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I Forge Iron


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  1. maybe some vinegar made with Moscato... but I prefer expensive Barolo!!!
  2. Yes, you must be right. I'm afraid there is no PB Blaster here in Italy but I will try some penetrant oil or, as suggested by pnut, 50/50 mix of acetone and automatic transmission fluid if I can find it
  3. I am thinking of electrolysis method for the screw as I don't have nor acetone nor transmission fluid available. That crack is my biggest concern. anyway I have a spare screw if needed but I would prefer to restore its own one. the spring, bracket and lever don't worry me. I can make them somehow.
  4. It has some issues: the spring is missing, the bench bracket is missing, the screw is locked and the screw lever is bent and broken but I couldn't pass on the perfect jaws and the very good price (10€)!
  5. some time ago I made this support and I must say that I find it very convenient and useful. it is assembled and disassembled in few seconds and allows you to fix the grinder to the vice and work by holding the piece with two hands. so it is possible to be much more precise especially if you work on small pieces. you can mount all the discs and use the tool to grind, cut, wire-brush, smooth, sharpen, polish, sandpaper, remove rust, strip paint, etc. etc. in addition it allows to hold the grinder in the vice in many positions here you can find the video and inside there are all the details and mesurements if someone wants to build it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAuiQPC4EwY
  6. I was not satisfied by my chinese drill press so some time ago I start looking for a better one... it takes some time to find it out a at an accettable price but in the end I found it: It's a totally different animal. incredibly better. if you are interested here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/zdXPffsP8w0
  7. Hi Thomas, first I thought to take the tool holders that I have on the bigger stump and nail them on the new one but I usually move the stump by rolling it on the dirt so the handles would prevent the rolling and the rolling would bend the handles... it seems quite confortable to me to use the stop blocks as handles when I need to pull the stump up or tilt it down. about the anvil to be removed before moving the stump, no problem! I have to store the two pieces in different places and I use a little cart for the anvil.
  8. the original stump of my anvil was too big in diameter. uncomfortable to move and above all it did not allow me to be as near to the anvil as I like except by placing the anvil itself on the edge of it rather than in the center. so I decided to put it aside for now and use the old stump of my "ASO". I took two pieces of pallet frame and cut them copying the shape of the base of the anvil obtaining two stop blocks which I nailed to the center of the new stump. now I can move it more easily and can get closer to the anvil when I forge. it is perfectly stable and the anvil cannot move at all. if you are interested here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/NHkdosG3-ZQ
  9. with the steel bar obtained forging a rail road clip I made a single-edge push knife. handle scales asymmetrical also in thickness of chestnut briar. brass pins and black-forge finish.
  10. thanks for the correction Thomas. my english is not so good actually! I changed the word but you are right. it should be "welded".
  11. I found a 700gr hatchet in a market that had an elongated and teardrop "eye" for the handle with a beatiful shape. I took it with the idea of modifying it and obtaining a bearded one with the addition of a steel beard obtained from the leafspring of a truck thick enough to be forged. then I cut away a piece of the bevel of the purchased axe and soldered the leafspring. then I forged the new bevel, reshape the profile, heat treated and sharpening it. with a nice piece of walnut I made the curved handle and with a piece of lthick eather a sheath to protect the edge (and myself). for those who want more details I also made a video of the various steps: https://youtu.be/nLGkLhjUa_k
  12. Chris, Dick, Frosty, thanks for your comments, congratulations and advice. I have some shirts with small and big burned holes and I also have a leather apron but it was too hot when I cleaned it up so I decided to go "light" and get some sparks and few wire punctures... I know I'm not wise. I've never been.
  13. after a very long search a few days ago, precisely on April 16, 2020, I found this anvil on an online ad and purchased it without seeing it in person. I think the photos are very clear. it is a North German anvil of one-piece forged steel weighing 52kg (115lbs). this style includes a round horn and a square thong, a round hole and a square hole both above the base. this guarantees superior stability compared to holes placed on the tail and therefore outside the base of the anvil like in the London pattern. its measures are: total length from horn to thong 56cm (22inchs), width 11cm (4inchs), height 22cm (9inchs). it has no punchs but I believe it is a Peddinghaus fact the square hole is beveled which is a characteristic of the anvils of that foundry and on the hardie cutter there is a clear "gear logo". nowadays Peddinghaus no longer makes anvils of that weight but only 35kg (77lbs), 75kg (165lbs) and 125kg (276lbs). the one I purchased was certainly dirty and slightly rusty probably due to very limited use. the upper face is in fact in excellent condition, the edges do not show fractures or evident signs of hammering or other damages. in addition to the anvil there is a practically new cutting hardie tool, a round tool that I do not know how to use, a big hammer and a 60cm (24inchs) diameter by 65cm (26inchs) height wooden log with a couple of brachets to hang the tools. I think the previous owner does not know the value of this object in fact he put it on sale at a price of 200€ and with a minimum of bargaining I was able to go down to 125€ or 2.50€/kg when currently the official prices without any accessories or strain for the 35kg model is 765$ (22$/kg), for the 75kg one it is 1,425$ (19$/kg) and for the 125kg model it is 2,130$ (17$/kg). The previous owner told me that it belonged to his grandfather who use it for hobby, like I will. I cleaned it up well trying to preserve its oxide surface patina and I will have to secure it to the stump safely. I also tested it with a steel ball which I dropped by 1 meter. on average I get rebounds at 91-92cm. I am very satisfied with my new toy and I am sure it will be a great pleasure to forge on an anvil of this level with horns and holes for accessories for someone like me used to forge on a simple block of iron!
  14. as promised I tested my anvil and I get more than 90% rebound with an inch diameter steel ball. I also found a punch on the hardie cut that is the Peddinghaus gear logo. overall I'm very pleased of my new toy!!!
  15. only with the hammer and seems very good to me but I'm used to an ASO so I have no real comparison. I will do a test with a ball bering and try to mesure the rebound hight. I'll let you know the result.
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