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How To Make A Bladesmiths Forge
A lot of great information! Thanks!
How to remove a stuborn nut/bolt
Happened to me today. I bought a wider seat for my mountain bike and the bolts were impossible to budge. I read through the comments and only had WD-40 on hand so I gave it a try. I sprayed both sides where each bolt/nut was and waiting a minute (maybe) and when I tried again, it budged and I was able to remove it!!! It was over 90 degrees today and humid so the 5 minutes that I spent trying to do this before reading this post was very frustrating and exhausting. Thank you all for your expert advice!
How about a plasma cutter or cutting torch?
Oil of wintergreen makes a good rust buster. Apply it it with a syringe and let it sit a couple of hours. You may need to apply it a couple times, maybe every half hour and try it in two hours. Also lightly tapping the wrench with a hammer. Jut tap tap tap. Avoid the temptation to hit hard.
Just finished building one of these for my son and me. Because I can't throw anything away the whole project cost me only $3.55 for the play sand (had the plaster already). It took about 3 weekends to make (2 actually working on it and 1 watching the plaster/sand dry ((should have given it 1 more developed hairline fracture)). I try to make my son do as much of the work and the problem solving as possible, no matter how painful it is watching him trying to get a self taping screw started. It was a good father son bonding project. We've already started our first knife. Next project: pneumatic Planishing hammer. Get to teach the boy how to weld ?
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