Mellin

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  1. Mellin

    Rusted bench vise question

    Arkie my main concern was leaving an electrical appliance running without my supervision over night but say I was to disconnect the electricity, can I just leave it in the bucket with the electrolyte?
  2. Mellin

    Rusted bench vise question

    Thomas your logic is undeniable, the washer should be first to go. So i progressed on my vise project last night, i sat the vise in the electrolysis tank for an hour then before I was leaving the shop i pulled it out of the tank (as I don't want to leave it unattended) i could see that allot of the rust was gone already and wantedto see if it freedup at all. I tapped the whole vise on a block of wood concentrating the pressure on the end of the slide and it popped out. I'm going to have to read up on straightening the slide bar while I finish taking off the rest of the rust.
  3. Mellin

    Rusted bench vise question

    I got the electrolysis tub going and decided to try and take the other bolts out. I had good luck and will be able to keep most of the original hardware the only piece that I might need to replace is the bar that locks the vise in place, it was bent so I used a die grinder to take of the nub and pulled it through then made a custom socket with a channel in it to remove the nut. The bad news is that once I let the pressure off of the base a piece that was cracked off decided to let it's presence be known. Can/should that chunk be brazed or rig welded back on? I also built a spreader because when I was watching vise restoration videos I saw someone use one to get a vise unstuck however their model was a dovetail style and I didn't know if I could use that trick with mine.
  4. Mellin

    Rusted bench vise question

    So I am picking up the parts for an electrolysis tub that aren't laying around my shop but I had some questions some may be stupid. The dynamic jaw is seized into the bottom quite well, should I try smacking the back of the slide with a 2x4 and sledge or get after it with an air hammer to try and drive it out. Upon reading about the electrolysis method of rust removal it is referred to as line of sight so I'm assuming that if I put the whole vise in the solution I would have a nice clean but still seized vise. how does a person recommend getting the dynamic jaw out? As for making a new vise washer I have a few different types of steel laying around from flat mild steel to stuff like harrow blades, circular saw blades, bandsaw blades, I could even try to cut a portion of brake rotor out from the hub face, what kind of alloy would be recommended?
  5. Mellin

    Rusted bench vise question

    The washer was not welded just split the jaws are in pretty rough shape though.
  6. Mellin

    Rusted bench vise question

    Here is a better picture, is the second one the retainer washer? I couldn't really find anything on the manufacturer online and it has a few imperfections (some one welded on the jaws where the inserts would go) but it is a nicely shaped vise.
  7. Mellin

    Rusted bench vise question

    I believe the number was 45. I saw a washer / bushing on the front jaw that was loose and wobbling but did not check inside the body. The the outside has not rusted terribly but the jaw seemed to be fused pretty well.
  8. Mellin

    Rusted bench vise question

    So you are recommending trying to separate the parts of the vise then de rust
  9. Mellin

    Old Rivet forge questions

    So I found another semi identical forge This has many identical properties to mine the casting numbers on the blower and the u in the pan casting I can see I'm missing a few bigger gears and pulleys. I can go out with the boss next time he goes to clean the acreage to try and locate them but it gets dark too early and everything is frozen. Is it a better idea to just buy a cheapo Amazon blower and duct it in?
  10. So I pulled this old hunk of metal out of the ground and found out from a member here it's called a rivet forge. The only mark on the body is a "U" cast into the pan. A piece of the blower housing has been cut through with what looks like an oxyfuel setup. The blower has a smooth wheel that turns freely and spins whatever is inside. 526 and 527 are the numbers in the casting of the blower. One can only assume that pieces are missing. For starters the drive mechanism for the blower. There's a bracket on the underside next to the "right" leg, no idea what went there. Also one hole on the top lip. As for claying the forge there's a ton of ways I see ranging from not claying and having a thick bed of coal to using common soil clay and then sand concrete mixes. I don't know if I honestly plan on coal forging any time soon, i don't know the first thing about it but I would prefer to get this ol boy back in usable condition.
  11. Mellin

    Rusted bench vise question

    I recently got a rusted together bench vise and was hoping that I could restore it to a somewhat usable condition. The threaded portion spins with a little enticement however I don't believe the jaws are moving. The "hole" that the rod goes into doesn't look stripped out but with the jaw rusted into the position it is it doesn't make sense that the screw can be turned unless something else has given up the ghost also the vise does not rotate and there is a chip of the body missing to the left of the logo. Is this worth trying to muck around with.
  12. Mellin

    It followed me home

    thank you I will look into it, I'm sure I can find something on it here somewhere
  13. Mellin

    It followed me home

    Warning a few pictures I took half a day off working the mill to help my boss clean out some land and got some goodies. 6 rolls of various types of barbed wire A small lube can that might become a forge body A larger texaco lube tube that might become a forge body An old propane can that might become a forge body That's it for the "small" things I also pulled what looks like a solid fuel forge out of the ground and a small bench vise that is pretty rusted together but I reckon it will loosen up with some tlc I am pretty interested in seeing if that is a forge.
  14. Mellin

    It followed me home

    Big gun and JHCC It supposedly doesn’t work and the place I got it from didn’t consider it worth repairing so I will consider it a gift from the blacksmithing gods, and I know a foundry will require hotter temps than THAT burner can make, notice I’m skipping the sarcastic jokes about deep frying my Twinkie’s next to my aluminum. I like the stainless construction, cylinder is 12 inches wide and at least as deep if not more. I however am lacking time and a plan for a foundry if you have good designs you could point me to that would be awesome.
  15. Mellin

    It followed me home

    Followed me home I feeeeeeeeel like it should be a foundry. Like it is asking me to fufill its destiny and upgrade it from a fryer broaster thing.