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Matt Walker last won the day on June 13 2016

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    North East Tn
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    Pattern welding

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  1. Matt Walker

    Forge Press Design Help

    "I do not like the auto return detent so I’m going to buy a second “spring center” detent." The detent on my splitter is simply a spring pushing a tiny ball into a grove. Take out the spring and ball and detent is gone, best I remember. Been a while since I had it apart. Here's what has served me well for many years http://matthewdwalker.com/visit_my_studio/forging_press.pdf
  2. Matt Walker

    Seriously cool power hammer design

    Hey Alan, I think our new guild member in Blountville has one.
  3. Matt Walker

    Time to build a power hammer WIP

    Lead can be used to good advantage to add weight. When this hammer came to me the three pieces of square steel welded together in the center didn't seem to be enough. I added the 6 pieces of square tube and poured full of wheel weight lead, tremendous difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tljZtBYDeSU When I built this hammer apx. 30 years back the anvil was what I could get at the time. It was Ok for a while but when I began making damascus the anvil was clearly too light. I put the piece of 12 inch duck work around the steel and poured with lead. Unbelievable difference in blow efficiency, and it has proven to continue to work for many years. I was originally concerned that the lead might get loose, but it hasn't happened yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVpZkcxdI1c Originally I made the calculations about how much weight was added but have since forgotten. Adding the lead was a huge improvement to both tools. Off topic: but while you are on my Ytube page I bet some here will enjoy this use of a 45 long Colt shell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZgbNO8us30
  4. Matt Walker

    Forge-welding damascus tiles

    Another way to skin the cat
  5. Matt Walker

    My latest and last work for awhile

    Nice clean work. I second Alan's invitation to visit our forge group.
  6. Matt Walker

    Burner Placement

    This is what works for me
  7. Matt Walker

    Kinyon, Air Demand Calculations

    Hi Jan, Yeah, my compressor sits outside in it's own little shed. There is a small ramp ground into the top of hammer head where it contacts the wheels. Just got this worked out last night and haven't worked hot steel with it yet. I think on first impression I'll like it better than the single pilot system I've been running.
  8. Matt Walker

    Kinyon, Air Demand Calculations

    Update on this hammer: I just started experimenting with using 2 pilot valves. This seems to allow a little more control of the timing, length and area of the stroke. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub44mMKv0l0
  9. Matt Walker

    Is my website working

    Thanks Don, It is supposed to go to a small shop in Manteo NC. Apparently they have lost their website. All fixed.
  10. Matt Walker

    Is my website working

    Thanks guys, it's working occasionally for me now. I'm just not comfortable doing terminal commands and opening developer menu type things. Your assistance was a big help to know it was working for the rest of the world, helped locate the problem to my little corner of East Tennessee. Like a lot of you, I'm happier working on a power hammer than a computer!
  11. Matt Walker

    Is my website working

    Thanks guys. A big help to know others can open it even if I can't.
  12. Matt Walker

    Is my website working

    Would someone do me a favor and see if my website (matthewdwalker.com) will work for you? My host has been monkeying with servers and over the past few days I keep getting an error message. Arvixe support people keep telling me it's fixed but I have 3 Apple devices and 1 Amazon Fire and none of them will load my site. They've had me clearing caches and cookies etc, doing terminal commands and opening developer options. Getting to be a hassle, Shopping for a new host: recommendations? Thanks .. Matt
  13. Matt Walker

    forge tip

    Another witness to the wadcutter hole/flap Alan described!
  14. Matt Walker

    What to do about tendonitis?

    Just found this yesterday The link didn't show up in my Safari, so if interested google "Wrist Pain Relief Tool - How To Use It, Video 2 of 2" Built a tool and saw almost immediate improvement in wrist pain that has been annoying for about 6 weeks and got bad last week. Better than Aleve and visiting a Chiropractor as well as being cost comparably effective. The inventor uses one ball and a pad, made one of those first then made the double one. I like the 2 baller better. The balls are racquetballs. The ball holders are 1.5 inch plastic pipe couplings. Hot formed roughly square to friction fit the pads of the clamp. Album: http://s842.photobucket.com/user/blacksmith13/library/Wrist%20Pain%20Tool?sort=3&page=1
  15. Matt Walker

    Screw Cancer

    Thoughts and prayers from East Tennessee,
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