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About alwe1

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  1. Found this listed on craigslist and was wondering what brand it is and if it's an anvil worth buying. Also what does semi steel mean? CL link removed
  2. thank you for that advice because i have often wondered why they don't do it with just one tool. What size drift should be used for drifting the eye of a hammer?
  3. I don't expect perfection I just am still learning and was looking for suggestions is all. I didn't want to make one that turned out well enough to be usable only to have it be made of a steel that doesn't make a functional hammer. I fully expect that my first hammer will have many problems just wanted to be pointed a good direction to start.
  4. What type of steel are truck axles made from? I know I have several axles of various lengths around as well as other shaft steels from grain stirators these shafts are solid steel and normally anywhere from 1 to 2 inches in diameter. This brings me to another question what diameter of round stock would be best for this project? I would like the hammer to be between 3 and 4 pounds.
  5. I am hoping to forge my first hammer and I was wondering if you have any tips or suggestions on how to do it? I was also wondering what type of steel is best for making a hammer and why? I have seen some topics that recommend 1045 or 4140 but I was wondering what properties of these steels make them preferred for making hammers. I am also lacking the knowledge of the process to harden them for use forging. I would really like to make a rounding hammer and would also be grateful for any tips that apply specifically to making rounding hammers.
  6. I have given some thought to making a home foundry and I was wondering if anyone had some tips for a newbie. Also I was wondering if there is any real value to casting aluminum into ingots and selling them? If there is where do you sell them and what are they generally worth per pound?
  7. I thought so as well I'm excited to start working with it. The anvil also came with a great old stump that was cut to size it just happens to be the right height for me.
  8. Any advice on how to decadent the ring this anvil will literally make you deaf.
  9. What do you guys think I should offer on a an immaculate kohwalska anvil I have found it weighs around 80 to 100 lbs
  10. I got lucky just kind of happened upon the sale and boy am I glad I did. Even got a couple nice flatters
  11. Even got a set of 10 or so whet stones for a dollar each new in the box. Some of them are very very fine grit.
  12. Pretty much stocked my shop yesterday now I just need another forge
  13. Anyone know the born on date for the budden?
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