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  2. Troels Saabye

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Get the melt pool going, and then add small amounts of filler metal and for extra even welds, you have to kinda "walk" the ceramic cup around the electrode on the welding seem. But TIG is lots of fun ^^
  3. Today
  4. Zeb Camper

    What did you do in your shop today?

    You're making progress! I've only ever TIG'd once. Seemed like to me the trick was to get the base metal hot and introduce one careful drop at a time from the electrode, then weave it a bit. I believe I pushed the puddle. It's a bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach while hopping on one foot.
  5. Troels Saabye

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    Great thanks
  6. Alan Longmire

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    As long as it is a tight fit. No rattles allowed!
  7. Troels Saabye

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    Okay :), but if you can find a tube that fits around the ram - would it still be viable ?
  8. Alan Longmire

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    That is his guide system. He has a square bar as the ram that rides on those bronze bars. The outer bolts are to keep it all tight. That is the problem with tubular guides, it can be hard to keep everything tight enough. You want a vertical sliding fit with absolutely no side to side play. Any wiggle and the machine will eventually tear itself apart.
  9. Clifford Brewer

    A few new bronzes.

    Excellent !!!!!!!
  10. Troels Saabye

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    Nice pics Geoff - but what's the first two of ?
  11. Jeremy Blohm

    Out of the box for me

    Cant wait to see this in action. Fingers crossed.
  12. Troels Saabye

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    Alan - I was thinking going for a steel tube as guide
  13. Joshua States

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Today I decided to try and learn how to TIG weld. I figured we've only had this thing for a year or three...….might as well jump in and see how it works. We have an Everlast Power TIG 250 EXand it has a lot of knobs, dials and switches on it that I really didn't have a clue about, so I spent the better part of 2 hours reading manuals and watching Boobtube videos of "TIG Experts" These guys are worse than knife makers. None of them agree with each other...… One thing they all did agree upon and were totally correct about, was in the beginning, you get really good at grinding a point on your tungsten electrode, because you jack it up a lot. My first attempts were total disasters. Then I started to figure out what all those knobs really did and I started to make some progress. Then suddenly, in the middle of a T-weld, the electrode exploded. It fizzled a bit and then went pop. I reground the tip and started again. Same thing. Then I noticed I had run out of Argon...that's the big black spot
  14. In the future that's what I will more than likely be doing is wiring everything together lol. No where near ready for billets yet I should hopefully have the forge complete here in 2 or 3 weeks.
  15. Hello: I have said this many times before...just wire them together..works great and no splattering.. JPH Ok I am somewhat of a Luddite...
  16. Wes Detrick

    A few new bronzes.

    Gorgeous work!
  17. Yesterday
  18. So with the problem I had from the very beginning of not feeling comfortable with the forge that I bought. Working on building my own forge, I've been using a flux core welder in order to weld the body and stand together. Anyhow I'm actually starting to see why it's generally bad to use a flux core for welding billets together. As per the spatter that gets thrown off from the welding can cause inclusions. On the other hand of things I'm slowly but surely getting my welding skills back. This was a weld just doing some practice on metal. Using the machine that I have. It can make some pretty good beads once the settings are dialed in correctly. I'm happy with it at least. Yep I am a bit rusty but that's still a solid weld lol.
  19. Alan Longmire

    Bronze hardness/tooling (Wrong forum?)

    This is the correct forum, but we only have a couple of bronze age folk who hang around here, Jeroen Zuiderwick being the primary one. Hopefully he will see this and respond, but he has been busy elsewhere lately. I'd like to know that as well! Ibor from Poland may be helpful as well, and he's been here today. You might try sending them a PM and ask them to reply here, it is a worthwhile topic.
  20. Hello. I'm interested in historical metallurgy, and I have a question about differing types of bronzes, specifically copper/tin and copper/arsenic. I cannot seem to find any information about producing harder flavors of bronze (preferably without resorting to zinc/brass). Anyone know specific copper/tin or copper/arsenic alloys that could be used to make tools to work cast bronze (90/10 or 88/12)? -Jeff
  21. Kris Lipinski

    A few new bronzes.

    Wonderful! As usually!
  22. Jeremy Blohm

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    UHMW can wear extremely quick under the right conditions. Here in west michigan we have a lot of cherries and apples and all kids of other fruits and vegetables that grow really well here because of the lake effect weather we get. So naturally we have a lot of food processing plants. I worked maintenance for quite a few years in these places and we used stainless and UHMW everywhere. I was amazed how conveyor belt could cut it. And it is incredible how much product is thrown out because they find pieces of it in the food. It basically comes down to the chemicals used in cleaning makes it brittle and easier to wear down. This is especially true for equipment that is outside in the sun and cleaned with heavy chemicals.
  23. Ross Vosloo

    Sneak Peek, Opinions..

    agree with steven. yes, this second version of the wrap is much better, without that eye catching knot. but its in wrong place. right up against the guard would probably nail it
  24. Ross Vosloo

    Bird and trout hunting WIP

    ja, thats my ASO, but its not channel. its something to do with the transmission from a 40tn Volvo ADT. heres a better pick of it whilst i was making my faux hardy hole cutter. its actually not that loud, although i do wear ear protection, and at least it has good bounce
  25. Alan Longmire

    A few new bronzes.

    I particularly like that antenna dagger, but it's all great stuff!
  26. Alan Longmire

    Bird and trout hunting WIP

    I like the shape better than the sketch. I don't know why, but it just looks a little more businesslike to me. Is that heavy channel your anvil? Looks loud!
  27. Alan Longmire

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    At least 12mm plate long enough to support the ram for most of its travel ought to work. Are you planning a tubular guide or flat with gibs/wear adjustment plates? Look at industrial hammers for examples. Some homemade hammers use UHMW polyethylene as wear surfaces, and while this works, it is somewhat flexible and wears faster than steel on steel or steel on bronze.
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