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  1. The thickness depends on the diameter of the rivet material. The rivet head should be x1.5 the diameter of the shank, and so should the bolster. Yes you can use mild steel.
  2. Yes I will add an upsetting block, possibly two.
  3. It currently weights around 275lbs. I have the two side pieces which will receive the horns welded on. This is what it looks like now. The 6'' squares are there for reference.
  4. The bars I used were 16'' long (or tall). I did add one bar horizontally along the bottom to raise the height to 17'', depending on what scrap is available after i make the horns and supports, I will add more horizontal bars along to bottom to raise the height. I don't think adding flat bar to the bottom of the 16'' long vertical section makes it worst then if they were not there. At worst it adds mass that would otherwise not be there.
  5. Hello Everyone, I'm currently making a 400lb anvil. The main body is made of multiple layers of stacked 1''x3'' Flat Bar. It will be 17'' tall, 4.5'' wide at the face, and 40'' long. I will hardface the top I am making a video series of the process. Here is the first part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYr-gQwQ_3Q
  6. Here's a video of me making a pair of tongs from flatbar. I have made two sets of tongs this way, and will not make any more. The twist, being between the jaw and boss, is the weakest section of the tong. This is not good because it should be strong to match the boss and boss/rein transition. It's not any more work to make tongs from roundbar, so from now on I will not longer employ this method. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gndi-rddOak
  7. I just saw this alternative to using knotted branch. To prevent the wood from splitting you can either bolt, or rivet the wood above and below where the tang enters.
  8. You can see some of the native tools in use in this documentary. One of the, if not the last iron smelt recorded in Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuCnZClWwpQ
  9. Here is something a little different. I have always been curious about the tanged axes used in Africa. I believe this design came about as a result of the scarcity of iron in this part of the world. The authentic axes use a heavy forked branch or tree root, and set the head in the strong knotted portion which is not not likely to split. The head can also be turned sideways and used as an adze. I made one so that I could experience how an axe of this variety 'feels'. It feels very good in the hand. The weight of the wood behind the head balances the whole thing well, it does not feel clums
  10. I think there will be those who will only look for the biggest number and the lowest price, not the performance of the machine. Big Blu vs. Iron Kiss comes to mind. 1k extra for a superior machine is not much spread out over its working (earning) life. If you make a series of videos explaining and demonstrating the advantages of this press over the competitors presses it would go a long way to convincing people that your press is the way to go. As John Larson did with his Iron Kiss hammers. I am building myself a press right now. It is a C-frame press, 12ton/ 2IPS / 11/3GPM 5HP pump. I'm us
  11. I would love to go. I plan on going to Europe late april/may. If I'm back in Canada I will definitely make it.
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