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  1. bebeaux

    First wine rack

    Locating and setting the anchors into very old brick was a little scary, but the installation went well and the client is happy. And so am I.
  2. bebeaux

    First wine rack

    Thanks man. The client said she didn't like "curlicues" and fancy stuff, so I kept the design pretty basic.
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    First wine rack

    Hopefully I can install it tomorrow and get some pictures then, but here's a couple more
  4. bebeaux

    First wine rack

    Finished my first wine rack today. Learned a lot, didn't scrap too many parts, and hopefully the client is happy.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Silicon bronze heart.
  6. bebeaux

    Forging Press Single Strike

    Did you buy this from the manufacturer, or are you the manufacturer? The website has nothing for sale, although it mentioned a production run starting in February. How easy is it to change the tooling? It doesn't appear to have any way to quickly switch dies.
  7. bebeaux

    Bronze Coated Steel

    Possibly a copper clad grounding rod, the kind used for electrical installations on house exteriors. Does a magnet stick to it? I'd grind it down to bright steel, or burn it off outdoors and downwind of any humans. I did some forging after a couple days of copper sanding and the copper dust was in the air and getting burned in the forge. it felt like a horrendous whiskey hangover the next day.
  8. After reading another thread about flame straightening/shrinking and the incomplete understanding of the process that some had, I thought this website would be instructive. Free advertising removed is the best in the business, and the damage they can correct using torches and come-alongs is nothing short of miraculous. Having used some of these techniques with varying degrees of success, one thing I can say for certain is that while the torch alone can move some metal, the process is way faster using mechanical means(winches, come-alongs) to hold the work in tension/compression. Another good resource is the AWS publication C4.4 Recommended Practices for Heat Shaping and Straightening with Oxyfuel Gas Heating Torches. I used this method years ago to bend a 1/8" wall 2" x 4" tube for a custom brush guard/bumper for a friend's truck. Here's a time lapse video of the process And here's the brush guard...
  9. bebeaux

    How to test tongs

    I'm finally getting some paid instruction from a local smith and it is so absolutely worth it. He has been teaching me his tong method, which is far more practical than it is traditional, but metalwork is my only source of income so I need to get it done quick. The greatest insight I had so far was comparing his tongs to the store bought (drop forged) equivalent. He had me put some material in the vise(1/2" round) and grab it with the tongs, and then he said "pull". So I did. Then he said "PULL!", and I used my best tug of war technique and those tongs were locked down tighter than a pit bull. I had no idea how well the tongs were supposed to perform, but I sure do now.
  10. I needed to get some 1.5" holes drifted into 1.5" x. 188" flat bar. It was a struggle getting the slit hole opened up, so I rigged up this spring loaded bottom tool. It supports the work nicely without leaving any marks and gets the hole about halfway opened, at which point a swage block (or in my case, a chunk of DOM tube) finishes the drifting.
  11. I came back from lunch a few years ago to find this snake up on my table. I guess the aluminum was just the right temperature
  12. Slag spider. Almost hit him with the wire wheel, but he made it out alive
  13. bebeaux

    Diamondback forge review

    I purchased a Metalsmith model from Diamondback forge last year (the one with 3 doors) and have put about 400# of propane through it. It is the first and only forge I have used, so take my beginner's opinion for what it's worth. There are some design shortcomings that render it more of a forge for the amateur /hobbyist than a forge to make money with. The "smooth bore burner bells" are simply pipe reducers with the threads mostly machined off. There is still some root of the thread left, not that it makes much difference, but it's hardly a well constructed venturi. The burner performance is unreliable. About every other time I start up the forge, one burner loses it's laminar flow, and the flame gets shorter and starts burning up inside the tube a little bit, with a noticeable decrease in efficiency. I've tried starting at pressures from 5-10 psi on the regulator, but the problem remains intermittent. The 3 doors cannot be opened simultaneously to heat large work without tying back the doors with wire. This is apparent from looking at the photos on the website, but in practice it is awkward and frustrating. All three doors are insulated with ceramic wool, but there is no room left to seal the face with satanite or other refractory. At best a layer about 1/8" thick is possible before the door won't seal against the forge. If you drop the door from an open position even once, the clay cracks and soon crumbles. If the steel door shell had just another 1/4" of flange, there would be plenty of room for a proper durable layer of refractory. The use of screws to secure the wool is mostly ineffective. The ceramic brick on the top of the forge is held in place with a thin strip of steel which is has already scaled away to nothing in places, and of the three screws that secure the top of the shell, one sheared off when I attempted to remove them. I think some anti seize is necessary for long-term use, but even then it seems unlikely that the steel will survive several liner replacements. I haven't bothered with forge welding yet, but I think it would take at least 15 psi to get there. There is no provision for adjusting the ratio of air to fuel, but the scale didn't seem to be excessive. Overall it works okay, but the inability to put anything more than a feeble layer of refractory over the door insulation is a major bummer.
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    Bladesmith Forge

    I'll put it in the gas forges section.
  15. "The Key to Metal Bumping" is well worth the price. Old school knowledge at its finest, back when turret tops were the latest automobile construction trend. I have a few books by guys named Ron, but this one explains the repair methods better than any I've seen. https://www.eastwood.com/key-to-metal-bumping-book.html