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Bill Kirkley

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About Bill Kirkley

  • Birthday 01/27/1948

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    Columbia, SC
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    Metal working including machine work, grinding and forging. Landscape work. Sailing.

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  1. Bill Kirkley

    Hammer Technique

    Yes, I step to the right.
  2. Bill Kirkley

    Hammer Technique

    Alan. I Enjoy blacksmithing as a hobby. I never thought about which side the horn is on. For what ever reason I usually have it on the right. I am not sure I follow your example of needing to cross the hammer hand over the tongs to forge a hoop with the horn on the right. The attached photo shows how I set up for this.
  3. Bill Kirkley

    looking for tools

    I have a Mankel forge. I like the clamshell designed. It is forced air. http://mankelforge.com/forges.html It is a nice forge. I have considered building one but buying one is a quick and easy way to get started.
  4. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    I finished my second filing jig ( the horizontal one in the photo). The file skated before tempering. I tempered this one for a little over an hour at 350f twice. I clamped a piece of 1/4X1" flat bar tightly and the jig I didn't break. So it must not be brittle.
  5. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    I used 1/4-20 button head screws to keep the pins from falling out.
  6. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    Well guys I don't know! Unfortunately I did not test the jig with a file after it cooled down. After one 80 minute cycle at 400 a file did not skate across the edge with moderate pressure. With light pressure I guess it did. It definitely bit into an annealed bar more than the one I heat treated My anvil is advertised as a hardness of about 54. I tried the file on an edge and it didn't skate any more than on the "hardened" filing jig. So again I have no idea if the jig is hardened much. Each half of the jig was wrapped in paper then foil. They were placed in a room temperature Paragon fernace and heated to 1400 degrees at full ramping. They were held there for 30 minutes then heated to 1775 and held for 30 minutes. It took about 45 minutes to cool to the point I could grasp the pieces for a couple of seconds. At that point they were tempered once. The file does skate on the flat surface. But it does that on mild steel as well! So maybe it will work as is. I am going to do another one. Maybe the file will skate if I try it before tempering. The pins fit just as well as before the heat treat. The bolts also fit, but one was a bit snug.
  7. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    Dan, I've never done brazing. I'll have to give it a try. I'd love to see your guide. Will you post a picture?
  8. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    The carbide idea is interesting but I am going to heat treat for the experience. I may try J J's idea later.
  9. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    J J, I have used carbide inserts on my lath and had one break from misuse. I think they may be brittle. If that's the case would they possibly crack if the steel flexed from tightening as Jerrod pointed out?
  10. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    I don't know anything about carbide blanks. A 1/8x3/8x6 inch blank from usacarbide.com is about $11.00. The same size on mscdirect.com is about $57.00. Any idea why the discrepancy?
  11. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    J J, that's an interesting idea! If I did that I don't think there would be a need to heat treat. Taking it a step further they could be made out of mild steel. I guess I would machine a slot so the carbide blanks would sit a little proud and epoxy them in place. Does that sound right.
  12. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    Good point! I guess I'll temper it at 400 which in theory will be a hardness of 60.
  13. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    Thanks guys. According to the chart I have tempering at 300 degrees gives a hardness of 62 and 400 degrees a hardness of 60. Do you think it would matter if it were a little brittle? There should be no impact. The only problem might be if I dropped it. I believe files are pretty brittle yet functional. My foil is supposed to arrive tomorrow so I will heat treat it Saturday. Thanks again for your help.
  14. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    Thanks Jerrod. Below is the information I found for A2. It looks like tempering at 950 degrees gives the best toughness and good hardness. But what would be best for resisting the file, toughness or hardness?
  15. Bill Kirkley

    A2 Heat Treat Questions

    Thanks Alan! It will be interested to see if the drill rod still has a good fit after the heat treat. I've never done something like this. Do you take it out of the foil to "quench"? I saw on YouTube where someone blasted the part with compressed air to "quench". Is that advisable or would it be too rapid a cool down?