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  1. HI all. In answer to Frostys question about drilling into hardened steel without annealing, I have in the past used the blank shaft end of an old drill bit the same size or slightly smaller than the one I will use to drill the piece/s. Fit it to the drill press so the blank end will contact the piece. Fix the piece as you would normally do for drilling and bring the drill bit down onto it. Obviously, without any lubrication (as attaining heat is required) hold the drill bit on the piece with a medium of pressure until it starts to get really hot, like glowing hot then release it and allow to cool naturally. This will anneal a localised area of metal around where you intend to drill through the piece. which you should now be able to without problem.
  2. TP has it. A vacuum removes most chances of condensation which as we all know consists of mainly water; H2O-not too far from H2sO4. My own anvil is in a wooden workshop which is susceptible due to weather and the limitations of the wood jointing-tongue and groove system and attempts to seal it somewhat- to the vagaries of massive changes in humidity. My chemistry lessons taught me however, that ferric oxide should protect any ferrous metal from ferrous oxide. So maybe a wax containing lots of fe2O3 would do the trick. Discuss please...
  3. There are good anvil bargains to be had here but as others have said, you must be patient and you should do some reading up to increase your knowledge base to help you decide what is good and what is not. Gumtree is a much better source for your search than fleabay. You may have to travel to collect but so what? (unless you have no transport!) For example, I know of a 140lb English anvil that sold for £70 only a couple of years ago(of course I snatched it quicker than lightning!) They do come up but you must be prepared to wait and continually monitor the site. In the meantime you could, unless you have already, obtain a large lump of steel to use as an anvil and start practising! You must though, pay good attention as to what sort of metal to get and how to use it properly-and not follow any of the dross you may see on youtube. You have come to a community who have hundreds of extremely expert blacksmiths and similar so use this database and their knowledge and skills to help you do it right. If you don't already know, this site is a whole worlds worth of excellent metalworking(and other materials)knowledge-search and learn!! On the subject of the anvil you mention, there is nowhere near enough information or close up photos for anyone to say anything about it other than - avoid!
  4. Hi. Hope this helps-these hammers are for sale by an English blacksmith making custom knives. They are described as Japanese weight forward hammers that have excellent control over forging blades to exclude 'dinging'' or marking them unintentionally in the process.
  5. And for that matter, how many people clean their food cutting implements before using them as well as after? Well I do with the mini cleaver! It has a clean polished blade which extends the whole length of it and is roughly 3/4" deep-and that's enough for me for what I am cutting.
  6. I think if you filled the untreated, clean steel tank with plain water, left it 24 hrs and drain it then, when its dry coat it with a steel rust prevention coating. When that's dry use heat resistant silicone pumped on and spread out all over the inside of the tuyere, that would not only seal the container from leaks, it would prevent corrosion. Heat on the water side wont ever be a problem and the solution for the nozzle is well covered by Frosty.
  7. In the same way as you would not think twice about 'seasoning' any sort of a cast iron, totally 'rough' bodied cooking container to hold food or, other cast iron food associated implements or indeed a carbon steel pan or wok-you would and should do that to a cleaver made to be similarly rough bodied. Then from there, the same goes for cleaning and maintenance of said items. That done you can safely use it for any and all cooking processes associated with the use of a cleaver without worrying. Which is more than you can say about some food outlets cooking and serving utensil cleaning regimes. There are several methods and finishes available to achieve desirable results, all of which are 'food safe.'
  8. A positive note here is I believe; you may have saved your mom or someone else from a dreadful accident in the future from using that old broken blade.
  9. Whats wrong with a hofi supersidesucker? You could have all of the chimney outside. You can have a proper job then-12" diameter x 3mtrs high for £65 off ebay-galvanised steel spiral ducting is what to type. Someone on here will point you to the hofi style.
  10. A big +1 on the use of gloves when working that wood. Don't forget to wear good quality respirator suited to the tasks also-most of the African hardwoods are at the very least irritants-a few much worse for you than that. Cut a small piece, polish it and see what sort of chatoyance if any is present. You may be pleasantly surprised!
  11. That old trick works very well with a sheared off or anyway stubborn machine bolt that's trapped eg engine block bolt. heat her up and twist her out-no problem.
  12. Find out who the owner is and get their permission in writing to take some before removing anything. As far as I know, none of it will be high carbon steel of any note. As steel goes it will all be fairly 'soft.'
  13. Baked potato with butter, cheese and beans wrapped in h/d tinfoil works a treat. I have a dutch oven for larger meals but it would take up too much room and generally get in the way whereas a small spud is easy to move about. No doubt others will chip (scuse pun) in. Tom.
  14. Hi Joel- Very well done you indeed. A superb example of artisanal 'smithing at its best. It looks truly stunning. The two rails it is mounted on are a nice touch. I do hope its well fastened down to prevent it flying away. Can you tell us all the processes you executed to produce the piece? Tom.
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