MilwaukeeJon

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About MilwaukeeJon

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    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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    Historic trades, especially woodworking and now blacksmithing.,
  1. 5160 staining

    Made a kitchen knife from 5160 and it seems very prone to staining. For example, if you slice an orange a dark stain shows up on the blade and almost looks as if there is very minor pitting. Any suggestions? I know that these can be cleaned and the blade oiled but is 5160 known for this problem?
  2. Folded hot cut

    The taper is very slight....no more that 1/8” top to bottom. The hot cut sits very snuggly in a hole in the stump that is 1/2” shorter that the shaft. Additionally, the bottom of the hole is lined with several coins to provide a solid base for the tool. Works great for nails and other small cutting needs (under 1/2” stock or so). I realize this this is not a normal approach but was intrigued by the notion of shaping a Brazeal style hot cut out of flat stock. It was never intended to be used for heavy cutting in a hardy hole.
  3. Folded hot cut

    This hot cut along was made to go in an elm stump where I specifically make nails (includes some smaller hammers, a 4” block stake anvil, and my nail headers) not in an anvil hardy hole.
  4. Show me your Stake Plates!

    Just bought a vintage blowhorn stake and was wondering about setting it in a stump instead of a stake plate. If one does this, do you drive it into a hole snugly or put it into a larger hole where it stays kind of loose?
  5. JHCC is indeed a most impressive font of knowledge!
  6. Dating Fisher Anvil

    That’s a beauty!
  7. Hardening a CR-V based hotcut hardy tool

    I don’t know...do I? By the way, your videos are fantastic. Thanks for posting them.
  8. Hardening a CR-V based hotcut hardy tool

    “Am I one of them?”....he asks inquisitively
  9. Glenn (GSTongs) talks about the benefit of heat treating his 1045 hammers heads twice in water to achieve the desired hardness. I’ve done this several times now as well and it does seem to yield harder faces/peens. I’d be interested to hear what others here have to say about this approach. Thanks in advance.
  10. Big rounding hammer

    Nicely done indeed.
  11. Two newbie questions

    Got a very good dark straw color on this little hammer made for installing small brads and glazing points on cabinet doors with windows. Handle is 140 year old mahogany from floorboards taken from an old Milwaukee building.
  12. Two newbie questions

    The piece in question is a little 8 ounce 1045 head. I heated to non-magnetic and quenched the peens yesterday. Then tried drift tempering. Not good results. Today I did a new 10 minute normalizing cycle, then heated to non-magnetic (dark orange). After a good slow heating cycle I did a fast, vigorous quench in water. Definitely felt harder under a file this time. Tempering at 420 in the oven for two hours.