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  1. I assume the cone you are asking about is the one at the end of the iron shaft, the cone accepts the wooden harpoon handle? If so this is the same as making a socket chisel the socket being the cone you require. The two sides of the socket are forge welded once hammered to the correct shape. Glen and other here on the forum can do a much better job of explaining what to do or where to reference information, I know I once saw a video on You Tube on this. Good luck.
  2. Hi Tommy Tap Tap, great name! Another picture of the stand from the front. I had to mount the vise to the side so the vise mounting bolts would clear the Center I-Beam bar. I know I spent more time on the leg anchor than any other aspect of this post/stand. At first I was going to forge it so the leg final fit perfectly into anchor, but decided that was beyond my present tooling, I ended up using a 1.5" dia. steel pipe (I think). Than finding the perfect place to position the pipe under the vise was perplexing, the leg would move, left/right/up/down/in/out, depending on how tight the leg clamp was. I wanted the clamp to be very tight, but I also wanted the leg to come straight down. I went with a slight compromise, but mostly in the straight down config. The leg just sets on top of the steel pipe. I did debur the pipe edges in the hope it would not cut into the leg. Good luck with yours.
  3. My 5" Vise is mounted to an 8" I-beam with 1.25" plate on the bottom and 1" plate on top. Bought all at the scrap yard. Vise and mount weigh just over 300 lbs which is good until it's time to move the square bottom stand, then not so good, but it works well for me.
  4. Hello Mr. Joey Civ and welcome to Blacksmithing. A year ago I was a rank beginner, now you can take the rank off my name. I too recommend "The Backyard Blacksmith" by Lorelei Sims, and I recommend bookmarking this forum, it is rich with information. The book will help you outline and prioritize what tools and appliances you need, it did for me. It does focus on coal forges which may not be practical for your situation. If you decide propane is for you spend some time (a lot) reading this forum, You Tube is informational, but as a newbie it can be full of junk as well. I took a beginners two day class, I and highly recommend some formal training, but not until she has done some hammering on hot metal. Others may disagree about that prereq, but for one, two days of hammering takes a little pre conditioning (exercise). And I hope you look into blacksmithing clubs in Ohio, I hope there is one close to you. I do not have any experience with youngsters starting out, I wish I could help you on that aspect of this undertaking, the best I can do is suggest she and you look at the Alex Steele video's on You Tube and read his resume on his web site, at the least he will provide inspiration.
  5. I worked as a telecommunication engineer in primarily radio systems for companies such as Motorola, Rockwell, Boeing, Cisco and Lockheed. During those times my primary hobby was woodworking and gunsmithing as I also love to hunt. Two years ago I retired from the IT world but still do the gun work and now find blacksmithing as a hobby a great joy.
  6. I have been watching Hoenirson's forge build with great interest, as I am about to embark down this same path. His very well made forge is at the point of tweaking the door design. Doors on gas forges bring up so many questions in my mind, I have noted that designing a forge is a little like designing an airplane everything you do is a compromise, you can make the airplane very fast, or you can make it capable of lifting heavy weights, but you cannot make one that does both. Same with forges, you have to sometimes give up something if you want something else. I am thinking that my new forge is just going to have sliding fire bricks for doors. Here are the problems I see with metal doors: Besides structural design complications, When shut. You cannot see the work piece to determine its temperature. The back pressure on the burners changes considerably, possibly effecting combustion? Many work pieces are longer than the forge which restricts closing of the door/s anyway. It seems to me that the only time I would want to shut the doors is when bring metal up to forge welding temperatures, and then I would be reluctant to do it because I was taught to watch for sparklers before the metal starts to burn, I need to see the metal to do that! And this thought assumes my new forge will get that hot, and I don't know that it will. I hope to hear from those of you who deal with gas forges everyday and who have opinions about doors. Why would I need a good closing door on my gas forge? Thank you.
  7. I too use the 2X72 belt grinder for sharpening knives and woodworking tools and find it superb for the purpose. I have belts that go to 800 grit, but typically I only go to 400 grit. I was going to make a holder so I could regulate the bevel to the exact degree I wanted, but find that free handing works so well I did not need to. If I were grinding a bevel for the first time on a piece of steel I would want a jig. I can use a belt grinder on many of my gouges as well. For those of you who don't have or can't afford a large belt grinder, I used a 1X30 Harbor Freight $30 belt grinder for years and was very happy with it and an assortment of belts. I should point out that sometimes with belts the convex bevel can get away from you which basically means you have rounded over your edge ever so slightly. When this happens on knives I just start over on the belt grinder, when it happens with a chisel which requires a straight flat back I have a set of diamond plates I use to reestablish the correct surfaces.
  8. Also crappiew if you would, tells us about the propane interface to the air line. Thanks, and nice looking work you did.
  9. ID, who is the striking individual holding/testing the bottle opener?
  10. 7am here, just finishing my second cup of coffee, Merry Christmas to all you Blacksmiths out there, you are special people.
  11. Evann, not all of us have two shops and a house to work out of, lol, Welcome to the forum.
  12. Good Deal. Don't forget to lube it, don't use grease it will gather dirt and filings, I used 20 wgt motor oil, but any light oil will do.
  13. Well this is as interesting as can be. Thank you for sharing.
  14. All, thanks for commenting on my post, I appreciate it. I have been using the anvil for two months now and love having it, I am now a Peter Wright fan. I have not yet addressed the crack but plan to "someday" soon . The crack has not changed as far as I can see, I have only used 2lb-3lb hammers on 3/4" or less stock. Although I have forged two hardy hole shanks which is 1 1/4" stock, that was the hardest work the anvil had to endure. I do go lightly when pounding on the horn. The reason I want to fix the crack now is almost purely aesthetics, having an anvil with an ugly weld and a crack all the way around it bugs the heck out of me. Anyway that is where I am on this family member.
  15. I had the same problem when I put mine back together. Like Jim Coke says, tighten the pivot bolt, and make sure that part of the vise is as tight as it can be without binding. Hopefully that is all that is needed.