Claude Brandon

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  1. Claude Brandon

    HELP !! for heat treating

    Hi BGDoc , unfortunately the customer wants a punch made of their company mark ,else it would have been a simple solution. The one they have had made looks like it has been machined but does not perform very well on the stainless steel cylinders they are punching on as the cylinders are small and round so with a square punch the marks do not look very nice and is not easy to punch. Many thanks for your effort though.
  2. Claude Brandon

    HELP !! for heat treating

    Thank you for the advice.
  3. Claude Brandon

    HELP !! for heat treating

    Hi Thomas, the punch mark is to be used on 316 Stainless Steel Cylinders so my thinking was to use the same material which when heat treated should provide adequate strength to provide a fairly descent mark, else what steel would you recommend to make a mark punch to punch on the 316 stainless steel which is about 4-5 mm thick ?
  4. Good day to all. What would be the best process for heat treating 316 Stainless Steel ? I am going to make a punch out of the 316 using a 20mm round bar. Many thanks in advance. Please do not post everything in one thread. we have sections for topics , start by reading
  5. Claude Brandon

    Gauteng Blacksmith Noob - HELP !!

    Hi I need some advice please : I have managed to get hold of a steel forklift propane tank for my coal forge. The question I have is do I need to lay a layer of insulation in the forge or not, as some vid's on the internet show them being used once constructed without any lining. I am going to make a Jabod type solid fuel forge. I have a 5mm steel plate which I will use to fabricate the inside of the propane cylinder to create the hot pot etc. How big does the hot pot need to be ? Comments and Suggestions would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance.
  6. Claude Brandon

    Gauteng Blacksmith Noob - HELP !!

    Cool, thanks for the input, you have given me a few very good ideas and saved me a lot of time. Thanks Thomas.
  7. Claude Brandon

    Gauteng Blacksmith Noob - HELP !!

    According to the documentation the S355JR Steel is equivalent to the USA A572 steel , the S355JR is used as a structural steel material. I am familiar with penetration welds and the preparation of the joins for the full effect. Lol, if I have to heat treat the anvil I am going to need a crane , just the block on its own is about 180- 200KG never mind the additional components to be added - OUCH!!
  8. Claude Brandon

    Gauteng Blacksmith Noob - HELP !!

    Hi Thomas, I will have a look at the improvised Anvils but like your idea of using the solid block, just a question though the components as listed in my document were all cut from the same steel, would I need to heat treat the block as well if I am only to use it as the anvil ?? Could I heat treat the face before welding to the block or must it be done attached to the block ?
  9. Claude Brandon

    Finding Coal

    Sounds strange but I saw coal (not the braai kind if any bright spark asks ) being sold at Builders Warehouse about R89 for a bag. I have not tried it yet as my forge is still "Work in progress" but will advise if it works and how well. Regards Claude.
  10. Claude Brandon

    Greetings from the Cape

    Welcome
  11. Claude Brandon

    Gauteng Blacksmith Noob - HELP !!

    Hi all, I was unable to find a decent Anvil so decided to construct my own for now. Please see the attached word document which outlines my idea. Comments and Suggestions would be appreciated. The BIG question is will this work ? security risk remoived Another question , I have managed to get hold of a steel forklift propane tank for my coal forge. The question I have is do I need to lay a layer of insulation in the forge or not, as some vid's on the internet show them being used once constructed without any lining. I am going to make a Jabod type solid fuel forge. I have a 5mm steel plate which I will use to fabricate the inside of the propane cylinder to create the hot pot etc. How big does the hot pot need to be ? Comments and Suggestions would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance.
  12. Claude Brandon

    Ideas <split from another thread>

    Good day to all, I have a question. I was thinking of ways to use a modern twist on the conventional coal forge. What are your thoughts on using propane burners as the heat source but using cadac ceramic briquettes as a replacement for the coal in a coal forge ? Would this work ?
  13. Claude Brandon

    Gauteng Blacksmith Noob - HELP !!

    @JHCC, I had responded to the posts and will do so to any person who takes the time and effort to answer my questions or asks me a question, where I was brought up it is considered good manners. In addition I had replied to each individual post from the emails which were sent to me from the forum and after that the forum system did it's own thing. Good day to you. Editing the quotes would be polite
  14. Hi Wim, I tried sending you a email in regards to your Smithing Group but it bounced back.

    Please contact me on 0833258001.  I am a novice in Benoni, Gauteng looking to get into smithing.

    Regards

     

    Claude.

  15. Claude Brandon

    Noob Needs Help :) in Gauteng

    Well my apologies good sir, my intention was not to spam but to gather information, I assumed I was posting in the correct forums with my request before I found the forum with South African members. Your "Warm" welcome is appreciated , I will ensure not to "SPAM" your groups with my stupid requests. Good day to you. Thanks Charles, I will investigate more along those lines, your advice is appreciated. LOL Jasent, was not me bud , building a Pizza oven is on my "To Do List" ,after all the wife's additions to be attended to (It never shrinks for some reason, go figure )