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About ChrisBriggs

  • Birthday 02/07/1981

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    Whitehall, Michigan
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    Firearms (the blacker the better) and coffee (also the blacker the better), blades of all flavors specifically tactical, ancient/vintage edged weapons of war, hunting/fishing (A LOT, like I've lost jobs because I was hunting/fishing too much).

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  1. I’ve got probably at least 50 railroad spring anchors/clips that I’m told are about equivalent to 1060 steel as well as probably at least 50 railroad spikes. Asking $5 each for the clips and $2 each for the spikes. Varying degrees of quality but all are extremely forgeable. Can be mailed or picked up locally in Muskegon, MI area. Could also consider discounts for quantity purchases. Would also consider trades for other smithing items. Whatcha got? I also have a 25 foot section of railroad tracks that could be cut and used for small anvils. That wouldn’t be able to be mailed- obviously. Thanks
  2. Jaro, first off- amazing build! Second- how did you bend your leaf springs? thanks!!!
  3. So this is a VERY initial post on this. I‘M not sure yet where this will take me but not unlike every other project I’ve undertaken I’m sure it will end up somewhere interesting. I don’t make plans or have expectations because inevitably I end up at some entirely unexpected end or beginning to some new adventure. That being said, I collected some teconite while on an impromptu family vacation/road trip. In an ancient land far, far but not too far away from my humble west Michigan pastures....in a land called “Da Yoop” my first step into MAKING my own steel began.... Oh yeah, I put my family to
  4. Yeah, I did. I used a series of levers and bar stock as rollers and moved it Great Pyramid/Easter Island style.
  5. I’ve been in the process of (slowly) acquiring materials for a pneumatic power hammer build for quite some time now. A hammer hand sided chronic elbow injury, social distancing, and some time off work have allowed me and prompted me to get up off my third point of contact and kick this mule into gear. I picked up the last major component (a base plate) yesterday with my cohort in crime- Jeremy Blohm AKA Benona Blacksmith. We went up north (to Scottville, MI) and grabbed a 1/2” plate that measures just a hair over 48” x 48”. Weight is estimated at around 350 pounds, like an intoxicated south Mi
  6. Don't forget I've got more of that big 12" steel pipe. The one biggest piece I have is 7'10". I could help you load it up and we'd still be at least six feet apart. Social distancing loop hole, boom!!! Roasted!
  7. I've made a couple of these- one from mild steel and one from O1. I haven't noticed a difference. The mild works and holds up just as well. I made the one fullering tool out of O1 because I happened to have a TON of O1 and I happened to have some that was the right size.
  8. I'm an AVID shooter. I reload a fair portion of my brass however I also have a lot of brass that I don't reload for- obviously .22LR being one of those. I paid my kids (7 and 10) $5 a piece to pick up spent .22 up at my home for an hour. I uh, got a decent pile. I had been working on a small home foundry for recycling my brass, some aluminum I acquired, among other things I have found. I melted down a couple hundred .22 cases and ended up with this. Clearly not a perfect casting. It was my first attempt. But I can definitely see where there is utility in doing this. I'm aware of the concerns w
  9. I've got the vast majority of the materials to do a build like this. It's been on my list of things to do. I have been planning to build it once the zombie apocalypse started and I was no longer working. However, I never anticipated the zombie apocalypse would be a zombie VIRUS apocalypse and that it would require me to work MORE. However, once I can practice a little less social distancing I'll have Jeremy Blohm over to help me get some work done. I need to get smarter on the valves for this. I understand the principles of plumbing this, how the air cylinder operates and so forth. But when it
  10. Yeah, I was looking into paper from various suppliers and was PRAYING for a local supply because I'm 'Merican and impatient! LOL!!! No real pressing matter other than the ADD (and probably a brain injury or two...I can't remember ) and it hit me that I NEEDED it. By pure coincidence one of the suppliers I found on the interwebs was located within minutes of home/work. So I blasted down...only to realize it was 'tha Lord's Day...So I went back...uh...later....and, ta-da! I was welcomed into an abrasive shop that was in the original building dating back to the mid 1880's or so. Again, memory...
  11. Hey all, thanks for the responses. It has been a bit since I was last on here and had the chance to respond. Upon starting to follow up on my initial post I had wanted to thank each of you individually for your advice however there are enough that I don't have time to thank each individually. So I will say "THANKS!" en masse. A couple things, yes, I have seen a doctor, not just diagnosing myself. I have a rule in my house- I don't treat (or diagnose) my family or myself. That goes badly all too often. I did abandon my hammer hand glove (my left as I am a devoted south paw, like, pathologically
  12. Hey thanks for the idea Tim! I hadn't thought of the wiring there being an issue. I THOUGHT it was right but now that you mention the idea, it is like leaving the house and second guessing whether or not you turned the lights off and locked the door. You KNOW you did, then you THINK you did, then you WONDER if you did... As far as my VFD, I have tried multiple settings ad nauseum. I have now read the manual OVER and OVER again to the point that I know it by heart. Literally. I've sent emails to the manufacturer. Nobody has yet suggested that the motor could be the issue. It is a VERY high qual
  13. I recently built my first 2"x72" belt grinder and it runs GREAT!!! Everything tracks dead on straight. It's super strong, super stable and generally bad a$$! HOWEVER- I've got what I believe is a problem with a programming parameter on the VFD. Let me note the tech specs then I'll describe the problem and see if anyone has any input from there. Thanks. 1hp, 3 phase SEW-EURODRIVE motor TEFC 60Hz, Volts: 230YY/460Y Amps: 3.70/1.85 Duty: continuous RPM: CT 300-1800/10-60Hz. Ins Class: F Other pertinent data: I'm running a SOYAN SVD-E phase converter that seems li
  14. My question up front is this: is there a proper way, a proper form, or some other factor used to avoid or minimize the onset, impact, or severity of chronic overuse injuries? What does everyone else out there do to manage things like this? So a little context. I'm a Physician Assistant in an interventional pain clinic; I'm a prior soldier (Army, infantry and PA as well for total of 15 years), and I've been smithing for about 4 years, although more seriously (consistently, usually 3-6 hours/day, at least 3-4 days/week) over the last 2-3 years. I've begun noticing some chronic aches
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