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  1. Want a borax-proof floor

    I've heard of putting a stainless steel tray in the bottom of the forge before. That might be worth doing. Andy
  2. Jasen's smithing progression.

    Oh yeah that's a big boy. Bet that works well. All the best Andy
  3. Basics video series

    First video out in a while. Restoring a set of tongs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT5tI3W48Jk Language alert All the best Andy
  4. Flypress bending jig

    Thanks Glenn.
  5. Flypress bending jig

    Hi gents, Skip in a couple of minutes to see the jig and how it works. After the video was filmed I bent 20mm (3/4") square and 25mm (1") round mild steel cold. As mentioned I'll be upgrading the cross bars or bottom dies if you like to something much thicker. Ideally 2" round but I'd settle for 1.5" round. Just depends what I can find next time I'm down at the scrap yard. Sadly this is simply not a priority for me at the minute. Cheers Andy
  6. Anvils: A beginner buyers guide

    That's a rather ingenious way of doing it. Well done sir. All the best Andy
  7. Peter Wright Anvils

    Couldn't have said it better myself. All the best Andy
  8. Gas forge shape reconfiguation

    Cool. Best of luck with it. Reading back my last post I didn't word it very well. I meant to say that you could cast the flat portion of the roof as well as the upright or "post" section on one side so that it's all one piece. With a bit of stainless bar in the posts it could then be bolted to the floor portion. Hope that makes sense. Those stainless needles arrived by the way - they're a lot bigger than I was expecting, maybe 30mm long and 1mm diameter. They look more like shavings from some machining than anything else. All the best Andy
  9. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Ah well there's no rush eh. Like I say you'll be surprised how often you use it. All the best Andy
  10. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Fair enough bud. Get that welded up ;) Andy
  11. sideblast almost done !

    Looks great so far. You won't regret spending the time on it. All the best Andy
  12. Gas forge shape reconfiguation

    Ok Joel, it's really not too hard at all. You mix it with water and treat it like mixing concrete. It has a tendancy to clump though and you get dry bits, so get in there with a mixing attachment or a bent bit of 1/4" round in a drill. You get a good working time but I couldn't say how long exactly. half an hour maybe? It seems to start getting hard after a couple of hours. I always leave it a couple of days to dry thoroughly before doing anything with it but that's been purely because I'm busy rather than anything else. There's three types: dense, insulating / light weight and medium weight. As I understand it all, Dense makes a good heat sink / is toughest so makes a good floor. Insulating, is obviously insulating like ceramic blanket or boards, good for your roof. Medium weight is a mix of the two. I'd try and get the fine grade if I were you. I've been using the coarse stuff and it is quite course. Maybe vibrating it or something would help but I've no way of doing that. I'm also told you should mix in stainless steel needles which can be bought by the kilo at castreekilns. I've literally just ordered some which is why I mention it. They're supposed to help bind it together and add strength. -Just thinking, if you can add stainless steel needles, I'm sure you could add something like a stainless steel cage to the mould. Think something like the rebar cages you see on construction sites. You could cast the entire shape for your roof with the right design. Welded up from threaded stainless you could bolt your roof on. Just a thought. All the best Andy
  13. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Looks good bud. You'll be surprised how much you use it. ;)
  14. "How to watch a YouTube video" collaboration

    My 2p if I may. Youtube is a double edged sword at best. Indeed I concur with much of what has already been said. My main gripe that I see with all online content, not just videos, is presenting opinions as fact. And the apparent total lack of understanding of which is which. "This is the "best" bla bla bla" "It's an English anvil so it must be a Mousehole" "you need sharp edges on your anvil" "That's definitely a such and such brand of xyz" "This is how you forge xyz" There's a handful of youtube blacksmiths I enjoy. Some are entertaining, others are more educational. I think the more popular characters have a duty to further the craft and promote safety and education. If they don't know how to do something they should be making that perfectly clear. The issue is however the old you can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Andy
  15. I'm getting a flypress!

    A cracking press. I quite literally grew up using a Denbigh No. 4, making parts for my Dad. It's still in daily use today and he must have had it at least 20 years. The Denbigh's arm is cast, the posts for the ball weights were not only tapered but octagonal. If your ball isn't original you might have a heck of a time trying to get it to fit. All the best Andy