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About nogrodoth

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  1. Ok. Yes I did men laying it on its side:p sorry so thank you all:) hopefully ill get to start building this weekend:)
  2. So I've been thinking more and trying to accumulate materials, and I just wanted to make sure.. will resting the anvil in a v in the sides of the box be strong enough to take the force of hammering? Or would it have to be supported somehow? thank you all
  3. Actually I think both make sense, thank you:) And I think I agree, the should work fine without a wedge if I built the box right ill try to draw a design of what I think you mean
  4. K I couldnt find a ruler so i just used a sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 paper for scale And i just looked and i think i found that anvil/steel lump.. hmm. Mine was hard to use on its side since its completely round but I guess I just wasn't thinking very well about how to keep it from bouncing or rolling. And ok. Forging a couple more spikes spikes shouldn't be too hard:P So I'll do that and unless theres a way to strengthen the small one ill only use it for tiny work. I do wonder why someone took the time to cut away all that steel on the base just to make leg-looking thin
  5. Ok. Though turning it over was a problem just because it would wobble all over the place, and would push out any wedges or things i put under it to keep it level. But if securing it like that would work then i should be able to flip it over. Thanks:)
  6. So I just recently was given a railroad track anvil, shaped quite nicely and i believe a serious upgrade from my 30# cylindrical lump of mild steel i had previously been using, mostly just because someone somehow cut a beautifully straight hardie hole in it, as well as the fact that it has a horn. The only problem is, its only 10 pounds. The first problem I see is someone mentioned a "1/20 hammer to anvil ratio", which would imply I should use an 8oz hammer.. Is there any way to get around that? Set the anvil down in a wood stump to take stress off the center post/beam/thing? But asi
  7. Ok. ​I've redrawn it, hopefully i can get some angle iron soon so i can see how it works out:) Thank you all:)
  8. What made me ask was the 55 forge blueprints, how they said the 'supercharger' allowed the smoke itself to burn.. "The fire creates a draft up the 6 feet of 24" diameter chimney and in doing so sucks in air through the opening. This fresh air then mixes with the smoke from the fire, (I have noticed the little tornados of air and smoke being mixed at both sides of the opening), the fire burns the smoke, which creates more draft from the heat, which pulls in more air. The end result is smoke being burned, and what is not burned is diluted with fresh air. The forge was designed for outside us
  9. So I'm building my first coal forge, it will be outside, essentially itl be just a table with a brake drum set into it. I am in a residential area so minimal/no smoke production would be great, so I'm just wondering is, will a chimney reduce the amount of smoke in an outdoor forge? Would it have a use at all? Thanks
  10. Ok. Thanks:) I'll probably use a combination of both wood and metal, and ill take you guys' advice and take off the bottom pieces. Would it be worth it to fold part A over to thicken the table? And ill certainly be adding a stack to the chimney thing:p And having a drawing board would be useful, ill try that. Thank you:)
  11. So I'm in the process of making my first coal forge. I was lucky enough to find an old broken hopper, and took a couple pieces from it which would allow me to make the design below with very close to minimal effort. The different colors are the different pieces which would be bolted/riveted together, all but the yellow one currently existing exactly as shown. The circular hole will hold a brake drum. 2x4s will be bolted to the purple funny shaped flap things coming down, as the legs. I guess I'd just like to ask what the design looks like from a safety/efficiency/usefulness point of
  12. Heyall, apparently the scrap yard near me (20 miles out of DC) doesn't let you take/buy anything metal, does anyone know of one nearby which does?
  13. Cool:) I hadn't really been paying much attention to the curl, I guess I should have:P it was the point of the round taper so I was just trying to get it out of the way and the half-of-a-tong-handle needs a good bit more work to make it exactly what I think would be good, as far as i can tell, but i'm happy I'm not doing too awful:P thanks:) Can't wait to get back to my forge:):)
  14. So I just finished my first forge and tried out smithing for the first time, might anyone be willing to critique my first attempt at tapering and drawing out? i was using the same 1" diameter bolt for all of this my forge square taper rounded taper drawning-out, I'm attempting to make a pair of tongs thanks:)
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