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  1. Just a heads up on posting lots of photos in one's post. I'm on satellite and it takes time for the photos to show. I'm probably not the only one with this limitation and their response is probably the same as mine, I just click off the posting and never read nor see what you posted.
  2. In case you're wondering what happens when you don't take the necessary precautions: "A Hanover County family is in shock after one man was killed in an explosion. Hanover Fire and EMS confirmed the victim, was cutting the top off of a 55-gallon barrel when flammable vapors ignited." Name edited out
  3. I see you're in Missouri, you might try the tailgate section at the BAM conference. http://bamsite.org/
  4. Then all I can say is, I know nothing about O-1 :-)
  5. Know nothing about O-1, but your weld is odd looking. It's like you scarfed one end but didn't the other. That perpendicular angle of most of the weld area made any welding difficult. When doing a lap weld, both pieces need to have a short scarf tapering down to a fine point. If not, the non-scarfed piece will just cut into the other piece, as it looks to have happened here.
  6. Your question doesn't really have a answer, there's just too many variables to say “This press is best for beginners” Plus, while many of us have used a number of different presses, I don't think any of us have used enough presses to claim a broad working knowledge of which press is best for beginners. One point to consider, if you get a press just to get started, how soon will you outgrown that press and can you afford to spend the money a second time. Look around where you live and see if there's any smiths that might let you get a taste on their press. There's nothing like in-person ad
  7. You might back off on the design a little and go with a simple wrap without a poll, think of it as learning by starting simple :-) Here's a chapter from Joseph Stokes book, as you can see from the drawings, the design is very much like the one you originally showed. https://www.fao.org/3/ah637e/AH637E26.htm
  8. I'm tired of the rust and have almost reached the point where I'll take the time to build covers for my anvils and boxes that I can flip open for my tools. I'm trying to tell myself I'll really do it this winter :-)
  9. So true, this weekend I was looking at the web site of a smith not far from me. He has a photo of his tool rack which has at least twenty sledge hammers.
  10. Don't remember if I ever posted this and Rob Davis's recent post brought it to mind. https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/42285-snapped-a-blade-and-would-appreciate-a-diagnostic-of-the-steel/ My experience with old files is that they're often rife with cracks. I noticed this the first time I soaked a butch of old files in vinegar to clean them up. A couple more times and the same results.
  11. I'm about to read a book by a blacksmith on, you guessed it, blacksmithing. I know nothing about this smith, when I visited his web site, this is what he says about how he works: “Only traditional techniques are used at the forge. All work is forged by hand” However, when I look at the photos of his hand tools, all the tools are covered in rust, some of the rust indicates years of non-use. Now I don't know how he works, and don't care, but if you're going to show me tools, at least show me the tools you actual use :-)
  12. That's odd that a company would do that, because iron powder is more expensive then cast iron powder.
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