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     Meadow Lakes Alaska
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    Metal work, people, puns and other bad jokes.


  • Location
    Meadow Lakes Alaska
  • Biography
    Real name's Jerry Frost. I've lived in Alaska for 37 years. Been a hobby smith since I was maybe 10.
  • Interests
    metal working of all kinds leaning towards blacksmithing.
  • Occupation
    Retired equipment operator

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  1. "Ohio" is a little too general to be very effective. We don't want your address, or something we can hunt you down with. A 30mile radius is about what the "general" in my location is. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Hmmm, I always thought Paris Green was kind of unattractive as a kid. One house we lived in in Seattle maybe had a Paris green living room and the color put me off green for a long time. Arsenic red on the other hand is striking and pretty. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. I don't know from truth or knowledge anymore, the older I get the more I realize how little I know. Best I can do is be as accurate as I can and not misrepresent things. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Cement is an adhesive and products sold as 3,000f castable refractory "Cement" are notorious for having short lifespans as a flame face. Without knowing how you were constructing your melter I can't make suggestions without guessing. There are too many people on IFI, some with zero knowledge or experience so I take it as a duty to steer them away from dangerous mistakes when possible. Kastolite 30 has a working temp of 3,000f, is chemically resistant and is a decent insulator. The bubbles (evacuated spheres) melt out and go I don't know where the voids left allow the refractory to shift and vent moisture during rapid thermal cycling which makes the liner last longer. There are other products that work very well, I have some GreenCast 97 that is a seriously high end 97% high alumina castable refractory but it's dense and heavy with about the same insulating properties as an equal thickness of limestone. (R1 = 12" of limestone) Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Yes, Porkies are protected here but are designated as survival food. Sometimes they over populate and are thinned officially, they can be pretty destructive. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. Good news Scott! You have a place to unpack your tools and work? That is sooooo excellent, I'm grinning like an idiot right now. Silent bur deadly eh? That stinks. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. I'd cut the remainder about 45* the high end facing the back of the vise. Grind the remainder to make deep penetration easy. Match the new leg to the remainder and tack them at the ends of the angle. Straighten the first tack while it's still hot. Once cool, tack the center of each side. Chip, brush thoroughly and weld it up. 7018 is the rod I've heard most commonly recommended for WI to steel. Of course you can use something exotic and expensive like Eutectic 680 but 1lb. is worth almost as the vise, maybe more. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. If the price was low enough I'd get it for parts but it'd have to be save it from the scrappers cheap. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. A person with a blade inside of about 30' is more dangerous than a person with a fire arm. A blood streaming, enraged, martial artist with a sword is over the centerfield wall, out of the ball park, scary. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Murphy's expression tells me he doesn't like photobombing. Or maybe he's asking if you're there yet. Tell him Frosty says he's a handsome boy. Give him an ear scritch for me please. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Problem solved, EXCELLENT! Keep us posted on your progress please, we LOVE pictures. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. Welcome aboard Flashburn, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you'll have a better chance of hooking up with members living within visiting distance. The flash on your camera/phone is reflecting directly back into the lens glaring out the details. Try dusting it with a powder, chalk, flour, etc. and wiping the surface off, then light it from the side at a shallow angle. The powder fills the low spots making them more visible. Lighting from a shallow angle reflects glare AWAY from the lens and makes shadows that brings out surface texture like stamped characters. I'm sure someone who's more of an anvil guru will be along shortly. Frosty The Lucky.
  13. That's quite the story George, she must have been quite the woman. It's a perfect example of why training is so important. Panic is a reaction to not knowing how to react to a perceived danger. Fight, flight, freeze, panic. When presented with a situation that pushes panic, the brain will do the closest thing it has on file to cope. Studying the martial arts an early lesson that was reinforced regularly is. Everything is a weapon, everything. A sword is a good enough go away or die sign even the most brain damaged tweaker is likely to get the message. If not? . . . Oh well. Alaska is a concealed carry state and strong arm home invasion robberies aren't so common, it's pretty risky. The news here has stories about people shooting bad guys dead a few times a year. A couple stories always come to my mind when I think about it. There is the time a 75 YRO man opened the door and was set upon by thugs. While they were beating him for the location of the valuables his wife was waking up. She came out of the bedroom door with a .357 mag blazing. Killed one on the spot, the second one was dead blocking the door open, the third at the bottom of the stairs outside. The fourth was arrested at the hospital with a GSW in the back. The Woman's comment to the reporter was her only regret was forgetting her speed loader. No charges filed against the citizen but there was some paperwork. The thug who survived was convicted of an additional 3 counts of 2nd degree murder for the deaths of his buddies. They died as a result of a felony he was committing so it'll probably be another 50 years before he can ask for parole IF he didn't get life without. It's good to be able to take care of your own problems and have good back up. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. Thanks for that link Buzz, a much easier read than the other one. Frosty The Lucky.
  15. The spirit of brainstorming ideas is to throw out whatever comes to mind, regardless of anything but maybe decency. The chased pages I suggested would be from a single sheet of stainless per sigh side. Fold the sheet literally down the middle and crease it for the spine, then unfold it so the outside edges lay flat. The sheet will naturally form the curved surface of an open book, it's under the same forces. Chasing individual pages is as simple as drawing lines top to bottom from the perspective of reading the book. Then clamp a 2 x 4 centered behind a "page" line and chase the page edge on the side of the line away from the spine. The soft wood will support the work but give enough to make a clear indentation. The tool you need will be like a small 1" sq. set hammer, a flat face with a SLIGHT crown a straight edge with a slight radius. The idea is to chase the sheet like stair steps, 2-3 will be enough to give people the image of pages in a book. You aren't making pages, just an image that represents pages, people's perception will do the rest. Take a pair of tin snips to a steel soup can, flatten it and give chasing a try, it's not hard, you'll get the hang of it quickly. Honest. Making a flat sign as you describe is just a matter of cutting and joining the pieces. How do you propose to make it strong enough to survive storm winds next time? There is that big area only supported around the edges, that's a problem. It WILL flex in the wind and enough flexing will weaken and eventually break welds and once welds start breaking it will tear loose. I only have one thought for reinforcing the sign against flexing, not eliminate flex, that ain't going to happen, but maybe keep it from over stressing the joins. I think angling the sword more corner to corner and lengthening it to reach would allow you to use it as a diagonal reinforcing member. The opposite side if the sign is reversed so the diagonal member crosses opposite corners reinforcing the whole sign. I'd put a slight arc in the swords so clamping the ends to weld to the frame puts pressure against the sign, think of a spring clamp. No flames <sigh> No fancy, simple sign, Bible and sword. CNC laser cut text would back light. The chosen scripture might look better as a banner below the Bible sculpture. Making it large enough to read might be too much out of scale on the pages. That's not my call, I'm just noodling ideas and possible construction methods. Frosty The Lucky.
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