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  1. Going by this old ABANA post: Too high a serial number and no "A", so would it then be a Trenton? (Trexton?) Also, is there any way to ID this leg vise? Doc.
  2. Better photos, in the sober light of dawn: I took the small wire brush to the sides as well- there's not even a hint of any stamping or marks. The numbers are on the front foot. Hopefully the serial number will help with the age and ID. Thanks. Doc.
  3. In a remarkable stroke of luck, I just picked up this 170-lb farriers'-style anvil for... well, just under sixty cents a pound. The hard face is badly crumbled at the edges, and I think starting to delaminate at the front edge, but I think I can fix it. Even still, it rings like a church bell. Anyway, it was admittedly dark when I looked at it (hence the cruddy picture) but even on a fairly close examination, I couldn't see any trace of any markings. Nothing stamped, nothing cast or forged in, etc. It appears to be wrought iron (there's no way a cast one could ring like that) with a
  4. Wow, very nice. Lots of good ideas in there, thank you. I'll have to give it a closer look in the morning, but a couple of those show some promise. It helps a bunch to see some of the designs already in an angled stair-rail setting... Doc.
  5. -And in resizing them, you removed them from my control. They started out linked from- and tracked by- my personal hosting, and you took it upon yourself to copy them off of my site and onto this boards' servers without my permission. I notice they're all still there, despite my asking them to be removed no less than three times. -In other words just shifting my photos around, but keeping them on your server. The proper course would have been to inform me that my linked photos were too large, or in some other way violated the rules or general etiquette. I could have altered and resiz
  6. Is it too much to ask just to get a little design help, and let me worry about the legality? When I built my propane forge, I had people telling me I should skip it and try coal. When I showed photos of my weld-repaired anvil, I had people tell me I'd ruined the "collectors' value". When I said I'd extended and repointed my anvil horn, everyone told me I'd better blunt it or I might get hurt. Every time I post a photo, it gets moved into somebody elses' gallery. Is it any wonder I don't participate here much? So far I've gotten more help with this project from some guys on a webcomic bl
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    This board is just chock full of helpful people, isn't it? Drenched- for a fencing foil, you'd probably be better off buying a rod of the appropriate material, which, I'm assuming, would be somewhere in the 1095 or spring steel range. I'd say start with something around 3/8" round, and shape it gently to a "point" of no less than 3/16". I believe a commercial foil is thinner, but I suspect you'll have difficulty keeping something that thin properly heated. Heat treating will be tricky, hopefully someone with far more expertise than I have, will chime in with some information. Doc.
  8. Great, when the 70-year-old man gets his head stuck in the stair railing and decides to sue family, I'll let you say "I told you so". (Somewhat rude reply removed) Tell you what- if legal conformity is so important to you, why not suggest a design that conforms to your local laws? I'll bet money they're more restrictive than mine, so that should make it safe, okay? Doc.
  9. The railing goes in a private home in a semirural area. There are no restrictions. It's a gift for family, not a commercial job. As I said, I'd rather lean toward classic scrollwork of some sort, but after doing several Google Image Searches, and looking through the galleries here, there's simply an endless variety of shapes and styles. I'm having some difficulty sorting out a design that will look classic and elegant, yet something I can make with materials at hand and with the tools available- and not have it take me six months to do it. I don't ask for much, do I? Doc.
  10. Actually, that's not a bad idea. I might have to fiddle with that a bit, as I kind of have my heart set on having at least some classic-style wrought scrollwork, but I see what you're trying to do there. As for Rage, well, while I did use several hammers and pounded on things, there was no real blacksmithing involved, It was more like clever auto bodywork. For whatever reason- at least in part because I've never done it before- I'm having a hard time visualizing how to fit wrought-ironwork into this railing, and have it look the way I want it to- but then, I'm not even sure how I want it
  11. Well, as I said, the frame is done, the top wood handrail only needs to be trimmed to length and then stained and sealed, and some minor trimwork for the oak base. Technically, I could have the basic handrail installed in a day. All I'm looking for are some ideas for embellishment- some scrollwork to fill the openings. And it doesn't have to be 300 pounds of 2" diameter scrolls, either. The "mass manufactured" way would be just a single twisted picket in the middle of each panel, each with a pair of S-scrolls that form the classic heart-shape. That, however, is cliche and awful. I'd like s
  12. I have a short section of stair railing that I need to embellish. The framework (roughly pictured below) is 1" square tubing, with the uprights on approximately 16" centers. The top rail will have a wraparound oak handrail attached. The lower edge (the top of the short wall to which the railing is bolted to) will be covered with an oak plank. So what I'm looking to do is fill the three panels with some wrought ironwork. Now, there's some limitations: I only have a small propane forge. I can build a larger one if I need to (and I've been planning to) but basically, I'll only be able to he
  13. Turned out to be a great demo! I was impressed with the setup, and the various guys and ladies made some interesting pieces. I took just short of a thousand photos- gotta love high end digital - and as soon as I have 'em sorted and uploaded, I'll post a link to my gallery here. I'd go ahead and post a couple that I have up already, except Glenn would just repost 'em to his gallery again, even though I've specifically asked him not to in the past. Fun stuff, though. I just wish I'd had the chance to whip up a pattern, and I should have gone over the day before and watched them making the m
  14. I was hoping you'd post some pics, Frosty. I wanted to attend, but time and finances were against me. I'll be at tomorrow's event in Kenai come xxxx or high water, though. I had lots of ideas for something to mold- a vise for my shaper, an overarm support for the horizontal mill, etc.- but no time to get anything ready. My stuff'd be critical enough we'll have to pay attention to the shrinkage rates, and possibly mold a void core- or whatever they're called. Is this a group of enthusiasts, or a company that can actually pour iron for pay, if I were to come up with a workable mold later
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