As they say in ‘Helix’ – progress

So, this past Sunday I had an extended melting session. Started up the foundry easily enough, but it wouldn’t heat up enough and when I’d hit it with the blower it would die. Not to mention that I initially forgot about the clogging issue. Needless to say, frustration level was high.

After some troubleshooting I decided not to use the blower – it was causing me more issues than helping. I got to the point where I figured out how to set the burner to really push out the heat without running rich. It’s all a combination of fuel pressure, air pressure, and controlling fuel flow with the needle valve. Wow. It was a great learning experience. Once I got everything figured out it was late in the afternoon, about 4pm, so daylight was getting to be an issue. By the time it was all said and done, the sun had gone down and I was putting stuff away with the light of the camp lantern.

volvo_head_3What was the outcome? I melted down two boxes of drives and parts for a total of three ingots and two small stakes (what I call the smaller triangular ingots) and one Volvo cylinder head, which yielded three good size ingots with one stake and a tiny piece of a stake. I probably could have made three full size ingots (bread molds) which is what I’ll do next time.volvo_head_9

Monday afternoon (17-FEB-2014) I received the 6-ft pieces of ACME threaded rods: one 5/8″x8 and 2 of 1/2″x10 and the 5″x1″ bore pulley for my boring bar. Nice! I was sweating how I would bore the tail stock and what size I would make the bore then it occurred to me – just make it match the head stock spindle like the Gingery model. So, I’ll make it 1.5″ bore. I started looking at steel bars on-line – pretty reasonable for CRS.

December! (or damn, been a while…)

Had to post something since it had been a while. 🙁

So, what’s happened since the last post…?

Arizona lost homecoming to Washington State and then turned around and pounded Oregon, beating the ducks 42 to 16. How did they celebrate that? By getting killed by ASU, 58 to 21. Well, based on their number of wins the Cats get to go to a bowl and this year its the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., 31-DEC, at 10:30AM MST.

Arizona played UNLV Saturday, 7-DEC, and won. Given that Michigan State, previous #1, lost, Arizona should be ranked #1 come Monday!

Went to the Small Arms Review gun show at the state fairgrounds in Phoenix. Wow! 😮 Every building was PACKED!. I took one of my girls with me – even tired her out. 🙂 I will go every year if this is how it is. Absolutely fantastic. I got alot of stuff I needed/wanted, like reloading stuff, still need 6.5 projectiles, but I’ll work on that. I’ll also be starting to look for lead and the alloying metals to harden it – I want to start casting my own bullets. But seriously, got some brass, bullets, some push daggers for the wife and my sisters, a .308 die set (needs the shell holder but that’s cheap), and a load carrying vest. All that and most of the day spent with my little girl.

Finished the tongs for my foundry project, need to get some time at home now to do some melting! We’ll be going to Phoenix for my buddy Roy’s mountain bike race Saturday, 14-DEC, should have Sunday available to start melting!

Lots of progress

I had a busy weekend. I was going to watch the Arizona vs Washington State football game but chose to work on my crucible project instead. Good choice, I was productive and didn’t have to watch the Wildcats choke. Again. I need to make a set of tongs and a skimmer and I’m good to go to start making ingots out of hard drives.

Not all the work was on my project – I actually fixed the grater for the wife. She’d been bugging me for a while to fix it and my daughter reminded me of it today when she was grating potatoes for breakfast.