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  1. 5th year forging

    Re-create your first complete project to compare how far you've come with your technique. See if you can make it better, faster, prettier than you did originally.
  2. Dive Knife

    When it is at the correct temperature, titanium moves very easy. Problem is, it doesn't stay at the correct temperature for very long.
  3. Double screw vise

    I'm no expert on this style, but it looks to me that without the chain in place to drive the lower screw, turning the handle would cause a bind between the upper and lower screws. Trying to force it to turn would lock it up and could bend the screws or break some other component. Should be fairly easy to get a good guess on the needed chain size using the pin diameter and width off of the gears and measuring the distance between the upper and lower gear to calculate the length.
  4. How did you find your first anvil?

    After taking an introductory blacksmithing class, I started asking around at work if anyone knew of an anvil for sale. The third person I asked said he had one in his garage that he'd been tripping over for too many years and said I could have it, but I would need to bring some help to load it. He told me he inherited the anvil from an uncle who had it sitting in the chicken coop for at least the past twenty years. I was figuring a beat up hundred pound or so anvil that would need a bunch of clean up to be usable. When I got to his house, he pointed me to a 200 lb Hay Budden in near perfect shape. Wouldn't accept any money for it, saying his wife was happy to see it gone and that was payment enough. TPAAAT in action for sure.
  5. Antique forge still good for starting

    Just to clarify the question on to clay or not to clay, this is one of the older, cast iron pans which have embossed right in the pan to clay before use. Thermal cycling can cause the cast iron to crack, which isn't really a pleasant thing to deal with. The newer style sheet metal pans would not need the clay, although having the insulating layer wouldn't hurt, as long as the moisture isn't trapped causing the pan to rot.
  6. Decorative Fire Rake

    Unless I'm mistaken, it's similar to a pineapple twist without scribing the lines down the center of the bar. Twist the bar clockwise, flatten back to square, then untwist half the number of turns.
  7. It followed me home

    Would that be a miniature razor for ladies, or a razor for miniature ladies? Judging by the pictures, it could work either way.
  8. Any idea on weight?

    If this is true, the face of that anvil is around 53" above floor level. Must have been a very tall blacksmith.
  9. Any idea on weight?

    Looks like a big one to me, 200+ lbs ??? Also looks to be in pretty decent condition.
  10. Anvil is pretty far gone

    I'm not sure what you are seeing that I am not, but that's not what I consider to be in bad shape. Looks like some pitting on the face.... no big deal, just start beating some hot metal on it will help polish the face. I do see some minor damage along one edge, but nothing that makes it unusable. To my eyes, it's a nice old Fisher in decent shape. with plenty of usable surface. Wire wheel to clean it up, a coat of linseed oil to preserve the finish, and put it to work.
  11. Hardie Hole size

    The Hay Budden catalog shows 40 to 100 lb anvils with 3/4" hardie and 7/16" pritchel; 125 - 150 lb anvils with 7/8" hardie and 9/16" pritchel, but I would think it depends on the face width being able to support a larger hardie hole.
  12. Made a Forge, Doesn't Work

    Since it appears you are using your weed burner forge indoors, make sure you have plenty of fresh air coming in to offset all the carbon monoxide that is pumping out and filling the house, or it may well be the last Christmas presents you ever have to worry about. A proper burner can be built relatively inexpensive, depending on your tools and abilities, and used in you firebrick setup, but the fastest way to get where you want to be is as stated above, dig a hole, light the charcoal and induce some forced air to get the metal hot. Better get digging before the ground freezes too hard.
  13. Anvil Knowledge

    What's up with the double step? Looks like it might have been damaged on the front edge and had an inch or two of the top plate removed for some reason.
  14. Railroad Spike Tomahawk

    It depends a lot on the style you're going for. You can use the head for the blade portion and just use your cross pein to move the metal into the direction you need it to go. I guess you could try to upset just below the head to get a little more mass for moving/shaping. If you want to leave the head intact and use the spike end for the blade, maybe just fold an inch or so beyond the point over at a 90 degree bend, then draw out the shape using the cross pein. Either way you go, it would probably be easier in the long run if you slit the shank for the future handle hole before you start shaping the blade.
  15. Help with slip rolls

    I found a reference to an add that listed capacity of the 36" model (R-636) as 22 Ga. and the 24" model (R-624) as 20 Ga., so I'd guess you might be able to roll at least 20 Ga steel with it, maybe just a bit heavier.