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    San Joaquin Valley, CA
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    Hunting, fishing, camping, smithing, hanging out with the family.

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  1. Steve O

    350 lb power hammer build

    Jeremy, what size are the cylinders that you have? What is the rod diameter also? VERY cool project by the way, definitely the largest home built hammer I have seen.
  2. Steve O

    New anvils

    Alan, all anvil models he makes are H13, all swage blocks are ductile iron. They considered making more expensive run of swage blocks out of heat treated H13 but when he asked over at iforgeiron.com all responses were that they wouldn’t pay the extra. If you and others wanted them you could see if you could do a group buy and pay up front or at least a deposit. He appears to be a totally stand up guy and quality driven, when someone once recommended that he take a short cut he didn’t like he essentially said “nope, my name will be on that forever”.
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    More questions on Belt sanders

    The Dayton in the shop is only a 1/3hp, so yours might have more oomph. It takes nothing to stall it out. I’ve used many sanders and only a couple belt grinders, but I will tell you this: once you have used a true high powered/high sfm machine the difference between sander and grinder becomes very self evident. What you thought was “grinding” before becomes somewhat of a joke. Except for when your knuckle goes into a 36 grit belt! This is not to discourage folks from working and buying within their mean, which is very different for all of us. I’m just saying that as Alan said earlier “there are sanders and then there are grinders”.
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    More questions on Belt sanders

    Another thing to consider with low power machines is the fact that many abrasives will NOT work well with them. You cannot apply enough pressure to get the abrasives to break down and expose new sharp edges on the grains. I’ve experienced this personally at work where we had a 3hp Bader and a smaller Dayton. The little Dayton when used with ceramics and other friable abrasives would cut for a little bit then just glaze up. You almost have to use aluminum oxide and silicon carbide belts vs zirc and ceramic. The Bader of course was unstoppable (literally and figuratively) and the better belts would keep freshening up until they were completely spent.
  5. Steve O

    350 lb power hammer build

    Well Jeremy, that just might be the heaviest base/anvil I’ve ever seen for a shop built powerhammer! If your hammer still isn’t stable and efficient it definitely WONT be because you skimped on materials!!!!!!!
  6. I think this is a superb design for a bladesmithing anvil. Can you provide information on the steel used, hardness, etc?
  7. Steve O

    Another Anvil Identification

    I think it is an older Brooks, they weren’t so thick in the heal as newer ones are. Beautiful anvil, whoever made it. You’re a lucky dog!
  8. Steve O

    146lb Peter Wright for sale

    Hi Justin, if you don’t get any bites here maybe post it on the tailgate section of iforgeiron.com. Seems to be the only part of that forum not overcome by egos and a$$hats
  9. Steve O

    Forge Press Design Help

    Ok I reread and had misread one of your posts, you will share the hydraulics between the two machines, use longer hoses, and you have decided to keep the gas engine now, sorry. Make sure the max fluidic pressure is the same or lower for the splitter as for your press cylinder. I saw for some of that companies splitters they ran at 3300psi pump output, but I didn’t see a spec for the model you bought. But I still don’t understand how you are guiding the ram.
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    Forge Press Design Help

    I’m trying to envision where you’re going with this but I’m lost on your ram guide. Also, you welded a frame and already had a cylinder, but you bought a complete logsplitter with a gas engine to complete your build. If I understand correctly you then will only be using some valves, and the pump. That seems a tough and expensive way to source them. Although for a complete 27 ton logsplitter, if it’s new, that’s a great price. Sorry if I’m misunderstanding you, Steve
  11. Steve O

    Bowie knife

    I look forward to seeing it finished, it has an Indo-Persian meets Bowie flavor to it. That trailing point with sharpened clip would be a nasty slasher even in reverse cuts.
  12. Steve O

    O for the love of axes!

    Ever get your axe finished? Love to see it. Which edge material did you use? I was a sucky forge welder and preferred using 10xx, it welds easier than anything else to mild. Also 1010 or 1018 beats unknown mild or A36 for ease.
  13. Steve O

    All Purpose Kitchen Knife

    I like the direction you took it after Joel’s input. Our most used general purpose knives in the kitchen are Japanese style petties and honesuki blade patterns, especially those that deviate from the thicker spine for splitting chicken and are designed more for slicing (maybe they have another name but the profile is the same).
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    Bowie knife

    Jeremy I think an S guard would look great. Furthermore I’d not change the profile of the blade. I like it, plus keeping it honors the man that started the work.
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    Good grief Dan, you’ve got some large stones betwixt your knees! Color me envious! Out of curiosity what is the width and diameter of that wheel?