NorrinRadd
8 Flanges from lawn mower blades brazed to a 18" section of black gas pipe, with 3/4 round solid brazed into a twisted handle, skull crusher pommel. Still need to add a lanyard and to clean it up a bit.  This was the first thing I really ever brazed, it needs work but looks cool. It weighs about 6 pounds, so its a little heavy. We're definitely going to make another more nimble one or two.

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jmccustomknives
That is cool.  I'm impressed you were able to braze it together.  Did you use a jig to hold it together?  What brazing alloy did you use?

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NorrinRadd
thanks man. I made a sheet metal jig, tacked them on then moved to a vice. It worked pretty good but my jig was a little tight. I had to beat it out and 2 of the flanges came off. I went ahead and had those tacked on with a welder then finished brazing. I just used the bronze stuff you get from Lowes. I think it makes it look cooler, especially once I clean it up.

I tried to video some of it but there was a lot of "cipher'n" going on and frustration causing me to forget to turn the camera on half the time so it was all disjointed.

Its a little big for my son to wield like he wants so I plan on making another light one or two, maybe one for the "Iron in the pot" ....[cool]
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jmccustomknives
If you test it out and the bronze fails (tensile strength around 30k) on the next one get some staysilv 45 or 56 it's roughly twice as strong (60-70k).  Oh, and 3 times as expensive.  [frown]

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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NorrinRadd
Thanks for the info. I wonder if its worth trying to get a cheap TIG welder vs brazing? I might just have the next one stick welded.
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jmccustomknives
I'd get a mig, they are easier to use.  A stick welder is handy too.  Tig is difficult.  Since you are using a high carbon steel (1065 ish) you run the risk of having hard zones around the weld zone that are very brittle and might even break as they cool you'd need to preheat and post heat.  Using ar plate or mild steel will be a lot easier and since it isn't a cutting weapon it doesn't need a high carbon steel. 

It would be a cool project for the IITP.  You'd have to ship it so if it's heavy it would cost. 

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Hank Rearden
I'm glad you posted this mace. My son is showing a real interest in getting involved. It's right down his alley. He's ancient war history buff. Plus the tech comments are excellent to learn from.

I would add holes to the larger areas to reduce weight.

I have a Lincoln MIG welder real easy to use. The question I guess is how hard would it be to temper? I suppose you could use the torch on each blade carefully. Plus it'll be time consuming.  

Nasty thing in a fight.
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NorrinRadd
Glad you liked it. Its actually my son's design. He is into the medieval weapons pretty heavy too.

Yeah I appreciate all the info and advice. I have line on a mig welder to put in my shop but I have to figure out how to power it(240v). I may see if I can run it off my generator.

Here is a project that I might start soon [wink]




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jmccustomknives
Look into the millermatic 211.  All the major companies are going away from transformer style welders in inverters.  The benefit of the inverter is it is much lighter and more efficient, the down side is life expectancy which is about 5 years.  The 211 is still a transformer style (all the others have went to inverters and next year the 211 will be replaced).  This machine will plug into both 115V and 230V making it like 2 machines.  If you are wanting to get a good one for the home shop this is the one. 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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NorrinRadd
jmccustomknives wrote:
Look into the millermatic 211.  All the major companies
re going away from transformer style welders in inverters.  The benefit of the inverter is it is much lighter and more efficient, the down side is life expectancy which is about 5 years.  The 211 is still a transformer style (all the others have went to inverters and next year the 211 will be replaced).  This machine will plug into both 115V and 230V making it like 2 machines.  If you are wanting to get a good one for the home shop this is the one. 


I actually can have this one
http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo238/raddnorrin/Blacksmithing/20150410_090644.jpg



Its a Century 160

The wire jumps a little and I really need to move it to my shop
Do you know about this one? Can I run this off of this generator if I make a cable?

http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo238/raddnorrin/Blacksmithing/20150410_090743.jpg


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jmccustomknives
Yes, it's a second tier machine at best.  The parts are hard to come by as welding supplies rarely keep them (our store has never had them).  Their site stinks, you have to buy the manual (miller and lincoln both have downloadable versions) so I can't get a read on the amp draw of the machine so I had to take a guess.  I'm guessing it is going to require a 25 amps.  At the amp draw you will need a larger generator (my figures 5,800 watts  25amps X 230V) so your generator cannot support that machine.  Although as the welding current is reduced so does the amp draw.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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NorrinRadd
Thanks for the advice. I went ahead and got a Lincoln Pro-mig 140 just because it was doable right now, and I really like it. I looked into the HF ones and found out they are AC, crappy for wire welding. I made a chipping hammer out of a RR spike to use with it, I added a loop to it yesterday.
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NorrinRadd
During some hard drive maintenance I went through what footage I had of the mace build. I decided I could put something together with it, basically everything except the brazing fiasco that I didn't record. I got no place showing anyone how to braze anyhow, but I did get a little bit of the beginning of it.

I put that together with a redneck helmet smash simulation we did a couple of weeks ago and got a fun video out of it.

"The Lost Mace Build"
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Dang; thing's a monster. xD
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NorrinRadd
Skarzs the Cave Troll wrote:
Dang; thing's a monster. xD

Yeah man it'll definitely get your attention! [wink]
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jmccustomknives
Put it on a chain and wear black armor and you could be that bad dude from "Lord of the Rings".  [thumb]

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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