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in Problem Solving
Posted May 20, 2020
in Introduce Yourself
Hoping someone has some insight. My last forge weld billet completely failed to weld. Was a stack of 15n20 and 1075. Have done several billets already from the same steel (AKS).
The only thing I did differently, was in between my last billets I had used a graphite mold to melt down some old range brass into brass ingots.
Is it possible that doing so introduced some contamination into my forge? (Its also possible I was just having an off day too I suppose).
Posted April 23, 2020
Way to go!!
My 15 year old daughter came out the other day and made a small marking knife. May not be her thing, but was fun to get to work with her
Posted April 20, 2020
That is just truly amazing!
Fuller on it?
in Knife Making
Posted April 9, 2020
I had a similar issue.
Tried 2 things, not sure which led to success:
#1 got a 25 gallon propane tank instead of the 5 gallon. Huge difference is keeping proper gas flowing due to tank icing up.
#2 Warmed the anvil up. I had a 8 inch by 3/4 square bar stock heating while I heated the billet. I put it on the anvil yellow and let it cool to black 3 times before I attempted my first weld on the billet.
I use borax flux, never tried kerosene. But other than that our processes are the same.
Posted April 7, 2020
Dont buy a fullering tool off ebay. I did and its complete junk.
I should have bought the hardy and hammer and used my teenager as a striker. Lost a blade to it.
in Gas Forges
Posted March 30, 2020
I use the same forge (but bought the 1 door model). Overall happy with it.
Welcome! And some advice I wish I had been given: buy a bigger propane tank!
in Welding/Fab General Discussion
Ask me why its not a good idea to use the same workbench for reloading and welding
in Machinery General Discussions
Posted March 25, 2020
Thank you sir!
I will go ahead and see if I can work out a deal with the seller then.
Appreciate your time and info!
Forgive if this has been asked already, I tried searching but struck out.
There is a reasonable complete 12 ton hydraulic set up for sale I am interested in. (Motor, ram, pump). I am thinking it would be a good start on a forge press, but I dont know enough about converting ac to dc. Would this be as simple as buying a good transformer? If so, does anyone have any suggestions?
Posted March 23, 2020
Thank you for the update!
My next purchase is going to be a fullering tool, every time I try to grind one it it looks just like yours.
in Everything Else
Posted March 20, 2020
Good thing medical masks are all the rage these days
Posted March 18, 2020
Gotta second the idea of trying super quench. So far I am impressed by how well it can do vs oil or water.
Posted March 16, 2020
What did you quench it in?
Did you heat soak it?
Posted March 6, 2020
I am no expert, and I think the Seattle area it nutso. But over here 1200 to 1500.
Posted March 5, 2020
Just want to add in to what others have said. Do what you can to keep it. Uber/Lyft on nights and weekends could get you $900 pretty quickly.
I suppose a second option would be to lease it out. I cant afford an anvil like that yet, but I would jump at a chance to rent one for a year or two while save for a better one.
Just my 2 bits.
Posted February 25, 2020
Looks good! I learned the hard way to make it taller than I think I will need it.
Posted February 7, 2020
Welcome! I used to live in Elma, not too far away!
Posted January 16, 2020
I am up over the hill in Ellensburg. Made the switch to propane a few years ago and kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
The only thing I really miss is being able to work on oversized and odd pieces in the coal forge.
Posted January 2, 2020
Dang it, now I have something else I need to try this year! Nice work!
I am bit west of you over in Ellensburg, glad to have another friendly face here!
in The Business Side of Blacksmithing
Posted October 28, 2019
Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe - The only law firm I would trust with my good name.
Remember, the creator of Calvin and Hobbe's father was a patent attorney, and he put that in a few of his cartoons as well.