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    Metal Working, Making, and Off Roading

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  1. Got this load last weekend from a historic smithy established in 1906. Owner of the property was clearing it out. Unfortunately, most of the tools were sold previously. if anyone has ideas of what I can make out of the railroad plates, would love to hear it.
  2. Great, thanks for the info. I had searched the forums and came up blank.
  3. I'm wondering if anyone has tried putting a screen in a NA burner after the gas introduction to force mixing of the propane and air. Much like a gas lens on a tig torch flows the argon. Mike
  4. John B, that looks very nice. I'm jealous of your patience. I'm brand new to black smithing, but have been doing metal work for a while. My wife is mostly Irish and we both enjoy the patterns and art, so I like to include those influences to keep on her good side. This is the starting layout for a design I'm working on for 3 Trellis that will go against pillars on the porch to support rose vines. I plan to make it from 16ga steel, and my hope is to make some celtic knots (or at least the weave pattern) from 1/4 - 3/16" steel rod and incorporate it into the design for the border around the sheet, or through the large knots that are cut out. Triquetras are another element that I'd like to work in. I received the books and they are good recommendations. It's definitely going to require some trial an error. A fair amount of it is very fine detail that I'll have to work towards over years, but it definitely helps wrap my mind around construction.
  5. Working on designing my forge skin. I'm planning a 4x7x12 internal work area. Inside will be lined with 2 inches of Kaowool, Rigidizer, 1/4" Kasto-like 30, and Plistix. Design is a small version of Essential Craftsman's forge where the top body separates from a floor which I think will make maintenance/modifications easier as well as the cool ability to temporarily in a pinch, raise it up with blocks to be able to heat something odd shape. Anything I've overlooked? Is there anything I should be doing to hold down the kaowool? Might be something I could design into the form. I'll be CNC plasma cutting the skin, then forming it on a box brake. Thanks, Mike
  6. What's the slot for? Getting the work piece back off?
  7. Thanks for the recommendations. Picked them up on Amazon for less than a tenner combined.
  8. Thank goodness, as I bought it last night. It was just half the price of everyone else I found and usually that spells too good to be true and it ends up being made out of tissue paper that burns my shop down. I ended up getting a $10 ebay coupon, so it came out to $90 to my door. I'm still in that earlier stage where I've read a ton of stuff, but only a 1/5th makes sense because I haven't done enough or it hasn't soaked in. I bought fumed silica last night and researched it for 30 minutes trying to figure out which one was the desired one - hydrophobic or hydrophilic. Something all of the experienced guys know from experience. Thanks guys
  9. ebay link removed Am I missing something here? 1”x24”25’ for a $100 including shipping? Too good to be true?
  10. I’m wondering if anyone knows if there are any reference materials on how to produce Celtic art such at Celtic Knots from rod. Specifically looking for order of operations, techniques, etc.
  11. Anyone have a recommended regulator, pressure gauge, and hose setup for a dual burner setup? I know I need one that is adjustable from 0-30 psi. But is there a model/brand that is less prone to leaks, quality parts for adjustability. Is there a hose type that is better protected from stress and heat, or is it better to sheath the hose? I’d prefer to use something larger than a bbq bottle... do the larger tanks use a different connection type?
  12. For Tweco Mig tips, is the threaded portion 1/4 28 thread? In looking at these things, I can’t confidently figure out if it’s 1/4 28 or M6 metric. whats the proper drill and tap for these?
  13. Just picked up a post vise that’s missing the mounting bracket. They are stupid expensive on eBay. Anyone have designs on period correct mounting brackets. The flat bracket with three holes is easy, but wondering about the steel wrap around the leg, shims, etc..
  14. Just picked up a post vise. Someone worked it over pretty hard. What are my options on fixing or replacing this? can I build it up with TIG? Brazen or weld? Are these available for sale somewhere? Build a new one on a lathe?
  15. I’d love to know this as well. I just bought one that has very similar body lines. It’s sitting in evaporust right now. In a couple days, hopefully I’ll have some pics to share with markings.