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  1. I figured Frosty tries NOT to stick to the lampposts (especially his tongue).
  2. Uncle Sam's Army introduced me to salt tablets back in 1959, and I keep some in the cupboard all the time since then. A salt tablet with a big glass of cool (one ice cube) water revives me better than any sports drink. To stay cool when out in the sun, I wet a Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad (artificial chamois cloth) and drape it across my head, neck and shoulders, then wear a big floppy hat with mesh around the top to let the hot air out.
  3. Metal locating

    Or, if you don't want to cross the state line into Arkansas, there's also the Knife Group Association of Oklahoma, who probably could offer you a lot of help.
  4. Gee, thanks! Now I have a Yellow Submarine bobbing around in my head.
  5. A BIG scorpion

    Just... WOW! As much as I hate scorpions, I admire that one.
  6. In my area of the USA, the prime mover seems to be the "Forged In Fire" TV series. At least that's what finally got me off dead center and learning about the craft. I've yet to make a quality knife, but I've made tools and useful items for around the home. Yesterday I made a small shovel and a part for my log splitter.
  7. Oil is lighter weight than water, so any oil inside the barrel will rise to the surface. That's what the scum is on top of the water. The barrel also needs to be covered and/or dumped periodically to keep down mosquito and algae infestations.
  8. It followed me home

    I have a tee shirt that says, "A pun, at maturity, is fully groan." I think you all should buy one.
  9. Wood splitter as a press

    The sleeve on your hydraulic ram appears to be scarring the surface of the ram. If so, when it's converted back for splitting logs, that scar will damage the front seal on the cylinder.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Latest blade completed

    Very nice design! The integral guard looks very well formed and functional.
  14. 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.
  15. 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).