right (maybe the back of a small spoon for the face to mount the eyes) you'll get the essence of it.
  12. If that were my set up, I'd get the next size smaller crucible (need more room for the flame to circulate around the crucible), a smaller diameter, but taller plinth (about 1"-1 & 1/2" tall) and aim the burner flame to go around the crucible, not pointed at the crucible. But first I'd take the burner out and clamp it in a vise, light it and make adjustments til I had the beautiful blue flame cone Mikey likes so much.
  13. Thanks Thomas! I appreciate your altruistic intentions and concern for my well being, but really, I'm cure addiction here.. .. … everything under control … . (love my tools) .. . ..can quit any time . . . …. .. ..(ahh, making tooooools) … .. . no need for concern . … .it's just the normal noises in here .. . ….. .. ….(my preccccccious) LOL
  14. What I've gained from taking up blacksmithing is more TOOLS! I LOVE tools. And I've also gained a revelation (at least to me) - making tools. The thought had never occurred to me before. But I couldn't afford some of the cool tools associated with blacksmithing. I love tools - I love making stuff - so I looked into making them. Then I made a forge... then a forge press... then a belt grinder... then a burnout/heat treating oven, then two salt pots, then another metal melting/burnout oven... then a vacuum casting set up. Friends were sure I'd never get back to blacksmithing/bladesmithing, or anything else...just get carried away making tools. But what's wrong with that?! I was having fun and learning a lot. And I'm working on getting back to blacksmithing/bladesmithing. Anyone know of any rehab programs for tool making addiction? Never mind, I don't need a cure. I'm fine. I can stop any time I want to. Really!