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Everything posted by Bigred1o1

  1. i have a few chisels kicking around made out of rebar that looks just like this and they have help up well to being used as cold chisels
  2. lally column make great wind chimes if you cant get your hands on bell material this one was made for the guy that runs our transfer station and i managed to get all the parts out of the metal dumpster of a month or so right down to so really bad 7018 and a ball hitch for the clapper
  3. Hans i keep an aso in the shop for when friends of the family/kids want to hammer on some steel and are more interested in action than following directions
  4. i really like the magnet in the palm to catch the cap that is a slick idea
  5. Ironmonger there is a 2 part epoxy called PC7 that i used to patch the table on my walker turner and it has held up quite well for over a year of oil and hard use the stuff is sandable and drys to a dark grey the one thing is make sure it gets warm enough for a good cure or it will stay slightly soft if
  6. a simple hot finish is to rub beeswax on to the metal while it is hot enough to make the wax smoke its not perfect but gives a nice black color and seems to be a good rust preventive butchers wax works ok but it has a far lower flash point that can be put on when the metal is warm
  7. i could be wrong but at one point I remember a discussion that was not specifically about fishers but about the overhanging edge in general that it did let you dress the edge back if damaged
  8. its very simple place the felt on the stump anvil on top of felt cut around the base of the anvil with a utility knife and presto you don't have to worry about your felt catching on fire as its all under the anvil
  9. that drill is fantastic for drilling holes in pipe slow and steady but she will get you there i have used one for a job off the grid and now its on my list of tools to add to the shop
  10. google Rogue Hoe they make alot of rugged tools many of them for forest fire work and other land clearing tools that are made from old Disc Harrow Blades nice rugged tools and a good place to look for ideas as to tools to make
  11. i am going to ring in on the side of if you can pick that up for under 25 bucks having a horn and a hardy hole is very handy keep an eye out for a piece of RR track as well but that anvil while ugly will work just not as well as many others it will be a big plus to have a "real" anvil to let your friends and family work on down the road i have an old cast anvil that is beat to heck but still works fine as an upsetting block on the floor and gets pulled out when i have someone with no hammer control but lots of enthusiasm in the shop it lets me teach them and give them advice without flinching
  12. well if you end up in norther Vermont let me know least i can do is give you a good feed on the way through
  13. having worked on anvils from swaybacked with broken out parts of the face all the way up to razor edged and glass smooth i will skill the glass smooth but man i like having an anvil with a sharp edge on at least part of it and then i nice gradual radius so that i can find the edge i need when i need it yes a hardy tool can do all than and make you a bowl of popcorn as well i am lucky enough to have a 305lb pw that has had a hard life but still very serviceable a little dip in one part of the face is handy and there is plenty to flat face for when i need it the edges are rough the "sharpest part is blunter than my pointer finger this is no big deal as i have second lighter anvil to one side that is nice and flat with crips edges that i have dressed to suet my needs this lets me work with what i need by pivoting to my left or right as i take work out of the forge i have found this saves me time and keep the face of the anvil free of tooling when ever possible i guess what i am driving at is yes you can use a hardy tool for good edges but having an anvil with at least some good edges sure is nice
  14. there is nothing that says that had to be an id mark/stamp lots of troops and people would decorate kit with their own identifiers when they had free time i know when doing trail maintenance and people were board at night while camping on sight lots of handles got infancy crew designators burned or carved into them to pass the time
  15. I think you are correct TP it just got home and looked at it on a real computer monitor
  16. that one is a bad if you look you can see half the face is missing
  17. i would say that looking at the fact that that anvil has had its face plate welded back on on one side and is delaminating on the other the value is minimal to a buyer but as a tool that has been in the family for generations its irreplaceable
  18. Frosty you really should live on a mountain top people need to travel farther to have your pearls of wisdom bestowed upon them this whole being able to sit here in a chair in the comfort of my own home and still be able to drink deep of the wisdom of the north seems some how sacrilegious hmm that drink deep part might just be the dinner beer talking
  19. i had a 120lb mouse hole for him to use but he did a number on his back last fall and that fact the he is about 140lb after you toss him in the pond this seemed a better weight to be moving in and out i ended up trading the mouse-hole for this one as part of a deal for 2 2 inch and one 1 1/2 inch slicks for timber framing one of those nice deals where every one went away happy
  20. thanks its always good to get more info on a tool before giving it away
  21. well I picked up a little 40lb or there a bouts anvil that i was planning on setting my brother up using as a small and portable anvil for light work i realize its a cast anvil but in looking around i cant seem to pin down if its a cast iron aso not good for more than riveting on a bench or if its a cast steel anvil that he can in fact have some fun with as all he really wants to do at the moment is hooks and nails she rings and around 75% rebound so in my book that seems like an anvil even if the horn is a horrible duckbill long story short I don't want to give him something that will be a real pain to use and or dangerous (i wish to feed this bug and hope he really ends up catching the blacksmithing bug) so will this work for someone making hooks and nails that likes the idea of working on a real anvil and not a piece of track
  22. if this was mine i would give it some more distance as you never know when you will have some real hot pieces of coal or coke down in there and no reason to burn up your fan as well you do not have a very deep ash catch there so keeping clinkers and things from ending up in the fan blades will be a plus so you might consider an air gate that you can push closed and keep the fan clean and clinker free while cleaning out the fire pot
  23. my anvils that are on stumps i have had very good luck quieting them down with a loose loop of chain around the middle a slice of tire inner tube under it and then i run some good long lag bolts though the links and use those to pull then anvil tight to the stump (the chain should be tight enough around the anvil that the links when pulled down don't touch the stump that way you have a bit of room to keep cinching it down if its needed) this is almost as good as caulking them down but its a quick to undo to move them or sell them or if you want to change the height of your anvil this has worked for me with Hayden and peter wrights
  24. it works i knocked 100bucks of a cattle scale i was selling bc they guy that wanted it had a long drive and I ended up splitting the cost of the gas for him to pick it up
  25. mitch you have a good point about the threads i don't wire wheel those i tend to free up the grease or rust in them and hand brush them then add some oil and run them in and out until the move free clean out what ever loose junk is in the box and fill with fresh grease
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