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Hans Richter

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    Metal work, welding consult, safety at work, workshop

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  1. Throughout 2019, the Forge & Furnace Tummulus workshop also created a Steampunk lamp collection of up to 9 individual lamps with a theme (Steam boat, Boiler house, Fire fighter) and made from various upcycled iron scrap and "aged" brass parts. Some of these lamps now serve as additional (mood) lighting in the mencave 'aka' home office or the author's living room. Other lamps are and could regularly be seen as eye catchers at exhibitions and events in 2019 & 2020. However, some lamps are still available to "complete" the interior of a newly furnished loft or modern shop. Hope I find som
  2. Bertram ready, Bertram and his pedestal ready to ;-)
  3. Hello Jaap, welcome to IFI, please let us know where in the world you come from and complete your user profile. There is also a 'Read this first' post that will familiarize you with the possibilities of IFI and the rules of conduct that apply within this forum. As for the age of your anvil, assume it was produced sometime between 1926 and 1978. I myself will contact by LinkedIn at the factory in Turnhout if there are any notes with regard to the serial numbers of the anvils and the corresponding years of construction. However, less relevant to me because I don't care whether my anvil was cas
  4. Dear Kniven, a nice box forge, given its size well heated with two professional burners, maybe a little overkill. Apart from the hose connections whose density you can check with soapy water, the rubber hoses are very close to the burners and the creeping heat after the burners have been turned off can still affect them. The burners are also aimed directly at the workpiece and you will soon have to deal with a load of mill scale caused by the oxygen that the burners drag through the venturi. My reason for choosing a vortex operation of the burner(s) in the forge chamber. Also look at the dra
  5. BGD, nice to read something from you again. Happy that everything is fine. CU, Hans
  6. TJ, a nice tool from a good brand. I wish you much worn out grinding disc's and cart loads of corund / steel grinding dust in your shop. Especially, however, good luck and care in maintaining all limbs and many neatly finished forgings and workpieces. When I am asked if I play an instrument I always call yes, the angle grinder. I have multiple AGs, as I work with different discs when finishing my sculptures and would lose a lot of time if I have to constantly change them. What is the power of your grinder (in Watt) not unimportant for the life time and endurance of the tool.
  7. In fact very nice charts to give everyone an indication when certain alloys start to melt. however, note that these are the temperatures when the specified metals change from a solid state to the liquid state. However, this is not the temperature when a material is pourable well distributed in a mold. This must be determined experimentally by means of the necessary 'super' heat. In many cases this is a few degrees higher than what is indicated on the charts. For aluminum and bronze this is very easy to determine because the material starts to cavitate in the crucible, with pure copper and silv
  8. Thomas, this time I have to be careful to go with your suggestion. As a result of what I can remember they taught us in high school that Drones (like myself) are very lazy and limit themselves to defending the hive. So they do not look for pollen and therefore do not have a backpack on their hind legs to take cart loads of pollen to the bee stock. And yes, at the beginning I had thought to integrate receptacles on their legs for this kind of purpose. Regardless, these days are all about being politically correct .
  9. Some of my friends are beekeepers, after seeing my other insects (ants, mosquito, dragonfly) I was asked to make a Steampunk 'F&F Tumulus Bee' as well. Here a first start. The pedestal will become a mechanical flower this time. Too bad I don't have punch caps anymore to finish the animal's skin. Everyone talks about or has a 'Drone' these days, some of my good friends fly with it regularly, soon I will have one too. .
  10. A little bit of extra information when identifying reinforcing steel. If you look closely at your reinforcing steel bar, you will find the so-called (mill) rolling mark of the rolling mill on every so many lengths of the uniform ribs. This can be extra thick ribs, but also raised points or connecting bars between ribs. Each roller brand is unique and represents a specific type of rebar and manufacturer. The material that Joey is working on is called reinforcing steel 500B and is recognizable by its sharply rolled ribs and the longitudinal back lanes. For the (good) material (500B) certified in
  11. Thomas, I often agree with Frosty and share his opinion. You both certainly have several decades more experience of life years and events that you have experienced unlike me and some others. As for the beard, my profile photo is no longer correct, because of the frequent wearing of a mask, I shaved off my beard. The ladies at home are happy, but can no longer piggyback on the Hipster / artist / blacksmith golf with my baby face. Chris is right, the worst time during a beard's growth period is when the beard hairs start to curl and stick into your skin. That itching terrible. As for rebar,
  12. Hi Joey, I have to agree with Mr. Powers again (should not become a habit) an average 3.1 certificate issued by an independent testing laboratory on a hot-rolled and Tempcore-treated badge as shown in the chemical composition, Pb (lead) is not even stated because there are no significant quantities / percentages are present. However, you will find the TP values mentioned and hopefully low values of the culprits in reinforcing steel such as phosphor, sulfur and nitrogen because these make the steel less weldable causing cracks (P + S + Cu) or aging (N) in the intercristal sceleton, and of cours
  13. Thomas, is right there are many different types of rebar. Starting from the simple small diameter that are made of low quality (tensile strength, and yield strength = 300MPa) which are cold-set by rolling and have a pressure-stronger metal-grating structure (action = reaction). Then there is the material processed by Joey (started from a diameter of 1/2 in) that is made through the tempcore process, which by definition have a much different chemical composition and a much higher yield strength and tensile strength (500 MPa YS). Orginal is made of reinforcing steel with a hard surface (adherenc
  14. Very nice to see - your hardy hole is 1 1/4 inches long and 3/4 inches wide. Normally you do indeed have 1 1/4 hardy tools or 3/4 tools for the smaller anvils. I recommend purchasing 3/4 inch hardies or making your own and filling the rest of the hole with a blind piece resting on the entire anvil face. In the photo you see some hardies that I made afterwards for my two mobile labels of 70 and 60 kilo anvils with a 3/4 hardy hole.
  15. Hi Dan, unfortunately only the listed languages. Am able to order a beer in Liége but now too old to pick up yet another foreign language. Fortunately, my beloved daughter understands enough French to act as an interpreter and support her dad, she is a few too modest to speak it every day. Meanwhile already had a lot of exhibitions in Wallonia, but then it is usually communicated in English that fortunately a lot of young Walloons speak. But how are you, unfortunately not heard from you for a long time. You all stay healthy, and always happy to see your 'crafty' comments passing by. Cheers, Ha
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