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Alec Steele Blacksmith 2018


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Mar 19, 2019

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Jerry P.
Jerry P. 14 days ago
ASKHOLE = Someone who asks for advice but doesn't take it :
Scott Mackie
Scott Mackie Month ago
Who even understands ‘Fahrenheit ‘?...,no one ever...fact!
stilltlrforlife Month ago
*Less yak ya....... I mean throwing snowballs and more whack whack!!*
Brent Hotchkin
Brent Hotchkin Month ago
Hey Alec, and Will. I've also been watching for years. But I must say you two are awesome together. Keep up the beautiful work. I love watching the failure just as much as the success. Side note. Kobalt makes a recipro fit tool attachment. Which might have made filing the flat bit inside the guard go a bit faster. Not the best control. But might be useful on future projects. Keep up the GREAT work.
Neokashe 2 months ago
Congrats on the guard guys I knew you'd get it :)
Mason Josh
Mason Josh 2 months ago
How tf is it still snowy there? Edit: I saw the mountains so nvm :)
Danny Brady
Danny Brady 3 months ago
What's with the golf ball?
dregapiro 3 months ago
real men use kelvin
Nate Wynd
Nate Wynd 3 months ago
Is any of the brass from previous castings still usable or recyclable?
Patrick Freeman
Patrick Freeman 3 months ago
Freedomheit? Stubborn pigheadedheit you mean. Fahrenheit makes no sense, just like the "factors of 12"-system of measurements.
peter myrup
peter myrup 3 months ago
What do i have to do around here to find name of the song at 8:00. I've signed up and tried to find it, no luck. Plz upvote so he can se it, what do i have to search on the site? @Alec Steele
Ian 3 months ago
The music for this episode is AWESOME.
Hillel Horgen
Hillel Horgen 3 months ago
subtitles 6:02
lunarscout 3 months ago
How does pulling a vacuum from the sides work, wouldn't the investment just flow out? I have a feeling I'm being really thick here but I don't understand...
chris slack
chris slack 3 months ago
Make the videos longer
Michael Meacham
Michael Meacham 3 months ago
Use flexible abrasive discs with adhesive backing on rubber mandrels to clean up the inside.
lowkicker1971 3 months ago
very 80ies music today...like it
Inge Bolme
Inge Bolme 3 months ago
Freedomheight reeeeee :3
Eli Price
Eli Price 3 months ago
Cut your hair you longed haired hippie !!!
Ethan Thompson
Ethan Thompson 3 months ago
Why don’t you put the crucible in the forge you can use your shaving and other small brass scrap why you still setting up your crucible while things are cold add crushed green bottle glass just break a bottle to get flat piece of glass than on top of your brass shaving and brass scrap on top of the crucible glass will melt and have a nice seal and you just do what you normally do You won’t get so much copper oxide when you pour brass Before you pour add some zinc to your brass just before you pour if you can restart your furnace but Do you this just before you pour your brass do you pre heat the ladle little in the furnace and remove the slag from the crucible before you pour your brass you have a cleaner casting
Bram's crighton
Bram's crighton 3 months ago
“ Whats a Celsius ? -_-“ 😂
Daniel Nokes
Daniel Nokes 3 months ago
Please use Celsius again, I'm Australian, I need it.
Skrapr 3 months ago
Alec, what belt grinder do you use and why did you choose it? Love your videos and want to start making knives, starting to get some stuff together. Keep it up!!! Thank you
Colin Rogers
Colin Rogers 3 months ago
What kind of brass alloy did you use?
hugo walter her
hugo walter her 4 months ago
estos muchachos si no se la comen la miran con cariño ...
Brandon Laumer
Brandon Laumer 4 months ago
..... You gotta risk it, to get the biscuit
A Stang
A Stang 4 months ago
Well, great work, guys! Not to be a cynic, but... it seems to me you two could have just machined/engraved/filed/carved one (or two or three) of these out of solid brass in less than two months.... for less money. But, a new skill. Great value there too.
Doctor Yammy
Doctor Yammy 4 months ago
Can someone explain Pablo's advice? I thought Alec did it correctly based on how I've seen other people do it?
Greg Whitley
Greg Whitley 4 months ago
If you're lookin', you ain't cookin'!
Christopher Wrigley
Christopher Wrigley 4 months ago
Janczyk 4 months ago
Metric is better
steven williams
steven williams 4 months ago
Awesome video by the way! Always look forward to new ones! You have too much porosity in that casting. You need to make the button/sprue larger than the actual casting, that way the button stays molten longer. If your button is larger than the thing you are casting it will develop the porosity instead of the piece. Another thing you can do is only partially submerge the investment in the water so that the piece cools before the button cools. All ways of reducing porosity. Second, an aluminum oxide or glass bead sand blasting unit is the most effective way of removing investment from your casting. They are relatively inexpensive and have a lot of useful purposes. Hope this helps!
mort8652 Abeahamsen
mort8652 Abeahamsen 4 months ago
Alec arent you doing all the Fun parts?
Jesse Stephenson
Jesse Stephenson 4 months ago
love the new music
Merijn Vogel
Merijn Vogel 4 months ago
Make sure the air can escape when casting, make enough channels where the air can go while you pour in through the main channel. (A relavice is a profesional caster, I did work for him when I was a lot younger (15/16-ish) ;) ) During casting your brass seemed a bit hot, the zinc seemed to be escaping, but well, the only thing you can do is just doing it more often. Love to watch it :)
jeanne fanning
jeanne fanning 4 months ago
why didn't you get a stainless pot?
Turtle's Reef
Turtle's Reef 4 months ago
8:21 had me rolling
Joe Sharkazy
Joe Sharkazy 4 months ago
Oh my guard!!!!
Hoody K
Hoody K 4 months ago
Can someone get me the name of the song that plays at 7:56 it is just fantastic
Tim 4 months ago
"FLAHNGE" hahaha
Ricardo Malta
Ricardo Malta 4 months ago
8:21 lol!!
Nicholas Ellerbrook
Nicholas Ellerbrook 4 months ago
Polish that guard till you can use it as a mirror, shave test, comb test, etc...
LizzyMarieTina 4 months ago
You 2 seeing the guard come out was like watching a father seeing his child for the first time. Lol.
LimitedWard 4 months ago
Would it not have been easier to make a simpler design for the wax and then remove material from the casted piece?
Ghoul 11
Ghoul 11 4 months ago
I’m find it funny Alec hasn’t adjusted to Fahrenheit yet
Robert Lozano
Robert Lozano 4 months ago
just like you never listen to will homieeeeeeee
Phil Richards
Phil Richards 4 months ago
You guys should collab with the That Works chaps, from Baltimore Knife and Sword. That would be one hell of a collab!
Claus Madsen
Claus Madsen 4 months ago
Nice eighties music
Open Eye
Open Eye 4 months ago
FYI there are sock filters you can pour liquid metal through as you pour the metal into the mold so it cleans it
George Clair
George Clair 4 months ago
A vacuum in a sealed chamber is a vacuum everywhere in that chamber no matter where you pulled the pressure from . Better to let it hold in a vacuum for some time to insure vacuum doesn't change
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