Charles R. Stevens

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  1. I snagged these "anvil" pictures from IFI, all exelent anvils. I especially like the cut off crank shaft If you look at this, you will find two modifications I shamelessly took from Steve Sells.
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    Anthracite JABOD Forge

    Are you talking dearth of the top of the tuyere I’d below the hearth or the ID of they tuyer? 4” is about right for a 1” ID tuyer using coal. A 4” ID tuyere is much deaper and is way inefecent for heating 1”- stock, bit just right for heating 6” stock for forging anvils. Jerry, I melt fire brick so red brick is just fine across from the tuyere, lol
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    Anthracite JABOD Forge

    Around here the local smithing club sells coal to members for $160 a ton. Hard to beat the price per BTU... then again home made charcoal from construction waste works great to
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    Question for an essay

    Well the first pro of a forge and blacksmith is that it is much more economical to heat and bend metals with a forge than a torch. Considering that large punch presses and drills can make holes, the advantage of forges is that a boss can be rather easily formed in the process of making a hole another pro is that high cost metals can often be forged into a blank that then can be machined with much less waste. Lastly many processes now done with expensive machines can be duplicated buy a blacksmith, especially for maintenance of obsolete equipment (much of industry dose not support parts past 10 years, an may not suit major structural parts at all. The major con is that forges tend to be larger than a torch set (tho a blower and shovel will suffice) and some job sites (oil field locations come to mind) to not allow propane tanks) Of course one must have a blacksmith or a welder/blacksmith on the payroll. now as to coal vs gas. solid fuel forges tend to be larger and one must develop fire management skills, wile gas are easier to light and use coal is not as “clean” generally as gas and can be harder to find. For fuel efficiency one can reconfigure solid fuel forges for particular tasks wile one generally needs to build a new gas forge to optimize fuel efficiency. Now as to the money put into a forge, solid fuel forges can be generally dirt cheap (air air source and hole in the ground) wile a gas forge generally costs $150 plus to build (some builds are cheaper) permanent solid fuel forges generally cost the same as gassers to build but again one tends to have more than in gas forge or a gas and solid fuel forge for efficiency based on the project
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    Anthracite JABOD Forge

    This why I put two bricks in the bottom. 2” is the minimum to prevent wood from infighting (600f). Charcoal and coal forge design is almost identical when it comes to side blast /JABOD forges. The chart in the side blast forge design artical is acualy for coal, as I find charcoal to be happy at a bit shallower depth. I wish you had done just a bit more reading first. No sense in duplicating my mistakes when you can go on to make new and invintive mistakes if your own
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    My first forge..jabod..kinda

    Acualy I will one up Jerry turn the rail so it is standing on end.worka even beter that way
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    Farrier Lube

    We (farriers) typically use bees wax.
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    Air supply for my charcoal forge

    First, let me say I have been experimenting with charcoal forges. And unless you are heat treating swords or forging large scrolls I suggest keeping the fire to six to 8” because one can’t realyfirge more than 6” at a time and unesisary heating of the steel can damage it. If I could also suggest fire brick and furnace cement are unnesisary expenses for making ancharcoal forge. Might I refer you to Glenn’s 55 forge and the verius JABOD forges. So to answer your original question. A double acting bed inflator is sufficient, wile an electric one is more than enugh. A hair drier is serious over kill.
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    First solid fuel forge fab.

    A bullet grate would raise the heart of the fire to table hight.
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    New Black smith please help

    Glen is an optimist, if your young, place a comfortable chair between the bathroom and the fridge, if your old move the fridge next to the toilet. Many of us started poor (some of us still are) in my case The Just a box of dirt forge was started. I also gathered to gather pictures of others improvised anvils. This said, Glenn also did some excellent work with his 55 forges. Anyway, the information is here, and we will help you.
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    Hello from Oklahoma

    Lean over the anvil so your eye is over the sweet spot, your elbo should be tucked in at your side when the hammer strikes the stock. Once you get your ergonomics right you can fix the other little problems
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    Coal Forge Build Help

    You need a way to control the air with any electric blower, and a dead mans switch is a good idea as well (old automotive floor starter switches work well for this but any momentary switch rated for your voltage and amperage works fine).
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    Coal Forge Build Help

    A 3/4” tuyere generally dose just fine up to 1”. I have reworked a pick into armorers srake
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    Stump adaptation for anvil substitute.

    Chanel iron, C Chanel or C girder
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    New hearth

    All that maters is it heats steel and you like it, lol.
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    Sharpening Tools

    Not having slip stones, Wooden dowels and other shapes covered with wet and dry paper work great, leather and jewelers rouge finish
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    New hearth

    Wouldn’t that be a JABOB (bricks)?
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    what to do with a cupped anvil

    The sway makes it easier to straiten bars and knife blades
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    forge blower lubrication

    Some don’t hold oil at all, those that have Oiler cups at the top don’t hold oil, and a few drops of bar oil, 90wt or 30wt non detergent.
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    Coal Forge Build Help

    So 7” deep can easily accommodate a bottom blast forge. Bellow are two cities of a rivit forge. One can easily weld up a tuyere and cut a hole in the bottom of the fire pit. Now from there take a 2” pipe cap and drill a 3/4” hole in the center. Now if you position it so the top of the cap is 4” below the rim you now fill the fire pit with sub soil ( the dirt about a foot down below the top soil) or an adobe mix of 1/3 clay to 2/3 sand to 1” below the top of the cap. Then form a bowl about 8” across ending 1” below the rim of your fire pit. a side blast can also be built easy enugh.
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    possible new forge?

    How deepis it? With the solid bottom 6” is deal enugh for a side blast. Not to say one can’t sculp adobe to raise things Not a bottom blast fan one could be fabricated
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    Portable Forge

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    A collection of improvised anvils

    Looks like an anvil to me
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    Hello from Oklahoma

    Thanks for the catch Jerry. Thank you for the visual TP. another point I forgot. Pick a spot on the anvil to hit and move the steel under it as if you were a power hammer. Now you don’t do this all the time bu you do it a lot. Some operations it’s the “sweetspot” usually the face just back from the front foot. Other times it’s that favorite off side edge, and others will be on the horn just informs of the step. You will pend a lot of time forging in one of those 3 spots wile moving stock under the hammer.
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    Help me plan/size and layout

    Carport come horse barn. If you order a snow load rated car port with taller legs you can use 4’ wide faced steel building insulation and the taller legs are needed for full swings with a hand or sledge hammer. PT fence panels make cheep siding, especially if salvaged (most fences are not installed with ground contact rated 4x4s. If you use fence panels and insulation some kind of barrier film will be needed.