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I Forge Iron


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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. They make motion sensor "sprinklers" to discourage from going where you'd rather they not. Cats CAN be trained and if the new litter box wets THEM instead. Hmmm? We don't let our cats in the basement for the same reason. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Frosty

    Propane supply

    That makes perfect sense. I'll have to keep them in mind if the situation comes up. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Frosty

    Propane supply

    It won't cause problems but you certainly chose a more expensive way to plumb your burners. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. Please no videos, links to a youtube channel is a good thing. Lots of Iforge members live places where their connection is dial up and they pay for data so we try not to use more bandwidth than necessary so they can afford to stay around. Besides shaky videos moving fast and at odd angles do NOT show details well. A few well placed and lit photos we can take out time looking at, zoom on details, etc. are much more informative. Do you have calipers? Dial or vernier either will do. If so measure the diameter of the shaft journals and the ID of the matching journals on the machine. If they're not within a couple thousandths of an inch then they weren't iron to iron bearings. Polished steel on polished iron has to be very precise, clearances on the order of a thousandths or so. If there's much rust I don't know how you'll get them close enough to work steel on iron. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. If it's loosening up and cocking in the current stand why not use wedges to straighten and tighten it? Shims used to true up door frames and window sashes are: cheap, have long tapers and made from cedar so they last a long time. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. Frosty

    New tools!

    Didn't I say, NOT QUITE 29? We're not making watches here are we? Okay, 19 hrs. and change in mid June. Sunrise mid 4:am and sets around 11:30pm. Certainly you guys could've had more fun with a typo like that couldn't you? <sheesh> Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Reciprocating saws blades are dry blades and shed cuttings without help. Oiling them coats the blade and teeth with something the cuttings will stick to and does exactly the opposite of what you want. Cuttings sticking in the kerf and teeth require more force to move the saw blade and increase friction heating, plus if enough builds up can gall the blade jamming it in the kerf and breaking. Fluid in cutting devices is primarily to clear cuttings so the blade/bit doesn't gall and jam in the cut. Lubrication and cooling aren't the primary function though it's become the common thought. Cutting fluid does all three but the #1 thing it MUST do is clear cuttings. Thick slippery oil jams saws and drill bits with surprising ease where clear plain water does the job provided the hole / cut isn't too deep. Cutting parts out yourself for the learning experience is a good thing but you could learn more faster cutting less challenging things. Cutting any length of plate with a reciprocating or abrasive saw by hand is a desperation move. Something you do if you have no other choice. You can learn all the important lessons cutting wood, say planks or plywood to make a cabinet or drawers for your grinder's wheels and sanding belts. A hack saw to cut the tubing, all thread, etc. to build the rest of the grinder is a good move. With a little practice you can cut 2" sq. tubing faster with a hack saw than an abrasive wheel in a 4 1/2" disk grinder. Carving wood has basic rules, if you follow them you can teach yourself. It's sad you didn't get a chance to learn from your Grandfather but there's nothing stopping you from teaching yourself. There are lots of carvers practicing, search out an organization, web sites or ask at the local hardwood store. If you pick up the craft your Grandfather will be smiling. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Frosty

    New tools!

    Not a single layer it sure won't. While Alaska enjoys more humane temperatures we're exposed to much longer periods of direct irradiation by Sol. We get not quite 29 hours/day at this latitude. The inside of my steel shop turns into an oven within minutes of the sun peaking around the mountains and trees. Even insulation only helps. However there is a method that works surprisingly well anywhere. Putting a second sheathing and roof spaced a few inches from the inside works well. You leave an opening at the base of the walls and a largish roof vent. As the sun heats the outer sheath/roof panels the air between inner and outer panels causes strong convection and helps keep both cool. No need closing the outer roof vent, rain won't effect anything, there's a good roof inside so water evaporating can't do anything but enhance cooling. Perhaps a soaker hose wouldn't be out of line, provided you can afford the water. I also like unpainted galvy panels but there's a glare factor you can't ignore. Powder coated gloss white is probably the most practical. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. I'm a little surprised nobody's brought up Egyptian "periods." Deems every scholar to make a "significant" contribution to the study of the Egyptian empire named a period. I don't think they've even agreed if they're periods or ages or . . .? Frosty The Lucky.
  10. Lee: I don't know why Purple Bullet seems to think urin for some kind of straight line trouble. I wouldn't worry if I were you. Making water means there's more water returning than being pumped down. Oil drilling uses bentonite mud as a lubricant and coolant to keep from burning up bits and being dense it carries material cut by the bit up and out of the hole. The weight of the mud provides a positive "head" and helps prevent things getting out of the hole you want to stay put till it's time to tap them. I didn't work oil rigs, I was a geological investigation type driller for bridges, foundations, etc. and we avoided using mud unless it was absolutely necessary. The main reason was to get "return," you can't put water down the hole and not get it back, that is a B A D thing, drill mud plugs holes, cracks or porous formations so you get return. If you're getting more water than you pump down, the hole is "making water." You determine a hole is making water drilling with mud because the mud thins out. It's checked with a hydrometer, thinner is lighter and weight is REALLY important to keep the hole calm. On our rigs we watched the level in the mud tub used to let fine cuttings settle out before being recirculated down the hole. Making water probably isn't as big a deal on an oil rig but it sure is if you're doing a foundation study. We rarely drilled more than 150' and if you encounter artesian water that shallow it's significant information for the foundation design. Once in a great while we got something weird but usually just dirty water. Some places we hit gas pockets and it was almost always really rank, rotten fish, rank. Hitting a clay lens saturated to or past the plastic limit was serious info and on a couple holes we encountered clay saturated past it's liquid limit. The most notable being in down town Anchorage between 112' - 165' in several locations. The city is standing on a layer of liquid Cook Inlet clay 50' thick. The clay lens is the reason for the types of ground failures that mostly destroyed Anchorage in the 64 quake. When it started shaking the clay turned into a well oiled bearing and the city started slipping into the Inlet. Sorry, old memories make me ramble. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. It's only as secret as the inverse of the number of people who know about it. They said the located the private quarry in a satellite photo as a good potential hunting ground. There are probably satellite pics of them recovering fossils. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. Are they actually cast iron bearings? My Little Giant is cast iron but the bearings are babbit. The journals and caps look like yours but there is babbit between the shaft and frame. There ARE polished cast iron bearings but I see images in a situation like a power hammer. That doesn't mean yours aren't cast iron bearings, I don't know. I do however think it's something you should double check and be sure. Do you have the manual? Frosty The Lucky.
  13. It takes time to learn to do things for yourself instead of having an adult do it for you. Getting the point is down the road a ways here. Frosty The Lucky.
  14. I think stacking weight on a cut off saw is a SURE SIGN of someone who doesn't know what they're doing. This also illustrates a serious problem with trying to learn a craft by watching online videos. The ONLY qualification someone needs to be a Youtube expert is a camera and internet connection. The vast majority of how to videos on Youtube show how NOT TO DO things and some are downright dangerous. When I catch someone even touching the head of a cut off saw when it's cutting, they lose permission to use it. If they argue or try to justify the abuse it might become a permanent ban. I'm not talking about the abrasive chop saws, of course. Those are designed to use hand pressure to operate. You still see the unskilled all but doing hand stands trying to make them cut faster. Stop looking for shortcuts and learn to use your tools properly. A little knowledge and a lot of practice is the ONLY secret. Whatever tool or machine you use it tells you what's happening constantly be it a file, whittling knife or road grader, they all speak clearly. IF you pay attention. Once you start building experience you'll learn a new to you tool's language more quickly. Frosty The Lucky.
  15. Interesting article, it reminds me of the Burgess Shale deposits in Canada in the way the organisms were fossilized. Frosty The Lucky.
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