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  1. First and foremost, a better understanding of material science and what is happening on a molecular level as we mold and shape steel and other metals. I have gained a finite understanding that, if I forge well and work hard there is a good chance that some of the things I make will outlast my lifetime, possibly by many generations - In this way we become Immortal. I have gained a better understanding of self and what I think I should be doing with my life. I have gained a better understanding that my father will never, ever, quite get what I am doing and why I want to make a living off of it; The hard work he understands. I have gained the knowledge that, like martial arts, Smithing is a Discipline. One must focus both mind and body to constantly strive for perfection and beauty. I have managed, beyond my own knowledge, to gain lots of forgeable steel and many new/new to me tools! Oh, I also gained a Dog as a shop buddy, he stays on the lawn, don’t want him getting tinnitus as well.
  2. Honestly, we are always lucky when they aren’t seized. I have seen so many beat xxxxx I paid $70 for it which I thought was a bit steep considering the missing handle but I wasn’t going to turn it down. I believe it has a 5 inch air pipe coming off of it
  3. Found this big bad blower at a local wood working shop. The fan is free, i.e. it spins and produces Air! One draw back, no handle for it. I haven’t been able to find a ton of information regarding it, XXXX I haven’t seen too many that match it. It is from The Sanderson Cyclone Drill Company, Orrville, Ohio. I believe above the arrow reads 3 B L 1 (?) not sure what that is designating. If anyone knows anything regarding it I would greatly appreciate some genealogy regarding it. Not sure if I will leave it as is, if I decide to restore it I am not sure where I would start. Definitely needs a handle to blow though
  4. Hi John In Oly! Thanks you for your reply. Drain hole is off to the side, I keep forgetting to get pictures of it. I don’t quite follow, do you mean having a plinth underneath the crucible? I haven’t read much on having the crucible up off the foundry floor while heating, I suppose more reading is in order! Yay! At least I am on night shift tonight. I am filing the hole for the burner to readjust its angel. You are correct, it will definitely help with heat distribution, I don’t want that flame directly hitting my nice, new crucibles. Even, incremental heat is what we are aiming at.
  5. Some stuff I have finished up 

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  6. Update**** We have successfully cast the remaining portion of refractory in the foundry, New, Frosty-T burner is half way there, lid has been welded and will be finished in upcoming days. Currently working on tweaking the hole for the burner due to afformentioned oversight. It felt like eating a bowl of grapes only to realize they were olives. Hope you enjoy following our build! More to come...
  7. I forge on a 200# TFS blacksmiths anvil. Works well for what I need her for. Honestly, wish she was a bit bigger. If you do buy one brand new it will need a light clean up and the edges will need to be radiused.
  8. Hi, Smoggy. This is friend. The telescope we’re building is an 8 inch Newtonian, so a reflector. I’ve ground out the mirror and it’s all ready to go. The “Sudiball” base is going to be made from baltic birch but the mirror cell itself is the only bit we’re casting. Using metal for the part is much better than wood due to having fewer fluctuations in damp environments and because metal will normalize to the ambient temperature faster to reduce air currents over the mirror. A heavier mirror cell will also work to counterbalance the secondary cage. The atmospherics are certainly a consideration. There is a long history of using brass in telescopes so I wanted the design to harken to that. Here are a few pictures of the design from its creator website and the casting we hope to make. https://ix.cs.uoregon.edu/~tomc/Hobbies/Astronomy/ATM/
  9. Frosty, Thank you for the link. I am new to burner building and have a very rudimentary understanding of the fundamentals involved in making. We will be working in the shop on Wednesday, should have some pictures up following. On another note, Holy Cow. The great Frosty the Lucky has given both time and knowledge. Quite the humbling experience for an amateur metal worker
  10. Frosty, it is a combo of both Ron Reil’s Burner Modification found on abana and a simple build we found from, “kingofrandom,” If I have that correct. The guy I am building this with came across that one, seemed feasible. Any suggestions, pointers, tips are welcome and appreciated.
  11. Here is the gas burner we are building. Along with being the first furnace I have build this is also the first burner. More pictures to come as things progress.
  12. OddDuck, Thank you for the knowledge. The furnace will be gas powered. The pipe going directly in was a minor oversight on my part. I believe the circular flow of heat is referred to as angular momentum. With a masonry bit and my drill I’m sure I can correct it with minor difficulty. I was fairly sure I was overthinking it at least a smidge.