SFC Snuffy

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  1. SFC Snuffy

    Wood Dog or Log Dog Specs

    Doesn't everything? Beat FIF, that is.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    I still don't trust my four year-old with a steel hammer; he uses wooden mallets, a poly-plastic mallet, and occasionally a little 8-oz. claw hammer to drive nails. But then, we don't have a forge at our place and he mostly uses his hammers to pound clay (inside) and break bricks (outside).
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    No forging today, but I picked up Tylecote's The Solid Phase Welding of Metals through ILL.
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    Some info please

    That's a fascinating piece of machinery. I wonder how much torque is required for some of those twists.
  5. You've done a wonderful thing, both in the generosity with which you've supported this cause and the quality of the work you've produced. My hat goes off to you and your mentor.
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    W-2 Anvil Face vs Avg Anvil?

    W2 might reach 65RC, but only if heat-treated correctly. A bit of Google searching turned up this: "W2 was designed for applications where a very high surface hardness and a soft core were desirable. It has a wide range of carbon contents (0.6-1.4% C) and can have very good abrasion resistance in the higher range. Although it is designated a "water" hardening steel it is only stable and safer for this hardening methods in very simple cross sections like knives, but it is capable of very high hardness in thin sections using oil. It has a small amount of vanadium (0.15-0.35%) added which helps this steel maintain a fine grain, a useful quality for forging." How certain are you that it's that hard and not brittle?
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    When to start knifemaking?

    I'm not sure there's a hard and fast answer, as so much depends on their ability, familiarity with the tools, willingness to learn from mistakes, and your ability as a teacher, among other things. Have they made any stock-removal knives? Made any knives from purchased components? Do they know how a pre-form influences the shape of the finished knife? If they really want to be a bladesmith, at a minimum they should be familiar with the basics: tapering, drawing out, bending, twisting, punching, cutting, filing, grinding, etc. A basic understanding of metallurgy for blade steels is necessary. They should definitely understand that forging is only a small part of what it takes to make a knife. Grinding and polishing aren't nearly so much fun (for most of us) as forging, but just as necessary for the finished product. The bladesmith sub-forum on this site may have more-informed opinions. You might consider asking a moderator to move this thread for you.
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    How do you stay cool ?

    I was always told that becoming a heat casualty (or sustaining a cold-weather injury) makes you more susceptible to more of the same.
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    Complete Beginner

    Take a look at Mark Aspery's video on forging a pass-through handle corkscrew from a single piece. If well-done, could be a great gift and cool way to open the champagne.
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    Forge Welding in the fire

    Tylecote's Solid phase Welding of Metals may well be available from your local library. A quick Google search shows that there's a listing on WorldCat, so your local branch may be able to get it through interlibrary loan.
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Don't be afraid to file, sand, or grind your opener (or any other project) before applying a finish. The rough texture around your opener on the right could have been smoothed out to present a nicer look without detracting from its hand-hammered appearance. Punches will serve as a drift to open up your hole until you can get a purpose-made drift, just be sure to cool them after drifting. If you have an anvil with a horn, the point of the horn/bick can be used to round out the loop. I will usually flatten the top of the loop by hitting down on the bottom of the opener. In your case, you'd need to finish the loop before doing the leaf. Here's one I recently did. I'm trying to decide if I want to put a wooden handle on it. Please excuse the lousy picture!
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Finished a pair of slot jaw tongs, a pair of scrolling tongs, and a small hook. Tongs are from pre-cut, commercially available blanks (hangs head in shame).
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    How do you stay cool ?

    Having spent a great deal of time in the US Army and Army National Guard, monitoring both my health and that of my Soldiers through a variety of exertions and enterprises, a few points to consider, in no particular order: Prime indicator of your state of hydration is the color of your urine. A "light straw color" is considered optimal. Darker means not enough water. Lighter means too much. Drinking too much water (hyponatremia) can kill you. Your electrolytes become too diluted and your brain and body lose the ability to communicate. Treatment requires hospitalization, but the symptoms can be difficult to differentiate from heat exhaustion. A balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is the best way to supply and replenish electrolytes. Sports drinks are almost universally bad for you and caffeine is both a diuretic/natriuretic and raises your blood pressure, undesirable side effects in high heat environments. Environments with very low or very high humidity will affect both how much you sweat and how much you feel like you are sweating. See point one above. There is no "right answer" for how often you should urinate, as there are too many variables unique to each individual. However, see point one above. Removing clothing (short- vs. long-sleeves, shorts vs. trouser, bare head vs. hat, sandals vs. boots, etc.) makes you more comfortable but often increases the rate of evaporation of sweat from your skin and thus your rate of dehydration. You'll feel better, but lose water faster. Sodium tablets can be used in emergency situations, but it's better to eat foods like canned olives, pickles, and tuna which have nutritional value. TL; DR = Pay attention to your pee.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Spent some time in the rain upsetting donated automotive steel (it came with the appellation "tie rod," but no make or model) into a more usable form; it will eventually become an small axe or tomahawk. We managed to collapse the total length by about half, and the striking anvil worked great, though it's starting to sink into the mud a bit.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    I was fairly sure it was an archery target.