the iron dwarf

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    making forges and tools

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  1. 2kw is a bit small to be useful for forging, I have a 15kw and that is still small
  2. here in england making structural steelwork for buildings as in the last pic and making the gates and window bars would be a fabricator, putting up the steelwork for the building in the last pic would be a steel erectors job
  3. if you contact the maker they can give you the specs of the blades, ( if they want to ) then you can get better advice here on how to fix them but as something like that could be a huge liability issue if something went wrong I can understand john deere not wanting to help much
  4. thank you G
  5. rail track at least here is generally quite good and unlike a knife it does not need to hold an edge, it is quite a bit of work to make a knife and much better steel is cheap ( like old files, springs or sway bars )
  6. different makers will use different steels for the blades and each type will behave differently, check the specs with the maker railroad spikes are normally not much better than mild steel
  7. about 12" / 305mm, no markings visible yet, still reasonably sharp, blades are about 2 1/2" / 60mm. maybe for splitting wood?
  8. was it galvanized steel? that can leave a white deposit
  9. then you know what you must keep away from copper
  10. you want to know about advanced things without learning basics first? what metal do you want to melt? what experience do you have of handling molten metal? do you have the safety gear and know how to use it? do you know what a single drop of water can do?
  11. have visited the tyzack works at sheffield a year or two ago, big trip hammers there and grinders powered by water wheels
  12. well I am on the wrong continent for you, shipping would cost a lot unless you knew someone in the US military here
  13. I presume that they were from a forge and not something designed for much lower temps like an oven, otherwise you may do a lot of work for nothing. what do the makers say about their use?
  14. casting is not something for a beginner, get some training from experienced people first before you have an accident. get the right safety gear. what do you want to make? never rely on you tube, 99% of stuff on there is dumb and a lot of it is dangerous and dumb there are some on there who seem to want people to get an award, are you sure you want to be the next darwin award winner
  15. ask first if it has had the edges repaired or welded on then check them carefully, if they have then $1 a pound is more like it if it has been welded on and tell the seller that. if welded with normal rods or wire the edges will be soft and will mushroom over very soon also the oriinal face will be more damaged nearby, if welded with hard facing rods as well as face damage the weld can break off in chunks