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I Forge Iron


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About highlander

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    Wilmington, Delaware
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    im really tall
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    electrician by trade

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  1. I made one for a fella once. Just took a piece of 6 inch pipe, cut a slice in it and bent the sides straight with a piece of plate welded for the bottom and back. Took the intact door off his old smashed mailbox and put it on the new one. A couple weeks later he called me to tell me that he found a piece of smashed baseball bat next to the new box, and the paint was scuffed on it. That'll be the last time those kids make that mistake.
  2. I came across this gem on craigslist and figured that I would pass it along. Phone number is on that page. http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tls/2417910102.html
  3. I deleted a bunch of PMs but I don't think my inbox was full... Try again when you read this.
  4. Remove the gear and pm me. I will straighten it for no charge if you can't get it yourself.
  5. I was given a 4 ton punch press today. I was expecting to be getting a different one, but upon further inspection the cast iron frame was cracked and I politely declined it so the gent gave me this one instead! He has many die sets for it that he has to dig out but will be giving me them when he finds em. Needs a new cord, switch, pulley for the motor, belt, and a thorough clean and lube. I don't yet know what I will be using it for, but worse case scenario is that I sell it and use that $ to buy more blacksmithing tools! All the grease on it has hardened up like rock.
  6. Saltfork Craftsmen swage block came in the mail today. Looks great and is 100% worth the money.
  7. Just FYI, if you decide to buy a saltfork swage block, make sure that you email MIKE on the page and not Bill. That email address is not current and you will not get an email back. I don't want to share Bill's new email address on a public forum, but if you email Mike he can point you in the right direction.
  8. Upon further research, it looks to be a socket for turning spanner nuts, were used all over the place on 60's-80's gm vehicles as well as in modern appliances and a host of other pieces of equipment. Thank you everyone for your knowledge and expertise in helping me track down the purpose of this socket.
  9. I must say you are doing excellent. I started out on a real anvil and my first piece didn't look that good. Cheers.
  10. Whilst organizing the mechanical/small engine side of the shop, i came upon a bin of my least used sockets... 3/4 in drive sockets between 1 1/2-3" mostly... I came upon a socket I forgot that I had, it is 3/8 drive with 2 nubs on the outer rim across from each other. I remember seeing this type socket somewhere but I cannot remember what it is used for... Any help? It has no capacity for any kind of hex fastener inside, just smooth and round. Made by MAC tools, it has SC21 stamped into it. A search of MAC tools website gave me nothing. http://img59.imageshack.us/i/mysterysocket2.jpg/ http:
  11. they are cheap cast iron and you cannot forge them.
  12. Made this today for my mother for christmas. She mentioned in passing several months ago that she would love a magnetic hook or two to put on the fridge to hang dish towels off of. This is what I came up with. Magnets still need to be epoxied on and the whole thing hit with a clear coat. Overall length is 11 inches, but it is rather heavy so I may chop some material off the ends. back piece is 2 inch X 1/4 inch flat bar.
  13. probably made of good tough steel. flatten a few out, weld them together, and forge a knife?
  14. The load is minimal. Maybe 60lbs max. Thank you very much doug.
  15. I have been asked to forge a grappling hook for a local marine fire fighter for the purpose of throwing at a small boat that is on fire to pull it in to range to hit with a fire hose. It is a vague description but not important none the less. I have forged the grappling hook itself by splitting sucker rod (courtesy of richard thibeu) into 4 hooks and forging an eye on of the other end. My main question is this... What is a good color to temper the hooks to for maximum strength? I have yet to harden or temper the whole piece. I have minimal experience with forging with sucker rod. Thank you i
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