Forging And Welding

The gunsmith of today does not have much use for forging processes but. sometimes a job turns up, such as making a vee-type flat-spring or the straightening and setting back of the front end of the model 1917 guard. Both of these jobs have been described previously in this text, so we won't go into them again beyond stressing, at this point, the proper heat for these jobs.

In forging high-carbon steel, such as spring-steel, a lower heat is used than with common low-carbon steels. A good cherry-red is as high as should be used in forging carbon-steels, for a high heat on these steels will easily decarbonize them for some distance below the surface and in spring making this will cause a slow, sluggish action in the finished spring, instead of the snappy action desired. This proper heat lies between 1350 and 1400 degrees, Fahrenheit. Too low a heat is to be avoided, for carbon-steel may crack while being hammer forged at too low a temperature.

In forging the low-carbon steels, a heat just at the lower edge of the welding heat is the proper temperature. The welding heat is that at which the surface of the steel has a glassy appearance and just begins to throw off sparks, so in heating low-carbon steels for forging watch the surface of the steel and, just as

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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