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  1. When we had horses I can only wish I had farriers like you guys. We had one fairly good one that after 2 or 3 years just said sorry cant do em' any more and that was it. Another husband and wife team trimmed one of them up because we didn't ride at the time so no shoes, made an appointment for 6 weeks and when they left I found an engraved hoof pick, called them and left messages so they could get it but never heard from them again. The worst was my wife asked me to watch one of the guys we had come in to trim that had a bad attitude he got pissed when my wife's horse pulled his foot off the stand and went to hit the horse in the belly with his hammer. I stopped him and explained that he could leave the property and if he returned I would drop my hammer on him. It wasn't like he tried to kick the guy, step on him or anything, he took his foot off and put in on the ground. A good farrier is a god send, one that knows how to put shoes on is even better Bob
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    Beginner looking for First Forge Advice

    If you watch Craigslist there is someone in Sun City that seems to get a bunch vises and tools and sells them off once in a while,. Every time I go to my sisters house (also in Peoria) I forget to go check him out. Look into the Az Artists Blacksmiths Association. They have a bunch of members in Phoenix area Bob
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    Tuning a TEE burner

    Here's a couple of the pics looking in the forge, I believe it was running about 10 psi at this time. It seemed to take awhile to heat a piece of scrap steel. I will have to time it this week and see how long it actually takes Bob
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    Tuning a TEE burner

    I finally have the refractory in and cured, it sat about a week before I could get back to it, ran it through a few cycles of getting hotter and letting it cool down. Yesterday I fired it and let it run for about 30-40 minutes. After lighting I noticed it started purring at about 5 psi and was definitely roaring at 10 psi, 20 was a fire breathing dragon that was not a happy camper , definitely a roar. Here are flame pictures at 5 and 10 psi and right after shutdown. I have to puit the IR coating on and finish the burner holder. Does this look like its running right or is more tuning required
  5. LOL!! I know, mine were wood Are you in Southern Az sounds just like TPD?
  6. No kidding, Last week I had someone, ( a neighbor no less) come onto my property while we were gone and steal 6 utility poles I had stacked up. Even to include cutting three of them with a chain saw to fit on their trailer. Since my anvil is outdoors I will be definitely watching this thread for ideas Bob
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    Portable hole / drifting block

    When I was at the scrap yard I found a piece of 2 or 2 1/2 in angle iron just waiting for me so that will be the leg, Thanks for the idea Being so new I will have to try to get a usable one first before I can try to get a nice one, that and get a whole lot of experience. What I am learning to love about this site is the ideas and people helping you stop and think, trying to think how I could utilize this for the best of both, drifting and striking, means it probably wouldn't be great at either. Then I remembered what I said earlier, "the scrap yard has more of these". I may just pick up a second one to make it a striking height, so when that need or desire comes I will have it and leave the first solidly mounted. Nobody ever said you can only have one tool did they? Plus it will help me learn to weld Thanks, Bob
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    Portable hole / drifting block

    Unfortunately my "shop" area is outside in the dirt. A three legged support or I beam would just be pounded into the ground. The top few inches are sandy and after that it starts to harden with caleche in places. The post my vise is on is already buried about 3ft deep. I was thinking that cutting the support on an angle would help transfer the load into the pole since all of this will be welded together. Is there another way to transfer the energy into the post. I'm running out of good places to bury posts
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    Portable hole / drifting block

    With this I'm looking at more of drifting and cutting Please, lets hear them. The scrap yard I go to has more of these in different sizes Thansk for the input Bob
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    Portable hole / drifting block

    So I moved the holes away from the edge, not sure why I did that to begin with and I'm not sure I like them like this either. What I do like is changing the Support to 1/2 plate, the two 1/2" holes behind the square hole would be good for pins to a bending fork. The larger hole I tried to keep closer to the center for the support. I was thinking of using this for drifting and also something that could also hold Hardy tools like hot cuts. The height will end up roughly a little bit higher than my anvil and this will be welded to the bracket and bolted to the top of the post, hopefully it wont move Thanks for your ideas Bob
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    Portable hole / drifting block

    How big of a support do you think it should have? The one drawn is 6 in deep X 6in wide cut on an angle to try to put the force into the pole. The pole is a telephone pole offcut about 14 in in dia X 6 ft long. 3 feet of that is buried. Do you know how I could make it stronger without widening the support. The wider that is the less room I have for holes. Unless I try to make a rivet header out of the closed ones...hmmm. 5/8 or maybe 3/4 is the largest I can see putting on this and that will most likely be in the future if at all, I'm just starting at blacksmithing, i'll wait to forge the Golden Gate until I have a year or 40 of experience
  12. I picked up a round chunk of hardened steel at the scrap yard, (hardened enough for a file to slightly skate) 6.5" in dia and 1.5" thick. I was thinking of turning it into the drawing below. The small curl on the right side is torch cut so I figured opening that up a little more to use for bending. I am planning on drilling holes from 1" down to 1/8" in increments and having a square 1" hole put in the middle for hardy tools. The base and bracket I am thinking of using 1/4" plate and mount this behind my post vise on the same post, the vise takes up the front third or so which leaves plenty of room My question is having the hardy hole done at a machine shop the best way to go or is there an easy way to diy it do you think 1/4" plate will be strong enough for drifting/punching and hardy tools or is there a way to reinforce it so it will take some decent use My "shop" is outdoors so I have plenty of room to move around the post If anyone has any other ideas for a 6.5 X 1.5 round please let me know. These were cut out of plate and there is a bunch of different sizes plus the connecting pieces between the circles at the local scrap yard. Thanks Bob
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    Tuning a TEE burner

    Thank you for coming up with it and sharing it. I know myself and probably others wouldn't be doing this without designs and ideas like yours. The simplicity of this design is what made me realize I can build this and despite being knotheaded at times this baby will be heating steel before long. Thanks again Bob
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    Tuning a TEE burner

    Possible, but it sat over 24 hours and daytime temps were about 80 prior to firing. I'll try again after the refractory is all in. I took my hand and covered the air inlets and it would fire and run with a roar at all most any pressure, the higher the pressure the more air inlet I was able to uncover. With the air inlet fully uncovered it would just run at max pressure 40 psi. It seems to be drawing too much air. I will straighten the tip and try it again after the refractory is dry. Hopefully with everything dry it will run better. Thanks for the info Bob
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    Propane Regulator

    Strangely enough I found a 0-40 psi regulator on-line that was cheaper than a 0-30, go figure. I'm not sure about posting a link here so if you want to just message me. Mine came with the regulator, gauge, and 5 foot hose Bob