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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Selling everything and maybe some here would be interested. https://www.bidspotter.com/en-us/auction-catalogues/hartland-auctioneers/catalogue-id-bschart10048
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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