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  1. Ever notice how taking a selfie treats the public at large to a clear view up your nostrils? I need to find myself some little google eyes. I know I'd like a better view of your book shelves! Frosty The Lucky.
  2. Okay, we call that a sleeve type burner mount or sleeve for short. If your burner nozzle is getting bright yellow pull it farther out of the forge. Just 3/8" - 1/2" inside the shell is usually plenty deep. High yellow is easy welding heat if you know how and learning to weld isn't hard at all. If you're getting high yellow in 4-5 minutes it sounds like you're there. Frosty The Lucky.
  3. Duck's nest, yes. I blanked completely on the name. I was replying to another cast forge plan thread and had it written down before I thought about it. Do not make mud, almost any clayey dirt will work just fine. If you have clay 3 parts sand to 1 part clay is just right. The sand allows steam to escape and the clay a little room to move as it expands and contracts with thermal cycles. I just shovel it in, smooth it around and hammer it hard with a wooden mallet. I have an old dog food dish that's just right as a core over the air grate and makes a nice duck's nest. These thi
  4. My thought too. Looks nice though. Frosty The Lucky.
  5. A lot of Liberty ships broke, quality control was all but absent. I believe that one was in port in the north Atlantic but I could be wrong. -40c/f same same. Frosty The Lucky.
  6. No need to stick with the brand so long as the pump you get supplies enough fluid at a high enough pressure. I believe the one you're looking specs out at 10k psi. That's not an uncommon power pack output pressure. Expect to pay a few hundred anyway and $700 isn't out of the question up here it'd be reasonable. Control can be either auto return or the ram stops when you let go of the handle or step off the pedal, your choice. The units we used as casing jacks had the control valve on the power plant and connected to the jack with hoses. For a press I'd use a pedal control valv
  7. You're more than welcome, it's our pleasure to help folk get good and thoroughly addicted to the craft. Frosty The Lucky.
  8. Only a week? I prescribe some hot tub time, maybe catch a tan. Sipping a warm toddy watching the sun set is also highly recommended. I'm not visualizing your 10" foundation and 8" door opening problem. Is this the personnel door or roll up? Frosty The Lucky.
  9. Welcome aboard Pat, glad to have you. If you put your general location in the header you'll have a much better chance of hooking up with members within visiting distance. If you're using a wire brush you're going to have to go to a LOT of effort cleaning the scale. A flat bristle "butcher block" brush is much more effective. If you're VERY CAREFUL!!! you can use a cup brush in a disk grinder. Or a wire wheel on a bench grinder. Be aware though powered wire brushes are extremely dangerous, one misstep and it will grab the work out of your hands and throw it at high velocity. IF you'
  10. Now THAT might make a decent forging press as is. A little modification should pimp it out nicely. There would be different crimping dies for various hoses and fittings so it's already set up to change dies easily. You can swage with crimping dies if they don't have the flutes that make some crimped fittings look almost threaded. If it works I'd be interested enough to make a counter offer at least. Frosty The Lucky.
  11. Just the one fitting? I think John's interpretation is a good one. Sort of like air brakes on a truck, lose air and they clamp down. Maybe if there are two fittings it could be an air motor in/out but I doubt it. If it were cheap enough I'd turn it into a beer tap and hang it on the wall behind my desk. Well, something cool. Frosty The Lucky.
  12. YES cut the handle off! Do I need to point out you should be a BIT concerned when she ties your feet to lumber that way? I don't even want to wear the candy manacles. Frosty The Lucky.
  13. Well fitted comfortable high laced work boots are good, especially if working outdoors where footing isn't always assured. I like slip on boots like my old Red Wings but they weren't so good in the woods. My lace up White's where the best I've ever worn but big $. The problem with lace is they're a trap for various little bits of stuff say . . . HOT scale or pinch offs. Leather laces are non-flammable and mitigates the foot on fire, effect. One solid recommendation is foot wear needs to be high top so your pants legs cover them to prevent HOT bits visiting your foot! This is a B A D N E
  14. Dad had a bell curve sort of policy regarding bids. He generally discarded the highest and lowest bids and considered the middle of the pack. Oh he read and checked them all but the first to go were usually the top and bottom of the curve. We didn't talk about these things like I was in school but he did talk about them. Accepting bids was a different ball game than tendering bids so his first filter step was different. both ends of the curve were first out. However, one of his sayings I just got sick of hearing was as true as it gets. "Butch, nothing always works. Look at them all once
  15. Don't let it near her side of the bed or she'll never let you have it back! New guys, <SHEESH> Frosty The Lucky.
  16. Oh B A B Y! Ti shavings are pretty exciting once you get them going. Dad's Boy Scout type flint and steel fire starting was always quick and sure. Wouldn't let me use his though. <sigh> Frosty The Lucky.
  17. OZONE from an air fuel burner, Mike? NOX smells a LOT different, sort of like taking a sniff of battery acid in my experience. Frosty The Lucky.
  18. Morgan Thermal Ceramics has a location listed in Brittan I don't allow cookies on my machine so it won't let me see the address. The location is just south of Liverpool. You shouldn't have any trouble finding a listing. Hard firebrick will cost you more in fuel than it will save in the price of firebrick. The company also makes ceramic blanket and all sorts of handy refractory products. Frosty The Lucky.
  19. It's just a photography class trick. I pass it on often, the pro photographers are probably gnashing their teeth. It's been a long, long, time since anybody attached the "San" honorific to my name, I'm blushing. Domo Arigato. Frosty The Lucky.
  20. Seats on each end of the bar with pretty young ladies sitting on them? Or, a solid rod on each end of the bar going down to a platform or basket you can load with weight as you like. Put a bathroom scale under each one and you can track exactly what you're lifting. Frosty The Lucky.
  21. It's a sledge hammer head, let it curl up at your feet in bed, it'll be nice and warm then. Frosty The Lucky.
  22. Yes, the opening in the end of your forge needs to be closed down. You'll have to leave enough space for exhaust gasses to escape but not a whole lot. By all means check out Charles's rail anvil thread before you start cutting up the piece you have. He has one of the best rail anvil's I've ever seen. Frosty The Lucky.
  23. I warm my anvil if I'm working in the cold. I start off by lighting a hot fast fire in the barrel stove and lay the piece of 1.5" x 8" x 13" steel plate on the stove and go back in the house for another cup of coffee. Afterwards I check the plate, if it's not hot enough yet I toss more wood in the stove and have another cup of coffee. When it's too hot to touch I carry it (wearing thick welding gloves!) and lay it on the anvil I'm using. After I've laid out tools, picked up the mess, etc. and get the forge heated up the anvil is usually nice and warm. That darned piece of plate is still
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