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  1. Kenon Rain.

    Hand sanding confuses the heck out of my FitBit

    Haha hard hand sanding for an extended period of time is definitely cardiovascular exercise. I say it counts
  2. Kenon Rain.

    Forging Titanium alloy...

    Ti cuts surprisingly well with a cutting torch
  3. Kenon Rain.

    Ribbon Burner Forge Build

    I'll have some progress to post of my small stainless ribbon burner later this week got all the metering tubed cut up and ready to tig in. Trying to see how much power I can jam into a small forge (under 1'x1') Excited to see what you come up with, I'm experimenting with using less holes and smaller diameter on my long forge design, I think as long as pressure is adequate in the plenum we shouldn't have any burn back issues.
  4. Kenon Rain.

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Rolled my car on the way to my new fabrication job this morning.. great first impression...
  5. Kenon Rain.

    Deep fryer for tempering?

    And it would raise the temp.. but you could quench while it's cooler and raise the temp to tempering heat
  6. Kenon Rain.

    Deep fryer for tempering?

    I've wondered about this too. You have the advantage of possibly being able to quench in it too.. though I imagine the flash is pretty significant.
  7. Kenon Rain.

    The Great Big Story CNN

    Always good to see you on the tube mister.
  8. Kenon Rain.

    The Great Big Story CNN

    Wish they had one of the guys here make the swords.. they are pretty cringe worthy. The pattern in the valerian steel repeats if you pause it even. I don't know how that would do that, maybe some kind of "damascus" etch stencil that they reused the length of the blade or something.
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    Can you guess?

    I scored a furnace fan of some kind from a scrap yard. To be honest I've never bought one new. If you ever run across one, make sure it has paddle type fans instead of squirrel cage. These burners need back pressure. And while you can get away with a squirrel cage blow for most burners, this one you cannot really. I just had a pretty important realization. I've been picturing the whole burner tube being in the forge itself and getting hot. Well, this is the plenum.. a more or less closed chamber where gas is mixed with air.. I'm thinking if it is 1450' it's either not going to work at all or its going to detonate. So I'm redesigning the ht furnace sliggtly. I've already built the ss burner body, but now I'm going to use what were the burner nozzles as metering tubes through cast refractory. And get the plenum outside the forge body so it can stay cool. I'll have pics up of the burner when I finish welding it up. Little more to go
  10. Kenon Rain.

    Fabric Die Industrial Blades

    Just a guess but I'd wager 15n20
  11. Kenon Rain.

    Stabilizing wood - Vacuum pump requirements?

    Sell some wood! Im always after spalt
  12. Kenon Rain.

    Stabilizing wood - Vacuum pump requirements?

    Looks good to me ha
  13. Kenon Rain.

    Can you guess?

    Revised ha.
  14. Kenon Rain.

    Can you guess?

    Very rough concept sketch. Obviously missing a lot of fittings and logistical changes. But that is the principal anyway for the ht furnace. And after drawing this I thought of something I'm going to do different. I'm going to alternate the holes in the burner pipe so they fan out in a v shape, and put it either on top or bottom of the forge, so the blade is evenly heated on both sides instead of the vortex idea. Then additionally if for some reason it is heating the blade unevenly, I'll put a 3 or 4" ss tube running down the center of the furnace like some people do for indirectly heat treating in a coal forge.
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    Can you guess?

    This is going to be a tool build thread, I have several projects involving ribbon burners because I've thought of a few different ways to do them. My shop space is limited, so after I build the forge, I'm going to build a ht furnace, possibly digitally controlled, with a 12"od and a long ribbon burner for a heat source. My aim is to make one that can sustain temp @ ballpark 1450' and tempering heats. I believe I can do this with my version of a ribbon burner for ht. The trick with long ribbon burners is getting the flame the same the whole length. I think I can accomplish this, or at least get close, by feeding the burner from both ends of the burner orifice tube, and angling the flame angle to create a long horizantal vortex. I'll get some drawings up when I have a chance. If my idea pans out I should end up with a forging and ht station that can do 99% of my blade work all in a nice tight package. I'm going to use ad much stainless as I can for the hot components to maximize their life span.. and because I can get scrap cheap.. and it looks cool. Ha