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  1. Thomas, make sure you put dim able LED lights in. I put four high output dim able LED lights in my shop and the bright light is great for most work, but I really do need the turn down for somethings. David
  2. Sorry can’t remember if your using a gas or coal forge, but either way, it you could be oxidizing the parts to heavy in the forge. If it’s coal forge, keep your steel towards the top 1/3 of the fire. As Anvil says 4” of coal below and 2” above, but that can depend on where the fire ball is. You want most of the oxygen consumed before it gets to your part, and enough coverage on you part to keep shop air exposure. If it’s a gas forge you may need to tune it more neutral. Not an area I can speak to. I rarely run my gas forge and it needs help… It could also be that your bringing the steel to a higher temperature than needed. At forge welding temperature it will scale very fast. There are times when you need that much heat, but not for bottle openers… Keep at it, and keep asking questions, David
  3. Looks like Mikey was faster at a posting than I can edit… David
  4. In mine, the few times I’ve ran it, it ignite without help just from the still glowing forge. If you want to save gas between heats, setup an idle circuit.
  5. In my area, when doing demo, the first question I get is “do you make knives?”. The second is “do you make horse shoes?”. It’s just what people know, and many people here seem to get into smithing to make knives, and they sell! Personally, I like the idea of knife making, but don’t enjoy it as much in practice. I’d rather make tomahawks, tools, or decorative forgings. In any forging though, I’m really trying to make the best piece possible. I want to push myself to always have a work of art when finished. (I still have a long way to go!) David
  6. Edge welding won’t work, you’ll need a full penetration weld across the face. I have an anvil that was “repaired” that way, and it’s worse than working on a cast iron “anvil”. (I have two of those also.) You could lay a 1/4” rod between the anvil and new face plate then stick weld the gap all the way working from both sides. Honestly, it would be much easier to hard face it, and there is a very well accepted method of doing so, I just can’t remember the name or link to it. I’m sure someone will mention it… David
  7. I’ve been using an old sash weight to preheat my canola oil. (Just get it up to a temperature where the side of the bucket is warm to the touch.) I keep the oil in a steel grease bucket with an air tight lid a little bigger that a 5gal bucket. It’s only filled to about 2/3s full of oil and I just leave the sash weight in with the oil. I am planning on making a inner basket/lining with some perforated sheet metal I’ve got lay around, eventually… David
  8. Might try a Go Mia with mild steel sides, thin layers of nickel sheet, a bandsaw blade as the center, then draw the billet out to get the center real thin. Could make for an interesting result, but I can’t see myself doing it. My list of things to try is too long for my shop time as it is now. David
  9. In this case, you could find the hard center by filing it down. Not sure it would work though, that fine line of harden able material would probably diffuse to a medium-low carbon line due to carbon migration at welding temperatures. David
  10. I’ve heard that adding iron filings to flux help to keep your scrafs from slipping during the initial setting of the weld. Kind of like putting barbs on an axe bit. Not sure if there is much truth to it though. The last batch of flux I mixed up I added some and it worked pretty good, but my welds are still hit and miss either way… David
  11. Looks great! What was your etching process to get that level of contrast? David
  12. Looks like we’re on the same page Frazer!
  13. What are you using as a forge? (Propane, coal, charcoal, wood, corn, oil, induction?) What type of steel are you working with? Not a lot of information to work with right now. Also, you may want to go through the “read this first” thread. Where are you located (roughly)? Could be someone close by to hang out with and get through some of the basics. David
  14. Congratulations! What size is it? I’m envious! (I’m dreaming of an 88, have the buy-in from my wife, but not timing… Hopefully this year?) David
  15. TW, I thought it was cat litter that one could use to line a forge… David
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