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Mike Ward

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  • Birthday 11/20/1997

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  1. Does anyone have an issue with their propane tanks where the flow limiter is extremely sensitive and activates not matter what? I have two new Manchester propane tanks from TSC, a 20 lb tank and a 40 lb tank. Both are still on their first fill up. My dad is using the 20lb to heat water for a steam box or at least wanted to. It won’t even let a turkey fryer be lit because it’s tripping. It’s basically a dud right now. The 40 lb I am using to run my forge. I have used it probably 5-7 times with mostly no issues. The flow limiter has tripped several times. Especially at the p
  2. Put this fullering jig together. Sorry you have to see the horrendous welds
  3. Not today, but a couple days ago I tested my new forge with getting up to welding temps. And it worked great! I stacked 3 pieces of 1084 .25” x 1.25” x 3”, tacked and added a handle and forge welded them to a solid piece. I did another first with the new block and made a big integral chefs knife. Overall, I’m pleased I was able to do it, especially all by hand hammering. Now I know what to look for when making integrals and have ideas to fix the little things I don’t like. Now I’m waiting on that delivery of 15n20 and 1084 to make some fun stuff
  4. I’ve been cleaning and reorganizing my shop for the past couple of days. Today, I made a hammer and tongs stand to replace a table that I put everything on. Still need a bracket to put tongs on. I still have to change a couple of breakers out for 20 amp and rewire for a 30 amp breaker to run a welder.
  5. Thanks guys. I think that’s the issue, however I’m only running at 6 psi and it was in the middle of the forging session where it was running for awhile. In the future though, I’ll turn the regulator down before turning on the gas just in case.
  6. SERIOUS, HELP! Is there any reason why on a new 40 lb tank that the pressure gauge randomly drops to zero and won’t supply gas? I’ve been using a different 20 lb tank just fine but once I switched tanks it sputters then losses pressure. All lines and fittings are leak free and tight. The openings of the forge are clear. And the tank valve is wide open. What in the blazes do you think is happening?
  7. Well crud, I could of used this 2 semesters ago . I got some things clarified in my head with the pictures, especially the dislocation and grain growth/boundary stuff. Thank you!
  8. Did the handle shaping on this 7.5” kitchen knife. The wood is Padauk, I’ve used it for making cutting boards and looks great on a knife.
  9. Celebrating my dads birthday with brats, homemade fries and a fire. Luckily, the weather cleared up for a nice night.
  10. I got the guard lugs filed down to near finish thickness and shaped them to a point. It’s all pinned together and profiled. Next I’m going to handsand the blade to 600g and glue it all together.
  11. Thanks Zeb! The copper is .025” thick. The guard is .535” thick, if I take to down closer to .5” i think it’ll work. What do you think?
  12. Finally got the guard fitted right, only took 3 days, and rough cut the guard out. Started to work on the handle, drilled it out, and bedded the tang in epoxy for a good fit. Next steps are to match the faces together between the handle and guard. I’m thinking of adding a copper spacer. Should I? There is going to be a copper pin holding it together also.
  13. Found the edge to be about .01” for most of the edge and .025” where the convex starts. Hopefully, it’ll be fine. I used a piece of coil spring to make the punch and it worked a treat. The guard is very close to being fit up nice.
  14. Got this heat treated and ground to 120 grit. This is a very slim knife for this style, the ricasso is at about .140”. Probably going to end up as an oversized letter opener. Tomorrow I think I’m going to try and hot punch the guard. I drilled a series of holes today and am curious to try punching it out.
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