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  • 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. While I have heard that using acetylene rated stuff is not compatible with propane, I have been using standard oxy/acetylene hoses for my propane/oxy rosebud torch now for about 40 years with no issue. It was what the local welding supply place (Jackson Welding) sold me when I bought the torch. Perhaps the oily stuff was something left over from when your torch set was made if it is a new set up.
  2. Pitch is probably what you are thinking of. There is also dop wax used in the lapidary arts to hold stones while grinding and polishing them. Both are heat sensitive so hand sanding or wet grinding only.
  3. What are the advantages of a vertical forge?
  4. I believe that is a lead file. Years ago in a pre bondo time, auto body filler was lead. The teeth of the file could be easily cleaned if it got loaded up.
  5. Watch what these guys do and consider the safety precautions they have taken!
  6. I would bet most of work on the Paley gate was done on the Nazel hammer and I would also bet that most of the pieces with the hair pin type features are actually two pieces and welded and ground to give the appearance of a one piece element. Not to say those kinds of texture couldn't be done with a press and the C frame would be more flexible as to accept work that could fit.
  7. You can try here for info; https://www.gunboards.com/forums/french-firearms-board.11/ or here; https://www.gunboards.com/forums/militaria-swords-bayonets-edged-weapons-forum.23/ You'll have to sign up to be a member if you want to post your pictures or ask questions though.
  8. I found this at a yard sale on Sunday for the princely sum of $1. Looks to be a very specific type of burner and checking the web site of the maker shows they make a bunch of different types of heaters but show no pictures of their burners. I don't know if it is set up for propane or natural gas and if the later it is not so useful to me as is. Anybody have any ideas? Could it be used to make a small forge? The regulator came from a different online auction and may be useful to supply gas to the burner - I haven't researched the intended use of the the regulator yet.
  9. Undoubtedly, my house had some kind of coal furnace in past as there is the remains of a coal bunker in the cellar. I've never seen a tong like you describe but perhaps it is buried somewhere in the yard lol!
  10. I'm quite sure that the donut shape is cast iron and think the flat part is as well. As far as I can tell, it is just a recess in the middle but the corrosion could be hiding vents/orifices. If it is tuyere, how would it deal with clinker? My only experience with coal furnaces is when I would visit my grandmother in the winter and hearing her crank the shaker grates in the morning. I'm planning on dragging the sandblaster out in a couple of weeks so the hammer will get done then. Might blast the unidentified cast iron thing too. I now wonder more about what treasures are buried in my yard.
  11. So back in the yard again and had to dig a hole next to the ice house foundations which are poured concrete so not very old. I was using a backhoe so I was able to get down three feet or so no problem and as I dumped a load, I saw this strange shape thing fall into my pile from the bucket. It at first looked like stone and my mind was seeing one of those stone Celtic crosses like what I had seen in Ireland. After banging on it with another rock I realized it was iron and so took it back to my shop and went at it with a chipping hammer. It is 14" tall and seems to be two pieces, one a hollow donut shape with a hollow tail and the other piece flat. I thought maybe a burner of some kind but so far no evidence of any gas holes. Anybody have any ideas? Then today I walked by the excavation which had been mostly filled in and decided to pick the bigger rocks out to add to a pile when I picked one up and thought it was a piece of brick until I realized much to heavy for that, A bit of work with the chipping hammer revealed a cross pein hammer head which I think is wrought iron. I am guessing these would have had steel faces and peins correct? It weighs 2lb 1oz and I plan on hanging a handle on it and wonder about cleaning it up. A bit of a soak in muriatic acid maybe? I don't want to grind on it except for the faces. The wedge was still in it which was king of U shaped and definitely wrought iron but it basically fell apart along its grain. Funny how simple things like this can make excitement in your day.
  12. Only ever built one gas forge so not any kind of expert but I think you might want a pass through hole in your door. I wonder where your exhaust is going to go if you close the door and how much heat you will lose if the door is open. I built mine using a compressor tank (aspirated with a single burner) as well but cut both ends off and use soft fire brick to close up the ends. That way I can configure the opening in the front to accommodate whatever is getting heated and the back can also be configured to allow for pass through for heating long pieces.
  13. Folks who reload ammunition have been using vib tumblers for years to clean the brass cases. Typical media is corn cob or walnut shell. You can add small amounts of polishing compound to get nice shiny stuff. I have read where some folks wet tumble with stainless steel media but have no experience there. I don't know about cross contamination between steel and copper alloys but don't think it would be much of an issue.
  14. And that is the answer to what my next question would have been!
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