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  1. From a counter sinker for rivets. about 12+" long 2" at top about 4.5" at base has a 90* mounting base, now to rig that up
  2. Soaked them in molasses for a good week or so. then just lightly ran them on the expander wheel using 120 grit paper. Some minor pitting. They are fairly hard, would not want them too hard anyway if you hit them. Just in case you are wondering what they are sitting on, my small shot bag on pc of church pew on a stand.
  3. Thanks for the reply Frosty, I have them soaking in molasses now to remove the rust. Got to google the term closed dies, I haven't heard other than press dies in the down position. When you stop learning they bee giving you the dirt nap!
  4. Overall length is 16 to 17 inches, handles are tree wood (have a odd feel like a limb) not turned on a lathe or a dowel rod. Heads are brazed on. also thy seem hard (haven't run a file over them too rusty) The wedge head is sharp (but not too sharp)
  5. oldgoaly

    Small cone

    Nicely done! Thank you for sharing!
  6. here is a link to Johnson's website and the 118 http://www.johnsongas.com/industrial/frn-solder.asp I redid one many moons ago, used a Rutland castable refractory, since then have bought bags of Mizzou mix from AP Green/RH. they originally had a chicken wire re-enforcement which I had so put it back. Just be aware the old refractory could have asbestos, don't know how old, but be safe wet it down, use proper respirators and clean and dispose of everything properly.
  7. I have crushed limestone, can be packed hard or not. With these bad knees it's my favorite floor. Concrete is hard on them.
  8. I think it goes on top of a flag pole? Price was right free and delivered too. Surprisingly hard too!
  9. Great post Gary! and congratulations on you journey of knowledge! that is strange this thread came up in "new content"
  10. mine is dated 1903, and has 130 in casting, also has a 1" tool steel top surface. just moved it from one of the big shop to the other, wiped it down to get some of the dust off the base.
  11. skimmers and degasses bells are made of steel, the pot on my Johnson 313 soft metal melter is cast iron. It is recommended one use a graphite / plubago? coating on the metal. I bought gallon of it from McEnglevan a number of years ago, they are relatively close so shipping didn't cost more than the stuff!
  12. Mine looks a little different? Don't remember the year ir was made?
  13. Watch out for some of the steel off of the newer cars, it is high strenght stuff, not made to rework, welds like crap acts more like very rusty metal when trying to gas weld.
  14. also known as petro-coke, residue from the oil refining, fairly cheap 7$ a 100 pounds but too fine to use in a cupola.
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