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    so so many. bladesmithing and all around metal work. electronics. woodworking is my #1. winemaking slash brewing. music(only the classics). absolutely primitive weapons, actually not blades. pyrotechnics. ya know just about any hobby a man can have i want. learning is more important than food to me!

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  1. Rewired 3 MOTs into a homemade arc welder. Exhausting
  2. Must say i love the idea of what youre trying to do there. I wanted to do a tanto design but it didnt quite work out. I worry mines to thin but its made from steel designed for stress so it should hold
  3. You guys are lucky. My wife loves everything about this hobby.......except when i actually go outside to do it............
  4. Dont feel bad. my first attempt shattered into 4 pieces when i quenched, my fault mind you. But hey my current one does look better atleast.
  5. 2 1/2" chamber with 1 1/4" intake/exhaust. Turns out just about any size will work. The smaller chamber is much more aggressive with flare up but generates the same heat and is a little more fuel efficient.
  6. I agree with Alan. That's why I suggest using a brazing tip instead of the jet style tips. It'll consume more fuel but will generate much more heat, if you intend to continue on using torches that is. @Wayne CoeI believe he's heart set on using torches. Could be $ or where he lives ect...
  7. Its angled down my friend. Also appears youre now using one torch.
  8. If those are cast brick(or not) then plain clay or bentonite clay/ aka cheap kitty litter will work just fine. Now i believe those tips should work but in my opinion id switch to a broader brazing torch tip. theyll consume more fuel but should certainly provide adequate heat. if your forge is for heat treating and minimal forging then that shouldnt be an issue.
  9. Id think more likely your heat is being directed on that there hot spot and isnt being dispersed throughout your forge.
  10. Stainless does not like drill bits. I think it was a bad breakup.
  11. Itll always get there my friend. I just apologize to whomever gets mine
  12. Addendum. If 6"ID or greater chamber is used id suggest shorter length, say 8" or less(6"x6" is great). this of course may not work as a double burner design but will make an excellent single burner for a smelter or small knife/general use forge though a 1/2" pipe as a flame holder, opposite of exhaust, is needed. Also the fuel flow should be finely controlled. 1/20th of a turn on mine is the difference between oxidizing, neutral, and carborizing atmospheres and im using the valves from an oxy/acet torch head. Inline fuel filters a must. I dont care how much you "think" youve filtered it.
  13. I may have missed something. I apologize about spelling.
  14. It's a plain ole drip feed with the fuel outlet near the end of the intake tube/tank joint. It doesn't atomize the fuel but it does turbulate? It. Is very simple and reliable method. Intended to be simple so anyone can build it. I'll try to make a better schematic later. The fuel in is about an inch from the tank end of the air intake tube. I doubt it's important. Keep in mind the chamber must be hot before the addition of just oil. I use gasoline but propane should work just fine.
  15. @Zeb CamperI fully agree with you on that. Brutal truth is always best. I don't go looking for trouble and avoid it at all costs but like you sometimes being in the area is unavoidable. Personally I'm generally in fight mode. The places my job takes me is usually those where fight or flight means shot in the face or shot in the back. There's no middle ground and giving your wallet and keys just saves them time digging through your pockets. It's unfortunate but I'd rather at least try to fight and maybe die than certainly die running. Although I failed to mention the knife is intended to stay in the vehicle, not for carrying. A situation where someone tries to open the door and whatnot. Everyone asks why I drive a crappy car. Ha it's simple. One look and you'd never guess there's over 10k worth of tools inside. The first line of defense is to be unassuming. But there's always those who shake the bag and look inside when they know it's empty, hence the knife. Wife has a phobia of guns
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