Brian Evans

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    Maine, near Brunswick

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  1. Press design critique

    Yeah, safety should be the number I priority. I think I'll have to wait and save my money to either buy a welder and take some classes or buy a commercially made press. Thanks guys, I hope I didn't sound like too much of a fool for posting this design.
  2. Press design critique

    4 inch diameter (ish) of high carbon steel is what I have currently. I am not sure about the speed of the pneumatic jack but I would assume it would have to do with the air compressor psi which is 150. Are you trying to say that wood is useless in this application? I am not sure about exact number for the failure mode of wood but it has to do with the number of knots in the wood. I was planning on making sure that I didn't use wood that was too knotty. I have been considering buying a press new (as I cannot find any within driving distance used), but I don't really have 400$ to drop at the moment. If you don't think that making it out of wood is a good or safe idea then I guess ill have to sell a lot more hooks and bottle openers.
  3. Press design critique

    I wanted to be able to upset some of the larger pieces of metal that I have into a more workable billet. Also would like to try my hand at pattern welding. I would be using a pneumatic bottle jack so it should be quick and hands free as far as controlling the press (foot pedal). As far as making it with wood it is what I have available at the moment. I don't have any beams or frames.
  4. Press design critique

    First off I am prepared to get a lot of negative feedback on this design as it is to be made out of wood mostly. Safety is the number 1 concern and I don't want to jump into anything I am not prepared for. I am planning on using a 10 ton pneumatic bottle jack as the power. From my research to the tensile strength of 4x4 pine ( I was not able to find much) told me that a 6 ft long piece has a constant load bearing of just under 1000 lbs when hung from the middle. This design is estimated to be 3 foot wide by 5 ft tall, and there is supposed to be an even distribution of pressure along the beams. Any input is appreciated.
  5. First axe

    I have not, I haven't attempted to color things yet aside from quenching in linseed oil. This is what the guy asked for and he is happy with them. I have no experience pricing things where should I go to figure that out. (for future items, I already have a set price on these)
  6. First axe

    They are done.
  7. looking for trenton 258 information

    I'm not sure what ILL is but they didn't have it, I checked the whole system for the state and there wasn't any.
  8. First axe

    After looking at videos and posts I think I am going to use a slitter and make the hole that way.
  9. looking for trenton 258 information

    I have, but like you said the price is too high. I just realized that I hadn't thought to check the library. I think I will do that today.
  10. looking for trenton 258 information

    Maybe who made it. But with no serial number I wouldn't expect it to be possible. When were Trenton's first started to be made? Any information is nice, anvils are pieces of history.
  11. Wooden Mandrel??

    I was at a friends forge and he had a cast iron mandrel and it was hollow inside. The wood might fit inside a similar type mandrel. Im not sure I don't know much about mandrels.
  12. looking for trenton 258 information

    I did look it over as black frog said I couldn't find one. It was made before 1898 that is awesome. I wouldn't think that more information would be possible due to no serial number. Hopefully I am wrong?
  13. First axe

    I have been commissioned by a friend to make two twin axes. I have no experience making axes so I figured I would ask the experts. He wanted them to be made completely of high carbon steel and to have a thick handle (as he has large hands). He drew something like this (the image from paint) I have started one of the axes, I am using railroad connectors as my metal. My problem is not knowing the best way to punch through this metal and then drift it. I was thinking about drilling a hole through it but I am not sure if that is the best way to go about it.
  14. looking for trenton 258 information

    It passed the tests and I bought it for 400$. How can I tell where this one was made and when?
  15. Assuming it is at the right height this looks like it should work well. You might want to cut off the ends that stick out of the bottom, as it potentially could be a tripping hazard. Making it easy to move must be nice, I have considered adding wheels to my anvils but haven't done it yet.