in the home workshop
By Albert A. Brandt
OW many times have you wished thatyou could put a tough edge on anordinary nail and drive it through a pieceof—say, 1/8-in. steel plate?Now, using a non-poisonous alloy powderdeveloped by Samuel D. Necamp, knownas Hi-Speed-It you can do just that. Thepowder fuses into the metal and increasesits surface hardness in a matter of seconds.No special equipment of any kind otherthan a gas ring or Bunsen burner is re-quired.To harden iron and low-carbon steelwith the Necamp powder, you first heatthe object to a cherry-red color (be-tween 1,400 and l,700°F). To ensureeven heating, it should be turned or rotatedwhile heating.
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Right: Boring tough automobilespring leaf with ordinary carbondrill after it has been case-hardenedin a home workshop. Above: Samplesof what case-hardened objects can do.
Photos by Panlel Hubin
1. First step in case-hardening; heat object to cherry red.
2. Object is then dipped intopowder and stirred to insureeven coating. 3. After reheat
ing the object is quicklyquenched in brine or cleancold water. 4. For greaterdepth of hardness the processis repeated again. 5. A Bunsenburner is being used to heata dentist's burr for hardening.