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Mike Haverstock

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  1. Glad to meet you Alex! I learned a lot from our 2 hour conversation haha....my girlfriend is mad because today is my birthday and she made a lot of plans, and I’m late....lol. Let me know how the curly maple works for you. Now if you stabilize it, will the curly still show through?
  2. You’re very welcome. I’m new here and don’t really know how the forum works yet. I didn’t even know you responded till a guy that came down from Michigan to buy a motor from me told me that you responded lol. I have enough of that curly maple that I’ll die before I use it all. After you make a knife with it send a picture. Thanks!
  3. A smart guy once told me to use what you have when building from scrap. It’s almost always true. But here’s my situation. I have a 30 gallon compressor tank in great shape. Yes it’s 17” diameter and 28” long to the rounded ends. Yes that’s huge but.....I was at an auction the other day and there was this huge box of what looked like insulation. At first I really didn’t pay it any attention. It turns out it was 2600 degree ceramic insulation 2” thick, 48” wide and 12.5 feet long. Says 8 pound on it. I guess that’s the density? So what if I put 4” of insulation in then coat with refractory? Would 4” walls be bad? Seems like it would only be better but I figured I’d ask you all. I have enough insulation to probably reline it a couple times over. I can cut a vent hole in either end but still line the ends 6” deep to reduce internal volume more. If my math is right 17 wide -8 for walls and bring the ends into 16” it would be about 1050 cube. So 3 burners? Idk, I know it’s huge but I’d never need a bigger one lol. I know it will use more gas than a smaller one but I’m ok with that for now. If it uses too much I can build a smaller one later. My main question is if there’s anything bad about 4” thick ceramic fiber? Btw I got that roll of fiber for $1
  4. I have a massive supply of curly maple. I use it for just about everything. Give me your address and I’ll send you a box full of blocks.
  5. Hello all, I’m new to the forum, actually brand new to blade making. I was bit by the forged in fire bug. In my quest to find a motor for a 2x72 I happened upon a guy that did factory clean outs when they shut down. I ended up buying 25 motors from the guy. 1.5 to 3hp. All 3 phase, so if you’re going vfd they are perfect. Some 1725, some 3400-3600. 56c and 145T. The 56’s have 5/8” shafts and the 145!s have 7/8” shafts. All unimount. They have the mounting plate plus c-face mounting. All TEFC. All brand new in the box and will be test run on a vfd before sending out. Are all vfd’s the same like the KB’s if you’re going to run on 115v you only get 1.5hp? Anyway I figured I’d offer them up here before going to eBay. I have a Fedex account and can get cheaper shipping. My zip is 46635. South Bend In if anyone is close. I was thinking $120-$150 plus shipping depending on hp. If anyone is interested just let me know what parameters you want and I’ll let you know what I have. They are a mix of baldor, Us Motors, and Emerson. Thanks for all the info on this site and if anyone lives close I’d love to see your setups and share info.
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