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    3D printing, welding, machining, casting, electronics, firearms

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  1. My impression from the video is that he acknowledges that not all rebar is the same. While he mentioned it, probably could have further emphasized that the only way to answer "Is rebar good for ____?" is to *test* whatever bars are at-hand.
  2. Latticino, most computer muffin fans top out at 200-500 mA at twelve volts, so the fan in question should conceivably push more than a computer fan. As for the fan's performance, even as a shrouded axial fan it's unlikely to develop sufficient static pressure to do the job reliably. Also note that it's probably louder than you'd expect.
  3. At the heaviest that'd be 257.51754 lbs. (884.9ish cubic inches multiplied by a density of 0.291 lbs/in^3, though the density is cited as somewhere between 0.28 and 0.291)
  4. Aesthetics aside, that last part's the most important. The second question is "Do they work well enough for your needs?" If yes, then Bravo! Heck all that work you've done is more than I've accomplished in my attempts at making tongs. I've yet to do some from scratch that have been worth finishing.
  5. Not sure how trash collection occurs in your area. Around here there's bulk pickup weeks where such stuff is put to the curb for the claw truck to come by and pick it up. Those would be the opportunities while doing 'necessary' errands ;-) As for the capacitor, I've not come across one that DIDN'T have a bleed resistor on it (something like 1MegaOhm). by the time someone goes to throw an old microwave out it should have done its job and discharged the cap. As with most high power electronics, have a pair of rubber gloves and a sacrificial screwdriver handy to be sure the job's done all the way. Thanks for the heads up on that ceramic- I was unaware of its composition.
  6. Also look for old microwaves being sent to the tip, when the magnetron is disassembled you get a couple of decent ring magnets- I've amassed a few over time and they certainly help on my small anvil.
  7. Well, I can say the 28th edition doesn't have anything in the index for Blacksmithing, Forging, Forming, or Tongs.
  8. What John said, mostly a concern that they might not like being forged if they are, in fact, a leaded steel. Only one good way to find out! I hope you're lucky and they're something way more useful :-)
  9. Not sure if it was cautioned before, but they might be 12L14. I know you'd mentioned they had some end drilling/machining done before, but in fairly low stress applications it tends to be favored for the ease of machining (or deep hole drilling). I know most of the bars of it I have are either square or hex. Guess you'll find out when you start to forge it.
  10. Glenn, yeah I was going to fatten up the top of the ring, probably use some hose. However, busting a knuckle is incentive to pay closer attention!
  11. Not much smithing aside from cold-bending the ring and flattening the mower blade, but I fabricobbled up a small kindling splitter so my Kindergartner can help her daddy 'chop wood'. Just need to screw the feet down to some chunks of 2x4 to raise it up, but it's suprisingly stable as-is.
  12. The stuff you've listed is why I've been hunting for 'em, JHCC. It would figure I finally get these after buying a few feet of 1.25" Hex 1045.
  13. After some back-and-forth I finally met the owner of an equipment rental place and made off with some of their unusable breaker bits. If I had the time and skills I'd look at sharpening some and see what he'd be willing to pay for re-pointing the worn ones he has (the heat treating requirement is what keeps me from looking into it further). Something like 18-20 bits here, I gave him $20 and a bottle opener.
  14. Got a few hours today in what seems like forever. Made a couple fire pokers because I needed one for my fire pit- was playing around with twisting the tip since forge welding isn't something I'm able to do at this point in time. Also made a couple bottle openers and hooks, though one isn't pictured since i gave it away.
  15. Recently found a 100 lb. Hunk of steel at the scrapyard. Will be far more manageable than the other giant hunk o stuff I have. The are two shallow 1/2" threaded holes in it that should aid in manipulating it for use on-end or on its side for striking. Forgot to measure it, though... d'oh!
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