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Alden Sherrodd

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  1. I just answered this same question on the forge subforum. I converted an old 14" saw to run slowly (I used a gear reduction unit because it fell into my lap), put a 18tpi blade on it and use it constantly. I do not need it for cutoff as I have a large horizontal for that, and a newer 14" vertical for wood. I cannot imagine that a lttle portable would be as useful as this saw. Any saw shop can supply whatever blade you want sized for your saw. For the common saws they are available in stock. Mine is oddball sized, but I just cut down a common size and silver braze it back together. I also added a brush to keep the cuttings from building up on the tires. I believe the life of the saw will not be shortened with this use. Go for it! ~Alden
  2. If you can buy a quality vertical cheap, I would. I converted an old "wood" bandsaw to run slowly and put a fine tooth metal blade on it. I use it all the time. I really like it! I have another vertical that I use exclusively for wood, and a large horizontal I use for cutoff. The converted one is great for cutting shapes and I use it for small things that you would normally use a hacksaw for (pins, bolts, etc.)I also use it to cut antler and bone as well, since it has a fine tooth blade and a slow speed. Go for it, you will not regret it. ~Alden
  3. I like it. I have been toying with different ideas for more complex notches. Maybe a wharncliffe? Alden
  4. Alden Sherrodd

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    I really like to have natural light. I have large windows in my shop. I have blinds on them that I open first thing upon entering. I also have full length windows in the interior doors to allow light in the other rooms. I would feel confined without a view to the outside. When the forge is running the windows are open as well as one exterior door (and fans). Ventilation is also a priority. Alden
  5. John, that is a great looking machine! I cannot even imagine the torque that thing will have. What is the small wheel at the bottom, that appears to be driven off the large wheel? I would love to see your creation in operation. I am sure this will start a trend. Good job. Alden
  6. That would be fine. I try for 140 F. What you are after is lowering the viscosity of the oil for a quicker transfer of heat. Have fun. Alden
  7. Very artistic, interesting, paradoxical. It really has a person's eyes running around to see what's next. Can't wait to see the finished object! Alden
  8. The guys that do concrete flatwork in this area spray a sealer on as soon as it can be walked on. This retards evaporation during curing as well as preventing water intrusion later. This negates the need to cover or keep wet. Care during curing will yield much stronger concrete. Patience my son. Alden
  9. That is a clever way to use a 4 inch grinder accurately! Alden
  10. The yard doesn't know what the steel is. In the sale area the steel isn't marked, unless a tag has been left on it. It appears to have been drawn down on a power hammer, with a "washboard" appearance to the sides. They seldom have square stock this large. Thanks Alden
  11. A question to those that use and or promote the use of a vertical post type anvil. What size stock is appropriate? The steel yard where I shop has some steel that has been forged down into bars that are 4 inches square and vary in length up to about 3 feet. Would the 4x4 face be adequate or should I wait for something more like 5x5? This steel is priced at 30 cents per pound, and the weight is about 55 lbs. per foot. Watching Don Fogg forge on a blacksmith anvil while discussing the benefits of post type has me itching to build one. As a side note. I was impressed with Don's forging technique. I have never seen anyone forge like that. He slowly tap, tap, tapped, and pretty soon the knife was done, and very close to the final shape. Every one else I've watched beats the steel forcefully, trying to move it as much as possible with each heat. Some noting that they can forge out in few heats. When they are done they have a roughed out billet to grind a knife from. Don's finesse is a good model to work towards! Thank you in advance for your comments and suggestions. Alden
  12. That is the best set of images I have seen of this phenomenom! Very cool! All the written descriptions cannot convey this as well as this series. Christopher, do you mind the reproduction of these images? It would be worthwhile to have in the files. Thank you for sharing! Alden
  13. I would like to thank Don Fogg and the other presenters at the hammer in. It was a pleasure to finally meet Don and thank him for his website and this forum. Don came across as a very humble man, which surprised me somewhat in view of his accomplishments and status. Thank you Don! It was interesting to watch his face light up as he talked about hamons and what they add to a knife. Alden
  14. Josh, I do not have direct experience of mounting a motor like this. But, keep in mind that that motor is designed to be mounted in this manner. The only reason to add a stiff leg on the back is if the mounting plate you fabricate has too much movement (slop). Make the hinging mechanism wide enough to provide good support. Make the mounting plate the same as if the motor bolted to it but add a vertical plate to it for the face mount, gusseting it to restrict movement. Welding supply stores sell weld on hinges that are pretty precise and would work well for this application. Have fun. Alden
  15. Fred, I know this isn't what you are asking about. I just built another forge to test some ideas with burner design. I placed it outside to burn off all the initial fumes. As I was tuning it in it was huffing and hiccuping which I realised was caused by a brisk wind. I added a cone to the top of the burner inlet to shield it from the wind. That cured it 100%. You may try that with your old setup. On my vertical forge with a fan the fan is near the floor. The placement of the fan was not so much a matter of function, as packaging. It just takes up less room to have it below the forge as beside it. I cannot imagine it makes much difference unless the fan is very small. Have Fun Alden
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