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    Alcosa forge dimensions

    Not a bad idea that, but with the tyuere being a long cone shape it may not be the easiest thing to do, be interesting to see it done though :) Edit: because I can't spell
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    Alcosa forge dimensions

    This is a bit of a rough one but about a third of the way in, maybe a little less even but is defo say no more. I'm no master forge builder but from all the forges I've worked on they've been at a third or less. Out of interest is this your first time using a side blast? Let alone building one :P Hope it goes well you should get some pics up soon!
  3. For general forging I'd say powerhammer because I've never seen anyone have enough time to say, draw a long taper on a press But as has been said they both do very different things, maybe think of it more as which are you going to get first. Where I'd still say powerhammer because I think it'd be able to make its money back and turn a profit faster. Imo :) Hope this helped
  4. here's another of mine, again used to be my grandads This isnt a drill Now THIS is a drill. It may not be the biggest but its certainly one of the most powerful, i have plans to turn it into a pillar drill as using it by hand is quite impractical. As soon as it snags on anything you're going to get a broken wrist from it! J
  5. Some nice things coming up! All I can really say now is I WANT THE VICE AND ANVIL Keep 'em coming!
  6. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spruce-Forge-Manual-Locksmithing-Blacksmiths/dp/0615118224/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323390039&sr=8-1 You'l have to tell me how you are on posting links, but thats the guide I used to make my first few locks, easy to follow and simple Easy to move on from too If there is a problem with posting a link, search for "The Spruce Forge Manual of Locksmithing: A Blacksmith's Guide to Lock Mechanisms" or any part of that and you should find it fast enough, good luck!
  7. couldn't find a post similar so i figured id start one, please tell me if this is in the wrong place So the idea as you have probably guessed from the title is, there's regular sized tools and then there's the massively over(or under) sized tools which put all others to shame, or if they're really tiny then you just want it anyway because... who doesn't? I'll start off - although someone will more than likely put me to shame with a bigger one fast enough That isnt a rasp... THIS is a rasp. That's my grandads old rasp, still in good nic and still used - next to my size 12UK boot, which i think is 12 and a half US? The top pic was just taken from google I have a 28lbs sledge somewhere which dwarves most others, ill try to get a pic up soon What you got?! Big or small J PS tell me if this is meant to be elsewhere or a generally unwanted post
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    How to harden copper

    okay, proved your point, i submit.
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    How to harden copper

    well you've got me there, but when ever ive worked with copper, annealed it then had to do some other odd job or come back the next day i'd have to re-anneal it because it's hard again. Also, ive never seen options to buy different hardnesses of copper, only different compositions or alloys
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    How to harden copper

    I'd say so, it'l naturally harden as much as it's going to without going to extraordinary lengths to get it essentially too brittle with chemicals and stuff Also, any curvature or shape in the copper will help its strength, it'l harden just the same Just had a thought - how long it'l take to harden may depend on the thickness of the copper, I'd say up to 4hrs for copper up to perhaps 1.5mm thick May have to experiment a little, tell us how it goes! J
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    How to harden copper

    if its pure copper it can be work hardened to a certain point (after being annealed) but no more, well not much if any more than it'l naturally harden over time without working it. Say after annealing, leave it a good 4 or so hours and the copper will be back to its original state J
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    Where's a good source of sheet copper?

    Copper boilers, im not sure how frequently they'l appear in the US but over here in the UK there's always a few around the scrappy, or if you know people in the plumbing/demolition/removals trade you might be able to oust a few out of them every now and then Something else ive found usefull is copper pipe, from its standard waterpipe size to much larger industrial pipes, slice them open and volia, copper sheet! Hope it helps a bit J
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    Aluminum Mokume

    Id say so, you just need another metal which has a similar melting point, which would be quite low as i understand things But there is the obvious problem of two metals simply not combining so id suggest not trying to do MG with ali and gold, for example. Unless you know that it can work J
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    Halloooo from England!

    Thank you for the replies so far! I shall check out the links and doo-dads, I defo know what you mean about getting great insperation for something then completely forgetting it just as you get round to being able to do it, a pain to say the least haha It's me yeah, Beth took your advice, im just slow more often than not. If you want a link to a somewhat limited amount of bits ive done and helped on check out justj20.deviantart.com and tell me what you think, also give me a shout if you dont want me posting links like that, i'll learn sooner or later! Thanks again, J
  15. As im sure introductions are needed i'll give you the rundown. Im a 21 year old male blacksmith working in Old England, having varying success with jobs as i currently have two; one being in a supermarket and one which isnt really worth mentioning. I studied blacksmithing for 2 years at college and overall got a good pass out of it, not to mention all the memories. When i started, I also started doing part time work at a place called Anvil Ironworks and have helped them with various projects through the years, all in all had a great time there. In my second year of college i also started doing some part time work at a forge called Stanmer Park Forge doing much more solo work and getting alot of traditional forging practice. Unfortunately Stanmer is now closing but I still occasionally go up to Anvil and do odds and sods. I'm slowly but surely building up my collection of tools and am hoping to be able to start making small bits from my garage soon after Xmas, like wood burners, braisures... bottle openers, coat racks, to name a few off the top of my head. Errrr.... is there anything else i could or should add? Never been very good at posting on forums but i'll try my best to pitch in here :)