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  1. A drill chuck decides to drop off it's taper in the middle of a run... and you have your back turned. :rolleyes:
    Luckily, I'm just making a bunch of parts out of G-10. (fibreglass, essentially) The next tool, which was a carbide centerdrill, hit the chuck off-center, driving it the rest of the way through the part, before pushing it out of the way.

    A strange occurance, so I thought I'd grab a picture. :D


  2. My other favorite hammer is my 25 Little Giant "Mjollnir" because ... WELL, ITS MINE :)

    Haha, 'Mjolnir', or 'Mjollnir' is an EXCELLENT name for a hammer... but, y'know, the original had a bit of forging error... :D
  3. Yes a manual metal lathe USUALLY runs counterclockwise (top of chuck/spindle towards ya)...think of the direction a drill bit needs to be turned to cut into the work, and remember it's going to be mounted in a stationary chuck on the tailstock. :)

  4. Nah, the plate is blank, other than the ghost of an outline around the edges of it.

    Yep, I plan on beating iron on it. :D I guess the only reason I asked about it was a bit of curiosity...it's my FIRST anvil, after all, it would be interesting to know who made it.

    It's been at the shop for at least 12 years, that I know of...sitting around on the floor under one of our steel racks, but it was grimy and a bit rusty when I started working there.

    When it was tossed on the pallet for the scrap guy, I claimed it.

  5. Ok, I can't identify it, so I'll ask everyone else...what is this?


    Yeah, I KNOW it's an anvil. :D ...but is it any good?

    It's pretty small, about 65-75lbs, a .750" ball in a plastic tube bounces off the face about 40-45%. The hardie hole is 5/8", the face is almost unmarked, the edges are still sharp.

    I rescued it out of the scrap pile at work.

  6. No, I'm not a member of any of the guilds yet, but I see that the Tidewater Blacksmith's Guild is in Virginia Beach, which is great, I'm in Chesapeake!

    Anyway, while I've had an INTEREST in smithing for most of my life, I've never had a chance to do more than a little playing, and reading. I'm a macinist by trade (and hobby), but that is the closest I've been able to get to smithing, so far.

    I rescued a little anvil from the scrap pile (!) at work, maybe that'll help me get started.

    56lbs, nothing left on the tag but a ghost of a border around whatever text was there. The whole thing, other than the face, is covered by a thin layer of a Bondo-like substance...I can't imagine anything other than a cheap anvil being dressed up like that.Maybe it's a good tool, maybe it's an ASO, but the price was right. :D

  7. I might as well add my own 'Hello' post! While I've lurked around a bit, I've just now registered on the forums here. I've been interested in smithing for several years, but I'm just now making a slow start in the field.

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