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AndrewB last won the day on January 5

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    Olympia, Washington USA
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    Blacksmithing, Bladsmithing Gaming, Fishing, Camping

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  1. AndrewB

    Time to say good bye to the Break Drum Forge

    Lucky me the rain held out for a while I got to fire up the forge and do some forging in the new forge. So as I said I tried to do some forge welding. Seems like it's going okay but I'm going to have to keep working on the bar how ever the rebar handle I welded on got hot to the point where it just bent off lol. So I'll have to re weld that on another day and get back to it. I'm not too sure exactly if I was successful on the forge weld for the start of it. I got one more video of the forge going fully for about 30 seconds of video it's still uploading.
  2. AndrewB

    Time to say good bye to the Break Drum Forge

    Yep thats where I get my coal lmao. I bought their last bag the other day. They said they were trying to get both bitimus (or how ever you spell that) and anthracite lol. But I'm out of luck for a couple of weekds. The only other place I would be able to get it is down by Oregon lol. I'm not driving all the way down there just to get the coal. Not worth the gas or the money to drive all the way down there. Lol. So I'm out of luck for the time being.
  3. AndrewB

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Got the forge and everything set up but by the time I got done welding a second billet together for a second attempt at forge welding, low and behold it started raining on me. So much for forging today guess the weather didn't want me to light a fire. Gah. Danged Washington State. Oh well at least tomorrow is supposed to be nicer so far I have one billet of scrap 1075 1080 again I'm going to attempt to weld them together maybe I'll have a bit more success with the different forge.
  4. AndrewB

    Time to say good bye to the Break Drum Forge

    I looked everywhere for it. There’s only one store here in Olympia that sells coal lol I bought their last bag. I’d love to try it out. In all honesty I haven’t had any issues with the anthracite aside from it’s one burn use.... no big deal on that. The anthracite here was the only type I could get a hold of other than the lump wood coal and bbq briquettes. Anthracite is also easily to light I’ve found I can have a fire hot and burning nicely in about ten minutes. But it takes a good 30 or so I found for it to cook down into coke. Which doesn’t honestly bother me at all. But yes short answer I’d love to try the bitimus if I could get a hold of it locally.
  5. AndrewB

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Dismantled the break drum forge and did a test set up of the new one.
  6. AndrewB

    Time to say good bye to the Break Drum Forge

    Not only that I also found out that I could order an entire pallet of the premium nut coal from tractor supply for a little over 300 dollars 50 40 pound bags. I don’t know about the tractor supply stuff but that almost seems like it would be worth the money I wouldn’t run out of coal all the time for a while. Still trying to make a decision on that one.
  7. So today my sawhorses have arrived. A few days ago I decided to order some steel sawhorses to support the table of my coal fire pot. They arrived today. They are steel yes. They are only about 3/16 inch thick metal but they are strong and extremely sturdy. I weigh about 200 pounds even and sat on one of them unsupported and it held me up quite well. 2 of them together will hold up to 1000 pounds safely. Although I loved my break drum forges they both served me very well to get started and start learning. But it was time to set up the table with the proper forge fire pot on the saw horses I did just that and well yea success. Even on a danged un even driveway. So I took a few photos and then I emptied out and dismantled my break drum forge and set it aside. It served me quite well for the last few months that I've been forging. If it was a dry day I would have got the forge up and running and taken a few photos of that but because we are expecting MORE RAIN ugh here in Washington I opted not to fire up the forge. So long break drum forge.
  8. AndrewB

    Flashback Arrestors?

    It probably wouldn't hurt to have one. Don't know how it would affect the gas flow into the forge though. But it seems like it would be a safety measure and a good one a that.
  9. AndrewB

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Nice looking cleaver. Yea I agree with you on the grits I haven’t tried out a 36 grit but an 80 man that’s rough. It just spits metal at you. I usually do all of my heavy grinding with 50 grit and then slowly move up in grit numbers.
  10. AndrewB

    Hunting knife

    Lmfao that’s what disc sanders and 80 grit pads are for lmfao.
  11. AndrewB

    My hydraulic press plans

    No good on that one but hey if all else fails at least you’ll have spare parts if you get another one.
  12. AndrewB

    My hydraulic press plans

    Could you just get a new motor for it. I’m considering getting a new one from amazon. That would be the fastest way of me getting a press together with out spending thousands of dollars.
  13. AndrewB

    Beginner blacksmith

    I bought a brand new break drum but you could just as easily go to the junk yard and pick one up for 15 dollars or less. Mine has lasted me this long and still going strong. I just put a coating of refractory cement in there. The refractory that can handle the high temps. It’s not failed me once. As I said if I would have bought the break drum from the junk yard I’d of probably spent about 50 dollars less. There is a kid on here younger than you and forging on a budget. Heck you could even build your self a JABD and that would work just fine. It doesn’t take tons of money to get started.
  14. AndrewB

    Beginner blacksmith

    Break drum forges work quite well built one for a fairly cheap cost and yea it’s worked quite nicely. But the down side is they are very inefficient as far as your coal fuel goes.
  15. AndrewB

    Starting a New Mosaic

    Ironwood wood be very nice. But yet so would the Blackwood lol.