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I Forge Iron


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About Frosty

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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

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  1. What can you see IN the pin holes? Does Rigid say anything about how their vises work on the website? Were I to guess I'd think MAYBE Allan set screws jamming the jaw. That is just a W A G though. Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Good write up Steven. Good looking flame and so little dragon's breath as to not be there at all. SWEET. I'm especially impressed with the cable sleeve nozzlettes and I've been noodling ways of casting the block around them without different COEs breaking the cast block. Hopefully it'll get more folks interested in building ribbon burners. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Tissue paper blows ash, newspaper a few little flaming bits, notebook paper holds together well enough to frighten the newbies. I'd like to have one of the torch thingies metal shop teachers used to light the melters and forges with. It was a twisted wire handle IIRC 18-24" long with a ball of cotton yarn(?) on the end. They had a cap attached about 4" from the end and fit in a can. Think of the applicator on a can of ABS cement. Anyway, there was a flammable liquid in the can, and the torch lit with a striker, the melter or forge usually blew it out when it lit but if not sticking it back in the can snuffed it. Frosty The Lucky.
  4. You have some attractive bits there Roger. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. Just removed the blower? Is there a burner plan on IFI calling for a cross? If yes, please link me I'd like a look. Can you explain what you believe adding more hard refractory to a major heat sink non-insulating hard brick liner helps? Look, we're not picking on you but you keep modifying simple instructions and plans and asking why they don't work. Did you NOT understand my suggestion to pick ONE set of forge plans and follow it without modification? Looking back I'll amend that to say a PROVEN set of forge plans. There are lots of cut and past references to non-useful forge plans in the Forges 101 thread posted by guys who saw it on the internet. I'll put this as simply as I can. LOSE the hard firebrick, ALL OF IT! Replace it with 2 layers of 1" insulating blanket refractory and hard refractory liner or Morgan Ceramics K-26 insulating Firebrick with a good kiln wash flame face. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. Were it my commission I'd forge it from mild steel and have it plated to suit the customer. Good luck forging brass though there are yellow bronze alloys that forge well enough though they're not cheap. Maybe I'd ask Pat the caster in our club about casting a set from bronze. Of course I'd probably have to pay for a couple class sessions and make my own molds. That sort of thing complicates bidding but has fringe benefits. I like molten metal. Frosty The Lucky.
  7. Do you guys have something against a little wad of burning paper to light the burner? Frosty The Lucky.
  8. I used to take a butter knife camping, I always carried a small jar of peanut butter and the Old Timer is too messy to use. Deep sea fishing I carry a filet knife but most charters clean and filet your fish for you. I like having a backup though. My Estwing hatchet and Old Timer have done everything I've needed a blade for since the early 80s. Frosty The Lucky.
  9. Are these the blower assisted cross burners that didn't work a little while back? Are you still lining your forge with hard fire brick? I'm impressed you can get orange heat. Even if you did follow the directions and got the burners right a hard firebrick liner will take a LONG time to reach maximum heat. If it CAN reach welding temp expect it to take a minimum of half an hour, probably more like an hour to reach low yellow. Frosty The Lucky.
  10. My edc is a 2 1/2" Old Timer folding knife. If I need larger I have a hatchet, I haven't taken my old Buck Skinner anywhere in a couple decades. That's just me though, I'm more likely to open a box than skin anything. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. I run Adblock plus under Google chrome and use duck duck go for a search engine. I was going to give duck duck go a try for browser but I can't figure things out so well anymore and couldn't figure out how to transfer bookmarks, etc. I only white list a site on Adblock if I REALLY want to go there. Once done I go back and block the stuffings out of it. My system is set to dump cookies every time I shut it off, it means I have to log back in every time I turn it on but I don't have many ads opening before my browser does. Those I go after with a vengence. I use "Red Condor" to filter ads and malware on my email. It can be a little too choosy and I check every day or so and white list things I want to receive. Marketing is getting stupid invasive, I watch too much TV and ad time is sometimes more than 50% and I'm PAYING for the service! Frosty The Lucky.
  12. How does it sound when you tap it with a hammer? Lots of anvil makers would make whatever the customer was willing to pay for and it's possible this one is a Fisher made for another market. Sears for example. HECK, it just now occurred to me this might be a Roebuck anvil! Just kidding but if it turns out I'm right somebody better award me a prize of some kind! Frosty The Lucky.
  13. You want to build a lady blacksmith!? You're sure ambitious but I can't fault the goal. Joking aside, these type of tool holders tend to end up one trick ponies. You find yourself spending more time making the halves of the tool fit the holder than making the tool let alone using it. That isn't a deal killer there are jobs you do often enough to make one practical but you don't tend to find out what those jobs are until you've been at this a while. Frosty The Lucky.
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