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Fleamarket report: 1 ballpeen, 1 crosspeen hammer US$1 apiece, 4 soldering coppers $5, small rockbreaker digging rod $3

Yesterday I helped a fellow smith pick up a band saw from an old junk filled garage, and this is what followed me home, some letter and number punches, and some old tractor drags or something, not sur

I have a smallish spalling hammer I "converted" into a straight pein and the balance isn't good. the Face side is too heavy making it darned tiring to use. I have given thought to cutting the face sid

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Unfortunately, I no longer have the World War Z “lobo” I made a couple of years ago (it was a commission from my cousin for her husband):

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(Total length: 36”.)

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I believe there is a YT video on how to modify that respirator to accept 3M filters. Not sure I'd 100% trust how well it works after making the modifications... but there is ways to do it.

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I've looked at a couple of different ones, and there seem to be two main methods. One is to make an adapter from the back of one of the original filters and the mounting hardware from a standard mask, and the other is to simply attach the mounting hardware from a standard mask directly to the mounting hardware on the Resp-O-Rator. Not yet sure which one I favor, but I'll give it some thought while I use up the filter that came with it.

The other mod that some people do is to attach a plastic bottle underneath the exhaust valve in the middle of the front to catch the condensation. Michael Chthulu of "Big Giant Swords" has such a setup on his.

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Well its' hard to get this guys nowadays-

I contacted railways manager, i literaly went to his house and asked him and he said that it should be cut, but they don't cut it now.
And when i mentioned  that i am wiling to pay for it.
He sell me his piece.

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It will come in handy since i don't have nothing heavier for anvil that is made of metal.

 

 

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Old rail was used for cattle guards out here and several of them are at my local scrapyard.  One of my smithing students/friends picked up a piece for 20 UScents a pound 2 weekends ago.

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Looks like he's wishing he would have brought a hand truck. When I picked up my rail I had to lug it a couple hundred yards. I don't remember if it's twenty nine or thirty inches. I'm only 140 pounds. It was quite the workout. I had to rest more than once. I thought I was going to pass out by the time I got it to the car. 

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I've been to your part of the world in my life time natkova. It was 20 some years ago, and at that time... recovering from a war. 

Some people can change their minds about much when it's survival- or feeding their family.

Still- a good find to work with!

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It's easy to miss-read the difficulty vs. time ratio. It's one of the main sources of experience. 

It's like the size to utility ratio when building a forge. Someday I'll get it right.

Oh, rail weight is per yard so 120lb. rail is 40lbs/foot. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Just a random factoid about railroad track:  Weight per yard (or Kg/meter) varies depending on use.  Rapid transit/light rail often uses 100lb./yard rail while main lines with heavy freight train use usually use 136 lb./yard rail.  Smaller rail can be used on sidings and older lines.  Mine rail can be quite small.  The heaviest rail used commercially was 155 lb./yd. which was once in use on the Pennsylvania RR.  There may even be heavier rail around for specialized industrial purposes like moving heavy launch vehicles at Cape Canaveral.

"By hammer and hand all arts do stand."

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On 1/13/2021 at 8:02 AM, Welshj said:

I've been to your part of the world in my life time natkova. It was 20 some years ago, and at that time... recovering from a war.

Well this is just for hobby, because I dont do blacksmithing for living, if I did I will probably die lol.

It is dying trade here.

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18 hours ago, George N. M. said:

main lines with heavy freight train use usually use 136 lb./yard rail.

My track anvil is made from a 9” chunk of 136 lb AREA* rail, which puts it at 34 lbs. I’ve not weighed the stand. 

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*American Railway Engineering Association

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Already done. You’ll notice that this end has a fuller ground into the center web; I’ve since added a hot-cut and a small horn. The other end has the head ground into a kind of ball shape. 

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And here’s one of my students using it:

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A quick trip to the industrial surplus place netted a nice Bosch hand drill and a small bin of tools, the latter containing a box of shims, a couple of bits of tooling, and a nice set of taps with the matching drill bills. 

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Anyone have any idea what these are? 4” long, 3/4” diameter at the thick end, 3/8” at the thin end, and with a 5/16” diameter x 1” deep home on the thick end. 

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