Lou L

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  1. If you flattened out Vermont where would you put all your hunting camps? .....filled with drunken hunters crying about how there are no deer left.... Seriously though, I'd love to do a meet at Mystic seaport. I just don't think they would allow camping in Mystic village and the paid lodgings can get pricey. Plus the lodgings around there can get pricey. But Bill Scheer is a member with some pull there. Me, I don't have pull on my own front door.
  2. Other members need to be shielded from these antics...therefore, this thread should be sealed.
  3. I was thinking in terms of raw population density. At the risk of infuriating some Mainiacs, counting the northern wild lands of Maine doesn't register in my head...unless, of course, we have black bear, moose and fisher cats holding active membership. Full disclosure: I would be hard pressed to counter argue if someone adds "Most Connecticut residents" to the list of wild animals above.
  4. That describes the situation perfectly, thanks for the input!
  5. I feel bad now! Goshen would be easy for me but inconvenient for so many others. It would be nice to keep the meets in Mass. just for fairness. Still, I'm excited for it.
  6. When the forge is running the coal does cover the tuyere pipe but it has been difficult to keep the pile high enough because it all wants to roll downhill. Funny, Glen, I was planning on using some brick to create a deeper firepot prior to this redesign (even told JHCC as much) but I didn't follow through after the redesign. Thanks for the prodding! Do you think regular bricks will able to handle the heat or should I get some hard firebrick to do the job? Ive been using this forge with the concept youmoutlined as the constant goal. Having that deep fire is the whole design. In the diagram it is shaped with sand, as was mine, but I found that the weaker blower caused serious clinker issues and suspected the sand to be a big part of the problem. I'm really doing backflips trying to make this quiet blower viable. Oh yeah, I tend to use smaller stock (1/4 to 1" normally) but I have some larger stock waiting in the wings and want to be able to get to those projects by end of summer. I've decided I can't move on to bigger stuff until I'm able to easily whip out a decent pair of tongs that can handle it well.
  7. That's a great story and a beautiful shop. Keep the tale going. I want to know if you like using the coal forge or the gas forge more by the end of the summer!
  8. That's perfect design. Simple, efficient and effective. Gotta admit, I kinda liked it with the raw wood look.
  9. I fully admit and accept the fact that I'm one of the new guys who went overboard in designing and building my first forge. I read everything I could (including reams of info here on IFI) before building but went whole hog anyway....knowing I was likely "doing it wrong". I'll never regret it. I learned too much already and am still learning from my forge. Point being, a recent visit from JHCC was instrumental in helping me identify problems with my forge. Prior to getting a new blower it was "good" but the weaker blower revealed some serious problems. Thanks to John again for the insights and motivation he gave me to give the old forge a once over. The original design followed the English side draft style with a water cooler tuyere and a sand bed fore the fire. The sand, though, was causing some serious clinker issues that my old dirt devil blower simply blasted through. When I switched to a more quiet blower everything went crooked on me. I decided to give the forge a fire pot to separate the coal from the sand so I cut a notch out of a brake drum my mechanic gave me. I was left with a nice fire pot that fit snugly around the tuyere but still had limited access to the fire. John instilled in me the need for a more open area around the fire to allow access to stock and I couldn't deny his wisdom. I grabbed some old bricks that were left by the original owner of my house and used the old sand bed as a foundation for the bricks. I'm happy with the results and ,y forge, with the quiet blower, is now able to melt steel easily using rice coal. It still has problems with larger coal sizes and I'm deciding on whether or not i should use my small champion manual blower as a seconds air source or just crush up my remaining pea coal to use it. Either way, here is the forge in its new form. Not that much change but it is so much better. Thanks John!
  10. No, he said he is tired of being spammed by teenagers who watch Forged in Fire who will want the anvil for $50. I felt helpless. The hot cut I made turned out to be too deep. I have to do a redesign. I'm back at it now because, based on your input, I did a huge redesign of my forge. It is now a brick-lined side blast with a fire pot (brake drum for now) and works wonderfully when burning rice coal. That small fan is just a little too anemic for the larger coal. I dread going back to my noisy blower so I'm considering my options. Right now it runs very well as is...but the size of the fire is a bit too small for my liking. I wish I could just radio Scotty and demand more power when I need it. Tongs will be forthcoming.
  11. Okay, I just need to vent my frustrations about this one: A guy posts on Craigslist about an anvil he is selling at The Elephant' Trunk, a huge flea market in New Milford, CT. It's a 300 pound Fisher with half the bick broken off. He says it will be with him on Sundays until it sells. He is asking $300. For two weekends in a row I am simply u able to get there due to family obligations. I went today only because he kept the ad up online. I get there and apparently narrowly missed it. He said it was a shame because he sold it to an interior designer from NYC who intends to use it as a decoration piece. He used to smith a little and said it had awesome rebound, solid hardy and great edges. He had over fifteen people stop by and not buy it either because of the broken bick or the massive size of the thing. He couldn't believe it. Said he would have happily asked for $225 from a smith who intended to use it. There is no emoji for my annoyance.
  12. You can hold billets, bearings, thick plate and pretty much anything else with those. Smith's made what they needed back in the old days and still do. I imagine some of the guys here could show you two tongs made for bigger stock than that. Those are cool and I'm jealous to not have them....but I don't think they are that strange.
  13. I was thinking those might be issues but the idea of welding in a shelf is so attractive. It would take a bit more fabrication but you could weld a shelf in between the uprights so that it sticks out enough to provide foothold for the post. Either way, thatnpost needs to rest somewhere. The mounting plate isn't designed to withstand all of the forces from using the vise and the thing will wobble terribly. Oh yeah, while you're at it, attach some tool storage to the side of those bad boys!
  14. Those things are a nice find. For $65 you got a deal I think. You bought some cheap fabrication time as well. I think you could try putting them on the other side if it is stable enough and weld a shelf onto the vertical face of the base so the post has a place to lock in.
  15. Well, I have the old RZ5 rotozip with the 1/8" flexible wand as well. I was NOT in love with the pace at which I was cleaning out the shovel swage. Honestly can't remember if I tried out the stones or if I only used the sanding wheels. All I remember was fantasizing about slamming a flapwheel attached to an angry grinder into those crevices until I didn't hate them anymore. I just might have some patience issues.... I think I'm going to head out into the shop and work on that block this evening! Thanks again.