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John R

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    Port Angeles, WA
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    Gun building, blacksmithing.

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  1. Look at my post in this thread: your link sending people off site to your commercial site has been removed as per ToS Sorry I do not have a commercial site. Do not understand your comment. The link I posted was a link to a thread on this site. I am guessing your software did this, darn, I was in the process of editing when the warning flashed. Gee, you do not give a guy time to correct his mistakes.
  2. Existing benches in the Machine shop are a mix of wood tops and metal. Metal for the hard duty and the welding bench. Wood for the easier jobs. Some are covered with heavy felt for those delicate machined items that must not be scratched. I am building a well ventilated shop behind the existing shop for all the blacksmithing stuff. Will have a couple of metal toped benches plus two or three benches with the fir slabs for tops. Sanded and sealed of course. Forge will be on an open side to maximize air flow for creature comfort. Some of the slabs are destined for o
  3. Oh yea. 3 inches thick, up to 36 inches wide. Douglas Fir from my front yard, on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Finished sawing last week now stacked and stickered in the barn to dry. Anchor End Seal on the slab ends to prevent checking. Bench tops for the blacksmith shop. And a few other uses. Started with a bunch of logs from trees I dropped. They were too close to the house and parking shed, leery of one falling in a windstorm. The Stihl 090AV. Bad Boy saw. 55 year old McCulloch Gear Reduction saw, did a good job also.
  4. I would guess air cylinder on the back and the street ell is for the air connection. Adjust to fit the object with the vise handle, then rapid close and release via a foot or hand valve for the air. Likely a spring inside the air cylinder to release the vise when the air supply is dumped.
  5. If it was in my shop I would just machine a new screw and a screw box. Having the luxury of a full machine shop in the back yard opens up numerous capabilities. Plus a stash of steel upwards of 3000 pounds gives me the material. Some creative fabrication and welding would reduce the time in the lathe and milling machine. This 147 pounder I found on Craigs list a few years ago. In excellent shape except for the hinge bolt for the front jaw. It was rusted in for some reason and a previous owner had pounded on it with a maul, complicating the problem.
  6. John R

    Cutting tools

    You and I disagree, sorry. I machine a lot of stainless and 4140, the reliefs are needed for proper cutting. End of story, no more posts on this subject for me, you are not the all time expert. Mods, please delete all my posts in this thread, I do not want to engage and discuss this anymore.
  7. John R

    Cutting tools

    Carbide does not work in regular holders? Nobody told me. Look close and you will see a mix of HSS and Carbide. HSS grinding today is exactly the same as shown in the old South Bend book. More HSS bits as used in boring bars:
  8. John R

    Cutting tools

    Darn I knew I was old. Maybe the last one that sharpens HSS tool bits. I guess I am not anybody. Walk into any job shop that does machining and you will still see HSS tool bits being used to supplement carbide and ceramic. The beauty of HSS is you can grind a bit to any special shape you need, and this need arises often in a job shop where anything and everything comes through the door. The importance of the old South Bend Book is it explains and shows the how and why of sharpening HSS. Rake angels, side and top angles, geometry of the bit nose, and a lot of other things. I
  9. John R

    Cutting tools

    Ebay, Grizzly, Shars just for three. Google is your friend. Go to ebay and search for high sped steel tool bits. Obtain high speed steel tool bits and learn how to grind them. Buy a reprint of the old South Bend Book "How To Run A Lathe". Shows how to grind tool bits. Carbide and inserts are short cuts, but a good selection of ground high speed steel bits is the way to go. You can grind or regrind for just about anything. Probably 1/4 inch tool bits for your lathe.
  10. I have a full hot caustic bluing setup for bluing rifles. And I sometimes do the rust bluing thing. Tanks below. Hot, sweaty, nasty work. The bluing gear is under a lean-to roof behind the shop, with three sides open for ventilation. Bluing salts eats everything, so the stuff cannot be in an enclosed shop. Note the floor: A bed of gravel, then pallets, then rubber horse stall mats to stand on while tending the tanks. The salts will even eat concrete. The roof is fiberglass greenhouse panels over treated wood joists. The dark vile looking stuff in the rusty ta
  11. Go to weldingweb.com or weldingtipsandtricks.com where the guys in the welding business hang out.
  12. Fido The Door Stop for the barn. Doubles as a boot scraper.
  13. None! For Sale anvils are just about unheard of in my area. I credit this to the late period in time when the Pacific NW was settled. And I live in a remote area of the Pacific NW.
  14. I stack large spherical roller bearings next to my American Star anvil. Keeps the anvil on good behavior, it does want to be pounded on via 52100. A side note: For the machine shop, a large bearing stripped to the outer race makes a nice round parallel for set up on the vertical milling machine table, as the sides of the race are ground parallel. A large outer race is also handy for tramming the mill spindle.
  15. Yea finding the tree with the good figure is not easy. We have a lot of Big Leaf Maple here where I live but the figured trees are not too common. Back in 1994 and 1995 when we were cutting the Maple trees I got to the point of being able to recognize a tree with good grain: Peel off some bark at the trunk and look for the wavy rippled knobs on the surface. The wood in the photos has been silently curing since 1994 and is now at a good moisture level for stock making. 11 percent is about as low as the wood drys here in the wet Pacific Northwest. I live about 2 miles from salt wat
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