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JHCC does the pump work better with the new motor?  Ram speed faster? 

Das, beautiful work as always.  If I was as talented at you. I start a metal art studio and forget all about everything else I do. 

I would imagine there is for sure a market and sales must be good. 

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Yes, it’s at least twice as fast. I haven’t yet forged with the current setup, but I’m looking forward to it. 

If my calculations are correct, the new pump (if I can get it working) would double the speed again, but at the cost of halving the tonnage. That may be an acceptable tradeoff; if not, I could bump the power up with a stronger motor at some future point.

 

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single stage pump or dual stage?  

A single stage will be faster for the stroke unless it reaches it's max output pressure. A dual stage will have same speed (if volume is the same as single stage) till it kicks in the 2nd stage.  this means that one can actually get away with a smaller motor with faster cycle times to engagement and then the slower speed kicks in but the tonnage can go up.  Less volume means less hp needed. 

 

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Finished my latest round of upgrades/modifications to my 2x72 belt grinder.  I used a leg from a semi trailer for a pedestal, and that gives around 15 inches height adjustment.  Put it on lifting casters and fitted the ends with adjustable feet so I can level it out even if the floor isn't.  I also installed my 8 inch wheel under the flat platen and made it adjustable so I can rotate the platen one way to work on the 8 inch wheel or inclined flat platen.  Rotating the other way gives me the 2 inch wheel and the slack belt.  Of course I couldn't stop there so I gave myself the option to use it horizontally or vertically.  After all that it got a coat of paint.  Now I just have to use it for a while until enough ideas run through my mind for the next round of modifications.

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Wonderful work. Well done.  Love the landing gear upgrade. I was going to use those for the demo trailer but opted for the lighter 10K ones instead. 

 

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1 hour ago, jlpservicesinc said:

single stage pump or dual stage?

Single, with low volume. This is discussed at length in The Pressciouss’s own thread. 

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Ya know Jennifer, I can't forget about forging. But I am tortured inbetween. Thanks for the comments. 

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Been working on an outdoors knife for quite some time now. Finally put the finishing touches on it and I am thrilled by the way it turned out. This project was quite the learning experience especially the getting the leather sheath put together, leather really doesn't move like steel :lol:!! The blade is made out of 1084 with an Eastern Red Cedar handle (becoming a favorite for handle materials). 

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Yes, I like it also. 

Is red cedar in your area a soft wood or a medium soft wood.. In other words whats the hardness like?  

Here cedars are pretty soft. (thumb nail denting soft).

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That is beautiful alexandr. As is everything I've seen of yours. I, on the other hand, am struggling to make simple things lately. I made a 5 1/2" door hook today. Very simple, but at least it came out good. Then just knocked around with a couple of other things. Seems lately I'm in a slump or something. I'll get it figured out and start posting pictures again 

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Ahh, thanks for that Irondragon, i kept wanting to say trivet and i knew that was wrong. 

 

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The Cedars here are relatively hard, this handle was made from a suppressed tree that had incredible tight ring growth (about 80 years in a two inch section) maybe that increases its hardness?

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7 minutes ago, Marcus_Aurelius said:

maybe that increases its hardness?

Absolutely!!!!! Around here, all we have is Western Red Cedar. It's more of a softwood "weed" more than a tree and, in my opinion, worth using for little more than Native American flutes. But it excels at that and the occasional Cedar Chest.  What you have is a really pretty piece of wood for that handle.  I'm envious. 

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Yes, slow-growth timber of almost any species tends to be harder than fast-growth.

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More work on the scrapart guitar for this weekends show.  Planned on making two but this ones fighting me every step. Still might make it. 

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Great work on the guitar, Das. I have been using a few cogs and gears as well today, putting together a few of these little owl paperweights. Here's an anvil of owls:

 

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The owls look great aus. They would look good mounted on a base the way you have them displayed on the anvil. Burrowing owls are one of my favorite critters so  I'm a little partial to most owl art.  They sure would look good on a shelf or mantle but that's just my opinion.

Pnut

Das, another great guitar. Did the last one have a fender shaped headstock? This one looks like a Gibson.

 

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They've all been Gibsons so far. It lends itself nicely to using open end wrenches for the headstock. Next one will probably be a Fender strat or Ibanez RG style. :)

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If you ever get into foundry work, you can do a StratoCASTer.

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