Supercharging a Johnson: (Gas Furnace, that is………..)

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This is one of those projects thats been hanging around forever. I got this Johnson Gas Furnace at the CAMS Yard Sale a couple of years ago; it was lounging on Steve’s front porch- a freebee that someone never picked up. I jumped at the chance to get it; I had been wanting to explore the world of gas forging for a while (didn’t have too much luck with coal). The lid was cracked in about four pieces (the lifting ring had rotted through), and the gas regulator was missing. I looked into getting the gas rig for it, and quickly found out that a replacement would be upwards of a thousand bucks. Time to get inventive.

 

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Optimizing Shop Space (or: A Corner Shelf From Scrap)

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There is a corner in my shop that is more or less dead space. For some reason its too small to fit any machines in, and all kind of Use-it-once-a-month stuff finds it’s way there. I don’t have enough room in my shop to waste any space, and this space was crying to get filled with something for quite a while. I can’t put a filing cabinet or any conventional kind of shelf in there; its just too small an area.

About a month ago, one of the contractors at work sold me a small pile of plate steel for what amounts to beer money. I have been sitting on about 600 LBS of 7/16″ fish plate in varying shapes. I had one 36″ round that looked like it would be a good candidate  for a corner shelf, if it was quartered.

 

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