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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. She helps me sometimes.
  2. I was thinking wolf doing the same thing. Others see a hare.
  3. This is where I have taken it so far. I need to work it some more to remove all the sloppy hammer marks and true it up. The flat bar is 3/8” x 1.5 inch I am trying to draw out wider and flatter without increasing the length. Not such a success so far. I will need to practice with JLP’s video’s on directional movement to practice with again. It is tending to split, but that is likely poor heat control. Eventually it and another piece riveted to it will form a busIness card holder. The second picture is after I cut the end off the hammer blank to remove the tack welds. It
  4. How about this one. My daughter took the picture. It is sort of fuzzy. Does Piglet count? Do heffalumps and woozles like pork?
  5. I’ve been working slowly. I now have the blank at 8” long x 1 3/4” wide and 1 1/2” thick My plan now, after I forge weld the last bit of flattened wrought iron to the blank is to use a fuller some what like the Black Bear Forge guy did to make two hammers from one blank. I hope to be able to fuller it in the middle so the hammers are diagonal peens first I have to fabricate the fullers. I am thinking angle iron with bits of other steel welded inside the V’s to add mass to them? Would a better method to make the fullers be better? Should I fuller the blank with the blank a
  6. I agree. Silicone layer with anvil tightly secured to the base. Magnet under the heel and side of cutting step if the anvil has one if needed. Just the silicone and clamping the anvil to the base tightly will eliminate almost all the ring on most anvils. Currently mine has chain wraps. They get in the way and the sound dampening was no better than it was on my prior mount which was just a layer of silicone with bars over the feet and attached to base. Some day I will remove the chains and go back to that.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
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