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Dan C

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    Central Texas
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    restoring a 55 1st Chevy pickup, welding, metalsmith work & weight training

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  1. I see flats on the feet and Thomas is right, early Trenton's look a lot like a PW. See this thread for pictures and more info
  2. Yep, I'm over it. Just goes to show know what you're selling or buying before you pull the trigger. She was covered in rust and dust (not that that'd ever hurt wrought iron) and dying of neglect. Just glad a scrapper didn't find her and send her to the recycle yard, though those guys are pretty good about spotting something of value and setting it aside. She's definitely in a better home now, I'll chain her down and beat her with hot metal!
  3. I feel a little guilty about what I paid for this one, but I'll get over it. This beauty popped up on the Austin craigslist in the free section (said if you can pick it up you can have it for free!) amid all the ridiculously overpriced anvils that frequently show up. The ad said no holds and I was out of town so I hoped the person would be enticed by money and offered $100 if she'd hold it for me. The next day while doing last minute preparations for a Christmas party I got an email back saying she'd gotten over 400 emails inquiring about the anvil but my subject line, offering to actually
  4. Dan you posted a pic. a few years ago of a business card holder made from a bent bolt and wrench. I drew it out on a piece of paper and have been trying to make it. Ain,t working. Any way you can post pic again or Email me one. I have bent my wrench every way you can think of but I just can't get it. Really would like to see the picture again but it won't show on I Forge. Thanks Randy in N.C.

  5. Following along here and wondered if a lamp that I made from a transmission could get me in trouble if I decided to sell it. I purchased a UL lamp kit from HD and assumed it to be safe. For now I just plan on keeping it.
  6. Forget where I found the following info, probably on this site sometime ago. "It is difficult to age a PW after 1860 when they went to the now classic London pattern. If it just says PETER WRIGHT PATENT, then likely 1860-late 1880s. If ENGLAND is added, then late 1880 to early 1900s. The logo was stamped on in parts. Perhaps when someone did your's they simply forgot where to put the SOLID WROUGHT circle or the weight. Occasionally stamps were put on upside down. Yes, on Peter Wright anvils. Might be an inspector mark or perhaps it meant it was approved for export. A classic sign of a post-
  7. Picked up this 100# Peter Wright off of CL today. I'll cleanup the mushroomed edges and then put her to work. Some of the table near the step is missing but for $50 I'm happy.
  8. I mounted mine vertically as suggested above and then used it to earn money to buy a better one. I still use it though as the edges are better and there are things I can do on it that I can't on the other. Check out this thread for more info & pictures. '?do=embed' frameborder='0' data-embedContent>>
  9. I didn't have the chance to snap any photos once the merit badge classes started, but this was my setup outdoors last month at my son's BSA Winter Camp where I taught metalworking/blacksmithing. Several of the scouts told me it was the best merit badge class they'd taken since I taught welding two years ago. The interest is still there!
  10. Get a couple of big cheap magnets from HF and make a bracket to attach a piece of copper tubing to. You can put these on the other side of the sheet metal and weld on the opposite side, very short welds. Here the magnet/heat sink I was patching up the firewall on my old truck. I'd rotate the two heat sinks around the area until it was completely welded.
  11. If later you decide to try vertical perhaps this will be helpful. This was my starter anvil and useful still.
  12. It's interesting to hear both sides. My experience in smithing and other hobbies such as welding & automotive has been to work with what I have available, borrowing tools when possible to keep costs down. Had I waited to start until I could afford to buy new tools, I'd still be waiting with lighter pockets and less experience to show for it.
  13. Looks like you also need to forge a thrust washer. Great score!
  14. Forgot to post these two vises when I got them. Here they are after being cleaned up. I've almost finished forging the missing parts and then off to find a new home. The usual, springs, thrust washers & mounts. Now the real reason I thought about posting here today. Not smithing related unless I end up having to make a bracket or linkage, but my son and I brought home a new project, a '71 RS Camaro. Body is straight and virtually rust free. Engine is a 350 with a 350TH. My son has been busting his tail to save up money and helping me on weekends to smith things to sell.
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