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Dabbsterinn

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    Mainly blacksmithing with some jewelry making and bladesmithing in it now and then, i also am looking into traditional archery and viking re-enactment fighting
    i also do a lot of fishing, lake and sea

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  1. I think that a sub section of some sorts that could cover the how to's and that's how's of how various patterns are made in PW steel assuming there are enough posts to warrant a whole subsection, maybe a sticky post in General smithing is good enough
  2. I finished the other half of my dads christmas present today, a gigantic fishing hook with a bottle opener for an eye, the first half is one of those pen fishing rods, I'm tying the hook on it and I got a new pair of bolt jaw tongs started, I realized when I was about to cut up some 16mm square that I don't have any good tongs that hold that size and since I'll be making 6 pairs soon for selling, I figured I could get two birds with one stone by brushing up on my tong making skills and get myself a tong that actually fits. I managed to draw out one rein and then I heard that the eggnog was ready at home so I quickly packed up and called it a day, tomorrow I'll draw out the other one, cut the jaw and maybe draw out the swan neck some more, then punch and rivet them together and start cranking out some tongs Also patched up my vice, going by the looks of it the original handle and handle to screw attachment broke at some point so a new one was machined and lightly tack welded on but those welds broke a few years ago so when I tried to tighten something in the vice, the handle just spun around while the screw did nothing. so I just laid a short bead on the screw and handle assembly and now it works just fine I'm very grateful for the wood stove, it was -11°C (12°F) outside today and with the forge running on full blast and the wood stove burning well too, I got the temperature inside up to 26-ish°C (78°F)
  3. I'd say 3 1/2" in from the edge is fine, also makes it look nice and symmetrical but that's a personal preference I don't believe it's necessary to weld the anvil on a plate but I'd say it depends on the smith, I'd have the anvil and the stand separate since I travel every now and then and a striking anvil is something I'd like to take with me. Another possible benefit to having a separate anvil and stand is if you should find yourself no longer needing a striking anvil or find a better one, it's as simple as taking the bolts out, putting the anvil in the corner or somewhere safe and voilá, you already have another stand ready for it's next purpose I don't really see a reason to add a pritchel hole in your striking anvil too if you have one already on your main anvil so maybe wait with drilling a pritchel hole since it would be easier to add it on later than taking it out
  4. I moved a vast majority of my shop from my friends smithy into the old smithy on the farm I'm now living at, I never expected most of my hand tools, tongs, hammers and such to fit into two (rather large and full to the brim) tool boxes. I got the tools inside and they're now kind of scattered around on the bench and the floor but tomorrow I'll go out and get some organizing done. but I did get a bunch of firewood cut down into proper lenghts and test fired the wood stove that's in there and boy howdy I didn't expect the smithy to go from near freezing(32°F) up to a whopping 30°C (86°F) with the wood stove only 1/3 full. It was kind of sad to look back at my mates smithy with only a fraction of the tongs hanging on the side of the forge, practically no hammers left to speak of and the top tool/chisel/punch table near empty and a whole anvil poorer, but I'm sure he's glad to get rid of the pile of bench grinders in the corner
  5. So I have a couple of different bench grinders and I'm hoping to get some more and I had an idea on how to make all of them useable while saving on workbench space I figured someone here has probably had this idea before and either has some tips on how to make it better or comments on why it doesn't work The idea is to have a thick steel top on the working bench, something around 25mm plate (hey, I'd rather have too much rather than too little) and drill a hole in it and then file or broach it square mount all my grinders and other similar tools, maybe even vices too, on another plate just big enough for the footprint, countersinking the bolts so that the mounting plate is flush on the bottom. then weld a U shaped piece of flat bar that fits in the hole on the table to the bottom of those plates and use a wedge to secure them to the table, then changing out grinders or vices should be as simple as tapping out the wedge, lifting it out, dropping the new one in and whacking the wedge back in place now that I have typed this out, would the wedge even be necessary if I would just weld a square bar matching the hole on the table?
  6. I've thought about that but I don't want to sacrifice mobility since this is the anvil I take apart and throw in the trunk if I'm going smithing anywhere else. I know I could just take the sand out and put it back in later but it's really not that much weight I need and the bags should be a whole lot quicker and easier to remove, I'm pretty sure I'll go with leather for the bags so I don't set them on fire
  7. I'll agree with you on that, it is heavy enough to be stable when forging smaller stuff but it does move a little bit when striking. So I'm considering welding another hook to the bottom of the plate and hanging a sandbag on it to weigh it down a bit more
  8. here's a screen grab from the video I posted in another thread, it's a pretty basic 3 leg steel stand with angle iron over the legs on my 1923 Soderfors anvil that are bolted to the stand and serve also as a hot cut and nail header holder (and scale collectors). the smart feature (in my opinion a tleast) is that I welded the nuts to the bottom of the stand and made a hook for the lug wrench that fits the bolts on my anvil and welded that to one of the legs
  9. https://imgur.com/a/TVm4Dej here's a quick walkaround from the small corner of the stables that was allocated for forging
  10. I'm lazy and have a welder so i'd cut some flat stock and weld it to a U bar. In case I wouldn't have access to a welder I'd wait with drilling the holes and make it a little bit longer so I can trim to lenght, swage about halfway through the material and knock it roughly into shape on the anvil and then further refine it in a vice like you described. It'd be a good idea to isolate the heat to the area that you want to bend with water. Then get a 1 inch piece of steel, put it between the legs and make it level with the legs, clamp it in a vice and use a square to get the marks paralell. Then drill/punch the holes
  11. have a surplus of PPE, before I got that idea I often went without PPE because I didn't feel like going back home for the glasses, looking for my hearing protectors and so forth, now that I have a few pairs of glasses and I always leave my hearing protectors on my anvil and usually my glasses too, I've pretty much always had them on, I'm working on getting a jar of ear plugs in case I misplace my hearing protectors
  12. I've seen similar looking anvils here but they did look a lot worse and were as soft as mud, most likely not the same manufacturer but you might want to take a look down the hardy hole, the one I saw had a lot of stuff in it, not sure what it was but it looked like flashing to me
  13. that would be a fun one but I'm still struggling with just getting a billet welded together, maybe I'll practice pattern welding more, I'll make it my 10 year milestone
  14. So a memory just popped up on my facebook feed showing my first complete project, I figured I should celebrate my 5 year milestone so are there any suggestions on what I should make or do in the shop?
  15. finished 3 out of 4 tongs that I've been working on for the past few days, I would have finished the fourth one too but I broke the rivet when I was trying to get the reins to move just a little bit so that I could have a better grip on them once I heated them up again. I would have just driven the rivet out but I used the last piece of 8mm round to make that rivet and I didn't feel like scrounging through the small stuff pile in hope of finding something close enough so I just called it a day there. I made them all at the same time, in the beginning I just took one heat on each blank and before I pulled the hot one out of the fire I put the next one in and so forth, that made for a really nice pace with enough time between heats to take a sip of water and give myself a short little rest I also compared my first bolt jaw tongs to my latest, all in all I've finished 6 bolt jaw tongs to this day
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