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Seth Carpentier

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  • Birthday 02/05/1993

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  1. Hey everyone, Kind of a cool project I’m starting. A guy at work accidentally busted a chunk off of my foreman’s bobcat bucket blade. As you can imagine, he wasn’t too happy about it. I grabbed the broken-off piece (probably about an inch thick by 4” by 12”) and told my foreman that I can look into what kind of steel it is and maybe forge him a knife out of it! And he was actually pretty pumped about it! I determined that there’s a pretty good chance that the bucket blade was made from 1055. No way of knowing for sure. He said he’s going to just frame it so I’m not overly concerned about edge retention or durability. Just needs to look pretty. So I got my forge up and running (thanks to you guys) and got this chunk on the lower bright orange side of heat. And holy cow.. I can’t move it. I’m by no means a forging expert. But all the thinner stock I’ve tried moved pretty easily. I’ve done some reading and gotten some tips. I’m going to experiment with different hammer blows, using the cross peen, utilizing the edge of the anvil, and I’ll probably go for a closer-to-yellow heat. Here’s a photo of the chunk and then the piece I cut to forge out.
  2. Well my garage is still intact! Man this thing gets warm. Had to start shedding layers as soon as it fired up. Was only able to fire it for about five minutes. The wife and I had dinner plans so didn’t have much time. But I’m so excited to see that it works. I’ll post a video if I can. I can’t tell if the burner is sputtering a little or not. What do you guys think? Also, I realized once I shut it down that I forgot to try clearing out the residual crayon residue that the drill didn’t get. Oops! IMG_2858.MOV IMG_2856.MOV
  3. Thanks so much for the replies! I read them carefully, went down to start it up and found a leak I hadn’t caught before. But I think everything is good to go now. I’ll post an update soon.
  4. Long time no see everyone. I think I’ve said this once before but man, life sure does happen. I just got my dream 2x72 grinder (coming from a cheap 2x42) and was ready to get things going and then landed a new job. Haven’t used it in the two months I’ve had it! Working 12 to 14 hour days.. you really don’t feel like doing anything on weekends. But anyway.. I started this forced ribbon burner project some time ago. Never finished it until today. I don’t know why, but I’m extremely nervous to start it up. I followed instructions for the ribbon burner and whatnot and I feel like everything is put together decently except for maybe too much pipe. I’ll cross that bridge if I have to. I sealed everything up even though I read somewhere that it’s not necessary. Figured I’d lean toward the safe side since combustible gas freaks me out so much. Judging by the photos, do you guys see anything that would make this setup unsafe before I light it up? I don’t have a gate valve for the air but the intake is adjustable on the side. If I’m thinking correctly, I will: 1: Turn the blower on 2: Open the propane tank and regulator valve 3: Provide a flame source to the forge (torch? A match won’t stay lit with the air running through) 4: Open the 1/4 turn shutoff valve and then the needle valve 5: Hopefully not blow my house up How low should I keep the PSI on the regulator at first? Thanks!
  5. Had an old friend ask for a knife to give to one of our mutual friends that we both served with in the navy. She likes purple and cool colors so I figured this would be a good fit. AEB-L, sent out for heat treat. Boxelder burl and African Blackwood. Also featuring my new and improved makers mark. Thanks for looking!
  6. Finally back at building the forge/burner. Life really gets in the way of these wonderful hobbies sometimes. I decided to go the ribbon burner route following instructions from Wayne’s page. I just have to cast it and get everything put together. I’ll attach a photo of the pipes. I have a lot of unnecessary length on them and will most likely lose a lot of them. I guess it just depends on my setup for the cart I’ll be using and how much length I end up needing.
  7. Hello everyone, I haven’t been working on the new forge lately. Had a lot of stuff come up recently. Anyway, I saw that most plans for a ribbon burner use a piece of steel square stock. I didn’t have any on hand, so I welded up some 3” by 3/16” flat stock I had laying around. My welding skills are terrible so my thought process here is that I should probably make sure this thing is air tight, right? Any ideas on how I might test it out? Thanks! This is the only photo I had taken during the build. I have a fully welded box now that I’ll weld a 2” pipe to. I wanted to start with the box fully enclosed to test if it’s air tight. I hope that makes sense. It’s roughly 7 1/2” by 3”
  8. Thanks for the input. You guys rock! I’ll be sure to order some of that liquid sealant. As long as I have no issues during assembly, I’ll just continue soapy water leak tests regularly.
  9. Hey all, So I just ordered a few fittings to start the top portion of my ribbon burner. Not knowing anything about plumbing or pipe fittings, I saw the black pipe options between imported and domestic and just went with the cheaper imported route. I figured it couldn’t be that bad. Does anyone have any insight here? Should I reorder domestic pipes and fittings? I was just trying to save some cash. Thanks
  10. Valid points Alex and Brian! That actually makes me feel a lot better
  11. Thanks Alan! I appreciate the tip on the ball valve. I’m overly cautious with all of this because I have a somewhat irrational fear of explosions. Not quite a phobia.. but enough to make me cautious and somewhat nervous of building my own burner. Anyway, I appreciate any additional safety tips. The more I read, the more I’m starting to appreciate the simplicity of a blown burner. It makes me feel more confident building one.
  12. Thanks for the heads up Ted! I appreciate you clearing that up for me. After looking over Wayne’s site, I’m considering giving the ribbon burner a go! And I’ll source what parts I can from him.
  13. Wayne, I appreciate the recommendation and have looked at your site. I was kind of leaning away from a ribbon burner because I was afraid it would be a little too complicated. However, I am intrigued and now considering building a ribbon burner. I think I’ll be in touch for some of your casting and a 1/4” needle valve. It’ll make me feel better getting it from you.
  14. This might be a dumb question… and I apologize if it is. This is a burner I bought a while back when I was just using a simple brick forge for heat treat. Currently building a new forge with a blown burner. If I were to use this line and regulator for the propane tank attachment, would I be able to attach that to the needle valve? Or maybe I could somehow use that part I’ve circled in red as that’s what the hose connects to? Sorry, I don’t know anything about all of the fittings and connections being used.
  15. Thanks Alex! That’s what I’ll go with!
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