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  1. Lol Makes sense. Yeah, they're for bird feeders andplants and whatever else you want to hang in the middle of nowhere. Would steel make a good sheep catcher? The wife andI have been talking about getting some sleep, so this could be helpful to know for other purposes.
  2. Sorry, I've been away for a while. No, I'm not using a template. I just got a little mig welder,I was debating welding a thinner rod to the leg to help stabilize it though. I haven't been in the forge all winter, so who knows, maybe they will look completely different whenI get it started up again.
  3. Still working on getting this right, but iI feel that these two are much better then the first ones iI made.... Partially because iI made a bending jig. They're not quite identical, iI let one cool a bit before finishing the big bend.... And it didn't fit into my forge anymore.
  4. Update : My in laws have worked in the heating and air conditioning fields, and one of thewife's uncles is a junker. Managed to get a decent sized blower that we will put on the wall and try to fab up a hood for the forge. Haven't insulated the garage yet.
  5. Update : Installed a 0-40 regulator and a 0'60 gauge yesterday. Test fire says it works, and she'll get hot.
  6. Okay... So I'll need to put in a vent that's better than a window 4 feet away. Do you folks that live incolder climates have insulation in your shop walls, or is it just a wind / precipitation shield?
  7. Sorry again. I've got a single frosty t burner running on propane.
  8. Sorry, iI probably should have said that in in central Minnesota. It gets down to the negatives for a solid month or two. Usually we only see - 20 or so for a couple weeks.
  9. My shop is basically the garage. It's a detached garage about 50' from the house. For ventilation i open the two windows, the one nearest the forge has a fan directed toward the window to try and suck a bit of the fume out. The garage is unfinished. With the windows open, would it be worth the time and money to go through and insulate the walls? I'm mostly thinking about the upcoming winter here. I assume that the forge will put out a bit of heat for the garage, but will that all just blow out the windows either way?
  10. Nice work. I really like coloring and all. Though iI have to admit, iI was thrown a bit when iI saw the fire engine red.
  11. I installed a giant whiteboard in our living room for just that purpose.... And for teaching the little guy stuff. He's 3 and all, so... Now if only iI could remember all the words to thatABC song...
  12. I've been watching dirty Smith lately. He's entertaining and gives some good info. And he seems like a nice enough fellow.
  13. To be honest, the quieting part is mostly for the neighbors, who haven't said anything yet. I don't terribly mind the bell sounds... Makes me feel like I'm being accompanied by a choir of really loud bell ringers. Welive in the middle of town. Most of the neighbors are old folks. One house next to us is vacant. I can't get at the base of the bolts. They're inside the center of the top plate. My only option for divorcing the two is to cut it off.... With a 4 inch grinder. So what I'm understanding is that, barring that, welding it to the beam thing would only increase the sound. If iI put some sand or dirt about the thin part of the beam it might help, especially if iI made a method of sound dispersal first. Would it also help if iI filled the hollow wooden box on the bottom with the same? I'm sorry, I'm not meaning to reject your thoughts, I'm just searching for the simplest way to make a bit of improvement without overhauling the whole setup.
  14. It's mostly angles for why it looks so tall. It is a little higher than the recommended height, but iI haven't had any troubles with it there. Second photo is from my chair,third is the best iI can get for between the anvil and the beam. It looks like they cut a hole in the beam at center and then bolted the anvil to this little plate and then welded the plate on the beam.
  15. I've got a 4 inch angle grinder and a stick welder. So you guys don't think that tightening it down to the top ofthe ibeam will help? That was the theory that iI got before iI posted the pictures. My plan was to tighten the anvil down and then fill between it and the beam with metal Anna weld like crazy.... Then iu was going to fill in the sides of the beam with wood, probably glue it in and then strap it around the waist with steel. Should iI discard that idea? Edit : I'm notdrunk, my phone doesn't like typing here for some reason.
  16. Here are a few photos to help with visualization.
  17. So iI should be trying to quiet the I-beam too. That's what iI was wondering. Looks like iI should make some chain then to try that. Otherwise, along the lines of what frosty said, would it help if iI built a bit of a box around the beam and filled that with sand or dirt? The beam has some nice flatspots sticking out that make nice upsetting ledges, so iI would prefer to find something other than removing it.
  18. I hadn't really dug into it to see, but I'm inclined to believe that the bolts are welded on... And iI can't just pull the anvil off... Tried that, it's held fast.
  19. I know, this has come up a thousand times. So I've read up on it and have tried magnets on the heel and horn. They work a little, but it now sounds like iI have a slightly smaller bell than before. My anvil came from the in laws, who got it from someone else years ago. I imagine that this thing has changed hands a bit. Anyhow, somewhere along the line it was cut off at the waist and mounted to a fairly tall steel iI beam. The bolts aren't firmly attached though, the anvil will Rock a bit. Below the iI beam, iI mounted it on a box made from a laminated beam on end. It walks a bit if I'm really going to town with the hammer or hitting in the ends Anyhow, the magnets only partially helped. Would iI better off to try and put some silicon between the anvil and the beam? Or maybe iI need a giant magnet... Tested using welding magnets.
  20. I'm a waiter on the weekends. My wife is a substitute teacher and we have a three year old little boy.... But don't tell him that, he thinks he's a big boy. I've discovered 4 places in my life that iI lose track of time, one of them iI don't go to anymore. In my office working on computers, the forge, the bar, and playing video games. Oh... Does anyone else light the fire to make one thing and then find themselves with a pile of stuff they're working on and the sun going down?
  21. I've been interested in blacksmithing since iI was a kid... it wasn't until after one of my brothers,, my dad and uncle passed away (earlier this year) that I managed to get my forge running.
  22. Are you sure those aren't for crushing stuff instead of vising?
  23. That's a good idea... Will I need a cheater pipe for that? I suppose that iI could hot start the scroll and then move to cold when I get beyond the space in my forge. Come to think of it, iI have a decent sized ASO laying around that iI could drill a few holes in to for pegs. Hmmm
  24. I switched to Vaping not long after we found out that we were expecting our first born. He's almost 4 now too... I'mstarting to understand 'time Flys'
  25. I whipped up a fairly standard scroll jig yesterday... Haven't tested it yet, but iI think it'll work if I weld on a piece to grip on the vise. I free handed a couple yard hooks for my mom, but wanted to be able to make them match a bit nicer. That got me thinking about shapes and jigs. Anyhow, my forge isn't set up to easily handle big hook, without some major reconfiguring, so I've settled on a smaller one. Which is good too since it'll keep the weight centered over the pole instead of trying to stretch out and away.