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About Gazz

  • Birthday 04/10/1952

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    The usual stuff - metalworking, gunsmithing, arts and crafts stuff, history and whatever curious thing that may come my way.

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  1. Just a comment on old belts. I bought a big pile of the 1x42 belts years ago and put a new one on the grinder just the other day. The seam let go after about 1 minute of running leaving one end with what looked like a piece of tape. I scraped the mating surfaces with a 3 corner scraper and glued it back together with some superglue. It held up long enough for me to finish what I was doing and then some. So not a permanent fix but enabled me to get a little more use out of the belt.
  2. Forging wrought iron? Impressive the way the scale comes off ! I think it is sawdust they are throwing on it - I read that somewhere but forget why they did it. Those guys were all stone deaf by the time they reached 60, if they were lucky enough to get that far. And yes, the radiant heat from a bar that big must have intense.
  3. The second picture seems to show that the chain and the guard are two different metals. If that is the case, you could mill, saw or grind a groove (width the size of the wire of your chain) in the edges where you want the chain look and then source a chain with the style link you want (or make it) and carefully silver solder into place. It could also be done with similar metals if that is the look you want or maybe chain with twisted square wire. I do like the one piece look but lots of tedious carving and filing.
  4. Selling everything and maybe some here would be interested. https://www.bidspotter.com/en-us/auction-catalogues/hartland-auctioneers/catalogue-id-bschart10048
  5. I would be interested in the bronze. I am guessing 8"x8" but have no guess for thickness. I would pm you but haven't figured out how on this site.
  6. I think those "tongs" rather pliers were for gas pipe fitters back when houses were lit by gas lamps. They are quite handy in a hot shop.
  7. You could also clean the mating parts to bright (which you should do do in any case) and braze it with an oxy/acetylene torch. The braze material flows to wherever it is hot enough and clean. Or watch some youtube videos on MIG welding and practice till you get good enough - it is not a difficult task.
  8. Yes it will pop! And if your lucky no hot pieces will fall inside the neck of your shirt and leave a trail of burns down to your belt while you do an incredible dance to the great delight of the other party-ers.
  9. A jewelers saw will cut it fine but patience is required. Somewhere I remember reading that the blade should have 3 teeth in the material as you cut but jewelers saw blades are probably not that course for 10mm. Always keep the saw blade vertical and cut on the down stroke keeping the backside of the blade lubed with bees wax. Get yourself something like a jewelers bench pin to work off of and don't push the blade into the cut. Also, buy quality saw blades - the cheap ones will give you grief as they have a tendency to wander left or right of your desired path.
  10. I am guessing that since it has a round 'stem" it probably fit into a stake plate of some kind, perhaps one that clamped the stem to prevent the anvil from twisting around. I have a similar one but it had a tapered spike for a stem. I drilled several holes into a big oak block to create a tapered hole and then glued it in with epoxy putty.
  11. I worked in a shop that had a press similar to this and the amount of force it could develop was impressive. We used it mainly for putting offsets in 2" diameter round stock while at red heat. We had made jigs or forms to rest the stock in and used a hand held top die to prevent the mark from the end piece on the screw shaft. I once straightened a piece of bar stock that was some kind of guide rail for some kind of equipment that was bent at all the mounting holes. I was able to press it back into shape cold and even pressed the stretched out holes round again. The owner of the part was so happy he gave me a $100 tip! I also saw that on Craig's list and thought about getting it but I am cramped for space being the tool pig that I am. It appears to have a "shoe" on the end of the screw that does not rotate and is guided by a slot in the frame.
  12. I clean stones in an ultrasonic cleaner with a good detergent and water. Put them in a plastic container so they do not vibrate through the tank of the cleaner.
  13. These are available with .25" and .125" shafts. https://www.google.com/search?q=mounted+points+grinding&rlz=1C1SAVS_enUS546US601&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjEmtDIxuXTAhVMxoMKHUE2AMsQ_AUICygC&biw=1920&bih=901 Also, are you removing scale before you attempt to shape the inside radius?
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