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  • Birthday 06/07/1969

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  1. I sent my original wedding band to J. Loose, and he put it inside a damascus sleeve for me. Same gold, so I don't see any difference.
  2. Just popped up on BBC news, must have just happened within the last few hours... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19381098http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19381098
  3. Yes, they do work well, I didn't think to mention it. I have a pair of Filson's oil finished hunting chaps that got just enough skunk spray on them to potentially ruin them. I soaked them in thinner to get the oil finish out, then drenched them with dish soap. That didn't work, and neither did the tomato juice idea. I got the enzyme spray at a pet store, and although it took two applications of it, it removed the smell completely. I was afraid that the re-oiling process would re-hydrate the smell, but it didn't. I don't remember what brand name it was, but I know a $12 bottle of it saved an $80 article... (By the way, if any of you do a lot of walking in the woods, those Filson chaps pull up over your pant leg, and you can walk right through a rose bush without feeling a thing)
  4. I've got a Buffalo Forge, approx 36" square, lined with firebrick, but it came with a Champion 400 blower. IMO, I gave too much money for mine ($500), but mine is in near 100% condition, came with the original hood, 8 pair of tongs, and a very well known history in my area. It was in the local High School shop class, and most of the men I know in this area, from age 50 and up, used that forge, or one of it's two twins. The other two forges ended up being broken up at the sale into their constituent parts, mine was bought complete, since it was in the best condition. I gave that much for mine because of the history behind it, but in reality, I imagine I probably gave at least double what it was actually worth. And that is what it boils down to in the end. How much of it is there, what condition it's in, and what you are willing to pay for it.
  5. The friend I mentioned in the other post used a piece of 3" aluminum shaft, rounded the outer corners on a lathe, and had the bore broached for a keyway. He has been using his with no visible wear on the bore, or the keyway for at least the last ten years. Other than the "tire polishing" problem I mentioned in the other post, he has had no problems with traction, although since that is all he has ever had on it, I don't know if something else would have worked better or not. His isn't hitting at the same speed as yours. I think around 120bpm is what he timed it at, but his contact wheel is half again the diameter of yours.
  6. A.P. Green also makes one similar to Satanite called Mizzou (Green may make Satanite as well, I'm not sure). Two of their manufacturing plants are here in my hometown, but A.P. Green originated in Mexico, Missouri. Thus the name "Mizzou" on that particular castable.
  7. I'm right smack in the middle of Missouri, but I don't go to St. Louis any more than I have to. That's kind of like driving through the middle of a Demolition Derby...
  8. Dan, I use a friend of mines tire hammer any time I need to move a major amount of metal. His is a 50#, and it runs just fine on a 1.5 hp 110v motor. He doesn't have the amount of mass that you have though. The main problem he seems to have is the fact that the tire has become so "polished" from the contact wheel, that it often just spins on the tire. When that happens, he has been using a coarse scotch-brite type pad with a handle on it to scuff the surface of the tire (I think the pad is made to clean a BBQ grille). That has been working well enough so far, but I think he is considering lightly knurling the contact wheel to try and remove the problem completely. You wouldn't want a deep/sharp knurl of course, because that could remove the built-in safety factor of the contact wheel slipping instead of breaking something. But a light knurling should keep it from polishing the tire, while still allowing it to slip if it gets in a bind.
  9. Did the art on photoshop, and had Buckeye Engraving make the stamp.
  10. I wonder if they came out of the factory that way, or if the soldiers were expected to complete the "two week" part of the process. Kind of like how my Grandpa described polishing his WWII Marine Corp issued "rough-out" boots from suede, to shiny...
  11. That seems likely to me, especially the finer grained whitish ones. Limestone in my area is almost always streaked with different shades, ranging from white to medium grey. The one my friend has is a uniform off-white color.
  12. I think it's a generational thing. Seems like the younger people I know worry more about how many "Friends" they have on their list, whether they actually know them or not. Other than a few guys from here on the forum, I don't "Friend" anybody that I don't personally know. Most people my age seem to be the same way. I have gotten back in touch with people I hadn't seen since high school though, so it does have some practical uses. As far as business goes, one of my Uncles just opened a Bar and Grille. Within the first week, he said he was amazed at how many people came in because they had heard about it on Facebook. Most of those people would have found out about it eventually, but Facebook spread the word within a day or two. His daughter set it up for him. He barely knew what Facebook was, but he definitely knows what it is now. That is a local business, drawing local customers though, so how much Facebook will, or won't help J. is questionable, IMO. How about you Dave? Did Facebook help your business any?
  13. Might depend on whether it was lump, or briquette. Briquettes have some kind of filler in them that works as a binder to hold the briquettes together. Lump charcoal, of course, is just pure wood. I don't know if the filler used in the briquettes would adversely affect the annealing process, or not. Seems like I was once told that powdered clay was the binder, so I could see where that may cause some insulation differences between it and the ash. I use the ash from my pellet-stove. I burn pine pellets, because the hardwood pellets have binders in them, and don't burn as cleanly, or as efficiently as the pine does. Kind of the same thing as the briquettes, I guess. The pine has enough natural resin to hold itself in pellet form, so there is nothing left but ash that's the texture of baby powder. It works very well for annealing, but I keep it in a couple of 2gal. tupperware containers I stole from my wife to keep the moisture out of it. And, like Sid, I also use charcoal in my forge, and have simply thrown Kaowool over the top of the fire-pot and left it overnight. It does work, but in my experience, not as evenly as the ash does. I think that is because the holes for my clinker breaker are worn overlarge, and let things get drafty in the pot, even when it's covered. Sid's is probably a lot more air-tight than mine.
  14. Good looking rings J. I think emeralds would look even better (because green is my favorite color ) . I've seen smaller, faceted chrome diopside stones from Russia recently that look even better than emeralds, and are a fraction of the price of emeralds of the same clarity/color.
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