Lou L

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    Metal Mangler Ph.D

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    West Hartford, CT
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  1. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Very nice, Alexandr. Lots of parts and time put into that piece....I hope you were well paid!
  2. Thanks, I’ll give it a try for sure. Hi 3stly, I’ve just been going it on my own and didn’t think to contact NEB members near me.
  3. I’m perplexed as to,how people are acquiring coke. I can’t find it. I’ve tried. It is my desired fuel for my setup and I’ve been settling for anthracite. I really have enjoyed using bituminous and a hand blower but I love just having the fire sit and wait for me regardless of what I’m doing and changing its characteristics with a flick of the air gate.
  4. Seriously, read up on the improvised anvils. I found it to be uplifting to find out just what you can do with very little. A big block of mild steel or A36 will do wonders. A big old sledge hammer head set in a log is plenty. Get to work on the cheap, keep that envelope filling up with “anvil fund” change and you will have your choice in no time. Just keep your eye out and be vigilant. I checked Craigslist religiously until I found mine and got in the truck immediately.. Trust the guys who already posted...they have forgotten more than I know. I just wanted to chime in with a new guy’s perspective.
  5. That press would demand at least $1500 anywhere near me. This depresses me because my wife would rubber stamp $500 for that lot all day with Judson’s sales pitch.
  6. kick press

    I recently had the opportunity to see Dick Spreda’s Weaver Hi-speed press in Stowe, VT and I officially desire one intensely. They seem to be scarce....of course. I’ve done an awful lot of digging for information and advice on presses and it seems to me that most smiths stick to a certain few types for a reason. In the end you have to be willing and able to pay for what the big boys use if you want something that “works”.
  7. A few of my recent attempts (Photo Heavy)

    Hey, if you make it on to FIF you can grill Theo for advice. Nice blades for sure!
  8. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Ba dum dum... that one was a winner.
  9. Running out of excuses

    This one is perfect! It’s a small 1/8 hp blower for yard inflatables. I got it on Amazon as an open box scratch and dent. It is pretty quiet and puts out much more pressure. I forged yesterday and much of what I did was play around with adjustments of the air gate to see how much control I have over the fire. I have lots
  10. Show me your anvil

    If you put the railroad track on it’s end you can grind a radius into the center section and use that as a fuller. That will handle the number one use for the bick on an anvil. I hope you have bracing inside that long, flat section or it will deform. It’s going to be loud too!
  11. I think you should start with thin stock (like 1/8 - 3/16”) and do some faggot welds just to get a handle on temperature and color. @jlpservicesinc taught me how easily thin stock welds. Try to make the weld before it starts sparking. Once you get that working consistently you can try out making some scarfs and welding thicker stock. Check out Rowan Taylor on YouTube, he has a great video on scarf welding and he is highly talented. Denis Frechette (DF in the shop on YouTube) has a great project making a “squirrel cooker” that I did as my first project requiring a scarf weld. Mark Aspery also has a great video on “scarf theory” you can’t miss just by searching for his name and the words in quotes. Thin stock will get you success. The thicker stock will lead you to inevitable but necessary failure. Good luck. Thomas’s response was 100% on, though. Forge welding is very situation specific, so you lack of detail in your question would lead one to believe you weren’t ready. Follow my advice and you will be. How do I know? I’ve been through it relatively recently. Lou
  12. In my opinion that is a perfectly usable and beautiful piece of tool history. Those colonials often have a weird tilt to them. I have an old English anvil with deformities as well. Personally, I would keep that beauty for the long haul even after I picked up other anvils. Then again, I have a thing for history. Some may come here to tell you that the ring isn’t enough to judge it by and you should do a rebound test with a bearing. Do it if you can. Don’t grind it no matter what. If you must wire brush it then go for it. I would too but the chances of finding its provenance are low. The most important thing you can do to it is to use it! Congrats on your anvil, Lou
  13. It followed me home

    My childhood passion for Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner insists that I, one day, own one of those Acme house brand Trentons.
  14. Well, I went ahead and copied...kinda Didn’t check back at the picture today and just went for it by memory. Just looked at yours and I missed! I had some tong issues and would need to make something new to hold the work. Being easily distractable, I chang3d course when I went into the shop because I saw a leaf I had made on the end of a piece of round stock. So I experimented with a different design first. These are my first corkscrews and I’m actually relatively proud of them as such. I learned a lot today.
  15. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Nice Das! Did you temper it in the oven? Did you draw more temper in the shaft? This is something I must do one day for sure. It deserves a thread of its own because I’m selfish and want to know everything