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Daniel J. Luevano

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  1. I'm using the 0.035" tip you mentioned on my burner post....so you're saying the tip shouldn't be deep into the nipple? That I've put the welding tip too close to the opening there? The thing is I thought I needed to have it further in than I originally had it (before the flame was just coming out of the end of the burner but now it starting at the air intake side, so now the burner is heating up way too much.
  2. Got my forge set up outside and fired up the burner, not sure if I need to get even more air flow or if something else is wrong, seems to be kind of sputtering even at higher pressures. (The flame also seems to be igniting inside the pipe now, used to not...so not sure whats causing that) 20201012_191844.mp4
  3. So this is something I've been really planning on doing all year, my charcoal forge fell apart and I decided, living in colorado with all the fire bans we get, that I should finally switch to propane, I mean why not? I've experienced the joys of propane from a friends forge and my time on forged in fire (also the pains of propane as well) so with a new forge i will also re do everything else. This includes: - a new single burner brick and clay forge - a new atmospheric burner - modifying my block of steel anvil - creating a new anvil stand - a stand for the
  4. So just so I'm clear a good neutral flame will produce less dragons breath But enough to keep it from being too oxidizing right?
  5. This may be a complex question but how would I figure out how much space I have on my flare on the top there? I mean I guess I could just try to unscrew it with trial and error and if that doesn't work change it to a "T" style air intake..
  6. I dont have a picture currently of it but it looks just like this....that may be an easy fix by just unscrewing the cap a bit to allow more of a gap
  7. Good morning everyone, Been a few years since I posted last but I'm getting back into smithing more than a time or two every few months So last night I built a very simple propane burner, I haven't tested it in my newly built propane forge yet but I think its burning too fuel rich...I have a high pressure valve and such so I don't think that's the problem, or maybe I'm not opening it enough, this is my first experience actually working with a burner that wasn't already set up right. I'm using a mig welding tip for the fuel to come out. Could it be that there isn't
  8. So when I said 8 scoops i meant 8, 8oz scoops of kitty litter and 4 8oz scoops of sand. After having the forge for a while and using it for a while it's falling apart, so I think it needed more sand and some straw to bind it better.
  9. honestly high carbon will actually work harden more than low carbon steel, but thats all and you can easily anneal it. as far as getting a good source of contrasting steel, you could get some old bandsaw blades or circular saw blades that you don't use anymore that have a high nickle content and use those with some mild steel, and just heat those to critical after forge welding those together to anneal them and draw the carbon out.
  10. Ah totally forgot to list that haha, and I never really understood that fact about the edge, what would this be considered then? The steel is 1095 with 15n20.
  11. So I had made some Damascus a while back and decided to finally make a knife out of half of the billet. I also acquired essentially a whole tree worth of cherry wood from a neighbor who was cutting it down. I'll post some pictures of the pieces i used to make the handle as well. Dimensions; OAL: 11.5" Blade: 7" handle: 4.5" I couldn't remember the layer count but If i remember the original billet size it's probably only about 28 layers, but I love low layer counts for a simple stack and weld pattern. Here is the piece of cherry wood i cut my handle out of, it's a intersectio
  12. 3.5 hammers aren't too bad, but you'll find you can work faster with a lighter hammer, the heavier hammers are mostly used for moving material, so either beginning work on some stock or working on a billet, lighter hammers can move a lot of material if used right and depending on the kind of hammer. I typically use a 2lbs hammer for most of my work, though I use whats called a dog face or Japanese hammer, you get a lot more power out of your strikes with that style of hammer. You shouldn't sustain much extra damage if you use a heavier hammer but it can cause damage if you don't hold the hamme
  13. make what i made I eventually added more wood down to the floor and expanded it out a little bit but it required way less materials to build than a conventional box style shelter or four walled shelter. and you should make one of these to compliment that blower
  14. In all honesty you could build a better forge with clay (I used cheap cat litter and sand) and build a bellows for probably less than $100 (or if manual air isn't a must just use a hair dryer haha) You could easily build one similar to mine, i used a steel pipe from the hardware store with holes drilled into it for my airflow. I get steel up to welding heat in no time with very little forced air The clay i made was 8 cups of kitty litter (Bentonite clay) and 5 cups of quickrete sand.
  15. I am of the same mind, I used to be a member of the RMS (Rocky Mountain Smiths) and left because the only benefit was the monthly article they sent out, which usually wasn't much. as well as access to classes and workshops that you still had to pay for. Which were usually 2-3 hours outside of denver. I feel like I have learned way more from the smiths on here than i did from the smiths in ABS or RMS. I get the idea of being able to say that a major organization recognizes you as a journeyman or master.
  16. Another reason the Katana curves so much is because crystal structure, the edge of the sword is usually hottest when quenched so it hardens the most and the spine compresses because of that, so you get the curve. It can also help to quench the sword vertically tip first.
  17. The Billet usually smokes right at welding temp, even if it is just the flux that's smoking, that's about when its hot enough to weld up.
  18. So to start off, I have a very large propane forge i may modify to have a smaller chamber one day so i can get it hotter, but i actually prefer to work with solid fuel. I have a small portable round coal forge that has served me well, but sword smithing and making larger billets is just a pain with my current forge. Here's a picture of my set up. I'm the scrawny one on the left, my heartier friend on the right wanted to try some smithing so I am teaching him what I know.( Yes I know he looks much more like a Blacksmith than me) So seeing as i had a small fire pot and it was diffic
  19. It's mosaic damascus! I once saw an american flag pin made out of mosaic damascus, under a magnifying glass they could tell that there were all 50 stars all with 5 points on them. The sheer skill and time that knife probably took is mind boggling, that knife is probably worth a small fortune to the right collector.
  20. Looks pretty awesome. It sounds to me like the stuff you were talking about that dissolved was just ash and broken down charcoal and such left over from not cleaning out the firepot.
  21. So I was never able to grind fullers very well, and I felt it was a big waste material (since you can take smaller material and make it a wider blade) but i never have anyone to help me with hand forging fullers, so I contacted Glen Stollmeyer at G.S. Tongs and he made me a new version of his Guillotine tool and custom dies meant for fullering blades, I ordered them over Christmas and got them on the 2nd if i remember correctly, I would put up a picture of it but I want to wait until he updates his website with the new tool.
  22. I've been thinking of building a Japanese style forge, but I'm thinking maybe making it with the air coming from the side, what are some tips on making the forge? I don't want to spend much if anything at all. Also what are the pros and cons of the side airflow design compared to the under airflow? I also want to try to build it without digging up my yard or putting the forge directly on top of the soil, but i don't want to have to build a big ol' table for it. I want to be able to sit on the ground and tend the forge
  23. Beautiful i must say haha! So i don't think there is any sizing requirements on this forum anymore, but I could be wrong
  24. if you hammer the copper a bit after soldering it should be plenty strong for a finger grip.
  25. When you say false edge, do you mean like that bevel you see on some Bowies? I don't know, I personally think it would look pretty cool, but then again without the bevel it looks really good anyways, I'm loving the shape of that blade haha.
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