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Welsh joel

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  1. I actually use an inflatable bounce house blower in my forge. I got it free from someone who had a rental company- and had had one destroyed. It's really too much air for mine, and I forge weld with it- with a valve open, reducing air.
  2. I've never sold a blade in my life. Made maybe... 50? Of those, 10-20? in the three years or so that I've started forging. That's what I like about this place- there's a wide variety of skill set, experience level, and diversity in its members. And the majority are very encouraging and quick with advice or help to novice or master smith alike. 5160 can be fun to move, especially thicker pieces. I've got a bunch of it in leaf springs- from a semi truck. Some are 1 to 1-1/2" thick. I dont have a press, or power hammer... and at 50yrs old, half the stamina I used to. So I haven't even messed with it yet. Lol. Spent alot of time welding, brazing and metal fabbing. Learned about zinc poisoning the hard way, and decided that hexavalent chromium wasn't something I'd mess with...
  3. Looks good for some first attempts! Now- make more! Alot more! And keep that girlfriend out there with you. Seriously... thats just awesome. Just a note- i suggest stop using wrenches in your forge. Especially large, cheaper ones. Anything chrome, (or zinc, galvanized) plated- which most wrenches are now days... should never enter your forge if you like life. Once... maybe twice... or more may not hurt you much. Eventually over time they may kill you.
  4. That woman has some serious patience... I'm somewhat familiar with the work, and I know it's tedious and requiring much planning- or reworking... in lieu of it. Well done!
  5. Unsure how to answer- except for... practice! It doesn't matter what it is, you're making it. Worry about a bowie knife- looking like a bowie knife 20 or 30 knives in, when you have alot more practice and skill under your belt. I like the recurve of the handle compared to the blade. Can't wait to see it finished. I like nice, finished masterpiece knives, yes. But I love to see work from people who are just starting- even more. It's pretty cool to see progress. Get it handled, finished. Then think about what to do better, different from this last blade. Most of all... keep going! I haven't been in my forge in six months! Stupid life and responsibilities...
  6. Hmm... yeah, she's not getting enough air. I wonder if your regulator isn't working properly? It's marked correctly for 30psi. An adjustable one with a guage might do you more justice. If there isn't enough gas flow pressure, it won't properly draw air. Your flame is too... billowy. Too soft. It should look more forceful, like a jet almost. It's just not getting hot enough. A .050 tip is big. Most people recommend .025 tip for use. That can affect how your gas flow draws air into the burner. I won't pretend to know the math... but there are specific numbers for it that have been worked out. I'd try changing out the tip first, and work from there. But, do one thing at a time- and test the differences from there. Easier to keep track of performance that way. Www.iforgeiron.com is another forum site- there is several gentleman there who have many years developing home built burners. Some great information.
  7. I belong to a fb group- "dangerous grinder attachments." They pale in comparison to you after pics. The way it's going now- looks like best case scenario. Some amazing surgery work there friend. I echo their recovery wishes!
  8. There are those now using 3d printers to create printed molds for powdered steel patterns. https://m.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEA&search_query=3d+printed+damascus I want to try it eventually, but need to get a press first before I attempt.
  9. Can you post us a close up picture of your regulator? Follow that with pics going from it to your burner? See if we can figure out what's happening for you. I built a coffee can forge for my brother- it uses a small 3/4 burner that is similiar to a Mapp gas torch head. No venturi, just air holes on the side. It will get medium to high yellow heat. Just another note too- Sometimes, the forge just needs to heat up before she'll burn right. Once up to a decent inner heat- it kind of smooths out a bit, and you can run more air, more gas than you'd think. The entire inside of the forge is now an ignition source. Instead of relying on just the flame from the burner staying lit/alive.
  10. You're still pretty far off... you aren't getting enough air, and or gas pressure. You want to see a constant, high yellow, almost roaring flame coming from your forge. A mostly blue flame... is a sign of very low gas pressure. I'd guess that to be around... maybe 5-6 psi? Just from the video. A venturi style burner needs much more than that to work right. Like 20-30 psi. Mine is a totally different setup than yours, but this is much more along the lines of the heat you want to forge with/at: you can see the flame coming up between the bricks. I use a forced air setup with a bounce house blower, and run about 6-10 psi of pressure- because the air blower provides the air flow- not dependant on the venturi effect from the gas flow.
  11. Just a note- make sure your regulator is rated at psi, and not inches or water columns. Some may be bars as well. All are differing measurements of pressure, and some are much lower pressure than psi increments. Open the choke on your burner as well- that brass disc on top of the burner... it controls how much air your burner draws in. In your video, it looks pretty well closed- but that may just be the angle.
  12. 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.
  13. 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/
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 get some time in making something really sweet you'd like to have for yourself to keep... then bust out that s30v or make your welded pattern... etc. Then it's worth sending out for a professional heat treat. Just my thoughts. Oh- and welcome to the madness!!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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...
  21. I really like the lower layer blades. Job well done!
  22. 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 out completely, and leave residue between your steels. I've heard of people doing so in a canister style damascus... but never in welded layers. I've certainly never done it, and probably wouldn't.
  23. 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.
  24. Lol... skill, and temperature. Still cold and broke at my house!
  25. 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!
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