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#1 Steelfinger

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:40 PM

Hi there,
I want to start forging as a hobby, perhaps sell my work as an artesian (I of course need to hone my skill). The trouble is, I need a forge. Preferably something cheap and easy enough to build. I've scoured around, and fire bricks appear to be a non-option. I like the idea of solid fuel, and portable would be grand. I don't know why I can't find any forge desings.
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#2 Elemental Ironworks

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:20 PM

Look at the 55 drum blueprint at the top of the solid fuel page or look into brake drum forges. I use a combination cost about $30US
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:28 PM

Look in the pages section > 100 series of blueprints > BP0133 and BP0238.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:56 PM

I feel stupid now that I've missed the pinned article.
Thank you, this looks great. Will a bellows improve the heat in a 55, or is the hearth open enough that it doesn't do anything?

#5 K. Bryan Morgan

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:30 PM

I would use a hair drier.. or in my case I use a small cheap shop vac with a dimmer switch. It doesn't take much. Open hearth won't be enough oxygen to heat steal enough for forging. I used a break drum from a small pick up truck and some metal 2x4s and screwed it all together. The hearth is floor plate, flat side up. The tuyere is made from black iron pipe.

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#6 Marksnagel

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:35 PM

Glenn Conners 55 Forge is a great design and a great way to begin your first forge. In time you can improve on his design to suit your needs. I started with his design with a brake drum inserted and still use variations of the 55 Forge design. As my needs grew so did the forge.
I would suggest starting with his design and in time if you need to, make changes.

Here is what I have 2 years later.

http://www.iforgeiro...-forge-rebuild/
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:36 AM

Iron_Bear, I just got started and I made a Washtub Forge in the Tim Lively form factor as seen on his website here;

http://www.timlively...ashtubforge.htm

The instructions are very straight-forward and the supplies were dirt cheap. I spent no more than $38 on the stuff to make it and it works like a champ once I got the fire tending business in hand. I don't have it mounted to anything and it's plenty portable though I plan on following Tim's recommendation of putting it on an aluminum folding ladder as a table at some point. May be worth a look.

Edit: This may not work for you. Sorry, I have a bunch of tabs open to forums right now and a couple are knifemaking forums that look similar to IFI so if you need bigger stock, the 55 is probably the better option.

#8 Mike5906

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:09 AM

I made a video about making my homemade forge if you're interested.

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=xMuCId2Uo6U

 

It's a mini or as some call a micro forge.  I made it from a fire brick, some aluminum angle and a regular old propane torch.  I know you're having a hard time finding a fire brick, but I got mine off of Amazon for $5 with free shipping.



#9 Charles R. Stevens

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:06 PM

Go with a side blast like the like the 55 forge, it can be an old wash tub or sink for that mater. A brick pile iOS nice to start playing with so you can get working fast, a cheep Walmart hairdryer and about 10min worth of surgery disable the heating eliment so it will live longer. After you get an idea how, then you can build somthing more....
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Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:59 PM

Can you weld?  My forge was done on the cheap with angle iron that was headed for the landfill.  Finding a HVAC furnance blower would be worthwhile as a blower and the airflow can be easily adjustable.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 10:36 PM

Welcome aboard Mike, glad to have you. If you put your general location in the header you might be happy to discover how many IFI folk live within visiting distance.

 

If you check the gas forge section you'll find a number of working versions of the one or two brick forge you built. They're excellent knife forges for a limited space and a mappgas torch can get them up to welding temp with a good flux.

 

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#12 SnailForge

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 04:03 AM

This is what I built

http://onikudaki.be/...-building-forge

I think I only spent a couple of dollars on the kitty litter, and the rest was all scrap or free.



#13 Dale M.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 09:22 AM

This is what I built

http://onikudaki.be/...-building-forge

I think I only spent a couple of dollars on the kitty litter, and the rest was all scrap or free.

 Interesting build.... Looks like you had a great helper on build....

 

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:22 PM

hi iron bear i built a brake drum forge for 2 bucks! check this site out. http://www.beautiful...e_brakedrum.htm


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:17 AM

 Interesting build.... Looks like you had a great helper on build....

 

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Haha Yes.

 

The little girl -not so little anymore, she's 8 now- likes to help me when I do things like that. They both do (the other one is now 5). To be honest, it's not like they do anything that really shaves time from what I am doing. But they enjoy themselves, feel useful and learn to work. Basically, at this point, everything they do is not so much  about the output, but teaching them how to do things. I don't have sons, so I will teach my daughters how to use a drill , a hammer, etc. No 'damsel in distress' daughters for me.

 

Plus I am a big teddy bear and I like to have kids around.

 

When I am in my workshop grinding or filing or whatever, they are often there as well, wearing ear protectors. Hammering nails in a piece of wood, drilling holes, or playing 'kitchen' with wood chips and crumbled bricks :)

 

I think I still have the pics of when the eldest was 2 or 3, and she was helping me bolt the legs of my workbench to the iron frame, using a hammer and spanner that were half her length :)



#16 Dale M.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:59 AM

Nothing wrong in teaching them skills, they will be survivors, the kids that are TV/video game "heads" will be first to need help from skilled people..

 

We have a young lady in our blacksmithing group, she is probably in mid 20's and puts a lot of the guys to shame at the entry level where she is at... Really have to admire her...

 

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:15 PM

The 55's easy, lots of options and variations. Here's mine, first one I built after a "hole in the ground". Made out of a lawnmower, brake disc, and some homemade refractory. I think I spent  20 bucks with pipe fittings and fireclay for the refractory. Another 10 for a cheap blow dryer. (and 10 much later for a rheostat and step switch).

 

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