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Bill Kirkley

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Bill Kirkley last won the day on September 9 2016

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    Metal working including machine work, grinding and forging. Landscape work.

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  1. Bill Kirkley

    Belt grinder stand?

    I made mine out of steel. It is on rollers so I can move it out of the way. You have to chock the wheels if you apply a lot of pressure. A bucket under the belt is nice, but probably not necessary. I like the shelves for tool storage. The sheet metal in the front protects the shelves.
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    Frankenhammer plans

    Clay Spencer sells plans for a tire hammer. http://www.tirehammer.org/tirehammer_website/Tire_Hammer.html
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    Charcoal forge design (Picture heavy)

    Thanks for the explanation!
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    Charcoal forge design (Picture heavy)

    Now I'm a bit confused. I have seen several instances where people differentiate between a coal forge and a coke forge. It has been my understanding that burning coal produces coke. If that's the case wouldn't coal forges be the same as coke forges?
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    Charcoal forge design (Picture heavy)

    I'm not sure about charcoal. From what I've read a 1/4" thick firepot may not hold up to coal. I reacently built a coal forge. Here is a link to my YouTube video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JzjxnQea6_4 Drawing Coal Forge Vent.pdf Drawing Coal Forge.pdf
  6. A while back I was in the same spot you are. I chose the Nimba anvil because it's American made and has a good reputation. They were great to work with. I think they have limited runs so you might have to wait to get one. I waited three or four months. I am very pleased with the anvil.
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    Friction Folder Q's

    Nick Rossi at NESM had us forge the profile of the blade then use stock removal for the bevels.
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    Friction Folder Q's

    I believe you will want to grind/ file your ricasso so the two faces are parallel. I don't recall but I think the base of the ricasso should be more perpendicular to the spine of the blade. Some of the more experienced members should correct me if I am wrong.
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    Issue Building a 2x72 belt grinder

    Gerhard Sorry for the late reply. I assumed his wheel came with a press fit bearing with an ID of 30mm. If not he would need to get a bearing to fit his wheels ID of 30mm. If that's the case he may find a bearing with an ID to fit a bolt he can drill a hole for.
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    Friction Folder Q's

    New England School of Metalwork has a Blacksmiths Folder (friction folder) class each year. I took it and really enjoyed it. If I remember, friction from the sides of the handle hold the wedge shaped blade closed. The attached drawing exaggerates this concept. I also attached a photo of all of the folders members of the class made. Mine is the big one in the lower left corner. Here is a link to the 2019 class. http://newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com/node/57
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    Budget 2x72 belt grinder made from treadmill.

    Mike, I think your platen sticks out too far. If I'm not mistaken it should be flush (or slightly proud) with a straight edge held against the wheels. Here's a link to a jig I made to help adjust the platen. https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/33202-platen-adjustment-jig/&tab=comments#comment-321604
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    Pad for 25# LG Power Hammer

    A bit late but I used a piece of conveyer belt on a scrap 3/4 inch steel plate on a piece of conveyer belt. It's worked well for years. No cracks in my 4" slab. Minimal walking. No hold downs. Im lucky I have a conveyer belt company and scrap steel yard near by.
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    Issue Building a 2x72 belt grinder

    If you have a friend with a lathe he can make you a bushing. If you don't know someone, a local machine shop might do it, but it may be expensive.
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    Forged in Fire

    Eric, I've taken several blacksmithing and bladesmithing classes at NESM. They were all top notch. Derick and Nick do a great job. Their guest instructors are great. You'll really enjoy the experience.
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    Another question.

    Sorry for the late reply. I forgot I posted this. Here is the type magnet I use. https://m.harborfreight.com/retrieving-magnet-150-lb-pull-36904.html?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F
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