Iron Poet

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  1. I made some hooks and a treble coat hang before promptly falling asleep, I think I'm getting some sort of respiratory infection or maybe my diet of hamburgers and snack cakes has finally caught up to me.
  2. I'd try to find a way to make anvil tools out of them. You should be able to make a pretty sweet guillotine tool out of them.
  3. I'd recommend using some kind of tool steel, if you have some leaf spring or some other spring steel I'd try that. But from what I've read people used to make wrenches from wrought iron all the time so a36 should be fine if you make it beefy enough or if you just want to practice.
  4. Old anvils were typically repaired by forgewelding the broken bits back on. Those look like forge welding lines to me where they were couldn't be bothered to smooth them out.
  5. The worst part is that I wasn't even one of the guys wailing on the piece of tool steel with sledgehammers, I was about 10 feet away. It hit me with such force that I thought that a hammer head came lose and hit my arm. For a couple of days afterward I couldn't even open or close my hand, even now my hand hurts if I move it wrong.
  6. Drive hooks. They are simple to make and cost you virtually nothing to produce while still being able to turn a profit. I sell ones maybe 6" long for $10, not bad for 5 minutes of work!
  7. A soft faced hammer is a good idea. I got hit by an inch long steel chip about a month ago and it took a 1/4" deep chunk out of my arm.
  8. Make sure both peices are brought up to heat evenly and slowly, make it is adequately fluxed, and make sure to work it over until you can't see the line between the metals. If that doesn't fix your problem you might be using a tool steel with a lot of chromium which hates welding.
  9. I know for a fact that you can buy acetylene and oxygen bottles, A year or two ago a distributor near me was selling 3-foot tall tanks. I don't know if they were legally able to do that or if they got permission for Airgas, but if you do get the chance to own a set they will exchange them just like any other.
  10. True, it takes about a heat to make the heart shape and another to roughly cut out the shape with a chisel. Even with grinding I can get one done in about 15 minutes and can probably sell one for $20.
  11. Valentines day is coming up so I thought it would be prudent to make a heart stamp and a swage to do with it. It's a bit difficult to hammer the punch into even yellow hot steel due to the surface area, but it does come out nicely even if the punch itself is a tiny bit wonky and a tad too short.
  12. I live in a very rural part of New York and find it sufficient especially since people will balk at at anything more expensive, especially since I have very little upkeep. This might just be my foolish pride talking but I personally don't think my work is worth $30 an hour so I couldn't in good conscious charge that much, when I deem my work good enough I'll charge more. So I'm an idiot, but at least I'm a principled idiot.
  13. I'll recommend these, they even come with a free hat and cutoff hardie. I'd recommend the one with the shelf especially if you plan on forgewelding anything thin as the shelf heats up nicely. Know that the face of the anvil is a tad soft so you have to be careful not to beat it up too much with heavy hammers or chisels.
  14. Materials + ($15 x hours worked). If they want me to make a blueprint, or a 3d render of what it might look like, or anything aside from a quick sketch they'll pay for it. And they pay for 50% up front, you'll be surprised how many people want to haggle after doing a job for them or how many want to do something different halfway through or just pretend they don't even know who you are when you start waving that bill around.
  15. In my area steel yards typically frown on giving out freebies, but they will sell you drops at what is practically scrap prices. The place I go to almost always have large sheet metal drops they can't do anything with (like 2'x5' or 3'x6") that I pick up for pennies on the dollar.