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  1. My DW has been asking for a coffee table for several years...a few good pieces of oak finally came out of my firewood logs. After a lot of planing, sanding, forging, some welding, wire-brushing, etc., I came up with two (I usually make things in "2's") that have a good "wow-factor". The larger table is 61"L X 16" to 19"W X 14.5"H, the shorter table is 56"L. The oak slabs are a bit less than 2" thick...they both have great grain. The black splotches are where I filled various holes with clear epoxy. Wood finish is a coat of polyurethane, sanded with 320-grit, then a coat of Minwax Golden O
  2. The screw-eyes appear to be steel, maybe some kind of shiny plating - the "tube" is most likely die-cast pot metal. I beat the snot out of all three pieces, then hit them with some clear satin Rustoleum. I think, and, more importantly, the wife thinks, it looks good. And now, to work on her coffee table... Again, thanks for expressing your opinions and guidance - us old guys need all the help we can get!!
  3. Many thanks for all of your comments and guidance - since the turnbuckle is easy enough to remove, I'll try wire-brushing and/or heating it (don't know whether it is galvanized, but I can put it in a fire outside to be sure)... When discussed with DW, she liked the idea of being able to remove the turnbuckle linkage completely so she can slide a woven tray of magazines under the table...happy wife means happy life...who knew??
  4. There are no Spanish windlass suppliers in Iowa...being in the southwest, you might have immediate access to some. I'll think on some alternatives next time...possibly use some aircraft cable and fittings. I am still mulling how to incorporate vehicle steering knuckles/tie rods into table undercarriges...maybe Das has some ideas...
  5. I was cutting some more firewood and using the Alaska-Mill on an oak trunk...produced a few pieces with some good grain. This is an end table, or bench, or some expensive firewood...oak is 2" X 18" X 28" X 18" high. Wood finish is Minwax Golden Oak and a few coats of water-based polyurethane. The larger cracks and ant-holes (see black splotches) are filled with clear epoxy (let that stuff dry for two or three days before trying to sand it flat!!). The legs are 1 1/4" distressed tube, set out at 5-degrees, end braces are 1/2" square, taperd and twisted, leg wraps are 1/4" round, tapered at
  6. Photos are of the tong and tool "organization" I use. The tong rack is 20" X 20" X 24" high, mounted on wheels from a defunct 2-ton shop jack. The top ring is 2" channel, with 1/4" hooks every 1.5" - the 5 tong racks are 1/4" X 1.5" flat bar, welded into the channel, 3.5" apart. The bench shelves hold punches and chisels on 1" and 1.25" screen deck from a local crushed stone operation (when screen decks get a hole worn thru, usually in the center of the screen section, they are scrapped and can usually be acquired at minimum or no cost by asking at the plant office). Screen deck shelves ar
  7. Getting back to the original topic of finding bearing steel, check with industrial machine shops. An example might be Atlas Machine, Louisville, KY. They do heavy-duty bearing replacement for the cement plant just down Dixie Highway...replacing bearings on a Fuller-Kenyon cement pump produces about 12 2" balls in 52100 steel, each bearing. Going thru the front office might be a bit intimidating, but establishing a good relationship with a few of the folks out back is where you need to be. I was not interested in the races; only the rolling elements...the large brass bearing cages were a hi
  8. Fortunately, Urals are fairly simple...mine can almost be rebuilt on the side of the road with the tools I carry in the trunk. Getting the right part(s), however, can sometimes take a while.
  9. That's a 2 1/2-gal gas can. There are ammo cans available, with mil-spec carry systems, and machine gun mounts; there's enough stuff on the bike now - I'll just run it like it is.
  10. My CJ7 story started last October (2017). My neighbor's house was pretty much surrounded by chainlink fence with about 80 posts buried in at least 2 bags, each, of Redi-Mix concrete. He had taken down the fence, but the posts were a problem. I used my tractor's 3-point to pull the posts. When finished we were standing in front of his shop and I saw this dusty 1980 CJ7 in the back of the building with things leaning on it and piled on it. He said it had been there for about 6 years, had a 1998 fiberglass tub, OK powertrain and if I wanted it I could have it. We towed it a few hundred yard
  11. OK, OK, I will add a few pics of my CJ7 and the off-highway/on-highway 2WD Ural sidecar motorcycle, with winch...I'll try to put them in the above thread...swedge
  12. And there I was a few weeks ago, lying on my back, looking up at jeep steering components, thinking "run a tie-rod bar thru the power hammer, making it square or octagonal, put in a few twists, sink the swivel joint, sans grease collar, into a table leg cross-brace" - starting to sound steam-punk...more beer (VooDoo Ranger, because I am one)...it"s Friday; but then, I'm retired...
  13. Thanks for your comments, master crudge. My next bench/table will likely incorporate automotive tie-rod ends somewhere in the leg structure...just have to figure out how to do it. Someone out there who reads this may beat me to it, but I'm good with that - just be sure to post photos so I can comprehend, since I'm a blacksmith, not an artist !!
  14. I agree with Mr. Powers, altho I did not consider the turnbuckle a point of "style" when I was putting these benches and a previous 8' bench together. When several people sat in the middle of the previous bench (pictured below) the center of the oak would deflect down, causing the legs to scrape outward on the floor. Steel feet on the legs, even with patches of leather glued to the bottoms, will scratch a customer's floor - the turnbuckle completely eliminated the flex. The fellow for whom I made the 8' bench, and especially his wife, were so thrilled with the how the iron complimented the
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