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  3. Since you're doing stock removal only, you may want to normalize two or three times to refine the grain. The raw barstock is probably spheroidized annealed, and the grain will be on the large side.
  4. What steel is it? I welded the vertical sections of two fork truck forks together and it works really well. I use it more than my old London pattern.
  5. Hi Guys, I have not been forging for a bit as I have been concentrating on my Wildlife Photography but I needed an axe for camp fires so I forged this up yesterday and handled it today. Farriers Rasp and cross cut saw bit. Hope you guys are all safe. Rob
  6. Try USA Knife Maker. It has the Atlas knifemakers anvil in stock for $330 (don't confuse it with the Atlas knife makers anvil with a hot cutting tool which is out of stock). It doesn't have a horn but it does have a hardy hole which will allow you to use a bick tool (another name for a horn) plus other hardy tools. It will end up costing you less than that do it yourself ASO and be a much better anvil to boot. Doug
  7. Thanks! I use an electric kiln with thermocouple. I only do stock removal. This particular knife is 3mm thick and meant to be a fine slicer. I will try: normalize 885 C, heat to 815 C and quench in 40 C oil and then 2 one hour cycles at 163 C.
  8. That was what I meant putting a hard face on my using hardfacing mig wire or stick. Had a thought what if i ground the two large plates at an angle, enough to where i could physically join the entirety of the plates to one another through welding. It would then be a solid chunk. I dont have to pay for welding wire or rods. Then once it is a solid chunk put the face on with the appropriate wire or rod?
  9. HOLY $#!T!!! That is beyond impressive! I dont even know where to begin to start asking how you did all of that! I am just trying to keep my grinds even!
  10. The solid chunk is the important part. You said you were thinking of adding a 2" hard cap, which to me sounds like a 2" thick piece of hardened steel, which is nothing like hard facing.
  11. https://metalwebnews.com/howto/anvil1/anvil2.html this is kinda similar to what im thinking minus the solid chunk.
  12. I was specifically focusing on getting as clean a ground as I could this time around, as I had not done a satisfactory job before (imo). I'm quite happy with the result for myself but It's really nice when connoisseurs also appreciate it Thank you for the kind words and the suggestions!
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  14. Update I got the acme screw and nut there're action is really smooth. I cut the screw shaft off and drilled a 3/8 inch hole in it and cut about a 3/4 inch slot then ground the acme screw to fit. I also made a thrust washer (1 1/4 inch hole through 1/2 inch plate with 1/3 hp drill press no fun). Next is attaching the nut to the screw box.
  15. In general, welding things together isn't ideal for an anvil.
  16. Ameribrade 2x72 has arrived Tool arms get here soon. This will be a game changer for sure
  17. Many thanks Tim. I have meanwhile used hardener on ceramic blanket and painted the inside with a refaractory paste. With bit of luck I will paint the forge body black with high temp paint and put it all together on tommorow, altough I might need it rest for couple of days to dry, before I fire it up. The inner space is rather big, like cylinder 50 cm long and 32 cm in diameter. But I have learned from my previous forge that the space should be proportional to the burner.
  18. I’m still looking for things but I do have a thought. What if I welded those two plates together and then I put a 2 inch hard cap on it?I’m still looking for things but I do have a thought. What if I welded those two plates together and then I put a 2 inch hard cap on it?
  19. I wouldn't recommend it. You will get a lot of vibration between the plates, even when using the 5" width. I'd keep looking for a better option. Wouldn't be the worst thing in the world either though.
  20. Looks good Jaro. The 3-port diverter should work too, but I think the porting on these is usually set up to keep the combined area of the port openings fairly constant, which might limit the ability to throttle the flow and increase the backpressure. I don't really have much experience of those valves though.
  21. I have two 2.5” thick 8”x11” plates. My thought was to weld these two pieces together to give me a 5” surface. is this ok to do? If so what process should i use to weld them, stick or tig?
  22. So that's why I've seen a core recipe that was basically brown sugar greensand! Well, dry loam bound with molasses and baked.
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