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  1. I am relocating to Las Vegas this summer and wondering if anyone in the forums runs a school or has a forge out in that area I can attend.
  2. Nevada? I was looking at a place in Henderson to move to, Disabled army vet and I live on that, but my god the chance to learn anything from you would be amazing. Once I make the move in a month or so I am definitely interested in a few classes!
  3. Well i am from Kingman Az, but lived in that area back in the 90's thinking of Henderson area actually. I'm a single dad and my mother was recently widowed and we all want to get out of the midwest
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    First Time into this fray

    here is a thread on this very substance =)
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    My Next Historical Project

    Same here in Nixa, tomatoes are loving it though. Gary, does Menards down there in Branson have a better selection of steel than places up here by Springfield? I cant find a local supplier of high carbon.
  6. So i bought a 4' x 2" x 1/8" bar of "weld steel" from Ace yesterday to make a few blanks on, i only use hand tools and cant get a spark test on it, and it seems pretty malleable, should i cook the steel in some charcoal to give it a cheapo carburization before i start the stock removal?
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    The Central States Hammer-In

    SWEET! so glad to see something in our neighborhood! Thanks Gary!
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    just consider what the antonym of hand-made is, machined. i think the only time it is in question is on the other side of the spectrum, at what point is something no longer hand made, but machined?
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    Geometry issues

    While practicing grinding with a old file i ended up with this Knife Like Object, but the geometry is all weird. any ideas or suggestions on how to fix it? the geometry is kinda wonky in the cross section, wide cheeks to the bevels, almost tear drop shaped. Hard to get a decent image, but you get the idea Now the cross section i was going for I fixed the bend in the tang by the way. 8" long, 25% is tang 6" in the blade and still working on the shape before I start fit and finish Sorry for the crappy pics, I don't even own a cell phone to take better ones with
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    Geometry issues

    its a 4 inch belt with a full platen behind it, no slack belt section.
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    01 steel

    Pretty sure if worked with files it can make a nice touchmark punch
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    Geometry issues

    Sorry, to clarify I am using the grinder on an old file for practice. I do have other files, but so far has just been a little bit of hot work and a butt-load belt work but thank you, you did a good job of explaining how to fix the reuleaux triangle
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    01 steel

    most places its the only decent steel readily available, I know in this part of missouri and we have 5 or 6 different steel suppliers Springfield alone, and all mild crap steel so far. The Fastenal drill rods are the only thing i have found local
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    01 steel

    the O1 drill rod i have found is about $23 for 36" of 5/8 so about right, actually a bit cheaper than what i found
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    Uchidashi copper Red Eft

    amazing work!
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    Steel from hardware store

    just a 4 x 36 Central Electric from Harbor Freight. Grinder is waiting till next payday, Veterans Disability doesn't give me much to spare for tools http://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch-x-36-inch-belt-6-inch-disc-sander-97181.html
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    Need Help Forge Welding

    Joe, just to clarify, is the steel outgassing Iron to cause the glow, or is the wood outgassing and being ignited by the residual heat on the steel? I know there is a way to convert wood into fuel for an internal combustion engine, Similar Process maybe?
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    Steel from hardware store

    Knife Like Object out of the crap steel. just playing with the belt grinder i got for my birthday today =D First time using powered tools so not the prettiest work
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    Starting (again)

    Johnny Morris lives here in springfield, its the world headquarters of Bass Pro
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    Starting (again)

    Been a rough year, the VA never makes anything easy, but now I am able to try and get started in this again. And getting started is an understatement, Zero tools. no luck finding a decent anvil, coal or gas forge or even tongs. I want to make these all myself but where to start, I doubt i would even know where to get a piece of RR track for a starter anvil if i tried. Whats the best "Start: HERE" for me to focus on (within a VA Disability budget)?
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    Issues with First Damascus Welds

    Paraphrasing what Alan said somewhere else on the forums "make every hammer blow improve the weld"
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    New Forge build

    So i have decided to make a solid fuel forge using a brake drum and some ingenuity, I have decided for an Old World Spiked stump anvil, and some Harbor Freight peen hammers and vice grips till i can get a real hammer and some tongs. Here is my dilemma. Box or double lung accordion bellows? want this to be an electric free forge and hand crank No. 400's are a bit out of my budget so will be self made. EDIT: not my creations, just examples of the two types
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    New Forge build

    Something along this. sorry my 3D skills are not that great 3D Forge Build concept The tueyre inside would have a removable cap with a slightly smaller insert pipe to control what section of the tueyre the air comes out of. Front half for general work and back half for reduced atmosphere
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    New Forge build

    Well with the decision to go with the box bellows, i have decided for a Japanese style charcoal pit forge over a brake drum coal, seems much more straight forward
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    Starting (again)

    Another book i found while browsing around https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Modern-Blacksmith-Alexander-Weygers/dp/0898158966/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0898158966&pd_rd_r=06FDX8KYR7T8FMNMQ5QX&pd_rd_w=Icd8K&pd_rd_wg=MzPFu&psc=1&refRID=06FDX8KYR7T8FMNMQ5QX