Lou L

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  1. Consider yourself invited to hang with me any time. There are people near you who enjoy working with others. I have learned so much more since joining them. Concerning the anvil repair clinic at Morrel’s: they have been saving 7nsavable anvils for a number of years. I don’t know if this one is in their range but I bet Judson would know. Leigh Morrel, the current president of ABANA, knows a thing or two and has been hosting this clinic for a while. I have seen a few anvils saved there and they were well done. Lou
  2. That may be a good candidate for the yearly anvil repair workshop at Morrel Metalsmiths this winter. Welcome to IFI Marcus, it’s good to see another neighbor here. Do you attend the CT Blacksmith Guild events?
  3. Picked this up at the tailgating area.at the NEB Spring meet two weeks ago. I have been looking at buying a new, modern shear but nothing they make now can hold a candle to this beast. It has been requested that I paint a googly eye and add a fang encrusted maw to personalize it. This will be the first time I paint an old tool.
  4. Got a Father’s Day gift from my six year old son I had to share. He has already made his first forge weld (it took a few tries because he misses more than hits) and he loves having a Blacksmith for a dad. He designed and painted this on his own at one of those personalized pottery places and now I have to find a way to keep it safely in the shop:
  5. @Les L This is the best I can do for a full picture. I usually just put a rope twist in the shaft to match the vine theme at the business end. Then I tap the edges of the parent bar to make it just a little bit less sterile. Finally, I put a pretty abrupt diamond taper at the ground end.
  6. Been busy with life as usual, but school let out for me on Wednesday so I had a day and a half to make gifts for my kids’ teachers. These are the wine glass holders I made last year. This time I had a go with something like a grape leaf. I checked for pictures online and found a number of shapes for real grape leaves, so my interpretation must be close to one of them. I think Daswulf wanted to see a picture of these in use last year. I can finally oblige. I had to make six in order to get four....lost two leaves right near the finish line. I relearned to avoid cold shuts at that junction!
  7. Welcome aboard , Les. It sounds like you have done your reading and are well on your way. It will be a cool feeling the first time you get to light up your grandfather’s forge for sure! If you have the time you should start planning out some first projects with drawings. The visualizing is a great start. Managing to get the steel to do what you want it to is another thing entirely:) Lou
  8. Agreed with all of the above. As you learn the nuances of the anvil’s edges you will find a use for them. Down the road you can make a hardy tool with clean edges of different radii for cleaner work if you have no clean edges of the anvil. Welding it without serious knowledge and skill will minimally soften the top and could cause cracking and delamination of your working surface. It’s a nice anvil Lou
  9. Lol. I promise to not change variables until the current test is complete. I certainly could test with higher psi and see how much it takes to run smoothly. At some point, though, I will be pushing as much heat out of the forge as I am keeping in. Once I get a number on the right psi I want to change another variable on oredrr to see what allows me to run more efficiently. My goal is to learn what makes these burners tick as much as it is to make this one work.
  10. The forge is 5.75 inches in diameter. All told, including the 3x3 column at the back entrance, the forge is about 290 cubic inches. I was concerned that back pressure might become an issue. Ive considered more variables I could test in order to deal with the pressure. Changing the length of the mixing tube is one option. Changing the mig tip is another. I figure that, once I play with the ports on the burner block, I will test each of those as well. Any other ideas?
  11. It’s better than most new drills. That is a serious score.
  12. This was great to see! I just saw a guy post an Instructable wherein he made this same design using just Rutland furnace cement and labeled it something like “The Ultimate Forge Build”. I followed him to his YouTube video and tried to give him the basics...but mostly told him he should come here to learn from the real pros. Still, his bad information is now widely available, detailed, and comes across like the gospel. Your approach was thoughtful and your questions were perfect. You were made for IFI! You are nearly curmudgeon proof. Cant wait to see it up and running. Lou
  13. This entire conversation has made me hungry and inspired me to go out to my neighbor’s new restaurant as I haven’t been there yet. He told me that he put khao soi on the menu. Khao soi (Thai coconut soup) with a heap of chili seeds in oil is my jam!
  14. Vincent, thanks for that research help. I believe it supports an explanation for everything we have been working out in this thread. You have a good no weld option that someone on here has already used. Search online for a “T-type threaded conduit body 3/4”. That’s what I’m thinking of using for my next burner. Back to my testing. All, strange results! I blocked off one jet on the burner and more than doubled my run time of 4:20 at 5 psi to 9:35 at 5 psi before blowout. I then blocked a second hole and ran it again. This time it blew out at 7:20 at 5 psi. When it cools I’m going to try it with three holes blocked just to look for a pattern. After that I guess I will run the same series at 7.5 psi. So far I see no logic.
  15. My neighbor is a Thai owner/chef who moved from his 20 year and going restaurant in South Pasadena to try to bring his style to the East. Our neighborhood cookouts improved dramatically since this past summer. Back to my purpose.... my mechanic has been cleaning his shop (two 30 yard dumpsters so far) because he is selling his shop to another family of mechanics. He stopped by my house to deliver me some new old stock leaf springs! Somehow the photo is dark but you can see them still with the tag still on them.