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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. My mother gifted me a slaw cutter years ago. It works like a large upside down wood plane - https://www.google.com/search?q=slaw+cutter&sxsrf=ACYBGNSOleNr3jScO6opP_J8sts9XCQ9Mg:1572621788561&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwie2srYqMnlAhXiUt8KHS8SCM0Q_AUIEygC&biw=1920&bih=937#imgrc=oFBHrgdVbv2PVM: While not a hand held knife, it is an efficient way to cut the cabbage for either slaw or sauerkraut.
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    Evil air pocket

    There are some youtube videos on how to convert your MIG welder to a TIG welder. Basically, you modify a MIG tip to accept a short tungsten electrode and do not use the wire feed function. I've never tried it but thought it an interesting hack.
  3. Years ago, I experimented with various non ferrous wires, bronze, copper, silver and brass by bundling them all together in a haphazard way, compressing them in a vise and then flooding with silver solder. I would then roll the lump out, saw cut and stack, solder again etc. but found that frequent annealing was required when I got near to the point of having a desired thickness sheet otherwise the silver solder would breakdown and crack. Made for some interesting looking bits that I used in jewelry. I never tried to forge it hot and tend to think it would not work so well.
  4. 1. Butcher shop - buy some soup bones, make some soup and then use a bandsaw to cut your slabs. There is a treatment procedure for animal bone that involves boiling in acid to remove soluble organics before bone is used for jewelry etc. Somebody lifted my book that described it though. 2. Pet store - You can buy bovine bones there that appear to have gone through the treatment. Again, a bandsaw is required. 3. Atlantic Coral Enterprise - giraffe, camel bone available. Wholesale operation with minimum purchase requirements. More bandsaw.
  5. It's free and you haven't taken it home yet? The motor may be able to be wired internally to 220VAC 3 phase then no problem running it with a VFD and your 220VAC shop voltage. It should be marked with required voltage(s) on the motor spec plate.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Selling everything and maybe some here would be interested. https://www.bidspotter.com/en-us/auction-catalogues/hartland-auctioneers/catalogue-id-bschart10048
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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