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  1. Hello everybody oh, it's been a very long time since I've posted. I just wanted to have a share of my press progress so far. I opted for a 5 inch cylinder with a 12 inch stroke powered by + 11 + 3 gallon a minute pump. I have a 3 horse electric motor that runs on 220 to go with it. I've seen and heard mixed things about whether or not that much power will be adequate but I figure worst case scenario I buy a larger motor to get me up to 3000 psi instead of 2000. These are a couple pictures where I'm at. Just need to clean everything up and prepare it for welds.
  2. And it's blade is maybe about 9 inches long. Handle would be about 5 ish
  3. So it turns out I missed these posts. Thanks for the words of encouraging wisdom. I started a new job as an arborist apprentice and haven't had much time for forging. I still have that 4140 sitting in my garage, waiting to be made into proper hand tools.
  4. Hey there. The biggest piece i have heat up was 2.5" round 6"long. All you do is add more coke for a bigger fire. The deeper the pile the bigger the fire. I've seen smiths have a coal quench ladle to avoid it getting too large . I think I had atleast one cubic foot maybe two. Mind you, I am also a rookie. The old blacksmithing books to download on here are a wealth of info.
  5. I picked this up in cranbrook last September 2014. Sahinler 150kg. The man I got it from helped me with it into my truck. Then it went to my friend's farm where he was kind enough to help lift it by hand. I had a tarped up horseshelter as a forge for a while. Then I bought a house with a garage and made a new stand. I used a 5 to 1 to lift the anvil by myself. I tried uploading a video of the process but something tells me it's too big.
  6. Here are a few pages I have found. And Http://
  7. I made these recently. They're for my boss who kindly traded me some used iPhones. The smaller one was and old hatchet that I did cheat a bit on but the larger of them was made from a solid rectangle 7/8x2x6 1/2 ". Punched the eye and welded the bit :) the small one got rusty already which I know there are preventive measure for....
  8. Hi there. Some people have tried asking about coal in southern alberta. I know this because I have come across threads while searching for myself. You will need to get in contact with Amy at the stampede grounds agricultural centre. $20 a bag but there are some limitations as to how much or little one can procure at one time. Anyways. This is what I have found. Amy Osborn Agriculture Programming Coordinator Calgary Stampede T 403.261.9159 F 403.262.3067 [email protected]
  9. This still needs a pan around the drum but it didn't cost me much other than the blower.
  10. Dayne

    "C" leg vice

    I recently purchased this vice and blower from a fellow down the road from my forge. The blower is obvious but the vice has a letter "c" on the mount plate. Anyone have any idea as to what make it is? It works, so I guess that's all that matters. Any help though would be awesome
  11. You're right. It's super hot super fast. I may make a very small forge with one burner and a smaller oriface for tempering and such. Thanks for pointing it out. :)
  12. After having to relocate my shanty town style shop of tarps and makeshift work benches I have finally spent the required time to have a forge that isn't so ghetto. I used an old 20lbs propane tank and some various scrap. Angle steel from a bed frame, barbq grill, rebar, a bit of sheet metal and some 1/4 round. The burners are 3/4 pipe in 6" lengths into floor flange. (No flared end or nothing) an 1 1/2 reducer to 3/4 and some 1/8 Id pipe with a 5/64 hole drilled in it for gas. There are many places to get info for making these forges and burners and after trying what seemed like every variation possible, I have realized that if you put gas down a pipe through a small hole at a wide ranges of psi and stuff extra air into them you get results. My point is there are lots of things that work, some more efficient than others but don't be discouraged when building a forge that doesn't work. Some advice though, now that I have tried so many things I bet I have spent the equivalent time and money as buying one outright from a reputable company. Having said that its totally possible to make a forge for $50. I'm sure some would rather not see blow dryers in use but it is what it is for now. They work great and you can choke the intake with a piece of tape, This is a video of mine running at one psi, then I turn it to two psi and turn the air up. With no choke. trim.r2KEcD.MOV
  13. So this is the slightly more finshed version of my first attemp at forge welding anything other than scrap and cable and I'm quite pleased with it although there are some lines where the 1095 went in. I feel like it maybe could've failed to weld in a few spots but it seems alright otherwise. I've learned heaps and still find a few more tools could be useful
  14. Dayne

    Cable damascus

    I bought a few scraps from a rigging supply store the other day. Varied sizes and lengths. I asked about the paperwork they had on them and it turned out they used cable with steel that had .7 carbon