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DHarris

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  1. Those trees are horrible. Not so bad when large You can prune them up and they will make serviceable shade trees, but unless kept under control they spread like mad and will outcompete other trees. They also burn way too easily when small. When I was a kid they weren’t nearly the problem they are now. You would see cows on farms. People commonly did controlled burns every few years. Now the cows are mostly gone and the land sits idle. Much of it sold to developers a decade or more ago, the land within the Greater OKC Metro area anyway. With the land idle and controlled burns rarer
  2. The true cost of buying the first one would be hard to calculate. Oklahoma doesn’t require alimony, but they do child support. Plus unlike many men, I really would miss my wife if she were gone. :-) i will track what I spend. I expect it will be very close unless I add the cost of the fuel I would have spent driving to Arkansas to pick it up. One benefit of doing the repair is the experience. Having succeeded or failed with an anvil no one cares about, I will feel a little more confident attempting repairs to my Dad’s anvil. He got it from his maternal grandfather who was a working
  3. I know nothing of the other people or how they went about welding the edges. My son-in-law, on the other hand is a known for me, as will be the process he follows. As for selling it when a perfect anvil presents itself, no. I want a larger one as a primary anvil, but will keep this one because I can easily transport it. But if I were to sell after repairing it, I wouldn’t let it go dirt cheap. As long as we follow the proper steps, the anvil should be almost as good as when new. Thanks for the info. One of the two different anvils the SCABA is considering selling has turning ca
  4. Never knew those were called C-girders. We call them channel iron here in Oklahoma. They are used to make utility trailers and truck beds. This is what I used as an anvil from the time I started about a year and a half ago till tomorrow when I will mount the anvil I purchased a few days ago to the stump in the photo. It looks like a piece of railroad track, but isn’t. The recycling yard here in Purcell where I picked it up said it was part of a bridge being torn down. They had a metal bin full of them. I only had to pay scrap steel price for it. Meaning it cost me just $10 or so. I belie
  5. Well that one fell through. I made the mistake of telling She Who Must Be Obeyed that I was going to Arkansas to pick up an anvil. Since I prefer to not cook my own food, wash and iron my clothes, and certain other things, I obeyed. The anvil I actually ended up with is much more beat up than that one, but being 92lbs is probably better for me now anyway. I sometimes need to load up for demos. Not to show off my awesome smithing skills. I do it primarily because it lets me forge all day without worrying about the noise, and to show people that, yes people still do this AND it doesn’t co
  6. I take it from it being said the handles break a lot, your hands or wrist bones would be breaking a lot if you used a punch without a handle or tongs designed to hold them?
  7. So if you don’t wedge them, do you make the handle taper from thin to thick as it gets closer to the tool? Much like you see with pickaxes or tomahawks?
  8. Which did you choose, and how did it go?
  9. This is an old topic, but why would this be better than just using vinegar? Vinegar is less expensive and appears to work OK.
  10. Bought it. $400 + a steak turner/bottle opener in trade. Now I have to make the 4 1/2 hour trip to BFE to pick it up.
  11. I let a very clean (except for the bird poop) 154# Sodefors @ $750 pass me by at the Sulphur, Oklahoma Tractor Show a month or so ago. I let a decently repaired 130ish# Arm and Hammer anvil pass me by last month. It had two Pritchel holes which threw me. That coupled with the welded and reworked edges. $500. Peter Wright. Unknown weight (described as all you can carry) $400. It was just 40 miles away, but someone had welded chain links to the base. So I passed. Properly priced anvils in the Central Oklahoma area seem to be rare now. Any one of the above anvils would have been
  12. I found this for sale. 120#. Asking price is $450. I’m a little concerned about the edges which appear to have been welded. I think I can make out traces of welding in the Hardy hole. It is 4 hours away from me. How risky would you say this is? I like the Mouse Hole anvils. They all look thick and stout. What do you think. Take a day trip to Arkansas and see the sights along the way to look at an anvil that is likely a dud? Maybe even pick up some other anvil or tools along the way. Central Oklahoma has a few anvils to be found but all see to be at full inflated Forged in F
  13. I was a little worried about what I would find when I finally managed to get the ‘thing’ off. I thought the bottom of the leg may have rusted completely and I might need to put it back in, so I was careful not to break it. SOtherwise I would have just cut it off. Now I am stuck with some floor mounting thing that I seriously doubt I will ever find a use for sitting around taking up space. Can’t toss it because even though the day I find I need it will never ever come, I gotta keep it.....I am not a hoarder, but I think I may be a carrier of the gene. This is the end of the leg. A
  14. I believe you are right Stevomiller.
  15. Isn’t the spring missing?
  16. The can-like thing, I assume it is to set the vise in a concrete floor. I tried double-tapping to edit the size of the photo. That option did not appear. How do I reduce the pixel count? It took quite a bit of work with a chisel and punch, but I finally got it off. I had Googled and looked at thousands of leg vise images and could find nothing on that “can-like” thing. The vise was too tall with it on and too short if I set the can into the floor. Sorry about the size.
  17. Nice looking knife. Be sure your wife understands those scales will swell and split if she tosses it in the dishwasher.
  18. There are a number of YouTube videos which explain how to restore what appear to be totally dead tools. Some use electrolysis while others use vinegar or extended soaks in kerosene. One guy even used ice on a drill. Heat I had known about, but ice I had not. Should you open it up and find the screw shaft and box are stripped, there is even a video of a guy who replaced the screw shaft and box with a threaded rod and coupling, but he had access to a machine shop. If that were to be the case for me, I would just have to accept that I had a very cool piece for the garden. The only re
  19. So I have learned. I thought all that was over when I quit golfing, but they seem about the same in that aspect. Just as there is always yet another new putter or driver that will “fix” your swing or stroke, there seems to be always another this or that tool which will magically make my forgings cleaner. Bradley. I grew up in Rush Springs, so I’ve been through there many times. Not often now though. I normally take the other road and pass through Dibble and Chickasha when visiting my parents since they opened the road up leading into Chickasha. It seems faster. I sometimes go to th
  20. RAs the title says, I am a hobbyist and live in Purcell. I have a wife, three daughters, only one of my girls is still school age. The one still at home has 5 cats, meaning I have 5 cats. TL;DR version: I am a blacksmithing newb from Oklahoma. I work in a clinical lab. I don’t have a lot of equipment, but that really doesn’t seem to matter much. My interest is primarily ornamental and architectural iron working. The Great Wall of Text version: I work in a clinical lab, primarily inventory control, cost accounting, process improvement, negotiating contracts with vendors and cli
  21. I like the one on the left. To me framing hammers should have a waffle face, but only because my dad’s did. No other reason. You did a good job with the waffling. It doesn’t appear milled, yet the lines are straight and essentially evenly spaced. I prefer the shape of the handle of the one on the right. I don’t particularly like handles which bulges in the middle. The one on the left seems to have a bulge, whereas the one on the right appears to have be evenly tapered, growin wider as it gets closer to the butt of the handle. Like others, I don’t care for burning a handle. Supp
  22. Takes you a couple minutes. On my phone, quite a bit longer. :-) And with people in over 150 countries potentially reading what what I post, I think I will be a bit more careful about what I say.
  23. Perhaps I could have been a little clearer.. I expected to find a more up to date list of SCABA events. Our annual conference is the 13th and 14th, but isn’t mentioned. We have a website where scheduled meetings are listed, so I can see how listing SCABA events here also might be a little redundant.
  24. I was hoping I might be able to ask questions and get answers from people I know. I guess that isn’t likely to happen
  25. Bells, trivets, ornaments for the tree, hooks for hanging stockings, candle holders, poinsettias, cork screws. Cork screws are a little tricky for me. Poinsettias also, but shouldn’t be. Trivets.....the joinery I haven’t learned yet. Bells I can do. Ornaments and hooks also aren’t hard to do. Edited to add: So this is something I have to make and post an image of? I suppose I should have read the Sticky first
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