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  1. Thanks Tony. No worries. Good advice is good advice and I wouldn't have known hold old you are if you didn't say.
  2. Nice! If I get the run-in shed for a smithy they come with 1" thick oak kick boards that go 4' up the interior walls. I was going to ask if they could leave them off but maybe that would be a decent interior wall and I can get some sheet metal to finish off the rest of the walls.
  3. Is a building that is built on skids a good enough surface for anvil work? (Our current shed). I think the specs on it are pretty good. It has 12" OC floor joists and 3/4" TG plywood floors. I could finish the interior or leave in bare to the studs. Reading Frosty's post seems to suggest that if I finish it it would have to go all the way to insure integrity against hot steel in the nooks and crannies. One argument against finishing is I hate doing Sheetrock taping and muddying. Any new building would likely be the run-in shed style which I would not finish the interior of. If I did have the wood and metal shop in the same building I would probably use my Festool dust extractor and use separate bags for metal cleanup vs wood. I would have to do a decent clean in between uses, but that would be a good work policy anyway. Would that work?
  4. I think if I get the combo I might be able to put a sliding door over the run-in shed side that would go over the shed side. Guess we'll see what the options are.
  5. HI All, Been out of the loop for a while. We've moved, built a house and left our free standing open-sided shop with our old home. We added a 12' x 20' out building shed that we use to store the mower, mortorcycle, tires, garden stuff, etc. http://www.bradsbarns.com/buildings/sheds/a-frame-deluxe/ (Similar to the Duratemp A frame deluxe pictured but with 2 sets of double doors) We're thinking of turning this into a workshop/smithy. This is the type of wood building that is installed in one piece so it is on skids and has a floor. Can this be used as a smithy? I have a gas forge on a wheeled stand and the anvils are on stumps which can be moved. It's unfinished inside (wood frame) but we have electrical outlets and lights. I would probably also use it for my wood shop. I realize that metal shavings and wood shavngs can cause a spark hazard for dust collection so I plan to make sure the work areas are cleaned separetely and not in use at the same time. We are looking at possibly getting another building of a similar size and have options there, too. One could be a run-in type shed on a gravel base with one side open. The one thing I don't like about this type of building is that we live in an area that often has high winds and that would leave anything inside potentially exposed to rain and snow. I like the 2 bay one with the lean-to. We most likely will not run electricity to this building but may get solar lights or something if needed. http://www.bradsbarns.com/buildings/horse-barns/run-in-sheds/ The problem is that this would have to house the smithy, zero turn mower, motorcycle with sidecar and garden she'd, then the other would become just the wood shop. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks! Eric
  6. Had a chance to work on it today a bit. Cleaned up really well. Went at it a little with the 60 then hit it with the 120. Overall, I'm pleased. I am glad that I picked up a variable speed grinder. For something like this I was only at 2-3, with 6 being the fastest.
  7. Thanks for the great input. I have got 60, 80 and 120 grit flap discs. I know I probably have some belts around, too, if I need them. I hand started to work with files and some emery cloth strips that I have but it was taking way too long. Not really looking to reshape much but the tip is fairly heavily mushroom and the are chisel marks on the upper surfaces of the table and horns (face is pretty clean). The lots of marks on the sides and bottom of the horn. I believe these are probably punch marks. I'm going to leave the ones near the bottom for now but want to clean up the sides. Thanks again!
  8. Hi, All, I'm picking up a 4.5/5" angle grinder and have an anvil that could use some help on the horn. There are some chisel cut marks and some other indents that I would like to take out and would also like to refine the tip. Someone suggested that I use a flap disc/wheel but I am wondering what grits to use. Also, to refine the edges of the face. Thanks. Eric
  9. Hi, All, I'm dismantling a standard full-size boxspring. (The thing that goes under a mattress) Anyone know what kind of steel is used for the springs and if it's worth saving? I'm taking it apart regardless but just want to know if the metal is worth keeping. Thanks! Eric
  10. Guess our posts crossed - sorry to be redundant.
  11. Ian, It's not that all the weight is in the middle but more that the center of gravity or balance point is in the middle so that if you're working with the full face or pein the balance is the same. Many hammers are weight forward toward the face side which means that it naturally wants to pull straight down. This is useful for some things but not if you're angling the hammer to use the edges as fullers, or for other techniques. Hofi's technique is almost as if you were throwing the hammer - you use your fingers more to guide the hammer than to hold it and the grip is fairly loose. A weight forward hammer would require more grip for any blow angled to the sides. With a sledge, the same principal applies in that with the center balance you can control the angle of delivery well. I believe most traditional sledges with 2 full faces are balanced that way. The difference is usually in a hammer that has a face and a pein because the mass is not equally distributed on both sides of the eye. That's my understanding, at least.
  12. Some people also say that we have two ears and only one mouth because we're supposed to listen twice as much as we talk.
  13. Eric, I know what you mean! One time I was on a photography forum and a topic was titled something like "How to shoot children". As a teacher I had the same feeling - context really makes a difference! ~Eric Wiener