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dan pfanenstiel

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  1. O.K. I normally wouldn't admit to this, but we all learn from others mistakes, right? So I put in the new motor, new pump, fresh fluid, new filter, and the friggin' thing still wants to act the same way. Crap. So I'm wondering along the lines of air trapped in the hydraulics, like Roy mentions. Then my spock eyebrow goes up involuntarily and i start wondering about the wiring. Check the wall outlet, got 115v on each leg just like it should, but note that the wire is black, white and red. The extension cord i made up for this is black, green and white. Then it hits me, I friggin wired it wrong. Had 115v going to one line on motor, one (green) going to ground, and the common (white) going to other leg on motor, not doing anything. All explains why it shocked me when i touched the frame, and the lack of power because the 230v motor only had 115v going to it. Motor would run, but die if any pressure applied to it. Man, do I feel stupid. Let the laughter and mocking begin. Dan
  2. Shoot Doug, I was just happy that I could swing a hammer for that long. Once I ground the clay off that blade I knew immediately what I'd done. We knew it was too light for heat treating in Mike's shop using the forge, but had to try any way. I'm still happy as a clam. Dan
  3. I haven't been too busy in the shop these last couple of years. Some health issues, some other issues. I have been getting back to it though, and I'm starting to get that old feeling again, you know, the one that compells you to create edgy things. Doesn't hurt to have buddies like Mike Quesenberry pushing you into it too. Here's a video of interest that I ran through the computational device and shot out to the Youtubes. Hope this works. <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bbpHc11eFy8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> If that doesn't work, try this, Dan Edit- would someone put up a tutorial on embedding a youtube video, please?!?
  4. Thanks for looking that up for me, Salem. You're a true gentleman. I spent an hour or more searching the internet for just the right motor yesterday and just got discouraged. Ordered the one you pointed out just now. Dan
  5. O.K., been a while on the press thing. After mulling it over for several months, i decided that my problem must be the two stage pump. Ordered a new one from Northern, hooked it up, changed fluid and filter and still the same problem. Here's the catch, when i reach down to turn the pump shaft by hand, via the Lovejoy coupler, I get a nifty jolt of electricity up my arm. Motor's gone bad, but will still run without a load on it like always. Other than the fact that it shocks you when you touch it, and that it won't squish steel, I'd think about keeping it :-) So, the question of the day, where' a good place for a replacement 5hp, 3450rpm motor? Am I looking for something better than 'compressor duty' (which I think is what this one is)? Dan
  6. I don't remember who got the knife-in-stone in the auction but mike vagnino kept saying if whoever got it would bead blast it, it would go back to looking like stone instead of melted glass. Something i'd like to see. Dan
  7. Hey Rick, it went well. They cooked that crucible for several hours, let it slow cool for a few more (sorry, i was bouncing back and forth too much to remember times). When they were ready, Bill was able to break up the top crud and drop the cake out without breaking the crucible. The finished steel loaf looked really good except for a thumb size air pocket in the side. There were able to cut it into half and eliminate the air pocket leaving enough steel for several knives, I think. I didn't get a whole lot of pictures of the wootz itself, if any but did get a video of Bill, Tom Ferry and Dave Lisch forging a piece of it out into a bar. Then Bill forged out a small knife blade and ground it to see the pattern. I didn't see a lot of pattern but it wasn't polished out yet either. Might all be there. Hopefully someone will jump in with some pictures. Dan
  8. We had a blast again this year. Lots of forging steel and general knifemaking mahem. Here's Jim Rodebough forging a small bowie Here's where some of the mastersmiths had seen where you can heat up a certain type of rock and drive a knife blade through it. Here I'm getting some advice from Tom Ferry MS. These guys are the best and a wealth of knowledge. Just walk up and ask something, what's better than that? During the hammer-in, on Saturday, we do a small knife show that's open to the public. Bring knives and set up a table. I'm sure others have more to add. I seem to have a whole lot of pictures of myselt since my wife is partial and holding the camera. There was a lot of after hours talk about how to improve this event, next year should be amazing. Dan
  9. Hey Ted, Any correction to the shinogi should be done in the early stages of polishing, and moving one side is certainly doable. If you have no experience polishing, on stones or whatever, it can be a lesson in frustration. Maybe send it back to whomever put it in binsui? Dan
  10. I'm all signed up to go again this year. Hey Don, what ever happned to the wak blade you forged last year? Dan
  11. Utsushi Mind blowing artistry, and should be watched as often as necessary to retain humbleness. Dan
  12. Heh, when i realized how much time has passes since building the thing, i figured i answered my own question about filter change and maintenence. And i'm a maintenance mechanic at my job, shame, shame. Are we buying proper filters at local auto stores (mine's 10 micron, hydraulic) or ordering from Northern tool where i got the original? Dan
  13. Ya, that's the weird part. I've never had the motor get stopped like that, and like said, it ran fine for years. Dick, didn't really gurgle, more like labored like it was under load on the upstroke only, ram moved slow. Could be air in the lines anyway, that would explain it's lack of power. I'll start with a filter and fluid change (it's only going on 8 or 10 years since a change), then move up from there. Dan
  14. Took apart the relief valve and put back together, still not right. On a whim, i just let the thing run a while and exercised the ram up and down many times, seemed to get better. The press worked fine for several years before i stopped using it, and there were no sudden weird noises or loud bangs when i was using it so, i'd imagine the long sitting unused is the culprit. I may end up with a new pump if it doesn't get much better. Greg, the pressure guage didn't max out, i think my relief is set at around 2500 psi. It would jump to 1000 psi when the dies came together then back to zero as the motor shaft stopped. Now, as i exercise it up and down, it's topping at around 2000 psi. Dan
  15. O.k., so I've layed off the knifemaking for a while and decided to get myself back together starting with shop and tooling. Made some new drawing dies for the press, but now that it's been sitting for a while, it doesn't want to run right. Here's the gory details. Hit the switch and the motor (5hp) runs fine. Toggle the up and down lever and it sounds funny going up and sounds fine going down, but, when the dies touch and starts to put pressure, the motor wants to kick out, shaft comes to a stop. Checked fluid and it's fine, perhaps the filter? Hopefully not the pump gone bad. Any experiences out there? Dan
  16. I think Keith Larman would be someone you should talk to about your dilema. He is a polisher and a teacher and can really state your case as eloquently as anyone I know. I'll see if I can direct him here. He also hangs around the swordforums and could be contacted there as well. Dan
  17. And brilliantly scheduled to coincide with a certain japanese fittings class i'd like to attend as well. Man, that would be an awesome two weeks. Dan
  18. As a friend and target of some of Patrick's teachings, I can't recommend going to this enough. Wouldn't mind doing the class myself if I can swing it. Dan
  19. dunno if it helps at all, but I've cleaned my pot out by running a garden hose in the open end while laying on the ground outside for several hours. Got most of it out then just a bit of mechanical agitation. Then one could dry and sandblast i suppose. I"m using Nu Sal by the way. This was all suggested by Kevin Cashen some years ago. Also don't know what it does for your dirt chemistry, or environemnt. Dan
  20. Hey! Nice pics, Scott. Good to see you again too. Ya, the pots were digitally controlled. Can see the controller box in the lower right of the last picture. Really a nifty set-up. Bob had all the components organized in a box and just set it up right there in the middle of the floor in about 2 minutes. Dan
  21. It appears I do have pics, thanks to my wife. Hope I can get these in some order. Here's Don at the mic, forging a tamahagane wakizashi. Bill Burke breaking down the bloom from the smelt. And a view of the mini-knife show, open to the public. Dan
  22. Well, it's the last day of the hammer-in, and I'm up an hour earlier than normal because my head is swimming. I have finally met Don Fogg, and am all the better for it. One of my goals in life. Don's been showing us his forging technique and sharing his ideas on blade making. He started a blade made from tamahagane and made kobuse style by Bill Burke, and has a couple more hours to get it to heat treating stage. Hopefully we'll be doing some clay application and heat treating today. Bill Burke, Dave Mirabel and several others worked hard to do a smelt. The first day started off pretty good but the construction failed after a few hours at temperature. There were several places where fire started poking through the outer walls so Bill shut it down, hoping to get a little something. Didn't happen. So the guys ran out and bought a bunch of new supplies, charcoal and clay, and rebuilt the thing (I was skeptical) and had a much better run the next day. I think the yield was around 50 pounds. They auctioned off about 30 pounds of the stuff, which I got in a bidding war over, but I lost out to Bob Kramer who will no doubt turn that steel into something wonderfull (something I wasn't so sure of, since I've never used the stuff). Overall, this is a great event to attend. Even though I've been doing what I do for years, I come away with a lot of new ideas. I even met a fellow in the crowd that has polished nihonto for 30 years and had an amazing conversation. Bob Kramer is a fountain of information on heat treating knife steels and I always come away knowing how to do things better from him. And overall, it doesn't hurt to be around a bunch of guys (and gals) that do what we do. Moral being, if you could have come to this, you should have :-) Oh and kudos to Mike Vagnino, the ABS and the college here in Visalia for putting this on. We need more of this kind of thing here on the west coast. Dan
  23. I'm suprised by that too, Rick, assuming you submitted material last year. Steve included several people in the makers section who I wouldn't associate with sword making, but I think you'd qualify. Dan
  24. Woohoo! Leaving tomorrow (the creek didn't rise) and looking foreward to a weekend of hot steel. No, I didn't get that sword done in time. Dan
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