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About DHarris

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    Purcell, Oklahoma
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    Tuning perfectly good scrap into amorphous blobs of burnt steel at the moment.

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  1. Thanks to both of you. it only just now occurs to me you may have covered this in your book, Steve. I will pull them out again. When I bought them I didn’t think I would ever be trying this and would have just skimmed over it if it were there.
  2. That certainly seems to easier than what this guy did in this video. You wouldn’t need access to a lathe or other machining tools.
  3. I have tried searching but no luck. I know from my search that when using wrought iron or mild steel on the outside carbon will migrate from the high carbon core to the areas of lower carbon. 1095 seemed to be the most commonly used core, but other than the high carbon content and the material being readily available at a very low cost in the form of old files, I couldn’t find much to inform me why it might be preferred over something like 5160. l have many old files to play around with as well as several leaf springs from some sort of large Ford truck and a small pile of leaf spring
  4. Thanks, Thomas. That is such an obvious thing now that you’ve said it, but is not something that would have ever thought of. I’ve had an unused set of 1/2” metric sockets in my garage for almost twenty years now. Finally I have a purpose for them.
  5. I have often wondered if you could weld a coil spring inside. I’ve read that at one time threads were not cut. They were made by welding or brazing a coil spring to serve as threads. Mainly I just posted to make this thread (NPI ) easier for me to find later. I know threads in the first vises were not cut, but have no real idea how they got the coils attached and functioning.
  6. This is the profile I prefer. I just wish it were a little thicker. I didn’t make the head. It is just an old and rusty, garage sale find. The handle is bois d’arc. No stain applied. It just darkens naturally from the BLO, bee’s wax, and grime as you use it. The odd knob on the end was once different, but I split it in half when knocking it on concrete to set the head. I smoothed it up and it looked like a phallus (If I can say that. Please edit if I cannot.). So I worked it some more to try as best as I could to make it not. That was the last time I set a head with concre
  7. At one point the club coal was from Texas, but that was a long time ago before I became a member. I believe most Texas coal is lignite, but I could be wrong. Steel was actually once made in Texas. The Lone Star Steel company was/is located in NE Texas near Longview where I once lived for many years. I am down to about half a barrel now. With cooler weather here, I should be out there more now. Hopefully they are still on the same pile, but I expect not. It may be the same clinker producing stuff you guys are getting now.
  8. Yes. I got a bit carried away with the rasps. The handle is a bit thin at the butt end though, so I won’t be upset when it breaks. I am still looking for a shape I like. I have tried a few different shapes. The first was sort of a backward D shape, kind of like a guitar neck. It made it easy to tell where the face was without looking. It was Ok, but not great. When this one breaks, I will probably go with something like a U. The one part of the handles I expect to stick with is the type of wood. Bois d’arc is great. A bit heavy, but not excessively so. Rather tough. I have
  9. I usually run my forge for an hour at a time. Clinker is usually not a problem unless I go longer than that. I assume because of the coal the Saltfork Crafters makes available for members to purchase. I believe it comes from a mine near Vinita. It is of pretty good quality. It is only on a weekend when I might run the forge for 3 hours or longer that I have to remove clinker that it is a problem. With a grate like my brake drum forge had it was manageable. Removing the clinker requires I break up the fire, but that is a minor thing. It isn’t so minor with just pieces of scrap placed
  10. That is probably why what just the odd scrap bits I normally use seem to las longer. That one covered the entire bottom. The scrap bits are just large enough to sit over the tuyere. At present I am using three small pieces of 3/8” round bar I had used as a drift. They actually seem to function better as a grate than they did as drifts. The holes I was drifting grew progressively larger the more each piece was used. Drifting out the holes seemed to disrupt the 3/8” drifts and they would get thicker with each use. I know how to put a traditional clinker breaker in the pot, bu
  11. Leaf springs from a truck. Unknown vintage. Needed a nice chunk of spring steel for a hammer I am making. I figure this will do better than the other leaf springs I have which come from smallish utility trailers. They are no more than 1/4 “ thick. Paid the mechanic $10 and he helped me carry it to my truck. Much more than scrap price, but he is a good guy. Donal
  12. This is where I’ve landed so far. I forge welded another thin drip to the side. The top pick has my favorite. Stamped 2.5 lb, but feels lighter. It is 5” from face to peen. Sort of square. Bottom of head to top is 1.5”. Peen starts at 3” from face. Face is 1.5”x1.5”. Center of the handle is at 2.125” from face. Hole for handle from top side is 2 1/8” parallel to the direction of the face and 7/8” side to side. WI blank is 1 3/8” top and bottom of the front of the face. The sides are both 1 3/16”. The peen end is 1 1/16“ on both top and bottom. The sides are 1 1/1
  13. My very first grate was made from sucker rod. 3/4” I believe. It lasted a year and a half, but I wasn’t forge welding much if any. Just leaves and s hooks. I have sucker rod. I may try it again. Or just continue on with the scrap.
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