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Stephen Ray

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About Stephen Ray

  • Birthday 08/07/1984

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  • Location
    Manchester NH
  • Interests
    Forging (in spite of my inexperience and lack of materials) FPS games. being busy enough to not stagnate.

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  1. Stephen Ray

    Thoughts on sources

    In my search for steel I have been google-fuing (a phrase I adopted from this site thank you.) and have had some thoughts on what might guarantee some reasonably good steel for a better price. in short: could I spend $10 on a broken jack, bottle or otherwise and use the core on the assumption that it would be a good high carbon steel? what about other things such as ball hitches or padlock shackle (masterlock or brinks for example). Google has provided nothing definitive.
  2. Stephen Ray

    Canister alternative or hacks?

    Hypothetically I could use my hydraulic Jack and just drop my car on the canister...
  3. Stephen Ray

    Canister alternative or hacks?

    I will look into that too. Still gonna get a couple of those rounds though. I am sure I could do something with them.
  4. Stephen Ray

    EDITa micarta wip and questions

    Weird thought: could a food saver be used as an improv vac chamber for resin molds?
  5. Stephen Ray

    Canister alternative or hacks?

    Thank you! I will contact the seller in the morning. Presumably they still have some left. I will see what other materials they may be offering while I am there.
  6. Stephen Ray

    Canister alternative or hacks?

    https://nh.craigslist.org/mat/d/fremont-4-thick-steel-circles/6836325629.html would these work?
  7. Stephen Ray

    Canister alternative or hacks?

    Well, his prospective minion is struggling to get proper equipment within a very tight budget...lol I may have my sights on an I-BEAM as an improvised anvil.
  8. Stephen Ray

    EDITa micarta wip and questions

    Another option you could look into is pouring your scales. Unless you are determined to use wood. I don't know how plausible that is in practice but in theory it might work.
  9. Stephen Ray

    EDITa micarta wip and questions

    Try checking local businesses that specialize in installation. they may have scrap pieces they could sell or hand off.
  10. Stephen Ray

    Anvil identification

    maybe an acrylic paste to make a positive impression? I am just looking for a material fine enough to pick up the most minute details. I may just be grasping at straws now. If you get the lighting just right your camera may be able to see the variances with different filters.
  11. Stephen Ray

    Anvil identification

    Maybe I over complicate things... lol
  12. Stephen Ray

    Canister alternative or hacks?

    Thank you Alan. I will not deny my interest in forging was piqued because of Forged in Fire. I lurked here for about two years and it has done nothing except increase my determination to learn. The fact that you have been immersed in this site for as long as you have been and still have the patience to answer a inexperienced person like myself is immensely encouraging and inspiring. Your dedication is noted and appreciated.
  13. Stephen Ray

    Canister alternative or hacks?

    Is there a means of making a reasonable canister if you don't have access to a welder? For that matter. Has anyone done a canister of strictly powdered mix steel? Ex: 1095 and W1. With different ratios? I am just trying to understand what the range of possibilities are. I don't want to waste time/material trying things that have already proven to be a flop.
  14. Stephen Ray

    Box truck workshop

    Just checked it out. I agree it is an awesome rig. I don't think I would be getting that far int modifications yet but it is certainly an inspiration.
  15. Stephen Ray

    Anvil identification

    Let me know if it works. If it doesn't I will try to come up with some other ideas. Hot glue gun may work. it would certainly have more elasticity than silly putty.
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