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Geoff Keyes

Trip to the scrapyard

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We have a local steel and scrapyard. In the good old days lots of new junk came and went. Old Mr. Whiteside died a few years back, and while the family is still running the place, there is not a lot of "new" salvage coming in :( .

 

However, my Lady Wife has been in love with one piece in the yard for several years, and Saturday was her birthday, so we pulled the trigger and brought it home. I think it was a parts stand, then the yard used it to display smalls over the years. We're going to make it into a tiered fountain in the yard. Some Women like jewelry, or a new car, mine likes stuff like this.

 

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Behold, the cake plate of the gods!

 

While I was looking for good stuff I stopped to take some pics of potential anvil stock, even if it's just mild, it's better than nothing.

 

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This piece is 24 x 6 x about 5', a table?

 

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A little swedge block?

 

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Some of that shafting is 6" in diameter

 

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The piece lying across the big slab is 2, 6.5 x 5 x 29 pieces of 4140, welded together, I've got 2 single pieces of these as anvils in my shop

 

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The piece on the bottom is only 16" square, but it is 11 feet long

 

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This little guy is just lying on a scrap table. They are selling this stuff for .50 a pound! "Real" anvils are going for $2-$6 a pound, you do the math.

 

I also found a stack of about 30, 24" x .250 disks of black canvas phenolic. Can you say knife handles?

 

Geoff

 

 

 

 

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You definitely have a discerning lady there, I salute you!

 

As to the sheer volume of scrap and the prices......You're gonna need a bigger boat.

 

If only I were on the same continent...

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Lucky!

 

My local scrapyards all sold out to Omnisource and no longer allow people to go play.

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Geoff,

 

Lots of new "stuff" to play with. I hope that you have a HD band saw (and maybe a fork lift) for cutting it up in usable pieces.

 

That first pic looks like a dandy tool caddy for the shop if the wife isn't sold on it being a fountain.

 

Have fun!

 

Gary

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Geoff, Thats better than a trip to Disney world any day, hands down. And if your wife is a rust monkey too , them you can call it a second honeymoon! Romance among the Rust :D

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Cool stuff! I recently discovered a scrapyard to my liking, I think I spent 3 hours just looking around, planning... They have an amazing variety of old tanks that would make great bodies for gas forges, not to mention a few potential anvil-sized chunks... I felt like a kid at a candy store, they will be seeing more of me I suspect.

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Wow I am jealous, the days of buying back are almost done around here and as for letting you look around, well they will tell you right quick you can't leave this area................... it junk steel guys and your gonna charge me more than you sell it for in those big trucks. In other words its gonna cost me more to buy it from you than you paid me when you bought it, cut me a little slack! <_<:P

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Hey Geoff, which yard is this? You mentioned A Mr. Whiteside. Is this Whitesides in clearview/snohomish on WA-9?

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That is the one. If you need some direction once you get there, well, a day spent poking around in a steel yard is always a good day. Give me a shout.

 

Geoff

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Will do. I used to live around the corner from there on 180th but moved further North. Chatted with Gene Whiteside (if I remember right) once when a Macy's truck got stuck in a ditch across from my house. Not sure he is the "old Mr. Whiteside" or a younger. He seemed like a good guy. He'd chat your ear off though.

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