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  1. At the least put some 1/4” thick 1-1/2” round plates under the bolts to keep them from boring into the concrete. (Then you may have to beef up the brackets, if it worth it...)
  2. Some really progress! (Unfortunately, the pictures are in reverse order.) After work today, when I was home for lunch, and after work yesterday. I’m starting to get excited, David
  3. Good timing, BartW was just asking if anyone knew how his 700lb church window anvil was forged. I absolutely love you videos! Keep them coming. David
  4. Butternuts? We have four butternut trees on the side of our house, but most people I’ve talked to about them, don’t have any knowledge of them. Now, I’ve seen them referenced on IFI twice in one day. With that, and the link to a quantum computing video yesterday, I’m pretty convinced I could learn anything here!
  5. If the anvil was cold when you took the torch to it, the increase in water on the anvil was most likely the water vapor from the exhaust gases from the torch condensing. There is a lot of water vapor in exhaust! If you continued with the torch, the anvil work heat up enough that the condensation would stop and the water on the anvil would evaporate.
  6. Just out of curiosity, if he has iron powder, would it be possible to forge a canister of it into a solid billet? David
  7. Steven, I apologize if I have offended you or other educators. That was not my intention. My son had a rough start in school. He was in a catholic school for first grade and that experience almost ruined him. (Perfect example of a bad situation that we don’t really want to get into, and we have not returned to any church since...kind of ruined us as well, I guess.) The switch to public school and the gifted program there was a fantastic thing. He had really wonderful teachers who we still keep up with now. Unfortunately, things started to fall apart. The gifted program was pushed to the w
  8. George, I have to agree with you there. As with everything, if you want good results, you have to put in the time and effort. Fortunately, there are a lot more resources available, many free of cost, than when we first started. (But, yes, definitely not a good fit for everyone!) We do a secular curriculum, and I have always felt the same as you have observed. Yesterday, in a conversation with my wife, she pointed out that many of the evangelical home schooled children, while lacking some critical thinking and science education, had a very good history education. (I hope it serves them wel
  9. Just for clarification, did you mean you want to forge them from wrought iron or cast them from cast iron? (Casting iron is extremely dangerous, even in an industrial setting. Welding is quite safe in comparison.) Glad to have you aboard! David
  10. This may take this thread in a very strange direction, but... We are equally unimpressed with what has become of the education system, and started homeschooling years ago. For us, having a high performing child, seeing the gifted programs disappear, and my wife already at home with a background in education, it was the best choice for us. I can’t say it would be a good fit for others, but it has been very beneficial for our family. We now have one young adult double-majoring at one of the nation’s best private engineering schools and a elementary-age boy who is two years ahead. If home sc
  11. How about making your single sided ball rivets a little longer and making the other ball separate with a countersunk through hole? That way you could peen the river right into the second ball and clean it up with a file (if needed). David
  12. Finally, progress toward the new shop. From the old garage salvaged: windows (for a neighbor), roof joists and door (for a coworkers), bricks (for our property), and 900ft of 1”x10” lap boards (for walls in the shop). Not to mention that I discovered that the post to the dog pen are 1” solid wrought iron. 11 of them, 6~8ft long! When the pen goes back up, the posts will be 1” heavy wall square tube. Still just the beginning... David
  13. Jason, heating the oil increases the quench rate. Cold oil can be viscous and not circulate fast enough for a good quench. By heating the oil you lower the viscosity allowing the oil to circulate faster, thus pulling the heat out faster. You could have lost some of the carbon in the insert to carbon migration. (Carbon diffusing from the high carbon to the lower carbon at welding temperatures.) That maybe why oil quench wasn’t fast enough, but it still hardened in water. David
  14. You might check to see if you have some small local lumber mills. You never know what they might have on hand. (Let them know what you are looking for and why. Could work out in unexpected ways.) I’m watching closely to see how this turns out! David
  15. I sure hope so... If nothing else I will at least have a dry, warm shop all year long. I’ve been getting by with just pulling everything out of the garage, then having to pack it all up afterwards, every time I want to do any forging. (Not to mention worrying about the garage collapsing on everything inside of it!) David
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