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  1. Has anyone yet put together a plan for a hydraulic press which is easy to build and safe to use, meaning the thing is not going to experience spontaneous rapid disassembly? I would like to use it to disrupt an 8” length of 1.5” until it is 2.5” in diameter. Or draw out 2” stock until it as the desired thickness Perhaps a book I could search for and find?
  2. How difficult would it be to convert my saw to one that cuts wood and mild steel? Evidently when new, you could purchase an option to make your saw able to cut both wood and steel. What parts would I need to find? The photo is of a gearbox from a wood/metal saw.
  3. What do you think you would do differently to make it better?
  4. JHCC, did you transfer the design to the steel first? I forget his name, but he has a post on how to do this and get good results. Since you aren’t happy with it, I expect you will do it over. I look forward to seeing it if you do.
  5. I used 1/2” which equates to something like 12.7 mm. There appear to be several steel fabrication shops in São Paulo. Call them all until you find one willing to let you pick from their scrap pile. If they won’t, remind them you were planning to pay 4-5 x the current scrap price. If that won’t work, see if they will let you pick through their pile for free if you sweep out their shop. Actually if you tell them you are looking for steel plate to make an forge so you can begin blacksmithing, they may just let you have anything you want. As for how thick? 3/8” is about as lo
  6. I am pretty sure my wife would have a stroke if she came in found I had installed a hand forged, door shelf thingy inside of our fridge. You really need to keep that woman.
  7. No. Slept till almost noon. Will try next week. I really don’t know what kind of steel that piece I gave you is. That slice we took with Korney’s saw wasn’t the first. I had done one at a friends shop a few months prior to that. It took just as long to cut using his saw, and just as with Korney’s, almost took out the saw. I tried hardening that first slice using oil. It didn’t. To harden it I had to use water. Forging it was not easy and it cracked, but I attributed that to me not being used to forging anything other than mild steel or something like a tie rod. I was hitting
  8. I am still not certain it is an axle. It could be just mild steel. One of the pieces I picked up from my mechanic yesterday would probably be better. It is definitely an axle.
  9. I sent you a PM. The place looks to be bigger than Frontier City!
  10. Did they have any more? This is what followed me home. The slave cylinder for my clutch went out in my truck and the mechanic who replaced It for me had a stack of stuff out behind his shop. He told me I could just take anything I wanted, but I gave him $10. Way over scrap price, but I will likely want to go back later for more. Next time I will bring gloves. Steel laying out in the sun is bloody hot. I am still “tooling up” and will likely use most of this for drifts, punches, chisels, and other such. The leaf spring looks to be from a small utility trailer or some ot
  11. That would work. I was just going to use flashing and duct tape.
  12. If you use a hair dryer, plug it into something with a switch you can easily turn off. That is what killed my pot. I had a switch I could click with my foot, but the switch was weak and broke after a month of use. Reaching all the way under the table to turn the hair dryer on and off was a pain and I was lazy. Even the lowest setting put out quite a bit of air. After three to four hours of use, the bottom of the pot would have quite a bit of color. The first to go was the weld on one side of the pot. The table itself at that spot also warped up a good inch. You can expect to replace
  13. Ask before you go dropping a ball bearing on someone’s anvil. They shouldn’t mind, but it would be rude (in Oklahoma anyway) to not ask first.
  14. I may brace it later, Chris. Still not sure. As for my Dad, I wish he would come up here every now and then, but Highway 81 only goes the one way apparently. Human, my brake drum pot was maybe 3.5” deep. It was Ok, but it didn’t seem to work well for anything thicker than an inch. Charles once said coal with a bottom blast needs to be deeper. I went with 5” just because it seemed a good compromise between 4” and 6”. If I find 5” is too deep, I can weld up a grate from 3/8” square stock that is just a bit larger than the bottom of the pot. That would raise it. i wouldn’t really refer
  15. What is the exchange rate? I have a gamer friend who lives in São Paulo. He is a pilot, so he could live anyplace he chose to. I am beginning to understand why he chooses to live there. He is paid in USD, which based upon anvil prices, means he lives there for just a little higher than free. The last anvil you posted a picture of appears to have had some grinding done on it, especially around the step area. If true, you wouldn’t want it. Repair done correctly is fine. Repair done wrong will leave you with dead spots and pretty soon, chipped edges. A 157 lb. Sodefors sold
  16. Your girlfriend’s father must like you a lot. No bloody way I would have ever allowed any of the yahoos my daughters brought around go rummaging around my barn.
  17. If you can find one, a hot water tank is probably your best bet. Used gas cylinders or empty propane tanks must first be completely emptied or they can explode when you take a torch to them. I have never done so, but there are tutorials on how to safely work with them. Someone here has probably done a post on it. Hot water tanks have many uses. You can cut them in half and make a box blade for a lawn tractor, cut and shape them into lawn art, turn them into meat smokers, use them as a shell for a gas forge, or cut them down the middle and use them as water or feed troughs for animals. I h
  18. I am thinking that what I have forever thought was drill pipe is actually some other pipe used in the oil and gas industry. Everyone has always referred to it as “oilfield pipe”. There are pipe yards all over the state that sell it used in various sizes, as well as sucker rod, storage tanks, and even entire rigs. People buy the pipe and sucker rod to build fences and gates.
  19. Thanks. I debated replacing the top of the table as well. It was pretty rusty and had cracked in two spots around the old pot. But It seemed to be reasonably sound, so I just welded the cracks. I also cut a piece out of far side bed rail to allow me to put longer pieces in the fire without them being tilted. The bed rail on the near side I had cut out shortly after I first got the forge. I am a little concerned that having now cut away part of both side rails I may have weakened the top. It may begin dipping down in the middle. I wish I had braced it. I have to say that after having done
  20. Finished it yesterday. I decided against a clinker breaker. It isn’t that hard to just remove them with a poker. I still need to weld up a grate. I had forgotten to bring square bar with me. My Dad is great, but is very funny about his scrap. Asking to use even a piece from his trash barrel will cause him to sort of scrunch up his face, so I thought it best to just wait until I got back home. Until I have time to make a grate I will just place a couple pieces of scrap square bar across the opening. The pot isn’t quite square, but it sits flush with the top without rocking. I hope the wel
  21. I cut the plate today. Didn’t finish welding all the pieces together, but did finish the hard part, which is welding up the sides. The camera on my phone doesn’t work, so I have no photos yet. Before driving down to my Dad’s to use his shop, I borrowed my wife’s phone and took a couple of photos of my totally trashed forge as it was before I loaded it up. The first shows the pot as it looks below the table. The second is from the top. You can see it was in very bad shape. The friend of mine who built it for me had welded the top of the drum to the bottom of the table. I was pretty su
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