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I Forge Iron


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    koshkonong missouri
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    blacksmithing, what else? oh and some foundry work if i can ever get it up and running.

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  1. yeah, i was looking for easy projects to do and learn on. as well as basic tools.
  2. like i said, i honestly have no clue. does anyone have any clue on some easy beginners projects?
  3. can i use tubing for copper work? i have a lack of craft stores in the area, but i have alot of hardware stores.
  4. um. any easy-er beginners project. like i said, i have no clue what im doing. and i have no clue what to even start doing.
  5. hello, i am new to copper working and frankly, i have no clue what im doing. i was wondering if any of you experienced copper smiths could help me out. to be perfectly frank, i have no idea where to start on where to get materials for copper working, and i dont know what tools to use, or even where to get them. hoping you all can help out, -ram
  6. now, you want to learn how to play with the molten stuff, huh? well, i wanted to do that a while ago too, and then i realised how much work id be putting into it just so id be semi safe when doing it. you dont need just concrete and block, those will crack and break, and they might go kaplooie if you do it too soon. you need firebrick, and i beleive they are the "commercial" firebrick... maybe industrial, youll have to do the reaserch n that yourself, i know different firebrick have different grades, you also need to figure out if typical type N mortar will stand up the the temperatures you are looking at (id expect it to be around 3000ish degrees ferinheit, that way if you want to melt iron, you can), and before i forget on mortar, typical type N mortar takes 4weeks to be fully "cured" which means no more moisture content in it. so be careful on that. you also need a GRAPHITE crucible. these are expensive and a pain to get ahold of, but they are better than cast iron ones. you also need a set of FITTED tongs. as well as a good heavy pear of boots, heavy bluejeans, welders leathers (including apron), face sheild, respirator, HEAVY gloves. you also need a smaller torch, and you need to learn all the how-to's such as preheating the crucible before use. and so on and so forth, am i forgetting much guys?
  7. welp, in hindsight, not my most intelligent idea. this is why i tell people about my ideas :D, so i can tell if theyre going to go well or fail horribly. really glad i didnt do this project. thank you all for your help.
  8. hello all, im just talking to make sure ive got this down right, i have a job coming up where the lady has somehow found a big ol' 300 lb gear thats approx. 3' in diamiter. she wants a coffee table made out of the thing. now, if i have this right in my head, make the legs up, weld it with a nickel road and then peen it untill it cools? basically, im welding this cast iron gear to 3 3/4" legs ime making from rd. stock. if i figure this out and can find them, this large gear has 3 holes in it... a little bigger than that of a soda can. she wants me to find more gears (probobaly also gonna be cast iron) and weld them to hold her sodas up, using chains to let em hang. if i do it right, itll look nice, just be expensive. im using a 220V stick welder if that helps any.
  9. have you seen any of the posts and bps for a brake drum forge? you can make the legs and blower detatch-able so it doesnt take much space. you kind of lost me on the whole side air system. lol. and a small detatchable chiminy and hood will do wonders.
  10. i was walking around my local farm supply store and i think i found somthing that just might work. they are steel caps that are made to go ontop of steel fence posts. its pretty deep so i heated it up and i gave it a couple taps so itd be a bit more shallow. and i think it worked, now i just need to weld it to a hardy shank and im good!
  11. ONR- i made one out of a wood round, i cut the main portion with a butterfly bit i welded up, and then i made it into the spoon shape with some dremel work. heres my question, why only oxygen bottles? what if an acetelyne bottle has the same valve breakage? or a tall propane/argon bottle? If you would take a little time to read in the forum, you would see many posts about not cutting into fuel tanks, and why.
  12. i thought about lining the inside with fireclay also. and its good that i have atleast 1 good idea. lol
  13. hi guys i have a question, as always, but the bottom of my forge has gotten pretty rusted out for just sitting in the barn for 100 years. my idea was to cut out a disk from some 1/4" plate and bolt that onto the bottom of my forge. my question is: will it hold up very well or am i just in the market for a new forge?
  14. The person who had the dumpster was my masronry teacher and he okd it.
  15. i didnt know it was illegal to go diving, but glenn, i could see the bottom (this is a 20x5 foot dumpster) and we open the side and just roll the wheelborrow in on a ramp. so, i could see what was there and i wore leather gloves and boots. safety first!
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