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Blacksmith Essentials

A buddy of mine has been talking about getting into blacksmithing. This got me to thinking, why not get into it myself?

I have a poor mans anvil that has been laying around the farm. Awhile back a large hickory tree and large pin oak fell on the back of the property. I have the anvil and I have something solid to build the anvil stand out of, sections of a tree trunk. All I need to do now is put everything together and pick a few odds and ends.

While looking through youtube I came across this video that discusses in great detail what is needed to get into blacksmithing. I like that the person making the video is not recommending top of the line tools. Obtain what is needed to get started on the path to blacksmithing and go from there.

Three blacksmith essentials:

Forge
Hammer
Anvil, or something hard to work the steel.

The video discusses in great detail different types of forges, different types of anvils, such as the London pattern and the European style anvil.

This type of video is exactly what I was looking for to help on my future blacksmithing endeavors.

Farm welding basics

While bush hogging through some heavy brush the front of the tractor ran into a limb and broke a weld on the radiator guard. The brush guard frame is inch and a quarter angle iron with perforated steel making the actual guard. This is probably the second or third time the weld has broke. The weld itself is fine. The issue is the leverage put on the weld with the brush guard.

My welding qualifications:

2 years experience structural steel welder.

12 years experience fabrication AMSE certified pressure vessels and shell and tube heat exchanges. I have been certified on carbon steel, chrome and stainless. I have experience fitting and working with Monel, Hastelloy, Inconel,,, and a few other alloys. The vessels and heat exchangers I built had everything from water to hydrogen to phosgene running through them, but not all at the same time.


MIG, stick or Fluxcore

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Splitting firewood with railroad spikes

A couple of months ago a water oak (pin oak) and a live oak fell on the back of the property. This has given me the chance to stockpile some much needed firewood.

While I have all this freshly cut oak firewood, I decided to play around with some ideas. One of those ideas is splitting firewood with railroad spikes. If someone does not have a splitting maul, 8 pound sledge or wedges laying around, what about railroad spikes?

Railroad spikes are somewhat easy to obtain. Ebay is loaded with them, then there are the flea markets, and the vast number of them laying around old farms. In the early days of logging mills, narrow gauge tracks would be built out from the mill in various directions. When the mills closed crews would pick up the tracks. Left behind were numerous bolts, plates and spikes. Using a metal detector it is common to find spikes left over from these narrow gauge tracks that went out from the mills.

How easy or difficult is it to split firewood with railroad spikes? That is what I set out to answer.

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Love respect and dignity for trees

A couple of months ago a couple of oak trees fell on the back of the property. At first I was going to do a video and article about stockpiling firewood. As the project progressed, I came to the realization that the trees were symbolic of what the world needed most – love, respect and dignity.

If people would show everyone around them, everything, and the world itself those things things, everything would be better off. Our lives would be better, the world would be a better place, our families would be better, our children would be better,,, everything would be better.

The tree I was working on in the video is a water oak (Quercus nigra), also called a pin oak. The other tree that fell is a live oak. The live oak has a bunch of intertwined limbs that is going to make it rather difficult to cut up. The pin oak has a nice straight trunk with just about all of the limbs at the top. Since the pin oak is going to be easier to cut up I started with it.

Both trees fell across a washed out area next to a creek. The tree top was on the bank of the creek, while the root ball was on another bank. A Stihl MS310 was used to cut off the top and cut up the trunk. The bank was too steep to carry the logs up to the truck, so a tractor and rope was used to pull the logs up the bank.


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Shotgun best all around SHTF survival weapon

When it comes to an all around SHTF survival firearm, there is no better choice than the pump shotgun. No other firearm is as versatile as the shotgun. No other firearm can go from snake protection, to hunting deer or hogs, to hunting squirrels like the shotgun.

We live in an era of firearms where tacticool is the name of the game. Fanboy clubs have popped up where only the best of the best is good enough. Then it is a pissing match to see who can have the coolest toys on their firearms. This translates to who can have the best optic, the best trigger, the best light,,, etc. In other words, firearm ownership has turned into a competition to see who can invest the most money into their toys.

Then there is the classic pump shotgun. Nothing fancy, no light, no optic, maybe not even a sling. There is something about the shotgun, how simplistic it is, how timeless it is.

Tactical vs hunting shotgun


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Modified railroad track anvil

Over the past month of or I have taken an interest in blacksmithing. One of my buddies has been talking about making knives and such. this got me to thinking about learning the basics of blacksmithing.

Rather than spend a lot of money on an anvil I have been looking at various anvils made from railroad tracks, also known as the poor man anvil.

While looking through youtube I came across this video about homemade railroad track anvils, which have had steel welded to the top and bottom. The larger anvil has a magnet on the side. One of the comments on youtube asked what kind of steel to use. The reply was AR500.

One of the things I have been thinking about is how do you mount a railroad anvil to a solid base? The video answers that question for me. A thick piece of steel is welded to the bottom of the anvil and then clips welded to the steel plate.

Tips on buying an AK-47

Ak Operators Union, Local 47-74 published a video on youtube awhile back where they talk about things to look for before you purchase an AK-47.

First thing that is mentioned is magazine fit. My WASR-10 can be rather picky when it comes to magazines. Some are loose while others are rather tight. When I bought some Korean 20 round AK magazines the fit was tight until they had a few rounds put through them and the finish started to wear.

Make sure the rivets and pins are uniform.

Look at the front sight if it is “canted”, which means the front sight may be leaning to one side or the other.  My WASR-10 has a slight cant on the front sight.  I did not know to look at the rifle to make sure the sight was aligned with the barrel.  I figured the person assembling the rifle would take a little pride in their work and make sure the front sight was on straight.

The video talks about several other things to look for before you buy.  Be sure to subscribe to the AK operators youtube channel.


Homemade anvil with stand

Very nice video about a guy who finds a piece of steel at a local scrap yard.  The piece looks to be around 3 inches thick and the guy says it is 27 1/2 inches long.

What makes the video so interesting is how he builds a wood base and frame around the piece of steel.  He starts out with some 2x6s and a rubber pad.  He builds a base made out of wood, puts the rubber pad under the piece of steel, then builds a wooden frame.  By the end of the video he has a very nice setup with slots to hold his hammers.

What I would have liked to see is a frame that could be left outdoors, such as in a polebarn.  Not everyone has a nice enclosed shop to work in.  Some people may have their farm supplies in a simple barn with a dirt floor.


Thrunite Archer flashlight ultimate test

This is a review of the Thurnite Archer 1A V3 flashlight. Awhile back I did a review of the ThruNite TN12. The TN12 took everything I threw at it and kept working. With this review of the Thrunite Archer I decided up up the game and add some different test.

Disclosure: The Thurnite Archer was sent to me at no cost to myself. This will not affect my opinion of the flashlight and hopefully will not affect your opinion.

The Archer comes with a lanyard and a heavy duty clip.  I removed the clip for the test.  To get the clip off I had to use a screw driver and pry it off the flashlight housing.


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When did society stop respecting police

What has caused society to lose respect for law enforcement? With the innovation of smart phones, video recorders, youtube, liveleak, facebook,,,, etc, police activity can be videoed and shared worldwide in a matter of minutes.  The public can see what police have to deal with everyday.

Has the sharing of police activity on social media caused society become hostile to law enforcement?

I think so.

The police preform a job the general public do not understand.  Most of us do not see drug users daily, we do not see domestic violence victims daily, we do not deal with the  mentally ill daily.

Ever since the death of Michael Brown I have pondered why people get upset when police have to use force.  Last night I came across a video that got me to thinking even more about the police and society issue.

The following video is from the Hagerstown Police Department. This should of been a typical traffic accident, but things took a turn for the worse.

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Democrat policy tell a lie until people believe it

When Hillary Clinton collapsed after leaving the September 11th memorial event, the media said:

She stumbled when taking a step.

Then it was her knees buckled.

Then it was she got too hot and collapsed from the heat.

Finally, it came out that Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia.

So which is it?

The thing with telling the truth, one does not have to change their story when the facts are disputed.

Luckily someone was able to film Hillary collapsing and being drug into a van.  When you look at a breakdown of the video it is clear Hillary collapsing is nothing out of the ordinary.  The security detail acts like this is an everyday event.  One of the security personal, a bald headed guy, moved into position several seconds before Hillary collapses, as if he knew what was going to happen.

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Breakdown of Hillary Clinton collapse video

Major media outlets are reporting that Hillary Clinton “stumbled” on her way to the van. The video says otherwise.

Lets do a breakdown to the video:

0:02 – Hillary is leaning against a post. There is a bald headed guy to the left of the scene. Van pulls up, there is a lady under the left arm of Hillary Clinton. Important to note that Hillary is leaning against the post and is receiving aid from the lady under her arm.

0:05 – The bald headed guy moves toward the van.

0:09 – Hillary sways slightly to her right.

0:11 – Hillary takes a small step forward.

0:12 – Bald headed guy is now under Hillarys right arm.

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NOTHING ELSE MATTERS by STEVE´N´SEAGULLS

Every culture in the world has developed it’s own form of music.  This is the one thing in all of humanity that just about all of us can relate to.  Music taste varies from person to person and culture to culture.

One that that I enjoy is hearing music that crosses the cultural boundary.  Music that was written in one nation, is sung and enjoyed by people in another nation.

Couple of things about this video I love – 1.  The guy in the boat making his way to shore and then joining the band.  2.  The lead singers hat.  Where can I find a hat like that?

ThruNite TN12 review

Up until just a few days ago I had never heard of ThruNite, much less the ThruNite TN12.  Someone on youtube reached out and asked if I would be interested in reviewing the TN12.  After looking at the light I said sure, I would love to see it.

Looking at the ThruNite TN12 on amazon, I asked myself how good could a $49 flashlight be?

First impressions are important.  I liked the quality of the box and how the flashlight was packaged.  It is “just a box” but first impressions are important.  I liked the overall packaging, the light was held in place with padding.

 


Official Website: (5% OFF Coupon Code:THRUNITE , limited time!) http://www.thrunite.com

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/thrunite

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Hillary coughing fits

This has been going on for several months; I just have not posted anything about it.

What is it with Hillarys health that she has these coughing fits? It is perfectly normal for a canidate to lose their voice from all the speeches, but Hillary has not held a press conference in 9 months.

Why is Hillary hiding from the press?

When Hillary does speak, she has these coughing fits.

The nation has to ask if Hillary is being honest about her health.  Why isn’t she fielding questions from reporters?  Why didn’t she visit the flood victims?  Why is Hillary staying out of the public eye except for certain controlled events?

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