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  1. That is am nice WINCH. I would clean it up and use it. BTW wenches are.....well, I won't go there....;)
  2. What part of the valley are you in?
  3. I have a bit of reverence for old wood because it is something that you just can't make quickly. Steel can be remelted and cast, etc. Wood is a one shot kinda deal.
  4. What part of the valley do you live in?
  5. Carbon does not make it magnetic, the iron content does. Stainless steels will rust, and the original name was Stains-less because it rusted less than standard steel does. 300 series can be made magnetic, the pins in our rotary magnetic spinner were 304.
  6. Where did you get the shirt Das? That has been my motto for decades, I first saw it on a mini bumper sticker at Spencers Gifts.
  7. Go get some modeling clay and form it into square and round rods. Use a light hammer and hit it like you would to make something, and watch how it reacts. Then you will see why there are cross peen hammers, rounding hammers, etc.. they move metal differently. Watch how it moves when struck between the hammer and the edge of the anvil, as opposed to over the horn. Watch how it moves sing the round peen on a ballpeen hammer. Clay is nice to get the basics because you don't have to worry about heat, tongs, and it is easily put back to shape to try something different.
  8. They probably meant 13"x7" and an extra 1 snuck in there. Sawyer anvil tops can be extremely hard, and chip easily on the edges. They were never meant for hot work as the blades were trued up cold and protected the face from a direct hammer hit. Be careful of missed blows when smithing.
  9. Return the ASO, and go looking for a piece of steel. Rental yards, heavy equipment repair shops, tractor repair shops, equipment manufacturers, mines, big industrial companies, etc all have repairs to do and pieces that they told that you can use as an anvil. Old forklift forks, big axles, hydraulic breaker points, bucket pins, thick plates of steel, large hydraulic shafts, and many more items provide enough mass and a big enough working surface to use for an anvil. Remember, you only need a working surface as big as the hammer face.
  10. As to the comparison with the PW brand of anvils. I have seen plenty of swaybacked Peter Wrights, but I have yet to see a Fisher like that. Many wrought anvils were made up of several pieces that were forge welded together, and every weld was a point of potential failure. Fishers were one piece, eliminating the joints that could fail. Fishers do have rebound, they are not dead. I love how quiet my 260# Fisher is, and that was also a selling point of theirs. My 306# Sodefors rings loud enough to be heard across the valley.
  11. Nicholson makes different grades of files. The machinist files are their best ones. The ones for wood are made of a lower grade of steel because wood is not as hard as steel. When I talked to the materials guy at Nicholson he also warned me that there are some counterfeit files out there with their name on them.
  12. I am doubtful that you will see much gain by adding a solid waist. Try this as an experiment. Mount the other piece vertical, and try it that way. With all of the mass under that hammer instead of just a portion of it when it is horizontal you might see a better gain.
  13. Road kill is good. I picked up a 4" wide trucker strap the other day to go with the 4" ratchets I have also found on the side of the road. I traverse 140 miles of roadway daily with most of that being highway, so I have found lots of items from straps, ratchets, a dozen ice chests, swings with chains, signs, a Cole vise, THULE roof compartment, semi truck rim, and several bed liners that I couldn't stuff into the Saturn and passed on literally. As to the Boxers, they are shedding machines and their hair gets EVERYWHERE......the vacuum did a great job of collecting it at the source. No attachments needed aaaaaaaaaaaaaand it took me this long to finally realize what Frosty meant by his remark on skidmarks......durrr. The dogs would come over to the vacuum when it was turned on.
  14. Depends on what you are making.... I don't use the horn much on my anvils. My first thought was to stand the 4" square on end to put all of the mass under the hammer. If you need to check a length for flatness just hold it vertical. As to the horn, maybe use it as a small cone mandrel vertically as well. With the tube cut off of the square bar, add a plate to the tube with a hardy hole.
  15. Beautiful work, I really like the free flowing look of the handrails. The US is pretty big, where will you be?