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  1. Hello; Practical problem here; I need a 25 cm (10 inch) diameter hole in the ground, more than a meter deep. Now I don't have one, and I can't buy one (lockdown & self-isolating). But I have a LOT of iron and steel and a lot of tooling to manipulate them. I know of three types; First is the typical "auger" style thing; resembling a helical drill, often made by round things welded to a central round thing. Then there is the 2 bar type, which twists at the tip. Then there's the pipe style thing with dirt-scooping points below (this one is often quoted for rocky soil). Now I don't have rocky soil; but I do have LOTS of roots, as I basically live in a forest. I also have 25 cm diameter diving bottles which I can cut up; which would make the last option probably the quickest. What do you recommend ? anyone know any "hack" to make the helical flights for a soil drill ? greets, bart
  2. I've looked for hours around the web, and I know this was a stupid error on my part (wrong kind of heat treat on mystery spring steel, too lazy/hurried to test on a few scraps). The crack actually took place about 8 months ago, and I'm considering revisiting the blade. I don't want to weld or braze the crack shut (or at least not until I ensure that it won't propagate) but I had an idea. For glass, you can sometimes stop a crack by drilling a hole at the termination. I was thinking by using a large enough bit, I might catch even the microscopic end of the crack, and then either cut/grind/weld/fill/heat treat it and have a mostly serviceable blade, and if that fails, at least I still have a nice looking shelf knife. Unfortunately, I already made a sheath for it (before heat treat) but I guess I can re-make a similar enough blade to fit if all else fails. has anyone else used this method on a blade? what degree of success if any? Thanks!
  3. Was at a nearby flea market this weekend and this followed me home (FWIW, $50- down from $75). Its in good shape overall, but is missing the crank handle and the spindle handle on top (both should be fairly easy enough to fabricate). There's no markings of any sort that I can see, And I'm hoping the collective brain trust here might help steer me to an ID of the manufacturer, age, etc. Thanks.
  4. Found this machine a Ames Triplex before and after picts done by Jim Abood here goes your catch words rare only 10 found world wide cost $2200 in 1938. virt mill horiz mill drill mach and lathe. Harold
  5. Hi gents, I am going to forge a couple of Braces to use at our summer camp in the pioneering program and was wondering if regular 1/2" diameter cold rolled 1018 would be strong enough to resist the deflection of applied force while drilling medium sized holes in beams say... 1 1/4" holes in green timber. This pic is what I am after making. Bill
  6. I am working at putting together a blacksmith shop at my home here in TN, and was looking for tools and an anvil. A couple of weeks ago I went with my family to a house that is used for storage for a local museum. We were there with permission from the museum director to get the tools out of the machine shop. The house is in such disrepair that it will soon be torn down. We loaded a Delta band saw, a Delta table saw, a Black and Decker drill press, a Craftsman 6 inch bench grinder, a four inch bench vise with anvil face, and a Craftsman radial arm saw, as well as a bunch of hand tools. The band saw and table saw are both industrial grade and made mostly of cast iron. Then yesterday a friend of mine asked me if I was interested in buying his shop. He said he would take $130 for a 150 lb. anvil, his gas forge, all his tools, and his steel stock. Naturally I said yes. I don't know what I am doing but I am going to keep doing it.
  7. I just bought a Buffalo Post Drill 616 at auction for $22 and now am in the middle of busting rust and taking apart to put back together. However, I don't have a big shop and so do most work out in the yard. Was wondering if any of the Faire/Rendezvous/Historical Recreation Smiths have any stand setups for taking your full size post drills with you on the road. Thanks.
  8. I am looking to restore a 20 " Champion drill. I need a handle and a back gear and was hoping to find someone who might have some extra parts laying around that they could sell me. Please let me know..
  9. Hello guys, so recently my dad picked up some steel at an old garage sale, and he got a very large coil spring and 2 long heavy drill bits, both of which are marked with the word Thor is fancy cursive. I have heard that both springs and drill bits are quality steel, but i was wondering if i could get help with some exact identification on the steel and info on how to heat treat it. Thanks! ​"for reference the the coil is about a half inch thick
  10. ok my breast drill have to speed wich i use it i use only one speed i put crank on secont shaft but what is purpose of first axle
  11. I found this old drill in an antique store and bought it. Looks very early, but really have no idea. The chuck is simply a tapered square hole like in a post drill. It is stamped with the owner's name "J. H. Geese" in 4 places, but no manufacturer name. Any ideas on age, maker, anything? It works and looks like the handle is walnut. <_<
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