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  1. Got a drift, no issues. No issues forging a hammer or a top tool, except for time. I'm just slow, and wondering if it'd be worth it time wise to start with something already mostly there.
  2. I'm needing a couple of top fullering tools, thinking of forging out a couple of harbor freight 3-4 pound shop hammers to save time. I could forge from 1045 round bar, but am thinking of the time savings. Is this a crazy idea, or false economy? Thing is I can get them for 9.99, then add a 25% off coupon, so 7.25 before tax. Of course I'd have to cut the handle off, but I save them for future projects, not that I need too, got plenty of hickory around here.
  3. Well, got it done. No need to heat treat the flat spring, and judging from what little I've used it, there doesn't seem to be a lot of flex. A butt weld would most likely hold up fine, provided the 5160 was pre heated and it was a multi pass weld with something like 7018. In fact, I'm wondering if mild steel wouldn't work as the leaf spring, it doesn't flex that much. Anyway, I used it while forging out a hawk and it worked great. If nothing else it let me use a hand held flatter without a juggling act. Surprised at how hard it hits, and very precise and controllable. Here's a
  4. Thanks, but I'll forge it round then true up with a 1/2" drill after forging. As a welder I shudder at the thought of a butt weld on a spring. I will give the leaf spring a try with no heat treat and see how it works. Worst case I can always take it off and heat treat it. Thanks
  5. So far not crazy about the way the plans are drawn out and written. Not too bad, but lack detail and have had to back up a little a couple times and re think how to do something to get it to come out rite. Not a big deal, but irritating at times. Anyway, I've got the main construction done, about to start on the turnbuckle and leaf spring linkage. I have a couple of questions, mainly the springs. The coil springs Clay list, the plans say "Bend spring into a "U" and heat a spot on the center coil with a torch until it separates. Bend out a 2 turn loop, cold on each end" Am I overthin
  6. Any updates on this project? I understand life getting in the way of projects for sure.
  7. You can use tooling on either design. Also the tire hammer can be adjusted, but it really shines for drawing out stock. The biggest issue I had with the rusty I build was lack of power and control. The tooling is one reason I'm building a treadle hammer. I did make a set of extreme drawing dies for the tire hammer, but it's a little aggravating to change back and forth, though it's not that big of a deal.
  8. In my experience I've not been that impressed with the "rusty" style hammers. They are better than a sledge for moving steel, but the tire hammer has it beat hands down! I'm a bladesmith that's branching into blacksmithing just a bit. For me, I would be hard pressed to live without my hydraulic press or my power hammer. I'm also in the middle of building a treadle hammer for certain operations. For bladesmithing the power hammer and press really compliment one another. What one sucks at, the other is good at. I've been using a tire hammer for several years now and have really enjoyed it.
  9. Good looking hawk, never would have guessed the construction method from the pics.
  10. Got all the steel and bolts and nuts, just waiting on some stuff from Mcmaster-carr and I'll have everything. Except maybe time to actually build it.
  11. Thanks, from what I'm thinking, I won't use it that much, but when I do it'll let me work by myself without needing a striker and will be very useful at times. My press gets a lot of use, but it's an H frame with only about 7" of clearance between the dies. Also on delicate work it tens to be too slow and to really squish things. The power hammer is a clay spencer tire hammer and works great for turning large stock into smaller stock, but single hits are not that accurate, either too hard or too soft. Not to mention there's enough play in it to make really accurate top and bottom tools just
  12. I've got the plans to build a Clay Spencer in line treadle hammer. As a knifemaker I haven't had much need for a striker or a lot of tooling. I am however moving into a bit of decorative work and branching into axes and hawks. I've got a H frame hydraulic press I built, a 50 pound tire hammer. The press and the power hammer really compliment one another. I'm thinking of building the in line treadle hammer to act as a helper or striker with tooling. I could use the press on some of it, but it's real easy to go to far to fast with the press, even with stop blocks. I designed and build the
  13. Outstading! How did ou atach the pipe? Silver braze, or screwed on?
  14. ​Exactly! If I start with 5 layers, I count it like this, 5, 10, 20, 40, ect. Most times though I tripple or quadruple stack, but you get the idea. It's all an aproximation.
  15. Cool, a press sure makes quick work of large stock don't it?
  16. Thanks, not vice edges, just where I knocked the majority of the scale and hammer marks down on the belt grinder. Normally I'd put a small shelf there with a file, along with a little moulding, this I just left rough ground. It'll get nice and rusty in my mule, I just wanted an idea of what the wrought would look like. Will be doing another from welded up bits of wrought iron again, hopefully taking precautions against welding flaws next time!
  17. Looks good, can't really see from the pics, but if your using the factory cylinder mounts, with the rite pin you shouldn't have a problem. There have been some pins sheared that shoot out like bullets though, that's why mine has a deflector plate in front of the cylinder mounts, but then mine more of the clayborn style and the pin is at eye level. Only thing I see is maybe adding a die plate retainer, had one pop out on mine when doing some off center work and it punched me in the gut, no damage to me, but didn't feel real good. Looks like you've got bolts in front, wouldn't take much to mak
  18. I've had good luck welding with the press, but the stack needs to be clean, and it's a good idea to have the grind marks going sideways so there's a path for the flux to escape out. Normally I flat grind when doing a billet and either arc weld the ends and a handle on, or wire up. I've gone to doing the first weld using diesel as the flux. On some mosiacs I've taken to surface grinding the pieces before stacking. Thing about a press is that it is slow, a hammer with a dome face will squish the metal together and squeeze out crud. On a press everything needs to be pretty well clean and in c
  19. Beautiful work! Don't know how practical it would be in day to day operations, but stunning work.
  20. The slag in wrought iron make for easy welding, as long as your hot enough. High carbon steel welds at a lot lower temp than wrought iron. A good flux, one that acts like an acid at heat, is a must for welding high chrome steels like 5160. The issue is scale doesn't melt back into the steel and keep metal from touching during welding, flux melts it back into the metal, or lets you squeeze it out when hammering.
  21. Not real proud of this one except I finally figured out the proper preform to be able to knock one out pretty easily. I had a couple of minor flaws in a couple of welds, so it won't be finished and sold, but solid enough I will keep it in my mule for use around the place. Just stuck a cheap hickory handle in it and did a little decorative burning. Head was welded up from bits and bobs of left over wrought iron, some pretty ratty. Bit is 1084. I did just enough grinding to clean the scale off and be able to etch and see how the wrought iron came out. Not the most even grinding, but will be
  22. I've had a few issues lately, one is a hawk welded up from left over bits and pieces of some pretty rough wrought iron. Had a few minor flaws, major enough I didn't bother filling it out and doing a proper finish, minor enough I'll leave it in my mule and use it around the place. This is the first hawk I've tried using iron moutain flux on, thinking I may have trapped some scale while welding up, and I didn't do any grinding before hand. I've had very good results welding high carbon steel, and even 5160 and 52100, but the steel needs to be clean and you've got to get your heat rite. Also y
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