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    Music, guitars, cigars, whiskey, rebuilding all manner of things, learning new skills

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  1. Kiddcaprix , the edges on that are darn near perfect! Have you notice any issues with the face leaving some of its dimples in your work? Though my edges have seen better days, they cleaned up really well, but the face appears the same texture as the rest of the body. I’m assuming that’s as cast, but I did notice a few marks show up on some thin material I was working on. I suppose I could maybe flap disc the roughest areas, but I’m thinking just leave it alone and see if I can “work” the face smoothe? Any suggestions/tips? I did finally grind off most of that issue on the bottom, but it was extremely tough material to grind! It seems like there may be some hollow spaces underneath it, but I couldn’t quite break through it.
  2. Thankfully, I only used about 2 square inches that was already precut when I got it. It was not in contact with direct flame as it was used to seal an air gap between top overlapping layers of brick. I also wore gloves and respirator while running for a VERY short time (enough to get the chamber warm, which was about 5-8 minutes). Thanks for the link!
  3. Yeah, it was a poor proof of concept for the base. I have some 1/4” plate I’m going to move it to tomorrow. I do have a shutoff valve, but again, I was rushing. This was more an exercise in “wanna see if I can do it” rather than a permanent fixture. As stated, I’m building a much safer forge, I just have to get my stuff together to order from Wayne Coe. I’ll add the shutoff to the mix before doing anything else. I’m going to build a new burner from a more reputable source to go with the new forge which will have much safer plumbing. Thanks for the reminder!
  4. Well, I got impatient trying to gather materials to finish my Freon tank forge. I remembered that I bought some split firebrick from a guy on Facebook and decided I would try out the ghetto-tastic burner I made almost a year ago. I found some janky burner build on instructables and followed it to the letter. It doesn’t look good! However, after stacking my bricks in such a way that it could be held in with a cheapo squeeze clamp and wrapped in some ceramic blanket, it shot a, what I thought was impressive, blue flame out of the front of the pile. Ladies and gents, I give you what Ben calls a Pile of Bricks Forge!
  5. Frosty, the only “port” I can find is this thing. Is this what it should look like? It seems kinda chewed up. I’ve tried fiddling with it, but it doesn’t really move. Would I just drip oil into this?
  6. Thank you sirs/ma’am’s! Next up is replacing oil in the blower that leaked out on the ride home! Doing some homework now tor figure out maintenance for it.
  7. As you can see in the second photo, it bulges out where the plate is.
  8. I forgot to mention that there seems to be some sort of plate on the bottom that causes the anvil to wobble a great deal. Is that by design or should I consider either removing it or maybe grinding it flat?
  9. I also scored a wrought iron buggy axel that I found leaning against a tree in my grandmothers yard today! A fine day indeed!
  10. Mine! Got them both for $600.00! Where I’m from, that’s a pretty decent deal! The anvil needs a good cleaning, but the forge should be good to go! These were supposedly bought together at a hardware store near the seller in 1917. He wanted them to stay together so I obliged! Still looking for the $50 post vise Thomas! :-P (sorry for the photo size)
  11. JLP, thanks! I’m hopefully going to pick it up this evening!
  12. Black Frog, thank you very much! That’s exactly what I was looking for!
  13. Hi all, i have another anvil prospect, but the face appears to have been repaired with a new plate. Can anyone verify this? If so, should I keep looking? thanks, Ben
  14. Thanks Thomas! It just feels so wrong to let it slip through my fingers, even knowing all of its flaws. Think with head, not with heart, Ben! (Internal dialogue)
  15. Here are a few pictures including one with my size 13 clod hopper. it appears that JHCC was correct in that it is mushroomed pretty badly, but it also appears that this is the original face plate. The horn appears to be added on later. Any differing thoughts with clearer photos? ID perhaps?? Ben