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  1. I'm out of coal I can use to just forge until next month at least. But I went out there with an idea in my head. It's not perfect perfect heck even the blade edge isn't perfect but I plan on grinding that wavy junk out with the belt sander. How ever with the hidden tang I am quite happy with the way that turned out. Its the first one I've been able to make with out the steel getting too hot and melting down into the forge right in front of me. I did normalize it before I pulled it out of the fire. I didn't want you guys to think I was giving up on knives its just frustrating at times to get what I want and how I want it to look. Its just a bit of the OCD that I have LOL. The tang actually extends about 5 inches or so further down I'll get a couple more shots of it later on after every things cooled off from normalizing. But at least I'm getting better at making these hidden tang things LOL.
  2. AndrewB

    A few hours on the forge this morning

    I tried knocking it back to straight it just didn't want to cooperate. Its not that the entire blade is wavy its just the blade edge that buldges out a bit right before the ricasso. Thats mainly what I was trying to work out is attempting a forged ricasso on that one. So the blade edge at one point actually was further out towards the tang than at the tip. But that's fixable with the grinder.
  3. AndrewB

    A few hours on the forge this morning

    that is very true lol. I was just glad I didn't burn off the tang.
  4. So I've reached a point where I think I am ready to give propane another try. Don't get me wrong I love working with coal it's a blast and fun. Heat treating is very simple with it. Just tough to see the descale part. How ever as I said because of weather that's been limiting my time outside running my forge. I've been considering strongly considering giving propane another try. I do not necesarrily want to go large on a big forge. I have several soft fire bricks on hand that I could easily assemble a small propane forge. Main reason I was considering this is because with a propane forge I could safely use this underneath my carport. Where as with the coal forge that would have probably burnt it to the ground LOL. That would have been no good especially for insurance. Not to mention I would probably never be allowed to run a forge in here again lol. How ever I was thinking about this because I also thought of heat treating. Especially on those rainy days I could just go out under the carport and fire up the forge easily. I still have the bits and pieces for my blown burner. How ever I would still like to be able to use the same fan for my coal forge as the blown burner. At this point I'm still trying to work things out on what the best way of going about this is. I know many of you guys on here have both a coal and propane forge. Plus I'm finding that I've been really enjoying building things as well. Guess that just comes with the territory of this hobby.
  5. Okay I've been having a bit of complications with getting the knife thing down. So I'm at a point where I'm a complete potato and just fully suck at it. Quenching hardening and tempering is no problem. Easy Easy Easy. But I can never get the shape I want of the blade or for it to even come out straight. So at this point I'm wondering if I should just say the heck with making knives and go right into making axes? Is that going to be a better way to start working with the hard ball on this one? It seems that axes are a heck of a lot easier than knives to make. For me its just a pain trying to get a straight blade lol. Ugh giving up on knives for a while Id like to try axes. Is this a good move or is it tougher?
  6. AndrewB

    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    I do enjoy my video games lol. I can loose myself in an online world and I often do. But when the weather is nicer I get more forging time in. I do all of that stuff outside when it's nice. When the weather is just garbage here raining or too windy I'm stuck inside and yep geeking out in PC games. How ever if summer is nice and holds out like it did last year I'll be forging on hopefully a daily basis. I dunno if I just under estimate myself with it or just get frustrated with it. But I have a few ideas in my head and when I go to put them into the steel they just never turn out the way I want them or I discover a warp in the blade after the heat treat and temper and the entire project is scraped. I guess you could say yes still the noob and still in the learning phases of this. In all honesty I do find heat treating how ever to be fairly simple. I understand how to do it. How the oil reacts in a certain way at the proper temperature to quench and what to look for in the forge when it's time to pull the steel out of the fire. Probably one of my favorite parts of forging is heat treating. Making oil boil instantly. Dunno what it is. LOL. Maybe its the former cook in me that likes seeing that part. There are also certain days where I cant do anything because my body tells me no you aint doin crap today. I guess I just gotta get better at it. But at least I'm also learning on the actual steel yea it's an expensive way to learn but for me its the best way. I was on the forge yesterday had a great tang shape and the thing melted off completely cause I over heated it opps. But I have a general idea of what I want to accomplish. But where I really want to get is making axes that is my number one goal. Knives everybody is making them.
  7. AndrewB

    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    I does have a fairly flat surface. Its the one I bought from Ebay the 66 pound ebay anvil lol. The face is pretty smooth its just when I forge out the blades they are never straight for me I do use a wooden mallet to straighten out the blade after I forge the bevels out but even then it still seems to be crooked LOL. I dunno why but it just seems that axes would be a heck of a lot easier than knives. Especially since you can make them either with one hole piece of steel or use a piece and wrap it around and forge weld it to a working cutting head. That just seems a heck of a lot easier to me for some reason. (hope you guys got my potato reference LOL)
  8. I'll have to double check that @Brian Dougherty. That does sound about right. I gouged out just enough of the material from the brick for the burner to sit in perfectly. I'm not sure how much that will change with the thermal cycling that brick will do. I will definitely be able to tell if it loosens up when I do the first test run of this forge.
  9. Okay only one door? I'll definately remember that one. I will use the door on the back end in case I have bigger pieces. I put a test piece one that I was playin with a test billet in the forge to judge the size of space and there is plenty of room in there for what I need. I was kind of surprised that the fire brick held the burner in place with out it falling out the back at all. I just gotta let everything cure before I do a test fit with everything including the propane tank on the floor and all hooked up to the burner. I should be okay with the burner side mounted like that right?
  10. Its crude yes and I'll probably kick myself in the butt for using refractory to lock the bricks down but yea. LOL. Anyhow adapt over come and Improvise lol. So I improvised. I also went with a 1 brick set up for the smaller chamber instead that should work a lot better than going with a two brick set up. Either way the bricks are locked in and refractory curing I even got the hole for the burner drilled out. WOW was that ever the easiest drilling I've ever done in my life. Yep I think if I decide to stick with propane I'll build the fire brick forges rather than a steel shell. I like these things. Not only that I did a burner test fit, It actually stops right at the very edge of the inside of the fire brick which makes it extremely nice. So Far so good. Its an ugly looking forge YES but I'm pretty sure it will hold the heat in quite well when I put the doors on.
  11. It will probably be in efficient with one burner but from what I'm hearing from you guys on this burner is that it can handle it. How ever I think I've come up with the design of the forge and it uses all 15 of the the soft fire bricks that I have. It is basically a box the inside length is 15 inches height is 5 inches width is about 5 inches. so 15 by 5 by 5. It's not refractoried in as of yet. Unless you guys can suggest something better and more efficient with these bricks I'm all ears. But this is the design I've come up with using all the bricks with the remaining two used for the doors.
  12. AndrewB

    How much pressure?

    Epoxy all you need is a couple of clamps that are securely tightened. As @Brian Dougherty It is similar to wood glue. I've only used to clamps to clamp down scales during epoxy curing and drying and tightened them just enough to hold the piece tight and that seemed to work just fine for me. I just let it cure for the recommended time on the epoxy package.
  13. It may be an UGLY forge stand. But I used what I had available. Which was Cinder Blocks and fire bricks. I had more than enough of the hard fire bricks on hand to do a two layer height of fire brick. I think that should be more than sufficient to help protect the cinder block stands. I haven't gotten tot he forge build yet since I've got to wait for the mortar to set and cure not sure how long that actually takes lol. But at least it's all mortared in place and yes its actually LEVEL LMFAO. Don't criticize me for building an ugly stand. I don't care about looks as long as it wont fall over with a lit forge on top I'm happy.
  14. I can't believe how in expensive mortar is. I just picked up a 50 pound bag of it for 6 bucks at HD. WOW. This afternoon I plan on getting my stand put together for the forge. Yep I'm using Mortar and cinder blocks for the base of the stand and stand. But I will use the hard fire bricks as the top where the actual forge will be siting on. Then I will move into the soft fire brick. That should work and at least I will have a pretty secure stand lol. I wont have to worry about it going anywhere. I just still can't believe how in expensive it was.
  15. AndrewB

    Limonite and cuprite?

    Why not just do both there problem solved lol.
  16. I know how to do leak checks lol I just gotta figure out how I'm going to close up the burner so I can do the leak checks.
  17. Well that's always a good thing I just gotta figure out how I'm going to do the leak checks since there is no choke on the burner lol. And I always prefer cheaper rather than spending 200 bucks for one burner lol. I like the burner just looking at it. I've been trying to figure out the mounting of it in the brick. I gotta get some mortar since I have some cinder blocks going to use those as a stand. But I want to use mortar to secure them to the pavement. Then Im thinking of using the hard fire bricks on top of that to protect the cinder blocks and then putting the forge on top of that. So it would be like a permanent forge stand. I have enough cinder blocks to do that I think at least. If I don't I have regular brick lol. I just don't want to build this forge on my wooden cable spool.
  18. Wow for a 50 dollar forge burner I’m kind of shocked at how simply built this item is. Fortunately for me one of my brass fittings I already had fit the burner connection and fit the 3/8ths inch female end of the propane hose . No extra money spent. Now I’m just curious is to how well this is going to work and how I’m going to drill this hole in the fire brick lol since this burner is quite small. Planning for a side mount for this burner rather than the top. This seems like a good buy so far.
  19. AndrewB

    Meteorite Damascus

    Oooo space rock knife this otta be good
  20. Well if this hole propane forge thing works out for me I'm going to try using propane for a while. Plus I wound up spending a bit of extra cash this month and I wound up getting an 8 foot stainless steel braided propane hose as well. Just gotta get a brass fitting that will go from 3/8 and reduce to 1/4 lol. At least that will be no more than 5 bucks lol.
  21. this is the one I was looking at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078PPNVYC/?coliid=I2REEPWFKMXO8&colid=JHVHTKURXUVA&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
  22. So in the next day or so I plan on getting this forge put together. It will be interesting if it successfully works and I can get over my issues with propane gas. How ever I'm also wondering if it would be wise to invest in a thermo couple so I can monitor the heat when it comes time for heat treating. I found one I could easily get for about 73 bucks. I'm wondering if this would be a good thing to add to the propane forge rather than doing things by sight all the time.
  23. AndrewB

    Hearth Steel Ala Emiliano

    Damn that’s a nice one
  24. I was just planning on making a box forge kind of like an oven. I was going to use the refractory to hold them together lmfao
  25. AndrewB

    Limonite and cuprite?

    looks like you hit a mother load lol. Id pick up everything you see you can smelt into material. try it out.