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  1. Pre order is live. https://alecsteeleshop.com/products/140-lb-steele-anvil
  2. I have an old one and I looked into getting it refurbished, but they won't touch units over a certain age. There's a serial number cutoff they don't go beyond listed on their website. Mine is definitely too old.
  3. When I lived in Yuma back in the 80s and early 90s, there was literally tons of ironwood lying around in the desert on BLM land. We used to use it for campfires and cooking on camping trips. I heard they have cut down on offroading in a lot of areas since I left. Not sure if that's an option to gather ironwood anymore? Stuff is hard to work with, but beautiful and durable.
  4. These guys sell lids with holes, solid tempered glass lids, and whole systems. Their stuff works great and reasonable prices. https://slickvacseal.com/slickvacseal_com_10012019_039.htm
  5. Very nice! But can't help thinking how great it would look with some nice mesquite scales. Great looking sheath too
  6. Just an update, I ordered a replacement VFD from Amazon and it works great now. At first it would only run about half the speed it used to, but then I actually read the info sheet that came with it and saw I needed to move a jumper on the circuit board from 1X to 2X position. Guess there is no problem with the motor. Wonder there's a company or somebody that would want the old VFD to try to fix it? There's a whole bunch of little integrated circuit chips on that thing so probably be a big task to run down the problem.
  7. Well I thought a commutator was a judge that reduced a prisoner's sentence, so y'all are way ahead of me on motor knowledge.
  8. Makes sense. Guess I'll contact Travis and see what a box costs. Thanks!
  9. Had a fast moving storm a couple days ago and lightning destroyed the transformer on the pole that feeds our house and shop. Killed our modem and ceiling fan in the house and now my Wuertz TW-90 in the shop doesn't work. When I hit the start switch it runs with jerky speeds for a few seconds, then stops and the status light turns red. Not sure if it's the motor or the VFD/control stuff that's fried. Any electrically smart folks got any ideas what to check?
  10. I went to a 2 year college in Monroeville back in the early 80's and our physics professor was from Scratch Ankle. Professor Oakley, but we called him Coach because he had coached football in his earlier days and that's what most of the other professors called him. The school was called Patrick Henry back then but it's part of Alabama Southern system now.
  11. He's a great guy! I've sat in on his lectures at Batson's bladesmithing symposiums up in Tannehill state park and stood around asking him way too many questions after his classes. Very generous with his time. I grew up in Thomasville, AL but live in Texas now. I was talking to our local folder guru Johnny Stout in New Braunfels at one of his hammer ins, and it turns out he got his start learning from Mel Pardue. Small world indeed!
  12. Most Radio Shack stores have the FeCl in stock labeled as circuit board etchant.
  13. Lots of good info on Little Machine Shop site. I've got a Chinese mini that I got at a truck sale, but most of my accessories came from LMS. Check out the "Learning Center" tab. https://littlemachineshop.com/info/menu_page.php?parent=itm11
  14. Most of the ammo cans have an over center latch and a rubber seal so they're water tight when closed. Definitely shouldn't spill with lid closed. I use a stainless restaurant pan with lid like you see at a buffet. Got it cheap at goodwill.
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