Wondering if anyone has some (2018) recommendations for some tools. I used to work for a smith when I was in High School (and a little college) and I still do some crafting here and there. This summer I'm looking to get back into blades and need to flush out my tool kit a bit.
Looking for recommendations on the following (reasonably priced preferred as I'd rather upgrade the tools once I get my skill set back up.)
Bench Belt Grinder (2" I know but it looks like the craftsman is no longer produced)
Forge (I've seen a couple of lower priced pre-fab'd ones on Ebay from what looks to be a reputable seller, anyone have experience with something like this?)
Heat treating oven? I've thought of just using the Kitchen oven (lord help me with my Wife's rage!)
I'm fairly well set on the other gear, but looking for some good recommendations for these items.
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2"X72" belt grinders generally run up into the thousands unless you're building it yourself. Mine is a modification of the original "grinder in a box" kit made by polarbearforge and works pretty well. You'll want at least 2hp for the motor if making anything larger than small knives.
You can build a much better gas forge for about the same cost as the ones on ebay. They aren't difficult to build. I just helped my neighbor build one as he was looking at the ones on ebay as well. They are too small and without enough insulation. The burner he got on ebay was crap and required a lot of reworking to get it to run halfway decent. If you're talking about a coal forge, I have no knowledge in that area.
You can't heat treat in a kitchen oven, only temper. You can find an old ceramics kiln and use it for heat treating. They are often pretty cheap on craigslist, especially if you find a broken one and replace the parts, which are pretty cheap and easy.
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Jun 24, 2019 21:06:46 GMT
ouroboros: I know I know you're closer to the southern border but...we've got The Raptors, poutine and it's nice up here 3 or 4 months outa the year (we call it not-winter)
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ouroboros: christain there's always fleeing across the border ... the Great White North welcomes all asylum seekers
Jun 24, 2019 17:33:02 GMT
christain: This week should be interesting. Wife's sister is coming down from Wisconsin for a visit. Now there will be TWO of them. I may have to slip in some O-T at work.
Jun 24, 2019 11:06:17 GMT
redscorpion: I remember one day it was about 48c and noticed I was standing in a small puddle. Water was dripping from my uniform and down my sleeves. My feet were soaking wet. It was my own sweat. But at least my skin was cleansed of toxins...Hell? Been there.
Jun 23, 2019 23:00:18 GMT
ouroboros: happy with that I'll be
Jun 23, 2019 20:43:59 GMT
nerdthenord: Come late January I won’t be on all day, but I’ll still try to check in every evening.
Jun 23, 2019 20:36:14 GMT
nerdthenord: Lol! Thanks! Don’t worry, I am not about to abandon this place just because I’m taking a buying hiatus.
Jun 23, 2019 20:31:45 GMT
ouroboros: If he doesn't I'll fly to Texas and unplug his A.C.
Jun 23, 2019 20:24:24 GMT
csills2313: I hope you still have time to visit us from time to time
Jun 23, 2019 20:03:47 GMT
csills2313: Good luck with continuing your education.
Jun 23, 2019 20:03:24 GMT
nerdthenord: Oof. Sounds like hell.
Jun 23, 2019 19:11:31 GMT
redscorpion: 49/50c is all fun and games until you sweat through the leather of your boots....
Jun 23, 2019 18:51:30 GMT
rannh1: redscorpion, well I think you have us beat then :-p. And yes 49 C does not sound like enjoyable weather at all.
Jun 23, 2019 13:25:35 GMT
redscorpion: I'll take Mumbai over a 49c summer in Iraq while wearing body armor and walking around carrying 100lbs of lightweight gear.
Jun 23, 2019 11:18:40 GMT
rannh1: @l Driggers, hah. I take your 70% humidity and raise you Mumbai's 90% humidity with 36 C temperatures. Was just there a few weeks ago, and sent my wife a photo of what the sweltering heat humidity combo was like.
Jun 23, 2019 10:15:34 GMT
christain: I had a 914 with a body kit on it for a while, but couldn't afford the speeding tickets my ex-wife kept getting. Same with my '65 GT-350 Shelby replica. Part of the reason she's my EX-wife.
Jun 22, 2019 15:08:16 GMT
christain: Take da money and run....
Jun 22, 2019 14:59:39 GMT
redscorpion: I agree, christain,the classic speedsters are the best but they aren't the ones giving me money right now.
Jun 22, 2019 14:50:12 GMT
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