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About Frosty

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    The improbable Curmudgeon

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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. Frosty

    Stephens Lever Vise

    That isn't quite how I thought the vise worked but a rack gear makes a lot of sense. Does pulling the handle tighten the jaws or just lock them? Agreed Thomas, the patent files have a lot of silly muck but so does Iforge not to mention youtube. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. I hope I didn't come across too harsh, I see the same mistakes so often I forget it's a new question to you. My bad. Did the refractory have mixing instructions with it? I doubt you want to mix in enough water to pour it like concrete. Most castable refractories should be called rammed. Just enough moisture it sticks together, if you can pat a little blob in your hand and it either slumps at all or a bit of liquid water flows out it's as wet as it should be. More water will result in a refractory that's less dense and weaker than it should be. I mixed the Kastolite wetter than it should'v
  3. Now I'm paying better attention it's pretty obviously a stove. It sure makes our cast iron Jotul look dowdy. I use an oscillating fan to circulate warm air if the one powered by heat sitting on the stove doesn't do it. Chimaera: You're getting pretty good at mokume gane. Bringing out the pattern is a real trick. well done. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Frosty

    Stephens Lever Vise

    Ain't life GRAND? The first patent I looked at is different than yours but the principle is similar. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Oh OUCH! It'd be torture pumping your bellows for any length of time at that angle! Mount it at an angle so your hand is below the forge box top at the highest. Pumping the handle away and towards you isn't nearly so tiring nor will it cause soft tissue damage to your shoulder. We're typing at the same time your last post just downloaded. Put the pump on the same side as the tuyere, if the hose drags on the ground install a flexible support system. That's pretentious snooty talk for hang it from a string. I formed the duck's nest in my coal forge by tamping the clayey soil in around a so
  6. I use chainsaw bar oil with about 1/4 cup of Duralube to a gallon jug. I put a few drops in the oil ports at the beginning of a session and it lubes it nicely for a days use. Eventually even that little bit seeps out. Chainsaw bar oil is sticky so it doesn't sling off the high speed gears. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. If there's an oil refinery within reasonable drive time, petroleum coke is a byproduct and not unreasonably priced. You can coke coal in a closed / indirect method, retort with little to no smoke. A propane weed burner to get it started and the neighbors shouldn't notice a thing but the sound. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. That is a T burner sticking out of your forge isn't it? If it is and you built it correctly, choke plates are worthless, like adding nitrous injection to a Tesla. Once you tune a T burner correctly all a choke CAN do is put it out of tune. You like the flexibility to go from just right to not worth spit? The T burner has been developed, debugged for a couple decade with minor improvements. Maybe just use it as designed until you know something about how they work? Once you understand the things you'll maybe come up with something that makes it a better burner. I encourage folks
  9. A not quite pro tip. First things first: Grade first if you have saturated clay close I'd advise doing some serious excavation, lay a geotextile to prevent clay infiltration, fill with bone rock so water can pass through without getting trapped, then fill and compact in lifts of about 6" if you're using a plate compactor. If you're using rubble fill you want a jumping jack compacter to stomp it into the saturated clay till it stops going down. Then fill and compact with a plate compactor in 6" lifts. Anyway, get the grade, foundation and floor in BEFORE you build the building! Heck if th
  10. Frosty

    Stephens Lever Vise

    Oooh NICE vise! I'd love to have one. Messer Slag: The horizontal lever is connected to a cam. Pushed back like it is takes pressure off the slide for the moving jaw. Pull it forward and it engages the slide then as it "rolls" along the slide tightens the jaw with significant force. Probably not as much squeeze as a screw vise but these are very fast, push its loose, pull it's tight. I'm betting they're fast enough to forge weld with, like a press. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Thanks John, I see them now. I need to zoom the pics to see that level of detail and it's a hassle on my comp. <sigh> Frosty The Lucky.
  12. Uh . . . OH! Got me good there Chelonian, you really had me going for a second! Good joke, mark a Soderfors anvil with a HF hammer. ! Oh wait, what kind of marks, streaks and smudges of cheap HF steel on the anvil's face? That could happen I've put little flat spots on my Diamond rounding hammer with missed blows so I suppose there could be some left behind. You are a card Buddy, thanks for the laugh. Mr. Anderson: I see we're typing at the same time while I was making a joke it is a real good idea to dress your hammers or they'll not only mark your work they'll cause sharp
  13. It wouldn't be a waste of tool steel for a pair of tongs. Tongs are tools you'll use all the time. Stronger springier steel allows you to make them thinner and lighter without sacrificing strength. Light strong tools are easier to handle and less tiring. Using good steel for tongs is a good investment. However, I suggest you hold off on making tongs from lug wrenches for a while. The steel isn't easy to move, demands good heat management and it's more prone to catastrophic failure. It's kind of finicky. Right now you need tongs, yes? Buy some bar stock, there are a number of good to
  14. You're too behind the times for me M.J. when I want to talk to fish I catch them on the net. Alexandre: I love the screens and fire tools and the installations. Beautiful as I've grown to expect. Is tile work as elaborate as the blue and white fireplace surround very common in Russia? I don't get around to stylish homes but I've never seen something like that. Frosty The Lucky.
  15. "We don't make mistakes, we have happy accidents." Bob Ross. Frosty The Lucky.
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