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About Frosty

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    The improbable Curmudgeon

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    Meadow Lakes Alaska
  • Interests
    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
  1. Ryan: Much of the point we who have experience with being self employed, mine through my Father is. It takes a PLAN and like so many folks all you have is an idea. Being an under the table enterprise does NOT excuse you from paying taxes or observing the law! At best you might get away with fines and penalties AFTER paying up with interest, at worst it can mean jail time. I'm pretty sure your school assignment isn't to actually start a business but to make a competent business plan. This little feature is what you completely lack at this point. Rockstar is a professional at evaluating competent business plans or he couldn't hold a job as an estimator. Assessing competent businesses is what they do. Perhaps if you do the assignment well you might have a chance of operating a business but not till after you CAN plan all phases. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Burners 101

    A couple things: First, put it in the forge where you're going to use it. It make a real difference, especially for linear burners. Secondly, Close the choke down a little at a time till it's tuned. It's well within tuning range. Only change ONE thing at a time, if you try more than one you'll never know what did what or how it relates. Do NOT change the jet even a tiny bit! Not till you've changed the choke and know for SURE that won't solve the issue. If you change both you're just guessing and luck is the only thing that'll get it burning properly. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Noob fundamental question about presses

    You gotta be a LITTLE hard headed to be a blacksmith and seeing as you can buy most any hardware off the shelf practicality isn't our forte either. Keep us in the loop please Shack. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Trail cam critters

    Bears aren't bothered by mosquitoes, nothing that will chew up your cast iron cookware because it smells tasty cares about a little discomfort. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Hello from Scotland

    Welcome aboard Rangie, glad to have you. We LOVE pics you know: Shop, equipment, tools, projects, landscape, kids, pets, well just about anything you'd show a toddler you didn't want to have to explain. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. My first projects

    A 0-15 psi regulator isn't going to do it, just not enough. Before you go online check local industrial hardware stores for weed burners with regulators. Here you can buy one with a 0-30 Red hat regulator for about $50 and you get a needle valve and hose too. Pretty good deal. The fancy one with a flow indicator and longer hose is $36. with Amazon Prime free shipping. This was on page 1 of a bunch using, " 0-30 psi propane regulator) for search terms. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Trail cam critters

    The balloon is a neat idea, wonder how it'd work, inflate it with pepper spray maybe? An old bear in the trash trick is to wrap a can of orange cap Cutter's mosquito repellent spray in yummy smelly garbage like a fish. One bite and they get a mouth full of bug spray, very unpleasant and not necessarily very dangerous to an animal of their body mass. Best of all they associate a really BAD experience with eating garbage rather than humans so they don't look for vengeance. Attached is a pic of the SS dog dish dogs can't pick up and carry around. Falki is famous for hiding all the dog dishes he can though he has favorite places so it's not too bad. I couldn't think of a way to describe the shape and it wasn't till this morning I thought of just taking a pic of the one in the mud room. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Fisher 192 anvil

    That one's in beautiful shape. The worst chip isn't so bad it NEEDS work, just don't smack it hard there with a heavy hammer and she'll be fine. However the edges are crisp 90s and probably should be radiused for practical reasons. I just wouldn't try making the worst chip go away, smooth it up a bit and it'll be fine. Great score by the way. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. First anvil

    I do believe you have Anvil bargain braggin rights this week! Not only is she a top shelf make, $0.40 / lb. is a great price but she's in fine condition to boot. SWEET deal! You'll be bragging on your first anvil to your great grand children's kids. A wire brush and put her to work, she's a beautiful old lady. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Vice mounted on surface for chisel work

    Welcome aboard Fsind, glad to have you. If you'll put your general location in the header you might be surprised how many of the gang live within visiting distance. Your question isn't clear enough to give you a very good answer. Were I to take your question at face value and answer it I'd have to say. That's what vises are for. I'm not being a wise guy but your question is too general to get a meaningful answer. A lot depends on things like how heavy you're thinking of hitting the chisel, a 4oz. hammer and chasing chisels on brass is a whole different world than cold chasing steel with a sledge hammer and require different equipment. In this case the: lighting, outlets, power tools, bench and vise are your equipment, hammers, chisels, files, etc. are the tools. If you're chasing silver jewelry you can do it in your lap. If you're going after steel with a sledge you need a post vise, REALLY solid bench or post to mount it to and good PPE. Taking a sledge hammer to a typical cast iron bench vise will break it sooner than later. Details please. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Noob fundamental question about presses

    Next time you're talking to the guy with the press for sale point out that 40,000 lbs. is 20 tons. So, you want to press a 0.125" x 12.5" dia. blank into a frying pan in a press. . . . COLD?! Think on the order of thousands of tons. If you were to have access to a stamping press you could maybe get away with 100 tons IF you're stamping it hot. Were I setting this up in a shop equipped for it I'd call it a plant and do it in two break downs. First would be cut the blank with handle using either a die blanking punch press in the 100-200 ton range. Induction forge and the stamping press. Trademark, trim, grind, finish and off to shipping. Pressing a unit like this is NOT of a scale any normal home shop could do. Well, except for maybe Thomas but he'd be using explosives out in the desert somewhere. Not to rain on your parade but this is one of those things that just isn't practical in any realistic way, not even in most unrealistic ways. If you wanted to spin frying pans on the other hand it'd be very much doable, you just need a beefy spinning lathe, someone to hold torch for you and the rest of the equipment to prepare the stock and finish the pans. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. My first projects

    Yes, I speced brass 1/8" MPT x 1/4" flare fitting but it's getting darned hard to find the 1/8" pipe version. The threads on the 1/4" flare side are a common screw thread size though I don't recall what. What I did was buy the brass fitting I could thread for the mig tip then take it to the hardware store and try it in nuts till I found the one it screwed into smoothly and used that tap in the pipe T. None of this is set in stone there are guys making versions I would've sworn couldn't work let alone work better than my version. Just don't get fancy and try modifying more than you must till you understand how the things work. They're simple machines but take a degree or precision to work well. I shot for a version that only required basic shop skills. Frosty The Lucky.
  13. My first projects

    Welcome aboard Mellin, glad to have you. A couple things about finding what you need. Go to a REAL plumbing supply to buy plumbing parts. Go to the Propane dealer to buy your regulator, gauges, hose, needle valves, etc. they're much cheaper than elsewhere and it's all rated for propane. Things have changes since I posted the T burner instructions, I can no longer find the brass fitting I used in the instructions. Take the drill bit used to pilot for a 1/4" 28 straight thread and use it as a gauge for the inside of the brass fittings. The IDs aren't consistent so you need to check. If it's too large the fittings won't be snug enough to retain alignment in the burner. Instead of the pottery supply, check with HVAC service companies, especially the ones who do commercial work. If they don't sell materials they WILL know who does ad if you're charming enough they might let you pick through their scraps. Federal Fire Code in America forbids using anything but new material off the roll in furnaces. This means a service company will have lots of scrap ceramic blanket refractories. The guys I go to typically have a couple dumpsters of scrap Kaowool. OR you can order small quantities of everything you need to build a forge from Wayne Coe's web site. He breaks store bought size quantities down to reasonable sizes. No reason to buy a 55 lb. sack of KastOLite 30 when Wayne will mail you 10 lbs. Get hooked up with the local blacksmithing organization for many reasons. A little time spent with experienced folk will save you many MANY times the time figuring it out yourself. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. The blacksmith's bookshelf?

    Don't sweat it Dan, we just tend to get grumpy when a question is asked for the umpteenth time. Especially if we're tired, blood sugar is low, dog just took a wizz on a table leg, etc. Nothing personal and no real sin. A couple things about asking questions here goes something like these: If you do a little reading first, you'll have: 1. A handle on the craft's jargon so you can ask good questions and understand the answers. 2. A little background in the subject which really helps. 3. Be able to ask more refined questions. You can NOT get a meaningful specific response to a general question. 4. Last but not least discover your questions have probably been asked and answered a couple hundred times already. It's not that we don't like, heck LOVE to talk about smithing, solve problems, get new guys started, etc. it's just that some questions are virtually impossible to answer. We're not picking on you but your question is one of . . . Those! Before it was stolen I had probably 40-50 books on blacksmithing or closely enough related to serve and not one bladesmithing book. To refine your question you need to include things like: what kind of blacksmithing, what skill level, time period, scale, specialty, resources, equipment, etc. Frosty The Lucky.
  15. Wood Fire Tempering Oven

    Yes, KISS it. I used to temper tools by shining them up, laying them on a red hot steel bar and watching the colors run. Another method I messed with a bit was to heat sand in a bucket and lay tools in or on the sand to temper. I figure it'd work a treat but would take a lot more technique development than I put into it. When I was a field guy I did a lot of smithing in the camp fire while the other drillers were knocking back a couple half racks apiece. I'm not much of a drinker and needed something to do other than read. Anyway, I used to do a lot of playing in camp fires and have used all sorts of stuff to heat treat . . . things. You can: Draw a tool back and forth between a couple of hot rocks, Lay it on the ashes next to or really close the fire, Rake coals out to make a tempering fire, Rake the fire off the dirt or sand it's built on and lay the tool there, etc. Oh and as a non blacksmithing aside. Heating a bucket of sand to a reasonable temp and putting some in a sample bag beats heating rocks to keep your feet warm on cold nights. By cold I mean Alaskan late fall or early spring cold in the interior, sub zero, sometimes frighteningly serious sub zero. The coldest documented was -40 f. If you have good gear sleeping warm isn't a problem, it's getting up in the morning that has you shivering. Frosty The Lucky.