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    Shop tip of the week, stay hydrated in the hot weather... but don't defrost the beer fridge with a hammer and screwdriver. Here's a shot of the new replacement...
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Shop tip of the week, stay hydrated in the hot weather... but don't defrost the beer fridge with a hammer and screwdriver. Here's a shot of the new replacement...
    LOL!!!! so the screwdriver 'screwed' one of the tubes eh'

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    Yea... I thought it was just a plastic "shelf" to contain the ice... turns out it had little cooling tubes running through it... it's the "blue" corner of the shop...Name:  DSCN5305.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Yea... I thought it was just a plastic "shelf" to contain the ice... turns out it had little cooling tubes running through it... it's the "blue" corner of the shop...Name:  DSCN5305.jpg
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    Kinda looks like more "lincoln's" than "miller's"

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    Tip of the week. Make list (in point form) of dumb stuff Ive done.

    1. Email Volume 1 to Les, FREE to get him hooked.....

    2. Remember to get his CC info.
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    Oh trust me, I don't need help. I'm still trying to work through the list of spring screw ups before harvest gets here. The list keeps getting longer (and more expensive) instead of shorter. 2 exhaust pipes for the 4 wd are coming in close to $3k, new screen for the grain vac is $1.5k, etc, etc, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    it's the "blue" corner of the shop...Name:  DSCN5305.jpg
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    This will REALLY mess ronsii up.... my fridge in the shop office.......which is blue AND red. HAHAHA


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    Dayam... does nothing get dusty at your place??
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    I think this outfit has franchises in Manitoba....

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    92 and my fat *** is done for the day. Only got three hours in front of the forge, but that's more than enough with this kind of heat. Even my fan blowing a steady gale-force wind wasn't enough to keep me from sweating like a stuck pig!

    14 hooks made. Would have been more, but I screwed up the order of operation on 12 of them and had to stop what I was doing to fix the mess I made. Hate when that happens because it's the fastest way to take the wind out of my sails.

    Still, a bad day in the shop is better than a good day working for someone else. Tomorrow, I'll work on the new forge a bit, making sure to get started early in the morning before the heat hits!

    Sure would have been nice to have a fridgidaire full of cold drinks to keep me going, but I think I'd have spent more time in front of the open door than in front of the anvil!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    92 and my fat *** is done for the day. Only got three hours in front of the forge, but that's more than enough with this kind of heat. Even my fan blowing a steady gale-force wind wasn't enough to keep me from sweating like a stuck pig!

    14 hooks made. Would have been more, but I screwed up the order of operation on 12 of them and had to stop what I was doing to fix the mess I made. Hate when that happens because it's the fastest way to take the wind out of my sails.

    Still, a bad day in the shop is better than a good day working for someone else. Tomorrow, I'll work on the new forge a bit, making sure to get started early in the morning before the heat hits!

    Sure would have been nice to have a fridgidaire full of cold drinks to keep me going, but I think I'd have spent more time in front of the open door than in front of the anvil!
    Yeah, hit 96 at 330pm yesterday... I was trying to grade some gravel sweating like a big piggy I was A bit cooler today about 86 now

    It was just about 70 pulling into the fuel station in sumner this morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post

    Sure would have been nice to have a fridgidaire full of cold drinks to keep me going, but I think I'd have spent more time in front of the open door than in front of the anvil!
    I've got one with a tiny screwdriver hole in it for sale real cheap.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    I've got one with a tiny screwdriver hole in it for sale real cheap.....
    Winnipeg Craigslist ......
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    lol... if they made a 2 hr drive out for that, I might get shot at...
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    Today was spent at a local blacksmith guild meeting. Carson Sams was demonstrating a cross and a rasp knife. I think he was on the Board of ABANA at some point .





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    Quote Originally Posted by psacustomcreations View Post
    Today was spent at a local blacksmith guild meeting. Carson Sams was demonstrating a cross and a rasp knife. I think he was on the Board of ABANA at some point .





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    One more reason to know a blacksmith!

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    Ahhh....hooks! LOL... I was looking all over the cart for a repair...
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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    One more reason to know a blacksmith!

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    Im equally impressed by your little collection of scooters
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    Ha! They ain't made a scooter yet that could hold my fat butt, and you know no house of mine would ever been that clean!


    Just finished forging 30 hooks and I'm about dead to the world. Even cold beer isn't working for me! Heat on top of heat on top of heat, almost passed out a couple of times after I ran out of cold water in my jug. And if that wasn't enough, I had to help the folks get a new television since theirs died unexpectedly.

    So, still behind on orders and my new forge is still in the construction phase. I don't think I'll get anything done on it tonight after the sun's down (cause I'll have a belly full of the aforementioned cold beers), so it's looking like maybe the first firing will be on Friday.

    Tomorrow -- run to down for more steel. Then forge more hooks and hopefully catch up my orders. Got 30 more to do and that should see the end of the backlog. I'll start early early early and spend my breaks lining the forge. If I can get the cement in it tomorrow, it should be plenty dry enough for lighting on Friday.

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    Vaughn, those nice hooks the scooters are hanging off.. did you forge them or form them in your bender?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Vaughn, those nice hooks the scooters are hanging off.. did you forge them or form them in your bender?
    Thank you. I'd like to say they were made in my bender, but they were forged around my Yesteryear Forge "Ultra Jig". Neat piece of kit if you can afford it.

    That Ultra Jig has more than paid back what it cost, but I wouldn't recommend it. You think you'll use all the functions of it, but you always end up making only one or two sizes with any regularity. I'm now starting to build jigs that are far smaller and easier to handle. They won't take up any more room than the UJ does, and they'll be easier to move around the shop. Might have to find a buyer for the UJ.... "lightly used, only driven to church on sundays!"

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    This was the jig the guy used at the demonstration a couple of weeks ago.
    He brought two sizes but only used one. He said he had made it 9 years ago. He is a production smith and was all about being efficient.
    He would stand it up and clamp it in the post vise. The pipe was a bit tall on purpose so he could make more than one rotation so he could make rings and hooks.
    He would put the hot piece in the jig, flip up the arm, bend and then lower the arm to release.





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    Those are some slick forms.

    I've been thinking about some kind of locking arm to hold the hook end in place, but haven't gotten very far with it. Everything I come up with seems to be lacking in one way or another.

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    Hooks like these






    I use the hydraulic press



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