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Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming Yesterday, 11:21 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Matt Shade
Thanks for the kind words everybody. ...

Thanks for the kind words everybody.

Between lesson horses, boarded horses, and horses that are in for training, there are about 80 horses at the farm at any given time. We have some barefoot,...
Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming Yesterday, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 135
Posted By Matt Shade
Show horses that need shoes, often get shoes made...

Show horses that need shoes, often get shoes made of aluminum. The lighter weight of the shoe, has less effect on the swing of their leg, which is something the judges look at in certain events. Some...
Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming Yesterday, 09:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 135
Posted By Matt Shade
Forged Aluminum

I ended up playing with some aluminum this week. It's pretty interesting stuff to forge. You only leave it in the fire long enough that when you rub a piece of wood on it, it leaves a charred line on...
Forum: Fabrication 08-15-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By Matt Shade
Thanks guys, she's wearing it and didn't say...

Thanks guys, she's wearing it and didn't say anything about it being late, so I guess I did ok :D
Forum: Fabrication 08-14-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By Matt Shade
Thanks everybody :D I am having fun with this...

Thanks everybody :D I am having fun with this stuff.


Wolf, that is good to know about the cables from HF. The guy at the welding supply told me he could hook me up much cheaper than Lincoln, but...
Forum: Fabrication 08-13-2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By Matt Shade
Here is the final product. Its far from...

Here is the final product.

Its far from perfect but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

I have a lot of work to do on my engraving but I think once I have a vise and some more gravers...
Forum: Fabrication 08-13-2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By Matt Shade
I didn't get any pics of the soldering process...

I didn't get any pics of the soldering process cause you don't have time to screw around, and to be honest I'm not very good at it.

The basic process, was I heated a piece of half inch steel...
Forum: Fabrication 08-13-2019, 10:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By Matt Shade
The next step was to design the overlay. I...

The next step was to design the overlay. I started with a tracing of the buckle and drew different designs on it until I got something I could live with. I cut that out to use as a template and used...
Forum: Fabrication 08-13-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By Matt Shade
The next step was the pivot bar and the stem for...

The next step was the pivot bar and the stem for the buckle.

I made the bar out of 1/4" round bar, and filed a groove in the center for the stem to sit it so it can't slide around.

The stem...
Forum: Fabrication 08-13-2019, 09:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By Matt Shade
Silver Mounted Belt Buckle

I'm only a little over a month late on her birthday present this year, but I tried to make it a good one.

Started off drawing a pattern, then transferring it to 10 gauge mild steel and cutting it...
Forum: Mechanical & Electrical 08-13-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 546
Posted By Matt Shade
That is the exact same tester I am using on the...

That is the exact same tester I am using on the battery and getting an unloaded 11.8 and loaded voltage down around 10. the guy at batteries plus had a much bigger tester with 2 gauges on it, one...
Forum: Mechanical & Electrical 08-12-2019, 09:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 546
Posted By Matt Shade
Yeah. This truck only has 80,000 miles on it, but...

Yeah. This truck only has 80,000 miles on it, but she drives it all winter, parks it outside and rarely washes it. Its the truck (dually) I had to take the hub off the truck with the wheel still...
Forum: Mechanical & Electrical 08-12-2019, 08:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 546
Posted By Matt Shade
Doesn't turn over. She says she turns the key all...

Doesn't turn over. She says she turns the key all the way and there is a pause and then a slow crank and start.

My first thought was a the starter is going bad, but after seeing the voltage...
Forum: Mechanical & Electrical 08-12-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 546
Posted By Matt Shade
How much voltage drop should you see in a battery starting a truck?

Allison has a 2010 F350 with the V10 in it and has been complaining to me for almost a year that it is starting hard. It has a 900CCA gel battery in it that I put in less than 3 years ago and had a 4...
Forum: Mechanical & Electrical 08-01-2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 633
Posted By Matt Shade
If its an F350, see if it has upfitter switches...

If its an F350, see if it has upfitter switches already installed. If so, those are prewired with relays and have a stub wires on the firewall on the drivers side corner you for you to use to hook...
Forum: Mechanical & Electrical 07-30-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 633
Posted By Matt Shade
Go to etrailer.com and buy one of the trailer...

Go to etrailer.com and buy one of the trailer wire junction boxes (they were about $15 last time I needed one), weather proof plastic box with 7 screw posts inside.
Cut the trailer light wire in...
Forum: Fabrication 06-25-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 873
Posted By Matt Shade
Thanks guys! I don't see myself making it into...

Thanks guys!
I don't see myself making it into the art category that pulls the big prices but I'd really happy if I could sell some more elaborate work here and there where things get a little more...
Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming 06-25-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 871
Posted By Matt Shade
You could definitely post your recipe here if you...

You could definitely post your recipe here if you want, I'm sure someone could use it. I don't think these jeep springs are 5160 exactly, having used a good bit of it from a steel supply. Its in the...
Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming 06-20-2019, 10:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 871
Posted By Matt Shade
Try them both, and show us how it turns out :cool:

Try them both, and show us how it turns out :cool:
Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming 06-20-2019, 10:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 871
Posted By Matt Shade
Have to do something to balance the fact that I'm...

Have to do something to balance the fact that I'm a sarcastic asshole ;)
Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming 06-20-2019, 10:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 871
Posted By Matt Shade
Being busy with paying work would be a good thing...

Being busy with paying work would be a good thing :D

Are horses up your way growing hoof like crazy all of the sudden? We came out of winter and things went wild. The farrier for the farm has been...
Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming 06-20-2019, 10:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 573
Posted By Matt Shade
Thanks everybody :) Cutter, I haven't...

Thanks everybody :)

Cutter,
I haven't looked lately but the knifemaking supply places used to sell die cut leather washers to make handles like this. They would stack up neatly and require a lot...
Forum: Fabrication 06-20-2019, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 873
Posted By Matt Shade
I watched a couple videos where people used short...

I watched a couple videos where people used short tools they just held with their thumb and finger but most of the diagrams I looked at for grind angles and stuff showed longer shanks, or pin vise...
Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming 06-20-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 871
Posted By Matt Shade
I'm glad I could do something for him. One of the...

I'm glad I could do something for him. One of the cool things about training horses is the kids we get to see grow up. Many of them start with us in grade school and we have watched more than a few...
Forum: Blacksmithing & Forming 06-20-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 573
Posted By Matt Shade
Thanks guys, I like the grip on it really well so...

Thanks guys, I like the grip on it really well so far. The guy that shoes our show horses checked it out and he picked it up hesitantly and kind of rolled it in his hand and then said he liked it...
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