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December 27, 2019
**Securing my steel bench block to a table** ](https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/securing-my-steel-bench-block-to-a-table/59092)
How do I secure my solid steel bench block, which is just a solid steel rectangle, to my table? It moves around as I try to forge on it, and makes forging difficult and unpleasant. How shall I go about securing this to my table? I don’t want to drill a whole in it, but I fear this is what I’ll have to do…
December 30, 2019
**Drill bits getting dull too soon** ](https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/drill-bits-getting-dull-too-soon/59121)
I saw a tip for using cutting fluid instead of bees wax or Bur life as a means of extending the life of one’s drill bits. Does any one have any thoughts on the matter?
December 29, 2019
**Clean Shop** ](https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/clean-shop/59111)
Following should be four corner shots of my temporarily clean shop. I thoroughly clean it twice a year, once after Christmas and once in June. It is also a chance to find that perfect cab that fell off the dop stick just as I was done polishing it or the 14K gold snip that flew into the dark beyond. It is always a mystery how things can just disappear in my shop when I drop them. I have found that the best way to look for them is to turn off all the lights and slide a lighted flashlight along the floor. Tiny objects cast a big shadow this way. Happy New Year to all…Rob
December 30, 2019
**Etching brass plates** ](https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/etching-brass-plates/59123)
Many years ago I etched brass plates that were used to texture sterling silver in my rolling mill. I remember using a Sharpie pen to draw my designs on the brass plates before placing them in the etching solution. I need a refresher course and/or information on how to etch brass plates. Is there a publication or website that explains the process?
December 31, 2019
**Enameling issue** ](https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/enameling-issue/59127)
Hi y’all. I’ve been torch fire enamelling some copper (not for the first time), and when I get the counter enamel done and flip it over to enamel the front side, the counter side starts to melt and sticks to the trivet! Can anyone help me here? I’ve not had this problem before and I’m using all the exact same tools.