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  1. I would definitely take the opportunity if I ever have the time.
  2. The gas grill idea WAS what I originally posted about. I changed my mind to something more permanent.
  3. Thanks Charles. You've given me a lot of good information. Yahoo2, those are almost exactly what I'm looking to build/find. We have an steel sanisafe table here at work that's missing the legs. Sound like a promising start to you guys?
  4. I'll have to check that one out as well. Its not too far of a drive and I love the Chattanooga area.
  5. Now I'm se one guessing the grill idea. A good, solid table or desk would be nice. After all, I want it to look good as well as being functional.
  6. Good to know. The equipment I have is pretty old and I would hate to ruin it. Sounds like I need to start shopping around for some forge pieces.
  7. Wondering if there is anyone from the Carrollton GA area who could help a beginner with some hands on learning. I'd be much obliged.
  8. Thanks for the suggestions. I like the grill idea. Is there a certain thickness of steel I should use? Should I weld the fire pot in place or just ensure a tight fit?
  9. So I'm just starting out. I have a fire pot, just not sure how to set it up. I'd like to have a semi portable table rig. Any suggestions?
  10. Thanks everyone. Hopefully I can get things set up and start learning soon.
  11. Thanks for the info. I was afraid the tongs weren't right after seeing pictures online. Do any of you know what type of anvil or blower these are? Or how I could find out? The blower is mounted to an old Westinghouse motor from the 20's or 30's.
  12. Here are some pictures of the blower, fire pot, anvil, vise, and one pair of tongs I have.
  13. Thanks guys. I'll try to post some pictures today. As far as tongs and hammers go that's where I fall short. I have one pair of tongs that I bought. Not sure the type. I'll post pictures of them as well. I've order a book entitled "a blacksmithing primer. It should arrive this week. I'll definitely be reading an absorbing all I can from this site. Thanks for the great tips already. I'm looking forward to hearing what you guys have to say when I get the pictures put up.
  14. I recently discovered that my great grandfather was a blacksmith. This led me to discover his old tools in our basement. An anvil (rusty), and old blower (busted), a fire pot (also rusty), and an Indian chief pole vise. I'm interested in putting theses bits of family history to use, I'm just not sure how to go about cleaning off the rust without damaging them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, any ideas on an inexpensive way to build a compact forge using the fire pot I have? I'm thinking steel table maybe? Again thanks. Looking forward to learning this amazing trade.
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