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    Extreme NE corner of Texas

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  1. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    This paper towel holder took me a couple of days to make, but I finished it today. It's a housewarming gift for our preacher and his wife as they move into our newly-refurbished parsonage.
  2. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    My grandfather had a drugstore with a soda fountain when I was a child. Yep, a root beer float is a brown cow. A Coca-Cola float is a black cow.
  3. Press from Harbor Freight

    For what it's worth, I welded up a similar press many years ago and swapped out the hand pumped bottle jack for an air assisted 20 ton bottle jack. I built top/bottom dies for it and added die plates so I can just slide the dies in/out. The press is much slower than a regular hydraulic forging press, but it works. I also added a small tabbed handle to the pressure release screw so I can release the pressure quickly enough to get a second or third squeeze in one heat.
  4. Latest blade completed

    Very nice design! The integral guard looks very well formed and functional.
  5. It followed me home

    Thanks. I'll put a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil with mineral spirits on the handles to give them a little more protection and bring out the wood's colors a little better.
  6. It followed me home

    These nice knives followed me home (one in the custody of my wife ). The top one I won in a club drawing last month. The smaller one was a Christmas gift to my wife today. Heckuva deal! A matched set of knives made by a friend makes for a very nice Christmas! The wood is Bois d'Arc (Osage Orange or Bodarc in this part of the world).
  7. I've not seen nor heard any mention of it as yet, but I'm willing to bet alcohol was involved. No, not as fuel for the forge. Most of the really stupid things I've seen done were heavily influenced by alcohol.
  8. Hand forged tongs from rebar

    Speaking as a retired LEO after 30 years, I can tell you that a GED will not cut it on an application to be a police officer/deputy sheriff. Most agencies now want at least two years of college on top of a high school diploma. The old game of "cops and robbers" bears no resemblance to police work today.
  9. It followed me home

    Nothing other than mild bar stock. Most of what I have is car parts, leaf and coil springs, torsion bars, etc.
  10. It followed me home

    I cut an inch off one end of a big blade to get a full cross-section, heated it to orange and quenched in water. After placing it in a vise, I tapped it lightly with a small hammer, and it broke in two pieces above the vice. No visible grain in the breaks. So yes, it's very hardenable, all the way to the rear edge of the blade. It did twist and warp like crazy in the quench, though. Would 5160 be good to stack with it in a billet?
  11. It followed me home

    I don't know. I'll see if the guy at the sawmill can find out for me.
  12. It followed me home

    A friend at church works at a local sawmill, and he just happened to find a few pieces of bandsaw blades lying around. These are some serious blades! The shiny circle on the bottom blade is a quarter for size reference.
  13. Flatter

    Thanks, rockstar.esq! The face is about 2" square, overall length about 3.5". To speed things up I asked my wife to hold it for me "right there", and she drew back to hit the work with the flatter. "NO!!!" Just put it right there and hold it flat while I hit it! Once she got it, it worked like a champ.
  14. For Those Who Metal Detect

    At the rate I'm finding coins, in another 40 - 50 years maybe I can afford to upgrade to an AT Pro. Right now I'm running a Bounty Hunter Time Ranger that I've had for about 6 months. Just went out to the local fair grounds this morning and brought home $ 0.36 more than I left home with (except for the $15 worth of gas I put in the car). No old coins among them. Looks like the carnies must do a surface sweep just before they pull out, because all of these were 2" to 4" deep and heavily corroded. One interesting coin was a penny with a cross cut out of it. Never saw one of those before.
  15. Octopus

    Beautiful work as always, Das! It's especially nice when your work compliments her work, and vice versa.