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  1. Belt tracking problems

    With no crown, there is no way/reason that the belt will stay centered, no matter how aligned and square everything is. If your driving a straight road, and hold your steering wheel fixed straight, the car WILL eventualy stray. You can makeshift a crown by wraping tape on the middle of the driving or tracking wheels (or both!). 1-2mm will do. A VERY nice machine you have there. Kudos.
  2. I forged my first corkscrew (wine bottle opener). On my first attempt to penetrate a cork, the "screw" got twisted. Made it from an unknown mild steel (probably equivalent to A36). The screw had a 3.0-3.3mm wire. Is this normal that mild steel is too soft for a corkscrew? If you use hardenable steel, do you harden it?
  3. I know it's posssible to give iron work a brass finish by brushing it while hot. I bought a brush that has a brass color, but it didn"t do the trick. 1. What type of brush do I need? Is it brass or other metal? 2. Is there a certain technique to it? (like brush only above/under red hot, ect.) Thanks,
  4. Anyone ever forge a vise screw?

    I wasn"t refering specificaly to vice screw, but in general to historically forging screwthreads. My blacksmithing teacher demonstrated forging a large screw, and explained how to forge a matching nut. He claimed this method was used pre-industrial revolution. This method makes triangle thread, but can easily be used to make square (by following the thread with a square fuller). Filing will make a smoother and more accurate thread. But I think that for a rough work, like in a vice, this type of screw will do.
  5. This is some of my zoo at a tipical dinner. George, Kosmo, "The Cockroach", Geannie and wife (the one with glasses). All our cats are strays that just showed in our yard as starving kittens, and we didn't have the heart to ignore. Geannie was the only cat we actualy wanted. The wife asked for "a ginger female" for her birthday. And we all know you should be careful with what you ask for. At first she was that bundle of joy in the picture, but quickly showed her true (and actual) color as a "she dog" (...). The latest addition is "Giffa", which means scum or dirt (easy to see why). Unlike this picture, she IS kind and gentle.
  6. My best and latest. Classic Bowie.

    At first, it looked to me like a mix of old and new. But I find that I DO like the end result. I"m with your mom on that one. Can you expand on the proccess of vinegar steam patina? First I hear of it.
  7. 1. BUILD (weld) a square well, that protrudes above the table. (rather than a hole). 2. If you are not fixed on the shape and size of the hole - consider that the hole is just the connection of the tool to the table. You can make a different and simpler one. Like two 1/2" holes, about 1" apart. The tool will have two matching "legs".
  8. Anyone ever forge a vise screw?

    I have seen it done - using a hot cut, and holding the work piece at an angle to it, You hit and rotate it continualy. a helical groove is formed and "guides" itself on the hot cut. you must maintain a fixed angle, and you get a prety decent screw.
  9. Chefs knife, how big is too big?

    I do a lot of cooking (not professionaly), and have used variety of blades. So I know what works for me: The common recommendation for a chef style knife is 200mm (8"), and that's what I used for many years. I found that longer (gyuto or chef) are rarely needed. Liket for initial chopping of large cabbage. The rest of the time, the large blade is inconvenience, and it's weight and large momentum are a strain on my wrist. On the other hand, I recently forged a 175mm (7") Bunka style knife, and find I hardly use any of my other knives. It's nimble, and a better chopper. I found that most of my cutting is either hard cutting (like carrots) or fine cutting (like onion). Shorter blade is better for both. Also consider the weight distribution in the blade - commertial (long) blades are very thin forward of the middle. I don't have the skill to forge/grind that thin, so my blades are more forward heavy. How thin can you get? My hands are bigger and stronger than most females, so I think your mother would be comfortable with no more than 7". If she mainly chopps vegetables - I strongly reccomend a Bunka style. otherwise - a Gyuto.
  10. As for magnetic mat - you can get a bunch of little neodymium magnets, and attach them to a plank. You get a STRONG "cleaning station". You can make one for your shoes and a vertical one for your clothes, Just be careful with magnetic cards around these things.
  11. country specific forged item

    These where popular here some 2,000 years ago. I think they where sold in sets of 3.
  12. Show me your shop!

    Thanks for the comcern, but there is no histoplasmosis around here. It's mainly in America. But this IS a good point to concider for the americans who use old farm ulility for a smithy.
  13. Make that 2 - 3/4. Welcome.
  14. Show me your shop!

    Your loss. you"ll never see how I slowly remove my apron. I get goose bumps just thinking of the things I do with those tongs when the hammer drops... Don't ask me now. It's too late. The forge in that pile of bricks on the table. Here's a close up (and one just for the ambiance ):
  15. I found that tube in a furnace supply shop (fire bricks ect.), I have no idea what it's intended for. Indeed, at first the end would crack or chip every 2-3 sessions. But once it got the cement nozzle, it holds well (several months now). I even take a hammer and chisel to it to remove clinker (?) buildup.