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On 5/31/2019 at 7:26 PM, Marc1 said:

I wonder if we'll ever shake the greenies off and start culling crocs. They have been out of control for decades and reaching as far as Brisbane, driven by hunger and uncontrolled multiplication. 

Yes, indeed. Sent you a PM about this, but I see for some reason you cannot receive PMs. I wish that notice had come up before I spent time on the writing!

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Marc 1and Aus,  Here in the states the American alligator was on the endangered species list. After the population grew to a sustainable size hunting was allowed once again. So maybe there's hope for you punters down under. 

Can you apply for a nuisance animal cull permit? Here you can get them for nuisance bears, mountain lions in their range even deer out of season. Coyotes are open for year round hunting. I like coyotes though so it would have to be a REAL pest for me to kill one. I had a coy dog for about ten years.

Oh yeah our cousin to your redback spider, the black widow won't kill you but it hurts enough to make you want to die. I know from hard experience.

In the last ten years or so I've seen a couple news reports of sharks found in the Ohio River near Cincinnati. Always juvenile and always in extremely poor health. I don't remember what kind of sharks they were. 

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Tourists are the endangered species up here! Some, usually from Europe, just don't understand the dangers. Marc1 is right; we need a cull. (Of crocs not tourists).

No, you can't get a nuisance animal cull permit for crocs, Pnut.  The pollies and greenies won't be in it. When the crocs start eating people on the Gold Coast they might listen.

There would be plenty of well-off trophy hunters over your way that would pay ferocious amounts of money to knock off a giant salty. The money could then go to sensible conservation programs to look after bilbies and quolls.

I guess this conversation is getting a bit off-track and political, and I suspect the moderators are ready to pounce.

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Finally got a chance to play for a bit. Got some filing left to do.  And my forge will not forge weld!! Ugly, but I made it.

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ThomasPowers,

i use a product named “Suspend” to control the black widow spiders and all other insects in my shop and around the house. It is safe to use inside the house also. It’s available on the web, the price looks scary, but you put 1 1/2 oz per gallon of water first application then 3/4 oz/gal every 3 months. Mist it on, not wet. The bottle lasts me 3-4 years using for 2 houses and my shop. 1 1/2 gallon of mix will do all 3 inside and out. 

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6 hours ago, Ben Hoover said:

And my forge will not forge weld!!

Nope, it sure won't.

You have to do the welding. It's not a big deal just a matter of knowing what to do and following the steps. You'll get there you're just starting out. ;) 

Frosty The Lucky.

 

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Rofl!! I deserved that. I have not yet figured out how to do it then.  I am going to have to determine what to get next forge wise.

 

No need to quote the post we all just read.

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Nah, learn to use the one you have. How are you going to figure out what to get if you don't know how to use one yet? Honest, learning to winkle your way through using less than optimum equipment, tools etc. is a much faster way to master the craft than working at finding the "best" tools. 

Seriously, fire is fire, if it'll burn you can make it do your bidding. Though I've never tried I know you can weld steel with an alcohol lamp. Not just forge weld but torch weld. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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I am thinking I need to close off the opening to trap heat and get better at adjusting then.

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I'm not much of a forge welder either, Ben, but you just have to keep at it. I get by, but never do it as a demo … too many sparks and not enough confidence. Read up on the threads here about fire welding and you'll get lots of good tips. The best way of course, is to get someone to show you, using your forge. You are probably somewhere that you can find an experienced smith to demonstrate the technique. I don't have that luxury and I have never seen anyone forge weld.

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Bottom two are ready for heat treat. The top I got the wrought iron guard fitted up and then ground it to shape. It’s ready for hand sanding and finish work.

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 CreekSideForge

they look great to me, I hope I can get to the skill level to accomplish that one day 

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Thanks Lew L. Try staring at the big makers stuff for years and reading as much as you can in as many reputable places. Oh and lots and lots of work.

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14 hours ago, pnut said:

n the last ten years or so I've seen a couple news reports of sharks found in the Ohio River near Cincinnati. 

Most likely bull sharks. Don't know of any other species going into fresh water.

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Yes, indeed. Sent you a PM about this, but I see for some reason you cannot receive PMs. I wish that notice had come up before I spent time on the writing!

 

  • Oh my ... 

 

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Made a stand for my press and lifted it on the stand, its bigger than anticipated. Anyone had that happen before ;). As i dont have a gantry at home a borrowed some scaffolding from work to lift that bad boy on to its stand ( she's around 200kg 400lb). The wheels wil be taken off when i get a new shop but for now she's gona sit there.

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On 6/1/2019 at 8:01 PM, ausfire said:

I'm not much of a forge welder either, Ben, but you just have to keep at it. I get by, but never do it as a demo … too many sparks and not enough confidence. Read up on the threads here about fire welding 

Same boat Ausfire.  I appreciate the comment. I'll figure it out.

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SHARKS IN THE OHIO NEAR CINCI !!!!

Just had to tell me that didnt you, Aus. With the tornadoes last week and sharks in the river, we very nearly ended up with a real Sharknado. 

 

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Not me, Billy B. I think you'll have to credit pnut with that warning. I have heard of raining fish, but a sharknado would really be interesting.

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Wonder how good their eyesight is out of water?  I remember seeing a cartoon where the shark's eyesight and motion on land while harder was still able to keep up with the Leemur and then jumped into a volcano all the while trying to eat that little cutie.    

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Here's a few things I made over the past week. I thought the shelf brackets I made would be a good base for a plant hanger, so I made a few...

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Here's one I haven't mounted yet

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I also made a back scratcher and hook for work.

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Nice work!

You can give the flat bar a bit of texture if you make a "texturing mallet". Buy a cheap hammer at the hardware and grind a lot of holes in the face with a die grinder. Different sizes works best, the more the merrier. The more holes, the less face left and the more aggressive the texturing. (Goggles a must)

Then before you start making the brackets, get a couple of flat bar length and work them cold on the anvil both sides and the edges. Use a thick glove on the left to stop the vibrations in the holding hand. Cover all the surfaces with steady blows. The end result will be a flat bar that will look like it has been exposed to the weather for a long time. :)

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Of course you could smear the flat bar with lard and hang it in the Ohio river for the sharks to maul and chew. Similar result but would take longer and be less reliable :)

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Those are really attractive Ted. I'm thinking very marketable if you wished to go that route.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Very nice work Ted. Now you need to make some metal plant baskets to take away the plastic!

I like your exacting work with those inlays.

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