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Warner Smith

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  1. EXACTLY the kind of answer I was looking for. Thanks to you and Joel. I'll go with 1 1/2" x 3/16" Warner
  2. I'm checking with some other local suppliers. One benefit of living so close to Chiraq (Chicago) is there are lots of local suppliers, so shipping isn't really necessary..... Warner
  3. I have it in my head that I want to try making rustic looking frontier knives. Let's say I want one that ends up having a 9" or 10" blade (not including the tang), what thickness and length of metal should I start forging with? I was thinking 1/4" 1080 or 1084, 2" wide, and maybe 15" long. Is that close? Too wide? Too long? I'm just not sure what to start with based on what size knife I want to end up with. Is that some type of basic formula or calculator anywhere? Thanks in advance guys, Warne
  4. EXACTLY what I want to order, Joel. 1080 or 1084. Local supplier looks like they have 1075, which may be good enough..... Warner
  5. I'm sure! Hammering on a cast iron vise sucks the life out of my blows, I'm sure. Not to mention it's about 4 feet off the ground. Warner
  6. Will do that much, Alan. Thanks guys...... Warner
  7. Funny you should say that Geoff......because after reading up a little bit last night, that's EXACTLY the conclusion that I came to. Why would I make changes to something just to make changes, when I don't even yet understand what those changes mean to me. I like your advice...and that's the conclusion that I came to as well. Warner
  8. I got my Kanca 110 pound anvil today. Boy is it going to be a BIG step up from pounding on a vise. I have to finish mounting it to the big Elm stump. I'm excited. I need to learn how to properly dress the anvil. Anyone have any tips? One of my dogs was checking it out, too. Warner
  9. Checked the scrap area at my work today.....got some more goodies. The Craftsman box is pretty darn nice. Could use a lock for the bottom if anyone cared about locking it. Drawers move nice, good find. The other piece could be used in a number of ways....but way too good to have it sent off for scrap money!
  10. I did some more leveling with some 2x4's screwed in as a guide for the chainsaw. It's as close as I'm going to get it. It's not like my garage floor is perfectly level either. I also started removing the bark....even getting THAT off of Elm is tough.
  11. It is, but it's not very deep at all...and on top of that, this is Elm which is a PAIN to split when you are trying to split it.
  12. Picked up what will be my anvil stand. 24" across, Elm, probably about 200 pounds. Level enough across the middle (after some chainsaw surgery) to mount the anvil to. $5 off Craigslist.
  13. I put my forge in the oven at 500 degrees for about 3 1/2 hours. This is what Wayne Coe (who I got the lining materials from) recommended. I still have to apply the plistix, but have used the forge a couple of times now without any issues. Warner
  14. I'll be back for advice. Haha. I'll be putting the Plistix layer on tomorrow. Thanks, Warner
  15. Joel, I know almost nothing. Haha. Warner
  16. I cured the Kast O Lite yesterday, so today was the first real firing of my forge. I still need to put the layer of Plistix on, but wanted to turn something red and see how the burner works. What do you guys think? Warner
  17. No, that was the pavement rippling torque from my Buell.
  18. It's about 5 1/2 feet x 3 feet. Estimating the weight around 300 pounds. The frame is made from thick-ass angle iron, the door have Springer hinges....pretty nice find.
  19. Got it in the garage! Used my winch and some redneck engineering. The rust isn't nearly as bad as I thought, and I got the vise freed up as far as swiveling around. It's good to go!
  20. Well, I made it home without losing it on the highway, so that potential disaster was averted. Warner
  21. Looking online though, even these old tables are pretty pricey. Yes, the vise is welded onto the table top, but it should still be very functional. Obviously it all needs to be cleaned up....and I'm not sure if the vise still swivels or not.....that may take some "persuasion". Warner
  22. I'm in the city, Alan. Haha. I'm sure some redneck engineering will get it done, somehow. Heck, I had one of my motorcycles hanging from my garage rafters a couple weeks ago while I was replacing rocker gaskets. I don't know how heavy this thing is, but I doubt if it weighs more than the bike (that one was around 400 pounds). Maybe I'm wrong....but other than the vise and the steel top, I'm just not sure where all the weight would come from..... Warner
  23. OK, I just drove my truck back to receiving and they loaded it onto my truck.....and I can tell you this, it's HEAVY! I honestly have no clue how I'm going to get it off my truck when I get home or how I'm going to move it around. Warner
  24. Here's the metal shelving I have my eye on.....
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