sfeile

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  1. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Actually the last place I worked we did use those all the time. With wire brushes even. You want to add an even better thing to get people going, we threaded some of them onto a pipe instead of the air fitting then a valve at the end to turn it on and off. (those we did have a side handle on though) We have "handles" of varying lengths and used them to clean the insides of built pipe spools to be installed for testing set-ups of multi-million dollar gas compressors. 16 inch pipe up to 48 inch, you can "rock" it back and forth pretty easily to do a linear section then roll the pipe and repeat until finished. Smaller pipe you had to be careful, or it would just take off going around and around the inside of the pipe. So Jennifer's shop isn't the only place you'll find one. They are still used in some industrial applications. It is a tool that was designed for that use. She is doing nothing wrong with it just using it as it was intended to be used. They are bigger than most people would feel comfortable with and that's absolutely fine. But they do exist, and do get used everyday.
  2. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    My big electric one is the same way. No side handle made or intended. I can't imagine how fast that would break your wrist trying to hold onto a side handle if the big wire wheels caught. Those things do NOT stall when you are hanging on to them. Mine used to see it's main use with flapper wheels for cleaning stainless pipe before TIG welding it. Although it's not as powerful as your Ingersoll it would still put a hurting on you if you aren't paying attention.
  3. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Thank you both!
  4. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Drew out another billet, then hammered out another knife shaped object. Got it profiled and ready for quenching next time I go out.
  5. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Das that 20 gallon would still be a huge improvement. All I have at the moment is one of those little 6 gallon pancake compressors. It will give enough pressure for anything you need, but it has no volume and then can't pump fast enough to keep up. Works OK for a trim nailer or such, but won't run an impact or die grinder worth a darn.
  6. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I worked on a job a few years back that was at an old glass plant. The whole site was covered in sand. Sand holds heat. It was already an average of 98 degrees. I was in leathers for 12 hours a day for 3 months straight air-arcing some equipment apart to be moved to a new location. I was running at 225 amps in enclosed structure pieces baking in the sun. That was a miserable job and I would have really enjoyed one of those hoods. Or at least the cooling hood without the filters. I did use one with the respirator version at a brick plant. We were tearing out the old feed hoppers and replacing them. Silica dust was everywhere, so you were in a respirator at all times inside. I have a cooling hood now, without the filters that I took the welding portion off of and try to use when grinding, but my little compressor doesn't like to keep up with it very well.
  7. What did I miss?

    I will add another +1 to protecting your hearing. I have a constant tinnitus and it can be maddening in a quiet room. Not to mention the things I can't hear anymore.
  8. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    There has been a lot of welding on that thing. How many pounds of wire have you gone through so far? Looking good though!
  9. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I was trying for a "satin" kind of finish. Didn't quite get there though. I found a place that I can get scotchbrite belts to fit my 2x42, so that may be a near future purchase. I think that would help in the final stages of the ones I do polish. I'm still in the playing stage and figuring out what works well or not so well at my low skill level. Someday I hope to get to a mediocre level. Maybe... Until then I'm just going to have fun beating steel and learning new things.
  10. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Very true Charles, very true.
  11. Looks good Mike. Happy forge partner is important and he certainly looks happy.
  12. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Thanks Das. I stopped at 220. The boss liked the look with the little bit of scratch pattern left, so I left it how she liked it. I did hit it on the buffer a bit just to smooth it, but still leave the pattern.
  13. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Round two with the handle worked out a little better. Simple, but it works.
  14. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    A little late, but thanks JHCC! Zeroclick, nice work!
  15. What did I miss?

    Hi Josh. I'm fairly new to this myself, but I think if I was starting out again and purchasing my first set of tongs, they would probably be a set of wolf jaw tongs. They seem to be the most versatile (at least to me) for only having one pair to start with. You will soon find out why you will have many pairs, but in my humble opinion those would be a good start. I used a ball peen to start with, but purchased a 2.2 pound Swedish pattern hammer and have been very happy with it. Not sure what style you are looking at since the link is gone, but that is a pretty decent weight to do many things. I also started with a track "anvil". Many things can and have been made on them. I will say from my personal experience, if you can find one in your budget, get a larger anvil or striking plate with a hardened face. Having more mass under your work, and a harder surface to work on, makes things much easier. I can't comment much on coal because my knowledge in it is very limited. I've only lit my coal forge 3 times so far. (I started with a gas forge.) But many here use coal and can offer much better advice than I can. Keep doing your research and keep asking questions, there is a lot to learn and a lot of good information to be had. Thank you for your service Josh.