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in Mokume Gane
Posted Tuesday at 03:53 PM
That's really cool looking. Nice.
in Everything Else
Posted March 14
Meanwhile in Florida,
March 14th, 85° with a light breeze.
in Gas Forges
I will be adding pictures and documenting through to forging. The forge even after purchasing refractory is still coming in less then my first forge I built myself. If it works as well then maybe I can help some starting Smith's have a less expensive start up.
in Anvils, Swage Blocks, and Mandrels
Thanks for sharing this. That deffinatly is cool looking. Makes me wonder if it was purpose driven or it it was a decrotive embellishment. I also notice that the multiple holes in the top seem very purposely spaced. So curious.
After a few recent threads it was suggested that those of us that went the commercially manufactured forge route share our experience.
Item one, and this is huge, unless you spend the big money for a manufactured forg
They are not plug and play.
When your forge arrives there are steps to take and for a good experience products to buy before your forge is useable. The forges 101 thread covers this extensively.
Devil forge now comes with a ridgidizer, which appears to be a very fine paint on clay. This is the step I just completed.
After this step I will still be applying a layer of Kast-o-lite. And then most likely a layer of IR re-radiating coating.
So while the forge arrived very quickly I expect to be weeks before actual usability.
Posted March 7
Maxwell. Thanks for the spot. I'll make sure I check that when I do final hookup. Figured the slight price difference was worth having the door.
Alright. Awsome. Was planning on ordering some plistex from Wayne so that should be great.
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in Blacksmithing, General Discussion
That is adorable. Any thoughts on paint color?
A follow up question. Any suggestions on how to Kast-o-lite the door but still get it to close.
Lou, thanks again for this thread. It really answered a lot of questions that I (and I'm sure others) had about these forges. It helped me decide. Thought I'd share a picture of my new baby. Almost 15 days early!
Ok. I was thinking if I flipped same day it would only be with the three sheets of lexan already in place and braced before the flip, then finish last surface and put final sheet in place. All supported.
Just concerned about having something keep me from getting to the last side next day. With work and the tiny house and special needs kids finding time two days in a row can be a challenge.
Sounds like a plan. Just to cover all bases; other thought was using some scrap lexan I have, release agent(read crisco), put floor and two walls. Brace walls with wood spacers then flip for roof. Would this get me a smoother surface?
Ok. I was thinking of doing two adjoining sides, allowing to begin to harden while supported up on a corner( two sides forming a v) then flip and do other two.
Posted March 6
So I have a square body devil forge arriving. I have my bag of Kast-o-lite. What I can't seem to figure out clearly is do I need an inner mold for the Kast-o-lite during dry-out to keep it against ridgidized wool or is that just for things like ribbon burners? Can I just trowel it into place and have it hold?
As always thank you all again in advanced for sharing your wisdom.
Posted March 3
I hear you there. I run on caffeine and happy thoughts.
When people refer to the weight of a hammer is it just the head or the head plus the handle?
Awsome. Thank you both for the feedback. Found Kast-o-lite local and am ordering some colloidal Silica tonight(not sure I trust the stuff they send and the silica isnt expensive). Now to just wait for it to travel Europe like a spoiled teen.
Posted March 2
One thing I know we are curious about, how hot was the outer shell? Trying to decide if I want to add another Inch of wool when mine comes in.
Woooooo. So exciting. Loving it.
Posted March 1
Guess that explains why the forged in fire guys always have trouble with their forge welds.
For the devil forge have you looked on ebay. Just got a 2 burner with door for $235. Would leave you room for kast-o-lite and merkolite from wayneco.
Posted February 28
Am still learning. What brand anvil is that beauty. And how big?
Posted February 27
From a real estate appraisers professional opinion; that railing will be a selling point for as long as that house stands and then probably moved into a new house. Truly a thing of beauty.
I'll just spend the $20 to have their regulator and gauge pack. Looks like I'd spend close to that to retrofit for what I already have. You've helped me a lot on this decision.
What a beauty. I have a pasture she can be put out to if ya wanna come out to florida. Lol