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  1. Well I was in need of a stout vise the other day for a project and figured it was about time to mount my great, great granddad's Indian Chief vise down in its new home. It has been on an old work bench in a old shed on the back of the place and always looked all alone when I would visit the shed to rummage. I think grandad would be happy his tools are still in use after all these years. He had a blacksmith shop in my local town back at the turn of the century and died in 1929. It is a 5 1/2" Indian Chief with a 75 stamped on it which I assume is the weight for it was starting to get kind of h
  2. Was getting the combine ready to go for wheat the last couple days, and had to rebuild the straw chopper. Got to changing the knives and figured I would save then to experiment with some day. Read on a old post on here that said the sickle blades on a combine were 1038 steel, so I took a grinder to a sickle blade, a chopper blade, and a file, and found the amount of sparks for the chopper blades was closer to the file then the sickle blades. Anyone else ever experiment with straw chopper blades? Go 40 strait blades out of the job.
  3. A cheap 20' x 20'carport is what I have, and it seems to work fine. Size might be an issue with one though for after 20' wide, the snow load would be an issue. As mentioned as well, wind is another factor. I bought mine used, just two weeks old, for it had been ripped out of the ground and rolled across the yard. Had just been staked down with rebar stakes. I anchored it with bolts in concrete and never had anymore issues. As well it has carried some 12" snows and survived. At 20' deep, the two end walls carry a lot of the load. As for permits, there are still places around with no building c
  4. Yes I know it was a bit much, but I couldn't pass up the cash and carry price. I figured extra setting around isn't a bad thing, and maybe once I get mine a going, someone else might want to build one and so I will have the ability to help them out.
  5. I just bought a 50lb bag for whenever I get around to building my forge. Didn't want to do the math and it was dirt cheep, so just went that route. Should be plenty.
  6. VW TDI's is the way to go! Mine has 418k and nephew sold his which had 660k and is still going. Both averaged 45 to 48mpg. The wifes Audi Q7 TDI is getting 28 highway which is pretty impressive for a full size suv, but is a bear to work on sometimes with all the bells and whistles. Indeed German engineering is a bit different then American.
  7. Dad always told me not to play with the draw knife when I was young. Parents should never say such things to young boys. Had the wood positioned between my feet and yes one slip, and one chunk of leg was no more. Will carry that scar for the rest of my years. Still use one, but respectfully.
  8. Good buy I must say! And I as well must agree that your work bench is pretty clean! Mine usually get to looking like....
  9. I found a role that size on a online store that cost $60 with a coupon and free shipping. I jumped all over it.
  10. Though I am far from being done with the inside work in my shed, I was finally able to put up me first wall decoration. Can remember my dad having this saw hanging on various shed walls for forty years, and now it has found a home in mine. He actually bought it new and to this day it has never been used. I have tried many things at least once in my life to at least say I have did that, but never a crosscut saw.
  11. You can dig holes into the gravel floor and ether run the legs into the ground and concrete in, or concete in some anchors. Pour your concrete up to a few inches shy of the top of the gravel floor so you can cut them off later below ground level if need be.
  12. Was preparing to build one myself and just use a couple LVL's for a top. Was thinking of mortise and tenoning some 4x4s for the lexs and supports, but don't really like the thought of putting that much time into it. Should be able to drill some holes in the bottom side of the angle iron and secure the top with screws. Angle iron legs would be the easiest unless you want to build some kind of bracket to securely hold 4x4s. Weld a piece of flatstock to the bottom of the angle iron legs and bolt it to the floor.
  13. Many times when I can't make out writing on something, I take my phone and take a good picture of whatever it is and then zoom in to make out what it says. It has come in handy many times, and I say this for as I zoom in on picture #2 on my phone, it looks to me there is something and a TM written a little right of center and up a bit, and as well what looks like a something XX in the upper right. Just might be my eyes or other variables, but you might investigate it further.
  14. OK this is my suggestion if had you two pieces. Now mind you I am not a professional at anything but farming. Farmers have to deal with different problems all the time, and sometimes that means getting creative. The measurements in the picture are proximate, for you have two pieces 19 and 1/2" Long. I would cut off a 11" piece for the horn, cut the other one to 16" and add the 3 1/2" chunk to the left over 8 1/2" piece. Of course this will not be a full penetration weld, that being under the horn part, I don't see too much i'll effects. Then weld up all joints and cut and shape the horn t
  15. I figured you being a heavy equipment owner and operator, you might have some welding skills. Let me get back with you and I will run some scenarios through my head and see if I could draw something up that might interest you. There might be a couple possibilities. And I don't think it would take that much time to weld up if you get some big Rod 3/16.
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