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  1. I like them for grinding and sanding but it's definitely not my go to tool for cutting. If I have another option I usually take it. Pnut
  2. That will eventually catch up to them. Pnut
  3. I was recently watching the Lorelei Sims episode of a Craftsman's Legacy and seen Eric Gorges grinding on a blade with an angle grinder and it looked like something I would have gotten grounded for as a kid. He had the tang in the vise and was holding the tip of the blade between his thumb and forefinger while grinding the bevels with a flap disk on an angle grinder. I think people get complacent after time. I've been doing this since you were in diapers , I don't need anyone to tell me how to do my job, is something I heard at the rubber refinery just a few days before the Millman with the longest service lost three fingers in the mill and really got off lucky that it was only his fingers. Pnut
  4. My hand cranked blower will blow the charcoal right out of the firepot if I crank it too fast. About 6 rpm's for forging and just a little faster for welding. I have one of the double action mattress pumps also but it's the one with the hose in the handle. I used it with no problems except I had to put a few wraps of masking tape around the flange that the hose connects to so it would have a better friction fit. I had no problems out of it after that. Pnut
  5. I think it was American Woodshop I was watching that had a disclaimer somewhere saying that the guards are removed to make it easier to see the technique and to never operate a power tool with a guard removed. I'll post the name of the program for sure as they're airing this weekend. Pnut
  6. Given enough time stupid usually fixes itself. Pnut
  7. The box can be literally anything. I used a nightstand from the hotel I work at set on it's back for one of my jabods. Have you taken a look at the sideblast 55 forge. Just cut 8 inches off the top or bottom of a 55 gallon drum and use it for the box. You can use some of the sheet metal From cutting the other end off and opening it up for the cover. After the first jabod you'll see suitable containers everywhere. Pnut Here's a link to the 55 sideblast forge. You can use dirt or bricks to make a firepot just like a jabod. The next one I make I have a piece of drum for the container.
  8. Pretty much just give it a go. If it doesn't last long you'll only be out some dirt. You can use whatever soil is in your area to hold the bricks in place in a MarkIII jabod. My regular trench style jabod miraculously lasted nearly a year before I needed to tear it apart because of cracking. The first one started cracking immediately. The legs sunk in the mud and it fell over after about four days of steady rain and destroyed itself. I kept them outside in the open. I just covered it with a piece of sheet metal with a couple bricks to keep it from blowing away. I learned my lesson and put a paver under each leg after the first one though. They're easy to make and if you don't get the clay mix right the first time they will usually still work for a while. When I put the next one together it will be the third one and I learned something important from each one. Pnut
  9. You can always add more water or sand/Clay. It might take a few tries to get the right consistency. Too wet and it will crack as it dries. Bentonite is weird because if left alone it will evenly distribute the moisture throughout. The only thing you really gain from a brick firepot in my opinion is you don't have to mix the litter with anything. Pnut
  10. Are you planning on a brick firepot or a clay trench? If using bricks you just surround the bricks with dry kitty litter. If you're making a trench firepot from clay you will need to mix 3parts sand to one part kitty litter and add just a little water. Maybe 10% by weight and leave the mixture in a sealed bucket or bag overnight. Then check it by squeezing a piece in your hand. If it forms a lump that you can break without it crumbling or leaving mud on your hands it's ready. If it crumbles add a little more water and seal back up overnight and check again. If it leaves mud on your hands add a little more litter and seal back up and check it again The next day. Keep doing this until you can break a lump without it crumbling or leaving mud on your hands. Pnut
  11. Hello, same pnut, yeah the MarkIII was made to be portable. That's the reason for the bentonite around the bricks. It keeps them in place and you can pour it back into a bucket when done. Soft firebrick isn't necessary. Clay bricks will be fine. I would put them in an oven on the lowest setting to drive off any excess moisture. Charcoal is best if using clay because coal slag likes to stick to them. You'll probably have to replace them eventually anyways. I've melted clay bricks and firebrick in my jabod. Pnut
  12. I only used worm castings because I literally looked over and seen about eight or ten little mounds of them around some holes. It was out of convenience. I would recommend using a mixture that matches your adobe. The worm castings were From the same clay I used so I thought, why not. Luckily it worked. Keep us posted on how it's going. Pnut
  13. I got sidetracked about the military dogs, but yeah that's what I'm hoping happened. I've had tomcats disappear for three or four months and then show back up out of the blue. I was just about to get him neutered. Maybe he caught wind of my plans and broke camp. I did find a coyote out back that didn't have any obvious signs of injuries so I was thinking it was poisoned. Hopefully Basil is sitting in some old lady's lap being all fat and sassy and didn't meet that particular end. Fingers crossed Pnut
  14. yeah i know. my uncle had a doberman in Viet Nam but he wasn't allowed to keep it. he said it wouldn't hurt anyone but it was a sentry dog so who knows. times have changed for the better in this case at least. pnut
  15. it just means keeping her as comfortable as possible for as long as possible. I tried not to say it so bluntly but, plain speaking is usually best. pnut
  16. I had to put down my last cat that was actually mine. She was eleven. She just quit eating. I didn't have the money to pay for the testing so all the vet would do is give her a steroid and B-12 shot. She used to catch rabbits and climb the post up to our second floor balcony. I loved her. She was my buddy. I failed her though. I couldn't take her to be euthanized myself so I wasn't with her like I should have been. I regret it. Pnut
  17. I love the doggos but swore after the last two I wouldn't have any others. It's a dirty trick of nature that they have such short lifespans. I love critters in general and have had many different kinds but have always been partial to cats and dogs. I still befriend the stray cats around the house. My last buddy Basil Bob has been MIA for a couple months now. I fear the worst. Pnut
  18. I'm sorry to hear about the diagnosis. It's not an easy decision to ok treatment that can be as hard on a person as radiation/chemotherapy. I don't know what I would do in that situation. The right answer will become apparent. Palliative care or treatment? Make sure to have a face to face with the oncologist who diagnosed her and the treatment team who will be caring for her if you decide to go that way. A good doctor will be able to make the decision easier by telling you what the options and probable outcomes might be. Take care of yourself and I wish there was more I could do. Pnut
  19. Excellent job. Did the weld go smoothly? Pnut
  20. Looks good Billy. I made a purely functional one out of stock that was too thin. I think I'll make the next one dressed up a bit and use at least 1/4 in. Flat instead of the 1/8 I used the last time. I used a short section of pipe as a big bolster to make the convex header section. Pnut That reminds me of a sacred heart that you see in religious paintings and tattoos nowadays. I like it very much. Pnut
  21. Don't forget money maker $$$$$ Pnut
  22. Just about anything you can think of has been asked. It's just a matter of finding it. When I read without posting unlike now, I usually have a notebook to hand. I'm a note taker though. Always have been. Pnut
  23. When I needed to make minor repairs I just grabbed a little mound of worm castings because they were right there and the right moisture/consistency and size. When I seen your mixture I did wonder if it was too moist. That will cause some cracking or "checking" as it dries. You'll just have to wait and see though and if it does you'll know next time. Pnut
  24. My brother in law who deals in firearms and military surplus and memorabilia had one for a short time. It cost us about five dollars a round for ball and tracer ammo. I also got to fire one of the coolest things I've ever seen. It was a .22mag version of an M2 that his friend built. Only real differences was it used a belt instead of links and that little devil had a crazy rate of fire too considering it was recoil operated. Pnut.
  25. A jabod will make it obvious if there's anything you need to do to it after you fire it up. Mine lasted about a year with only very minor cracking. I used worm castings to patch any cracks when they formed. Where I live there's usually pretty high humidity during the spring through the fall. It wasn't until we got a real dry spell and a hard freeze that it started to show any cracks that made a difference. Pnut