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  1. Forging a Teacher's Key Ring

    Do #6 right after #2
  2. Brands and Blacksmithing advice?

    If you insist upon the Traditional look, which is really only good for sheet metal shaping at best, then see if you can find a couple solid hunks which can be welded alongside the web on each side. Be sure to weld them at the top (to the bottom of the rail) and at the bottom to the mounting flange. This will give you an essentially homogeneous mass to work over. This is the only way you will be able to move metal other than the highly recommended vertical mount.
  3. I couldn't find it either, but I remember it.
  4. Actually this project has been done before by an IFI member. The thread should still exist...a.lucky search may find the thread.
  5. Drawing width

    think of the iron as as a lump of dough and the hammer as a rolling pin. The metal will move perpendicular to the pien. so, to make stock wider the pien must be inline with the stock.
  6. Which smithing course conundrum

    Definitely taje them both but start with the general course. You can take them both, maybe not in the same year. I returned to my first blacksmith school four or five times over a twenty year period, culminating in a powerhammer class. Each time I found the time and money to take a class my skill and income level advanced...
  7. Tooling up for twists

    A good adjustable twisting wrench is made from an old fashioned adjustable wrench which has jaws perpendicular to the handle. Weld a piece of stock similar in dimension to the tool handle and long enough to make a two handed wrench with the jaws in the center. These wrenchs can be small or large and very large set can be very handy.
  8. Bending on the diagonal

    The simple way is with vee grooves cut into dies. The difficult way would be to firmly jam or weld the stock to a mandrel ( the size of the bend) Then heat (with torch) and wrap around the mandrel being very careful to keep the stock in alignment ( with a twisting wrench)
  9. Show me your work table

    My big table is 6.5'x 8' x 1" thick. It has a frame made of 6" chanel, 6 legs made of 3"pipe. It was the smallest table in a blacksmith shop I worked in in Boston which closed after a 97 year run. There are goesintos at each corner, I use 2" trailer hitvh receivers. My hossfeld fits in as well as many different vises, shears and othe tools. Under the bench is storage for steel, clamp racks on 3 sides and roon for about 12 5 gallon buckets full of tools etc. I made two bolt on fences of 2x2x3/8" angle
  10. I had a cast iron fence 6"tall by 5' long which was very handy. It was pretty much a huge machinist's 90 degree block. It was lost in a move. Other than that, a bunch of goose neck hold downs and a few pegs fill most of my needs.
  11. Nice work on the hammer. The only solution I can see is to pour the proper block where it needs to be. Build a partial shed roof over it for now. In the meantime stop running it over the heated slab, you are courting great expence and difficulty. By the way, you will want a larger block.
  12. This is exactly how I was taught to cut. It is so much easier.
  13. Folded hot cut

    Or if you have ever seen an anvil with the heel broken off. A good shoulder protects the heel.
  14. Blacksmith Sayings Proverbs

    Have ye never had too many irons in the fire?
  15. Quench Tank Ideas

    I got lucky and scored a stainless steel 30 gallon drum which has served me well. Another idea I have seen is an old vertical air compressor tank with the top cut off.