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About Jclonts82

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    Safford, AZ
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    Damascus patterns

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  1. It followed me home

    Picked up a few more sticks of the big rebar. The pieces under 8’ anyways.. each section weighs between 40-50lbs it seemed to me.
  2. rigidizer ratio

    I had the same question before, but found an answer that worked for me. Mikey98118 said Jansent's approach was good
  3. It followed me home

    Yup, Exactly. Good size for hardy tools too I think!
  4. It followed me home

    Tested square re-bar today. To check for consistency I tested 3 cross sections in 3 areas of the entire bar. Results were the same in all 3 areas. Sparks looked like ‘medium’ carbon when i compared to 1018 and 1095 it looked like a good middle ground. First I did a forced air quench, vice then hammer. It bent all the way to 90. I squeezed it with vice to see how far it would go before cracking Next was an oil quench, first blow with hammer and it bent about 10-15 degrees, second blow and it snapped off. last I quenched in water and it snapped clean off on the first blow. all 3 tests were the same on all 3 parts I tested.
  5. It followed me home

    Swap meet, randomly decided to stop. $1 each. 4xblack diamonds. And 2 others stamped nicholson with the crossed cannons.
  6. It followed me home

    I will check out this weekend... when I manage to find some time. IF it does harden some there is a PILE about 10 feet tall and 20 feet at the base of this stuff sitting outside my clinic where I work... [behind an Arizona department of Transportation (ADOT) fence.] I have a contact though, and I can get as much as I want! Any change its wrought? doubt it, but one can hope right? Playing around this weekend will tell me though, one way or the other.
  7. Share your home made gas forge.

    I didn't think Australia even knew about things like grass and rain. LOL I thought it was just the land of NOPEs that try to kill ya! Is that a giant steel plate for a door? it looks like it would be quite a heat-sink. I have firebricks painted with the leftover ITC-100 water after coating the interior of my forge, they reflect the heat pretty good.
  8. Share your home made gas forge.

    here is my BIG one, made from a cut in half 20 gallon propane tank. I only use it for large damascus billets and cable. too much of a gas hog for anything else... BUT it will get up to >2400 F that's where my thermometer tops out at...
  9. It followed me home

    From a recently demod bridge, built in 1941. 1 1/2” square re-bar I havent done ANY testing yet, any ideas on its composition? I have no knowledge on reinforcing bar history. I know that nowdays its like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. But back then it might have been a different story?
  10. Demo for church youth

    Thats good to know. ‘Viking ladies knife’ jumping right into knife making is, I KNOW, not the best rout to go. Its what I did 1 year ago, and it was a steep learning curve. I got lucky. With a farming, welding, physics, and chemistry background it came pretty easy to me. After reading here daily for over a year I really understand the wisdom that the obviously more experienced users often say. Start small, s hooks, tapers, upsetting, punch/pritchel, drift, all while learning hammer control. I would really love to start with the basics with these guys, but with how busy life is nowdays, I’m happy we got to do at least this. Plus... i had four 14 & 15 year olds completely focused on one task, and not afraid to ask for help or to explain something again. They did great! Part 2 finished about 15 minutes ago. All 4 of em got a distal taper (well... kind of), the downward bananna, and then pulled the cutting edge down to (again... kind of) straighten the pre-bananna curve. 2 full hours including: safety briefing, instruction/plan, and me helping with some hammering on everyone’s blades to show a little technique here and there. Next wendsday we will ‘spade’ out the end of tang and roll the handle back in. Quench, temper, and final grind. We all agreed I will save them some time and grief and do a rough cleanup grind this Weekend so the grinder is not a bottleneck.
  11. Demo for church youth

    THAT is a good idea!
  12. Demo for church youth

    Well they liked it enough that its time for round 2. I rearranged the stuff I could to get lots of room this time. My big anvil isnt going anywhere, so it dictated where everything else went. Have all 3 anvils mounted up. Remade my first smaller forge and made a proper pedestal for it. I’m doing a lot of prep-work. Decided for the sake of time I would hammer out the long tangs for them. Then all they would have to do is a little bit of distal taper, then put the downward bananna bend, then pull the cutting edge down straightening the bananna... hopefully??? quench, cutting torch temper, grind to a chopper/appleseed bevel. I need a power hammer... budgeting for an 88# Anyang in a month or two... drawing out six 15” tangs from leaf-springs by hand was a chore. But hey, ive gotten pretty good at doing it at least.
  13. Anvil Genealogy

    I asked my grandfather about my Hay Budden, he got it from the Phelps Dodge copper mine in AZ an auction some number of years ago. When I asked him, he thought about it, went to a filing cabinet and puled paperwork from everything he bought at that auction (this man keeps everything). I guess the anvil was bought new by Phelps Dodge from Hay Budden in NY back in about 1902 or so. His paperwork had a badly legible xerox copy of the original bill of sale. Unfortunately you cant make anything out on it. I guess they still had the paperwork on it and it was kept with the anvil. Apparently it was in brand new condition when he got it in the 80s.
  14. Another etching question

    Very nice lines! I like the transition from handle to guard. it flows well. Good job on the pattern too. What wood species is the burl?
  15. Another etching question

    etch, then carefully clean underneath where the guard will rest if concerned with oxides n such inhibiting the solder, though I don't think they will...