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I got the action settled into the wood today and made a start on the bottom metal.

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I found this clamp, bought a nice new plank and screwed it on there, realized very quickly it will need to move......so I bird-shit welded this contraption together.  Need to make a plan with the little foot and it's adjustment, but so far so good.

Also made two 2/3 sized blades of the ones I need to make to test the 1070's behavior during heat treat, one with bevels, one without so I can test if post-HT grinding is viable (for me)

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Gerhard,

 

I don't think you need that tightening screw on the bottom of your clamp.  If it's a full rectangle, the pressure from the adjustable clamp on top should pull the bottom up enough to lock the movement of the clamp for and aft.  Slick idea, for sure.

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On 2/18/2020 at 6:26 AM, Alan Longmire said:

Is that mokume?  Cool!

I wish! It's just some pw steel.

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I made this little belt axe head.

 

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That crud on the poll is what happens in a coal forge.  I usually wire-brush things before I take pics, but I didn't feel like it today.

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Finally finished drawing out this billet. It's at 1x1.5x33" after I cut the ends off (started as 1.5x3x12). Now I need to cut, stack, re-weld, and draw it out all over again for crushed Ws.

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I got my 6-3 Romex run from the breaker box, up to the attic, stapled to the rafter all the way over to the other side of my forging room for my welder.  About 65 1/2 feet of Romex.  Now to figure out how to hook 6-3 with a ground to an outlet that only has three connectors!  Oh, and the 50 amp breaker only has two!  So I'm fumbuzzled.  :blink:  Looks as if I'm going to have to pay my electrician $200 to hook it up!  :D

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The two on your breaker are for your hot wires, usually black and red. Your ground (bare copper or green) and neutral (white) will go to the appropriate bars inside your panel.  The three on you plug will be for the two hots and the neutral, there should be a separate screw, usually tinted green, that you connect your ground to.  It's pretty straightforward, but then again, I did manage to electrocute the crap out of myself a few weeks ago........:D

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Alex has it right. Check the welder specifications. Generally they require 2 hot legs and a ground.

In a main electric panel, the neutral and ground bars are tied together. They are separated in a subpanel.

Take a photo of the inside of the panel and post it, so I can see what is going on in it.

 

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This is what I did this morning.

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Then I did some work on my 6 blades project.

 

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1 hour ago, Alex Middleton said:

The three on you plug will be for the two hots and the neutral, there should be a separate screw, usually tinted green, that you connect your ground to

 

There are only three places on the outlet to connect wires.  One of them has a green dot next to it and I know that's for the ground.  Would the White wire, go into that same hole along with the copper ground wire since it's Neutral and the Red and Black are both hot?

 

8 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

Take a photo of the inside of the panel and post it, so I can see what is going on in it.

 

 

Thanks, Josh.  I'll try and do that tomorrow and send it to you in a PM.

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5 minutes ago, Chris Christenberry said:

Would the White wire, go into that same hole along with the copper ground wire since it's Neutral and the Red and Black are both hot?

This will work. I have a couple pieces of machinery wired like this.

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Okay, so that will wire the outlet.  At the breaker box, I should hook the Red and Black wires to the breaker and the White and bare copper to the bundle of ground wires?  Right or wrong?

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There should be separate bars for the neutral and ground wires. If the two bars are bonded in the box, it doesn't matter which one you tie to.

That's why I want to see the photo. So I can see if the two are bonded or not.

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Okay, I'll try and get a pic in the morning.

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13 hours ago, Chris Christenberry said:

Gerhard,

 

I don't think you need that tightening screw on the bottom of your clamp. 

It's good for making divots on the bottom of my new plank :P

 

It was a tight fit so I had to hammer it on with a rubber mallet and work it in a bit......realized soon after the tightening screw was a complete waste of time ^_^

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Forged my first sword. I'm going for a crusaders 2 hander. I still have more forging to do.

 

Blade length is 28 inches 

Over all length is about 38 inches.

As of now it weighs 44 ounces.

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, Joshua States said:

This is what I did this morning.

 

Whoa!  Was this an official test?

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54 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Whoa!  Was this an official test?

I was wondering the same thing.

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2 hours ago, Jeremy Blohm said:

Forged my first sword. I'm going for a crusaders 2 hander. I still have more forging to do.

 

 

LMAO. I just made the connection with fork or track. :D

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2 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

 

Whoa!  Was this an official test?

Not yet. This was practice blade #3.

 

Nice sword.

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My electrician came by today to address a problem with our Heat and Air unit.  Asked him to show me how to hook up this 220 wiring "all legal and proper".  We discussed leaving a whole lot of extra wire on the outlet end so we could come back later (when I have the funds) to put in a sub panel as has been suggested.  But this will work fine until that time comes.  Got it all hooked up and checked out and my Tombstone turns on, no problem.  Thanks for all the help, i.e. suggestions/comments/insults and kindly curmudgeon-ing.   I know I'm a pain in the patoot, sometimes, but  how else am I going to learn? :D  Now I've just got to learn how to arc-weld! :o:blink:

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A few days ago or maybe even a week(?) I showed a wrought iron san mai bowie I am working on. Before it had a clip point and o didnt like it. So I cut a little tip off and forged it into a harpoon clip fighter.

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Heat treated the two 1070 test blades and a 14C28N fork last night.

Both blades stayed straight, with and without bevels, but somehow the blank without bevels feels harder, might just be some decarb.

 

I know I shouldn't add variables, but I couldn't help myself....:ph34r:

Saw a trick on some random video, wrapped the blade in binding wire in a diamond pattern and used those as a guide for my clay alternative.

 

.....Suspect I got some stonking hamons B)

One temper cycle last night, will do another after work and a quick etch.

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Inlet of action and bottom metal finished. I took an old barrel to be slightly re-shaped to conform to the pattern Sean sent and will pick it up next week so it will be back to some

knives till then

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