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  1. It's hard to beat the old brake drum forge with a bathroom fan for the blower to get you started. Check out the blueprints section, I think they still have the plans for on here on Iforgiron. I recently built one for a buddy of mine and it works great. Lump charcoal will get you going and a bag or 2 of the good stuff from Thak the Blacksmith in Floradale will get you really hooked. My best advice, check out the OABA meetings and yo will always find someone with a forge or parts to make one.

  2. OABA is definitely the best way to meet blacksmiths.also try visiting Robb Martin in Floradale (St. Jacobs area).

    Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association - (OABA) Artisan Blacksmiths and Artistic Metalworkers of hand forged iron work in Ontario Canada. Wrought Iron gates, grills, railings, knives, original designs

    Thak the Blacksmith &Armourer- Ontario, Canada

    Here are their websites. You do not need to be a member to come out to an OABA Meeting. All those interested in smithing in Ontario are welcome.

  3. I think that you should be OK as long as you're not drawing attention to it in the "wrong" way.

    By the 'wrong" way....selling to kids under 19, holding up liquor stores, throwing at people tied to big circular targets...

    Seriously though, there is no regulation about the fabrication and selling of knives and other edged items, just be careful of who you sell to.

    The motto of beg forgiveness rather than ask permission is a good one if you don't want to go through the tax registration process.

    Whatever you do....do not call City Hall....This will only end badly in a sea red tape.

  4. I've been really lucky...the neighbours think my hobby is very cool and I've even had a few want to try it out.

    Definitely beg forgiveness before asking permission......bar none there will be one neighbour that has had a bad day and will make you stop.

    Always make the neighbours come over to satify their curiosity. Whatever you do do not tell them that you are selling anything....this will only invite inspectors, tax collectors and other folks that aren't there to help you.

    That's my $0.02 worth

  5. I recommend attending any function that features Mick Smith. He's informative and entertaining. I haven't been to his place before but I think it's north of Fergus just off Hwy 6. Meeting date is Nov 8, 2008

    Hopefully we'll see you there

    I'm glad you like the proverb...It's good to agree with hammer-wielding types...

  6. I had a kid working for me a few years ago that got a new MIG for his birthday. He watched way too much American Chopper and he spent the afternoon tacking a new floor into his pickup. He decided that the helmet wasn't needed. No flash, but talk about being a little red-faced...ha ha ha

    Luckily he was smart enough to learn from this mistake.

  7. Any time that you bond Aluminium to steel you will have a corrosion problem unless you seperate them electrically. This is done in the marine industry when they attach an Aluminium cabin to a steel hull. The adhesive method will seperate the metals to prevent the galvanic reaction and keep things from rusting too quickly.

  8. We certainly don't want to forget the Heavy Metal Genre

    Judas Priest has a tune named "Between the Hammer and the Anvil"

    It has the anvil in the background surrounded by one of the best metal vocalist ever...Rob Halford

    There is also a celtic tune called the "the Merry Blacksmith" The version done by the Irish Descendents is a good one.

  9. pete46 is on the right trail

    I use charcoal to start my fire then slowly bring in the coal. Make sure that you construct a good chimney (12 diameter or equivalent). The large size will draw in a lot of tramp air (read the solution to pollution is dilution)

    my $0.02

  10. I used 22ga 4 x 8 sheets to cover the floor and the first 48" of my walls. Best $100 I've spent. I also share the space with my woodworking equipment, but I try to move it outside and keep the metal work indoors where the noise won't bother the neighbours. Another method I used for a while was "quilting" a floor together with scraps from the sheet metal shop at work. Stitching these little pieces for my floor helped improve my tacking and sheet metal skills. I covered about 100 sq ft this way for the cost of some welding wire (maybe $1.00)

  11. Gobbler,

    What size of spring did you use on this hammer? Approximately how much did you preload the spring? I've seen on some other tire hammers that had an adjustment for the spring. Does anyone know if this is really helpful? Is an adjustment on the horizontal arms helpful?

    I'm trying to determine how complex I should try and make the linkage for my hammer.

    Sorry for the flurry of questions, but I'm almost ready to commence construction.

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