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Nathan Kraft

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  1. My aunt had a kitchen knife that broke right below the bolster, just leaving a bit of the tang, and she would like me to fix. I was thinking I could probably epoxy it, drill a small hole through the handle and attatched tang, and put a small (nail) pin in it. Do y’all think that would work?
  2. Alright, I give in. I’ll make my own LOL. So just so I know, I just basically pound the end down flat and tapered, heat treat, and do some final grinding to clean up to make the punch, right? Also the drift is just a straight section of on shape/size bar with either a chisel tip or a round taper?
  3. I apologize if these are oft asked questions, but I have been looking for a couple days now and haven't been able to find the answers I need. I am looking to obtain my first punch and drift (or drifts). I believe I want a slot punch, but if anyone has suggestions please don't hold back. 1. I would like to buy a punch so I have one that I know is well made and has good geometry. However, I have not been able to find anyone online that sells slot punches. Does anyone know where I might buy one? Also what size should I get (I am planning to do simple beginner projects like bottle openers, et
  4. I am currently working through 40 feet of stock. I’m gonna make a ton of coat hooks until I get bored of them, then work on other beginner projects (s hooks, fireplace sets but they take more stock and a bit more advanced skills, working on forge welds later, and whatever else I feel like making) but hooks are a good way to start off, and if you don’t have tongs you can make coat hooks with long stock and have the last step be hot cutting it and then break it off into your slack tub. But whatever you do, make sure it has multiple techniques required (as George said) and repeat them over an
  5. If you are going to use railroad track as your anvil, I would recommend that you mount it stood on end to maximize mass under your hammer. This will help it work for you by returning more energy from what you put into it. I would also use an angle grinder to put some radii on the edges (maybe even use different sections for different things. ie a flat section for planishing blows, a couple different radii, maybe even a hot cut). I am only regurgitating what I was told or have read about railroad track. I apologize if I am getting any of my info wrong. I personally use a 10lb sledgehammer head,
  6. I just realized that what I asked didn’t really cOnvey what I meant, though I thank you all for the detailed answers as I got a bunch of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise more specifically, I meant how do I access the scraps, like do I just go in and ask or is there a better way to get them to say yes? Also would smaller places be better than large companies, since large companies (I think) would have specific rules for where the scrap goes?
  7. Alright, I was confused from previous posts on a36. Thanks for clarifying it for me. If I want to use scrap, what places should I look besides machine/fab shops? Also, it turns out I don’t have a ride today, so I will be going tomorrow if they’re open, and Monday if not.
  8. I meant that with the variation I’ve heard that at times a36 can be really hard to work with certain pours. Also thanks for explaining what 4140 would be for, I was confused. I’ve looked at the ABANA chapter, but the calendar is quite confusing so I’m not really sure when/where the meetings are. LOL I’m a bit dumb. I hadn’t even thought about contacting smiths from there. You’re right that Texarkana isn’t really far, but I still probably couldn’t get a ride anytime soon.
  9. Isn’t a36 generally much more annoying to work with? Also how would I go about finding classes in my area? I’ve looked around and as far as google shows, there aren’t many forges near me and those that exist don’t have classes available I think(?).
  10. Thank you very much, I think now I’ll get one length of 3/8 and one of 5/8 square stock of mild steel. I’m very glad I thought to ask before I bought a lot of expensive steel and ruined it. To clarify, is there any specific type of chisel or punch I should buy? Also what kind of tongs would be a good first pair to make?
  11. Thanks for sparing me that loss frosty. Would the mild steel work for tongs also?
  12. I am planning to hit up the steel yard tomorrow, and I had a couple questions before I go. I am planning to get two lengths of stock (one each of two different alloys- probably 1018 and 4140). From my googling it seems as though EMJ would be the best place here for me to go, but if anyone else in the Tulsa area has better places, please tell me. I am planning to do lots of beginner projects (punches, chisels, a set of tongs, etc. with the 4140 and hooks etc with the 1018) I was wondering what size of stock I should buy in each, and should I get square or round stock? Also any suggestions of b
  13. Thanks for the help y’all. Due to your help I was able to get my forge going and do my first ever forge work (I was heat treating and accidentally melted the tip of my knife. I had to hammer in a rough tip and then clean it up in the grinder.) I plan to do some more forging over this week of “coronacation” lol. Sorry that this is kinda unrelated, but what kind of beginner projects would y’all suggest I start with to help me learn some hammer control?
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