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    Olney, IL
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    Machining, joinery, metal working, antique restoration

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  1. This is forever old, so not sure how useful it'll be. The first mill pictured in this thread is a Hardinge horizontal milling machine with a Rusnok bertical milling attachment. That Hardinge is not a benchtop mill by any measure. You're looking at 800 pounds of cast iron when counting the base. The second mill pictured is an Atlas horizontal milling machine, with a Rusnok vertical milling attachment. This mill can be called a bench top model and is highly sought after with guys who want their machine shop in the basement. The Hardinge could be used in industry and was bui
  2. The way I heard it, he had a new floor down before his wife got home from her weekend spa. He passed the new floor off as an anniversary gift and she was none the wiser.
  3. I bought the little 10x18 Atlas as a pile of parts. Remarkably, almost all the parts had managed to stay together through at least 2 previous owners who thought they'd put it together someday and finally gave up on the idea. It had come from a high school that got rid of its useful curriculum, as so many have now done. I put it all back together over a year of free time. I put a Timken headstock on it, bought a good chuck, rebuilt the apron, rebuilt the fwd/reverse selector, installed new felt, repaired or replaced many broken pieces, and did some painting. I loathe painting, which is why
  4. Yeah I figure if I can get accurate with a hammer on this little thing it will probably improve my skill with a full size anvil. Although I've already had some mis strikes on the regular anvil and it didn't seem to notice, accuracy is probably a fundamental skill to strive for.
  5. It's amazing how those deals kinda fall in your lap sometimes. I got a Lincoln arc welder with 30 ft of leads for twenty dollars a couple weeks back. Heck of a thing...on wheels too.
  6. I just always thought I was supposed to make something up. Geez do I feel foolish.
  7. My wife told me she wants me to put up another shed for hot work. I guess that'll be on the agenda after this forge is complete. And after everything else on the honey do list. So maybe next year.
  8. You can buy a brand new TFS 100 pound double horn anvil Made in USA for 604$. Surely you wouldn't pass that up over a measly 4 bucks. There's one vendor that'd have it at your door step for an additional 30 bucks. I don't think I'm supposed to post links. But if I found it, I bet you can. I hope things get settled down for you and you're able to get back to anvil shopping asap. Oops. I didn't read you wanted something heavier than a hundred pounds. So i guess that's out. I would suggest that paying just a little more for what you really want is money well spent. JHM and
  9. My screen name translates to bearded man in Tagalog. Pretty straightforward I suppose.
  10. So, scythe peening anvil eh? Which way was Albuquerque again? Ha!
  11. Alright then. I don't foresee an influx of scythes in need of sharpening to my little "no hope for profit" shop, but it's good to be informed. Thanks!
  12. That seems like a pretty good guess. I never heard of a tire spoon until now, but they look similar in image searches. Thanks!
  13. Whatever this is, it's the only thing in my garage that has rebound comparable to my anvil. (70+%). I went on a little ball bearing bounce-a-thon earlier. The bottom is smaller than 3/4" and it's maybe 4" tall. Any idea?
  14. A few years back, I bought a tray of punches and chisels at the estate auction of a blacksmith tool collector. So these were in there. Shoehorn/rivet setters?
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