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About the_sandy_creek_forge

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    Lacon, Illinois , USA
  • Biography
    I'm on a bit of a sabbatical from blacksmithing right now. Can be reached by email if needed.
  • Interests
    Blacksmithing, Fishing,
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    Email: the_sandy_creek_forge(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  1. Hey everyone. This isn't really an introduction, seeing as I've been here a while, but I didn't know where else to put it. I'm taking a bit of a sabbatical from blacksmithing. I've gotten myself tied up in too many other things at the moment and something had to get shoved to the back burner before everything went up in smoke. Unfortunately, as circumstances and conditions would have it, this something was my blacksmithing habit...er, I mean.... hobby If anybody needs me for anything, my email addy is the_sandy_creek_forge(at)yahoo(dot)com. I usually check that twice a week or so. I'm also
  2. Very nice! If I might ask, what finish did you use on the lignum handle? Whatever it is the color made a nice, slightly subdued, complement to the copper ferule. I might have to file that combination away for future use -Aaron @ the SCF
  3. Thanks Ironrose, I'll look into those. Right now I'm starting simple, couple of gun pouches, some axe/hatchet/'hawk pouches, kinda of basic cut it, stitch it, rivet it, and maybe stamp some initials on it type of stuff. Thanks again all, -Aaron @ the SCF
  4. Hey everyone, Since the baby arrived back in May, and the wife shifted over to a funky split 2nd/3rd shift, I haven't had a lot of shop time outside of about one day a weekend. In the meantime I'd been looking for a hobby (cause I just NEED another hobby:D ) that I could work on in the comfort of my living room and/or garage. I'd picked up some leather straps and buckles a while back to make a replacement set for some old climbing spikes we have and thought to myself "Hey, this is kinda fun". Forward a couple months to Christmas time and Tandy leather is having a pretty decent after Christmas
  5. agreed with dj....'cept mine aren't that pretty... -Aaron @ the SCF
  6. I've always preferred "frugal" Gonna miss ya here Thomas. I'm sure I'll see ya around on some side of the street or another sooner or later. -Aaron @ the SCF
  7. From American Railway Engineering Association's Specifications for Soft-Steel Track Spikes. Original document, 1926, revised last in 1968 Courtesy of ThomasPowers from a post back in January. Page 5-2-2 Section 11. Marking. A letter or brand indicating the manufacturer shall be pressed on the head of each spike while it is being formed. When copper is specified, the letters "CU" shall be added. Page 5-2-3: Specifications for high carbon steel track spikes 1968. Carbon not greater than 0.30%, nor greater than 0.20% c opper. Page 5-2-4. Section 6a. Bending properties: The body of a ful
  8. Picket heater?? Yes to what Steve said. Even the DIY type ceramics people I've dealt with in the past (the types that mix their own clay and glazes) tend to go for store bought when it comes to kiln firing. -Aaron @ the SCF
  9. Fdisk I looked up the design of forge your using. Did you use "Black pipe" or galvanized pipe for the "tuyere" (the long pipe in the bottom) or for that odd little support strap thing off to the end? This is what I was using for reference, by the way. Charcoal Forge -Aaron @ the SCF
  10. Hi lonestar, Try here for a replacement nut. McMaster-Carr (usual disclaimers) Try searching under "acme threaded nut" **for some reason if you just search "acme nut" it only brings up the precision threaded ones ???** You'll need to know size and threads per inch. It looks like the stripped out nut is cast iron, so someone else will have to offer advice on how best to join a new steel nut to the cast iron support. Oh, and next time don't let the gorilla tighten up the work in the vise for you. -Aaron @ the SCF ** photographic tip: if you want to take a close-up picture of somethi
  11. Thinking out loud here, but would it be possible to raise the piece to welding temperature with the torch on a neutral flame and just kind of "forge weld" it sans "forge"?? Any thoughts Jr. or anyone else?? Thanks, -Aaron @ the SCF
  12. After some creative googling, I got this. Not much, but some info. Seems it might be rare because (according to this site) very few were made, and were made for a very special purpose. "The Boss" power hammer -Aaron @ the SCF Edit: found a few more hits. not much though. http://omaha.craigslist.org/tls/932635771.html http://www.spaco.org/pow.htm More or less pictures. From what I gathered with a quick look, Novelty Iron Works seems to be a late 18th/early19th century do-all, cast-all, make-all if it will sell type of operation.
  13. Does the original switch look like this?? G8989 Toggle Safety Switch if it's the drill press I am thinking of, that should be a near direct replacement. might want to double check the mounting hole size. P.S. breaker shouldn't be tripping when you turn it off, as that means there is a short somewhere I would think. -Aaron @ the SCF
  14. Woodeye, I know you spec'd a pneumatic cylinder in your post, but have you considered using a hydraulic instead. Most hydraulic cylinders are rated at 2000+ psi, so they should be able to handle a few hundred psi of air pressure easily. You might need to consider some kind of oiler set-up to keep the seals on internals in good shape. Also I have found that, generally, hydraulic cylinders of a given size have larger ports than a similar sized air cylinder, equaling more airflow. Haven't checked the price on pneumatics, but a hydraulic cylinder to your spec'd size runs about $100 at Tractor
  15. If what you're photographing is small enough, try doing a google search on "homemade light box" Looks like a fun little winter weekend project ( 1 hr. to build a decent light box, rest of the weekend to use it taking pictures of everything in sight ) (Day job) I work with stock photography, and had wondered how the photo editors were getting such natural looking "cutout" images of objects. When I asked one of the photo-eds, she cued me into these setups. I was surprised to find that the it was not some nifty trick in the latest edition of PhotoChop, but that it actually originated from t
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