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  1. Vice mounted on surface for chisel work

    Mm ... I assume we are talking steel right? Not wood carving. If you intend to chisel hot steel on a flat surface and hold the piece down with a clamp, what you are talking about is a strong table, like a welding table. You can make that easy with a piece of U channel mounted on 4 legs, or even thrown onto a bench. The cavity of the channel down will give you room to use a G clamp ot even F clamp to hold your hot steel. It will not stay hot for long though. if you mean working sheet metal cold, the same applies I suppose and the size depends of the size of your sheet. Now tell me if I got if right or not
  2. Trail cam critters

    i remember hitting a bush turkey as I was towing a boat. I was going uphill and doing so slowly, not even 60 kph and this thing was flying right next to my truck doing the same speed and just at the side window height. In one of those split second decisions I thought if this thing turns in my path I am not going to hit the brakes with 2 ton boat behind me so took the foot off the pedal and at the same time the turkey turned right in front of the windscreen. Fortunately for me, unfortunately for him, I got him with the corner of the curved glass that is stronger than the center. It flipped him over the car and landed on the side of the road. Because we were both doing the same speed the impact wasn't that great but enough to knock him off. On my way back he was gone. What we get a lot of, is ducks. I have to wash their poop off the pontoon all the time. Mainly "Pacific Black" and "Grey Teal" in great numbers. Fortunately their diet is grass and algae so it is easy to wash off. Can't say the same from the occasional Cormoran that stinks like a restaurant's rubbish bin after a week in the summer sun.
  3. Trail cam critters

    Ha ha ... I have actually "discovered" a few of those rock drawings representing different creatures and people. It was the old time graffiti. There is a hidden spot next of the Sydney Harbour with this sort of carving on a horizontal face made by what may have been malay that were stranded on a sailboat waiting for repairs. Representing their boat people working on it and some writings. The Hawkesbury river "monster" is only documented by some dubious photographs just like Nessie but has the added benefit of being written in the aborigine folclore going back a long time. Who knows! I can only say that a few times a year we get what is called a mullet run. A massive number of sea Mullet make their way from the ocean into the river and up the tributaries to spawn, a bit like salmon. They do so at night and many times I have been woken up by massive splashing. Gone out on the jetty and the water was boiling as far as the eye could see both ends of the river with Mullets. What was more impressive was that they would jump out of the water straight up a meter or so in large groups escaping what seemed to be a large predator that was chasing them. We don't get any large enough fish to do that at that speed up here.
  4. Trail cam critters

    But I have just posted rock solid evidence
  5. Trail cam critters

    Possum Monitor lizard Hawkesbury river monster
  6. Trail cam critters

    Your Opossum is the same as our Possum? The dog was barking at the downpipe overflow box the other day, so I went to investigate and found a big possum sleeping inside it. Since that leads to our drinking water supply I decided to evict him, but wasn't game to pull him out by hand. They can be vicious and this was way bigger than a cat. A bottle of water woke him up and a second spray decided him to leave. This things are as agile as monkeys and he jumped from the box down to the ground two stories below with the dog in hot pursuit. They are real cute though.
  7. Trail cam critters

    I feed my dog once a day and make sure he cleans the bowl. No food left overnight. About critters around here, Two days ago I called Chewy (my little Spoodle) back, because he run out the back and was chasing something in the bushes. Too many poisonous snakes around to let him wander out alone. The animal he was chasing was making a terrible racket so i went to investigate only to see a monitor lizard well over 3 meters long climbing a tree to get away from the dog. This are the smaller cousin to the Komodo Dragon and I have seen this beast dragging a dead kangaroo 10 times their bodyweight. Must get myself a night vision camera and see what I can snap. There is another reason for me to install a camera pointing to the river. Apparently my backyard river houses the Hawkesbury river monster, some ancient reptile with long snake like neck. That would be some picture to have
  8. country specific forged item

    The original question brings me back to some unpopular observations I make about this craft. I grew up in a smith shop that made stuff for the customer to use. Some were custom made, other run of the mill production. All had an artistic component and all had a modern day use. Be it a lamp, chandelier, bed head, gate, window grill, table chairs, door hardware, decorative artifact etc. The blacksmith that worked in the smithy all considered themselves metalworkers and not some blast from the past with some museum curator duties, to reproduce stuff no one has a use for, or even know what it is. If I proposed to make a plow or an adze, they would have laughed me out of the shop. Why is it that today hobby blacksmith think, that their artifacts need to be "period correct" and that their projects need to reflect stuff that was made 300 years ago is beyond me. Blacksmithing is a trade that uses some ancient techniques to produce steel objects by hand. Try making a miniature Mini Morris. Harping on with reproducing ancient stuff makes the trade obsolete and irrelevant. It is not what you make but how you make it. In my opinion anyway.
  9. That anvil had some welding done to her already. It's a weird sort of damage, it almost seems like they put a sleeve in the hardy and welded the edge. Besides the looks, the hardy is perfectly usable as it is and the rest of the anvil is in very good nick. Not sure what to tell you, Surely there is no need for any repair. It would be only cosmetic and risk softening the area around the hardy if it is not soft already from previous attempts. If you can overcome the urge, just let it be.
  10. country specific forged item

    Try something more challenging. Are you game for a coffee table? They are not that difficult. And you can make them as simple or complicated as you want.
  11. Thoughts on 25 lb anvil?

    I agree that it is just a decorative object. You couldn't attempt to use the horn even for small work without tipping the anvil over. I do have a small 12 kg anvil but it is a swedish kohswa with very nice ring and rebound that lives a quiet life and would probably be good for some of the grandkids. That one is not worth your effort I think.
  12. blowers

    Steve, what brand is the blower? Is it new? The pressure seems a bit on the low side for a coal/coke forge of that size. Do a search for Dayton Blowers. They have a long list of very well priced blowers. When you can run a forge on a vacuum cleaner, a hair or clothes dryer or blowing in a pipe as others will remind me ... ..., if you are going to buy a blower, better err on the side of too big than too small. Volume measured in CFM is not so much the problem but pressure to blow air through the mass of coal. The fan pressure is measured in PSI, Pa, inches of water or mm of water. You can convert the units using google to compare products.
  13. Wow ... that is such a nice intricate pattern Care to explain how you did it?
  14. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    6 pounds in on the heavy side. Make sure you swing it right. I stay away from more than 4 lb for one hand. Do you have a rounding hammer? I use to muck around with 5 kg sledge one handed ( don't even try) until I discovered rounding hammers. A 4# moves more steel with the rounding face than a much bigger sledge ever will.
  15. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Ha ha, the last thing on my mind was that you would actually do it. Very nice carving.