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Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 03-23-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 680
Posted By fciron
I make a lot of copper lanterns. I use Sta-bright...

I make a lot of copper lanterns. I use Sta-bright flux from the welding store, it's a killed acid flux, a liquid I apply with a half inch brush. I usually use an copper (about 1" square) I scored a...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-20-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By fciron
You could try looking under "metal" or "aluminum"...

You could try looking under "metal" or "aluminum" in your local yellow pages if you want to try someplace local. A few phone calls may find a drop or smaller piece that could save some time and...
Forum: Metalshaping videos on-line 12-14-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 746
Posted By fciron
So the first mod keeps the sliding part from...

So the first mod keeps the sliding part from wiggling and the second one fixes the anvil holder to the slider?
Forum: Metalshaping videos on-line 12-14-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 746
Posted By fciron
What was you solution to keeping there lower...

What was you solution to keeping there lower anvil from wiggling around?

I've been pondering a similar backbone for mine and I'd like to steady the longer anvil at the same time.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-13-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,052
Posted By fciron
I spend as much time making the handle as forging...

I spend as much time making the handle as forging a hammer. The odds are a little better if I start with an oversized handle and carve it down, but not too much better.

I too prefer an octagon...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 02-22-2020, 10:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,342
Posted By fciron
That size with the short flange these would be...

That size with the short flange these would be good candidates for press work. You'd start with a round blank the desired size plus the twice the height of the flange. The forming die would have a...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 02-21-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,342
Posted By fciron
We need a bit more information. Are these caps...

We need a bit more information. Are these caps 1/4" or 2"? Are you making dozens, hundreds, or thousands? How precise do the holes need to be, both in size and in position?

Then we might be able...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-17-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,992
Posted By fciron
You can definitely feel .010" of runout on my...

You can definitely feel .010" of runout on my Horrible freight wheel. Cleaning things up made it much easier to use.I was able to bring it down to .003-5" error which feels ok.

Wray Schelin has a...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 09-01-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,735
Posted By fciron
For homemade stakes you're going to have to...

For homemade stakes you're going to have to figure it out on your own, since yours and mine will be proportioned differently.

I built an angled hammer storage rack this spring and I mostly played...
Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,676
Posted By fciron
Why not design a trim strip that sheds the water?...

Why not design a trim strip that sheds the water?

That would fit your "update and improve" idea and Alf so avoid furore complications.
Forum: Metalshaping videos on-line 06-06-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,153
Posted By fciron
Ooh. This is great stuff. I just sent the...

Ooh. This is great stuff.

I just sent the link to my friend at the Metal Museum in Memphis TN. They have a fundraiser every fall where a bunch of volunteer metal smiths come in and do repairs...
Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 06-06-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,258
Posted By fciron
I'm using aluminum filler rod intended for Tig...

I'm using aluminum filler rod intended for Tig welding.

I've tried to weld the stubs together without success. I think it'd have to put them in a third hand or something to hold both in position....
Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 05-30-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,258
Posted By fciron
Have you tried shaping any of your practice welds...

Have you tried shaping any of your practice welds yet?

I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 05-28-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,258
Posted By fciron
I use this with the aluminum welding lens...

I use this with the aluminum welding lens installed. I find it works over my glasses quite nicely. http://www.tinmantech.com/products/safety-products/eye-protection/special-lens-headgear.php

But,...
Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 05-26-2019, 11:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,258
Posted By fciron
In my relatively recent experience you don't see...

In my relatively recent experience you don't see a nice shiny puddle the way you do with steel. So, don't worry about that.

The expensive blue filters do make it easier to see what's going on. I...
Forum: General Discussion 04-21-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,836
Posted By fciron
Question one: there is more to form than just...

Question one: there is more to form than just simple curves. In metalshaping "form" refers to changes that are made without any shrinking or stretching. You'll often see people pushing, pulling,...
Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 03-04-2019, 12:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,677
Posted By fciron
TheRodDoc, I may be misreading your post,...

TheRodDoc,

I may be misreading your post, everything else you said is right on the mark, but the dark shade is not merely for comfort. The brightness of the welding arc is sufficient to damage...
Forum: Posting Pictures 02-10-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,697
Posted By fciron
Heat a dime sized spot up to a red heat, it will...

Heat a dime sized spot up to a red heat, it will expand and as create a little "mound". (It will generally follow the existing crown in the panel.) Quickly flatten the little mound between a hammer...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 01-29-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,085
Posted By fciron
Looks to me like the damage is at the body line. ...

Looks to me like the damage is at the body line. Try jacking it out to the correct profile and working the "valley" with a caulking tool.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-12-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,230
Posted By fciron
The forming of the cone is relatively simple,...

The forming of the cone is relatively simple, it's a good pattern that makes all the difference. Jacob's suggestion of a piece of pipe bolted to the bench with a couple of washers as spacers is good....
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-03-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,411
Posted By fciron
Looks good. I use gun blueing on a lot of my...

Looks good. I use gun blueing on a lot of my interior work. You can get a small bottle of Birchwood Casey anywhere that sells guns and ammo. I usually follow up with a lacquer as a rusty...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-01-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,089
Posted By fciron
You should be able to buy steel rounds down to...

You should be able to buy steel rounds down to about 1/8 inch from any steel supplier. They will be straight bars rather than rolls of wire, which seems to me to be a better starting point.
Forum: General Discussion 12-01-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,830
Posted By fciron
Except it comes in nice rolls and you don't have...

Except it comes in nice rolls and you don't have to sand the lacquer off. ��
Forum: General Discussion 12-01-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,656
Posted By fciron
That's good work.

That's good work.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 11-25-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,822
Posted By fciron
Rob, I think you said something earlier...

Rob,

I think you said something earlier about getting to the wood guys before it was cut to firewood length. Quit worrying about the perfect stump and grab a chunk that's only 18" long for now....
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