First Fires: Furnace Burn In And Test Ingots.

First Fires: Furnace Burn In And Test Ingots.
Just an update, I finally managed to get the initial burn in for the small furnace done. And, me being me decided to make a quick video about it. You have to understand, for me this is a milestone of sorts. I've been getting ready for this for a very long time now. This stage means I'm ready to go. I haven't been blessed with armies of minions to cover the slack so at times it's been slow, but sure. I don't think I'd have it any other way because one of my personal quirks is knowing about a whole process- of which having too many people around can mean details I want or need can be overlooked. In the end, I can also say "I did it." Anyways, enjoy the little movie, and know I'm doing a very, very happy dance.      
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A Quick Set of Crucible Tongs (Lifter)

A Quick Set of Crucible Tongs (Lifter)
Needed to make a pair for an A6, so a few feet of 1/8" X 1" flat stock, scrap 1" 3/4 and some 2 1/4", with some black 1/2" pipe I was able to weld up these in a few hours. Most of the time was spent measuring and determining the width and placements of the rounded side fingers. They are held together with a 5/16" bolt and some washers for spacer between the sides. I purposely left this a bit loose to allow some play since without any, the units fit very snug to the crucible and you do want to allow for expansion. All I have left to do is add a chain and hook about 3/4" up the handles so it can be locked while lifting but easily taken off to release the crucible, and a couple larger washers added/welded on top of the handles to prevent...
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Game of Thrones In Real Life.

Game of Thrones In Real Life.
I frequent alot of various places on the internet. The collective. The HIVE. Today, like just about any other day I was doing my "social network newspaper" thing and came across a situation that well, happens alot. I can probably be vague but this time, no. Not alot anyways.   One of my newer (like a decade newer, remember time doesnt hold the same meaning for me as some of you) pet genre's I follow for inspiration and creative outlets, " Steampunk " has this thing that happens from time to time and to the casual observer you'd just write it off as typical high-school politics. Same people, same implied offenses, and the same societal mud slinging and calls-to-rally. I was the one years ago who made the mistake of thinking for a minute that any group could be bereft of such pettiness. (sigh)   I've since become accustomed to...
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