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Old 01-23-2020, 04:48 PM
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Been a bit of slow day... No jobs and no call backs...
So after my job search.. I went out and fired up ye ol' forge...
I have been meaning to make a bottle opener for a good buddy of mine.. He really liked the first one I made....
So I made him one... Learned a few things from the first... and now I went with that on a few other thoughts... This is what I came up with....

Originally I was going to use a piece of rebar.. but I would need to make a new set of tong to accommodate the stock size(not a problem, just not a whole lot of propane left and wanted a known doable project)..

Instead I just went with what I already had been using, 1"X 3/16-4.5" long...
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Old 01-23-2020, 11:41 PM
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Love that thing!
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Old 01-24-2020, 02:17 AM
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very cool. I have always been in a foundry environment have always wanted to build one from old refractory brick and wool just to play small scale.
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:45 AM
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Thanks guys... This one really turned out much better....

I could use this as a furnace to melt aluminum and lead, if I turn it on its side, block it up with some bricks...

Maybe even melt brass/bronze/copper...But for the higher melting metals... Id be better going with a forced induction burner... then itll be really hot..

Overall, if you get the right brick or Kaowool and a good set up burner... it wont be that much at all....Could even scrounge up all the plumbing bits if your good at it...For me the frame was bed frame rail I found... I had a few of the other bits, had to buy the regulator...

Probably spent about $100 including a roll of Kaowool that I haven't used yet..
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Or is it just another tool you want to mess with and getting a power hammer is actually on your list?

just wondering

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My dad is a black smith he has 2 power hammers and knows how to make a knife really well.
sorry sid I am new and I don't think I did the quote thing rite.

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Old 01-28-2020, 08:10 PM
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I'd really love a power hammer.. either a belt drive or a hydraulic... Those I could figure to build myself...
Ultimately I'd like a Anyang 50kg... That only requires high voltage... And that's the shiz when it comes to powerhammers...
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very cool. I have always been in a foundry environment have always wanted to build one from old refractory brick and wool just to play small scale.
I worked in a ferrous metal foundry for a while doing mostly small production and prototyping work. We ran a pair of 1MW induction furnaces.

I've built several melting furnaces including rather large waste oil burner that would easily do bronze and iron. The hot facing was made of the refractory we used to line the ductile iron ladles at work. The leftovers got discarded, as it was highly hydroscopic once opened.

I never ended up actually casting any of my own iron at home, (why bother when I was allowed to at work) but that thing would melt down aluminum as fast as you could feed it in at about half power. I used the bottom halves of 20# steel co2 cylinders for crucibles. Downright hazardous trying to handle that much weight alone, but I had 10# ingots of aluminum master alloy (engine blocks and such) stacked up like cordwood and ready for casting for a while. Other things began to occupy my time... Took a couple big loads of aluminum ingots to the scrapyard when prices spiked, and ended up selling the furnace to an artist.

I sure wouldn't mind getting back into it now though, as I have far more suitable space to work with.
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My family has a metalfire pit and i build fires with nice hot cores. i got a peice of go kart frame red hot and made a fire poker out of it pretty kewl. I used gloved and a hammer on our concrete back porch.
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