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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
  15. Response is a bit belated but uh....hectic? What ever do you mean? Nothing EVER gets burned (take that as you will ). Nothing fueled by excessive caffeine. Nothing like that ever happens......never...
  16. Looks like a lot of tools involved in the process. How, ever do you keep track of them in your shop? How do you recommend keeping things organized so you aren't looking for tongs, drifts, or bolsters!? But for real bro, your shit is awesome.
  17. Nope. That’s me, the other guy he rolls with up that direction. His truck is “resting” for now. Jokes aside could you find out prices for me? PM me if you prefer. Thanks! I live up that way.
  18. Yeah, and apparently uh...specialty chickens too. I killed a total of 37 opossum between August and October. I got 12 nasty ass marsupial rats one night. All of them on or in the chicken coop. Popped them all within like 45 seconds. Twenty two's are all good and well but I resorted to more....impressive means after a while just for shits and giggles. Used the 450 Bushmaster a couple times, my 300 Short action ultra mag, 6.5 Creedmoor, AR pistol in 5.56, a 45-70 and uh.....well...a fifty four caliber muzzle stuffer...AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Opossum paste! Probably another 20 raccoo
  19. Well brother, I've got some time this weekend but....I'm also off work from the 14th through the 20th.... I haven't told the wife that I'm off yet. I mean, she knows I'm "off" but not that I don't have to work. I figured that way she can't come up with any emergencies for me to deal with. My plans include getting some serious headway on my power hammer, making some other shit (knives and a couple Tomahawks maybe), perhaps now a press, and if the weather cooperates----maybe some ice fishing for some crappie/perch. So uh, plan on doing some shit son!!!!!
  20. I did quite a bit of searching for replacement parts, spares, broke down units that could be robbed for parts and no luck. There are a few parts out there that allegedly "could" fit. According to some folks out there this piece and several other models of different brands are made at the same Chinese manufacturer, the same plant or imported by the same group etc. It would be a crap shoot is the bottom line. And is it worth it? Probably not. However....I have a TIG welder in line to fix it. Apparently my crazy trust fund land baron slum lord's son is a heck of a TIG welder. And he owes me for s
  21. @JeremyBlohm- while on my search for replacement parts on that Task Force press I found this- https://www.protoolreviews.com/news/task-force-log-splitter-recall/3022/ Careful! It's a death trap!!! (In case you aren't aware, don't put your hand between the wedge and ram! Apparently there's no sticker on it stating not to do that so they issued a "recall". When you contact them about the "recall" they issue you a set of stickers telling you not to chop your freaking arm off! Because stickers prevent stupid!!!!
  22. Should have posted this a while back. Picked up from another local smith. He tells me the main structure is, rather was, a railroad switching post. The top was milled flat then a BIG ‘ol chunk of D2 was welded on at the locally well known industrial metal shop he works at. It weights in right around 150#, sings like a Castrato and rebounds faster than a needy twenty something with daddy issues after a breakup.
  23. i'm in- Chris Briggs. My son, my sidekick, and ever present source of inspiration and AMUSEMENT wants to make one also. He's not a separate member here as he's kind of young. Can I add his name also? Nikolai Briggs
  24. Hey Alan, I acquisitioned a couple handles last night that I'll be able to make work for that hammer. You mentioned the desired relatively shorter handle. How short of a handle are you talking about? I've got several handles up to maybe 16" long which I'm sure is way too long. I plan to cut them down a little at a time until I swing it (from the elbow ) and it feels right. But roughly what kind of length are you talking about? Searched around and found a few pics but it's hard to accurately determine just how long they are. Thanks in advance!!!
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