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Dan Hurtado

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About Dan Hurtado

  • Birthday 05/28/1970

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    Tallahassee, FL
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    Look! Something shiny!
  1. Wiring a kiln

    I just made up an adapter cable. It's an older, pre-digital oven but it goes from room temp to 1400F in 30 minutes. Not bad for a less-than $400 investment (including the cable!)
  2. Wiring a kiln

  3. Wiring a kiln

    Thank you, Jerrod!
  4. Wiring a kiln

    I recently purchased a used Evenheat 22.5 kiln. It comes with a NEMA 6-20 plug. I have a NEMA 10-50 outlet in my shop for my welder. Any concerns with making an adapter cable to plug the kiln into the 10-50 outlet? I won't have the security of a 20A breaker but, I'll only be using the kiln occasionally. Thoughts? Thanks!
  5. Small Damascus Hunter

    Guys. Thanks for the kind words and input. Best wishes, Dan
  6. Small Damascus Hunter

    Hello everyone, I hope this finds you all doing well. For your consideration herein is my first attempt at a multi-bar Damascus blade. I've made a couple of cable blades in the past (with varying degrees of success), but this is my first try at a "true" modern-day Damascus blade. I hope you like it. 63 layers of 1095/15n20 Box-Elder handle 4" blade, 8" OAL Nickel-silver hardware I'm not super happy with my attempt at etching my initials on the butt-cap. 15 minutes in Ferric produced an incomplete etch of my logo. Any suggestions for etching nickel-silver? As always, thank you for your comments and suggestions. - Dan Hurtado
  7. Recommended die sizes

    Hi everyone, I recently acquired a free standing electric/hydraulic shop press. It was a Craigslist find that someone else had built for their home business. I built a guide system to prevent side load on the piston and, based on the pump and cylinder geometry, I think I'm running about 12 tons of force. I bought it with the intention of using it for forge welding Damascus blades, nothing too big. My question is this; at 12 tons, does anyone have a recommended die area for forge welding? I'm guessing maybe 3"x3", or 4"x3"? I've made some Damascus in the past using the hammer and elbow technique, so I'm pretty much flying blind using this press. Any advice or hints would be most welcome. Thank you! Dan Hurtado
  8. Sambar Stag Bowie

    Hi guys, This was built as a commission but the intended recipient is broke. Sooo..... here it is: 17" Overall Blade: Aldo's W-2, 11-1/2", shaving sharp Hardware: Copper Handle: Samber Stag Sheath: Hand Sewn leather and Rattlesnake Price:$400, includes shipping to CONUS. PM me if interested
  9. Bird and Trout Knife - One for Uncle Will

    Thanks for the encouragement guys!
  10. Hello all, here is my last Christmas present for 2014. 4-1/2", 5160 blade, hand-rubbed finish. Nickel-silver and leather spacers. Florida deer antler. Hope you all have a wonderful 2015. Merry Christmas and God bless you all. - Dan
  11. Where to begin?

    Thanks guys! One final question. (Well, that's a lie. This is FAR from my final question) Any advice on smelting furnace materials? Firebrick? Kitty Litter?
  12. Where to begin?

    Guys, Thank you so much for all the great information. As you have said, much of what's online is somewhat anecdotal and it's difficult for a novice to fill in the gaps. Since iron ore in Florida is about as common as hen's teeth, I'm grateful for anything that will help accelerate the learning curve. We didn't pick an easy hobby, did we? Thanks again, Dan
  13. Where to begin?

    Thanks Daniel! I just ordered the DVD.
  14. Where to begin?

    Guys, I'm looking to try my hand at steel making. But it is (to put it mildly), daunting. I've read numerous threads within the Bloomers and Buttons section here and watched countless YouTube videos on the topic. They are all very informative and helpful, but it seems that many of them start at a knowledge base which is still a distant spec on my horizon. I've got about 70lbs of Florida bog ore and I've made a setup to produce my own hardwood charcoal. I was planning to roast the ore in the drum while making the charcoal, then build a bloomery. I'm not looking to turn out huge quantities, just enough high-ish Carbon steel to experiment making blades with. I guess what I'm looking for is some repeatable process data: stack & tuyere dimensions, charcoal & ore weights, air CFM rates, burn times, etc. I realize this is somewhat like asking, "Hey guys, how do I make a knife?" or "What's this whole 'brain-surgery' thing about?" I'm just looking for a way to speed up the trial and error process. Thanks!! - Dan Hurtado
  15. Sambar Stag Bowie

    Wow! Thanks for the compliments! Praise from those you admire is hard to beat. GEzell, I'm not sure of the brand. I just went 150, 220, 400, 500, 800, 1500, 2000, 3000 paper, then 5 micron and 1/2 micron aluminum oxide. Once again, thanks guys. Cheers, Dan