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  1. Amazon has multiple choices for sale. I searched " 6" gas strut" and came up with several pages. You can choose pressure in poundage as well.
  2. I would be interested in a more detailed overall photo, especially the front door. Just from that, I found several pictures similiar online. Johnson gas makes several kinds of ovens/forges/heaters... and is still in business 100+ years later. You could definately contact them, and learn more about it. Especially how it was originally configured, and what it was made to do/ handle. https://www.johnsongas.com/product-category/industrial-furnaces/forge-furnaces/
  3. I made mine from an old, un used 1/4 sized oxygen tank from a torch rig. Removed the valve after leaving it open for several days. Then filled it with water, poured it out before cutting the top off with a cutoff wheel. It gives me a 6" diameter by 24" or so vertical depth. I welded on legs, and handles to stabilize and move it.
  4. Not knowing where you're at- harbor freight sells this for $199. We have a similiar one that I use all the time at work to cut .040, and .063 aluminum coil stock. Works easily for that, without a whole lot of distortion. Ours would easily handle 8" wide materials. Unknown about a tempered steel in that Guage, but...??? Edit- sorry, typing as you posted above.
  5. Making your first blade- and having the knowledge & experience... (heat treating, etc.) can be two different things. And without knowing that/your level of experience- Until you get some more practice in, 1080 series steel is a very good starting point. It's much more forgiving for a home smith to heat treat. I'm only a couple years into forging myself- and am still always reading & researching... learning. You seem to have pretty decent tool and use experience- easily seen in your work. Make a few more, screw several up, and
  6. Why? I kinda like the lines and esthetic of it. The only thing I'd suggest is maybe a bit larger guard to keep hands from slipping up on blade? I like it as is.
  7. No pictures yet... But got out in the forge for the first time in months. Got the "scrapmascus" blade I made last summer- ground & profiled, with a quick test etch... just to see what happens when you forge weld 30-40 some 3/8" x 2" pieces of scraps together. Wound up grinding most of it off, lost alot to scale.
  8. Simple clean lines, pinned & layered handle, jimping pretty even and clean... Very respectable first effort. Go ahead and pick up the hardenable steel to start scratching the itch to "make it right". You got this. The only crazy reaction? Omg- you sure you had enough epoxy on there? Think you missed a spot! You did a hell of a clean up effort on that sander. Very clean look.
  9. I've seen rosewood mentioned already... but I'll add purpleheart wood to the list. It ranges in color from a dark, almost black purple- to a light blonde almost lilac color. It's my favorite, it's an extremely dense hard wood that will actually polish to a shiny surface just on its own. It's another of those irritating, make you sick, dust woods as well. Sigh...
  10. I really like the lower layer blades. Job well done!
  11. Clean with acetone BEFORE grinding or sanding. You can actually- possibly push oils deeper into the metal by grinding it. I take a tray, fill it with enough acetone to cover my steels. Then I soak them in it, wipe down with a paper towel while in acetone to disturb the surface. Then I'll take a piece at a time- sand the surface, and if cool enough, return it to the acetone bath. Paper between the layers? No... I've never heard of this, and from my viewpoint- by clamping it in the vise and welding this way- you'd trap the paper in a place so tight... it might not burn o
  12. What about de-greasing? You didn't mention it, so I ask. Before grinding, did you wipe/soak in acetone or something to remove any oils? If not, you may have actually ground them into the steel, contaminated the belt. Just a thought.
  13. Lol... skill, and temperature. Still cold and broke at my house!
  14. Aha! Thank you sir for that. I read through several of the threads, such as the cubic inch, some of the earlier ones... and was trying to determine if it was a friendly competition, a charity type situation, or ...? Lol. Someday perhaps, I'll get to join in!
  15. Every one completed is another thing learned from! looking great so far for #2.
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