Les L

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    Livonia, Louisiana
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    Fabrication, welding, Hunting, Fishing, and working on things that are old or broke

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  1. I have a saying that I tell all of my co-workers, “if you questioned your decision then you’re computer told you something was wrong” don’t second guess it, do it from the beginning and you won’t have to say the “if I only...”
  2. Use the correct sized torch tip cleaner (just slides in and push, straight) to dress them after shorting the tip. I recommend inserting the cleaner from the threaded end to ensure you don’t elongate the orifice.
  3. Looking at the picture made my toes cold! “T” shirt here yesterday, mid 30’s tonight. Can’t get used to the swings and adjust!
  4. This picture looks like the horn was broken of and the stub was drilled an a new one was inserted Chelonia, looks like we responded at the same time.
  5. Scott, I’ve worked a lot with T1 it is very tough and never had any trouble with chipping It’s what I always used to rebuild dozer KG blades and backhoe buckets to prevent them from breaking again. If I could get a piece 2-3 inch thick I would use it.
  6. When I was a kid, 4-5 years old, my dad was stationed at Ft. Riley, Ks. We rented a house in Milford, As we were being transferred the town was being moved to build a lake. I rode with my dad to watch a douser walk the new town site, with a forked stick, to determine where to drill the town well. Don’t know if he was right because we shipped out before it was drilled. I’ve been working for a gas utility company for 36 years, some employees are great at dousing, I’m not, give me the modern equipment! (Might have too much iron in my blood from 50 years welding)
  7. What you have been given is a great thread, but I think the members here need to look at not only what they have received, but “what they have given” to the blacksmith community. I thank all that spend their precious time on here pointing everyone in the right direction to improve their skills and informing them what they need to do to correct their mistakes
  8. Most striking anvils are made from mild steel to prevent chips flying off from missed strikes or the hammer rebounding and hitting the striker. Brian Brazeal uses 10 L X 4WX3Thick with 3 legs
  9. CGL, you’re cross looks a lot better than my first try. I like the vein I the leaf, simple but defines it. The laugh didn’t mess up anything and I always enjoy a good one. Silent Forge, I like your stand. Picker, great looking pattern, I agree with the low count.
  10. S Louque, I wouldn’t do any repairs until I worked with it for a while. You can make a square block, with different radii, to drop in the hardie for when you need a good edge. Are you member of LAMA? There will be a anvil repair event this Friday and Saturday, guests are welcome. PM me if you have questions.
  11. Frosty, I just read your response to CGL about the leaves while sitting in my deer stand, I think I blew the evening hunt, so much for being quiet while reading IFI Conrad, Golfishunt&Blacksmith 450, nice work all!
  12. Now you’re rolling, just don’t start rocking! Don’t forget that’s a top heavy machine when you move it
  13. Ray B, if you’re anvil is oriented with the heel/horn with one of them centered between the two legs and the other over the remaining leg you won’t have any trouble. Place your wheels on the two back legs and lift from the single leg
  14. Sounds like he named it Silent Forge for a reason
  15. Dr. said mine was too tight after 30+ yrs. on my finger, trouble was the wife was there when he said it. I took the ring off and handed it to her and asked the Dr. what the problem was. I can still wear the old one 10 yrs later, ain’t saying what that trip cost