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  1. Looks good to me and I don't think I have seen it before.  I looked at doing my own but in the end farmed it out to Columbia Marking Tools.  You can always try and if you fail, bring in professional help:D.


    I read up on making my own and I'm sure the instructions are on here somewhere.

  2. Thanks Frosty!


    I had a tool that didn't want to come apart at a 2-7/8 NUE thread (2-1/2" tapered pipe thread)  I had a fork lift pulling on a 36" pipe wrench yesterday with no effect other than to flex the vice its in.  I rigged up a 1" Tee burner this morning and fired it up for 5 Minutes, then broke the connection with a 36 by hand with very little effort.  Normally we would have used a rose bud on a oxy/Acc torch but this was a lot easier to deal with.  The shop guys say I cant have my burner back:D

    I rolled the tool a 1/4 turn about every minute and it got to dull red in about 5 minutes.







    Thanks guys.



  3. Sirsparks,

       try looking for a video of a "spark test" on a grinding wheel. I will try to explain as best I can but others are a lot better at this than me. when grinding look at the sparks generated, if they shoot off in a straight line and then go out it probably low carbon steel. if they start as one spark and then kind of pop into many this may be high carbon steel.  If you have a grinder try this.  First grind a lawn mower blade or store bought chisel and look at the sparks, then do the same thing with a piece of angle iron or square tubing.  I don't know how scientific or un-scientific this is but it is a place to start.

  4. Thanks Thomas, I hadn't thought about boiled tea leaves, my wifes uncle told me about using that mixed with baby oil to get his perfect beach bum tan back in the 60's.  Since this post has gone on to things that poke I must add the ever popular weesatche tree to the list.



  5. One of my oilfield customers brought me some 3/4" wire rope and I finally worked my nerve up to try and forge weld it.  After 2 years of heating and beating and reading this sight pretty much daily I must say making the billet was easier that I expected and that doesn't happen very often.:D

    One observation I can make is 1 linear inch of 3/4" cable does not make near as much solid billet as it looks like it will!


    I forge a billet from cable appx  1/2"x1/4"x12", 

    cut it into 3 pieces,

    sanded, stacked, tacked, fluxed, forge welded,

    and forges back to 1/2" x 1/4" x 12" 

    I repeated this process again, only I turned the billet 90Dgr. after forge welding it and drew it out to appx 1"x 1/4" x 5".  At that point I thought I might want to try and make a knife out of this.



    I free hand filed it into shape and sanded it down from 80 grit to 600 grit while it as in a annealed state.

    I etched it in a solution of hot vinegar and salt (thank you ThomasPowers) for 18hrs

    I brought it above non magnetic temp and let it air cool to black heat 3 times then quenched it in ATF.


    I heated the spine until the colors ran to blue on the cutting edge, then buffed it with a Scotchbrite belt on a belt sander

    The waves on the cutting edge came from me being careless with tongs during the heat treating process


    Thanks IFI



  6. Unfortunately, or fortunately the old smithy has been converted into a tool crib and had 2 more structures scabbed onto it over the years!  I think I could see the foot print of a old masonry built forge but the language barrier kept me from getting to much more info on it.  I'm hoping that when they see a picture of a post vice and a champion blower someone will remember seeing them stacked somewhere.  from what I remember from last year I think this camp was a working coffee farm before the Contra revolution and the Nicaraguan civil war.




  7. Thanks for all the input guys!!


       I have a coupe of years worth of the blacksmith journal, hammers blow, and the Anvils Ring that will go with me also. 


    I am taking enough cash along to buy a machinist vice when we get there.

    The first day my plan is to set up the shop and build a 55 forge

    Second day make punches and chisels from coil spring and twist tongs from flat bar.

    Third day: look for simple jobs that need to be smithed around the camp.


    I am not going to plan anything beyond that because experience has taught me that a 3 day plan on a trip like this is about 1-1/2 days to long:huh:


    My contact down there is measuring the hardee hole on the anvil so I can make a hot cut for it here and save a little time down there.


    there was a complete smithy set up at this location years ago and I am hoping once some of the older guys see what the tools look like they remember what happened to some of the original tools that came along with the anvil.



    Russell Doerr

  8. Thanks Charles!  I found them online, but not as a printed book.  I will keep looking.


       I'm going to take a couple of set of wolf jaw tongs down with me, and they are trying to get a stick of 1"x1/4" flat bar to make twist tongs out of.

    here is my starting list


    2 sets wolf jaw tongs

    1 ball peen hammer

    1 rounding hammer

    20 3/8 rivets

    1 1/4" handled punch

    1 1/4" drift

    1 3/8" drift

  9. I built my first set of flairs out of 17-4 PH HH1150 ss.

    After 2 years the ends were burnt up and even more flared out. so flared that the would not come out thru the hole I put them in thru.  I don't know what the life expectancy is on a flair so take it for what its worth.

  10. I just ordered the following to take down and leave there.

    A Blacksmithing Primer by McDaniel

    New Edge of the Anvil. by Jack Andrew

    The Complete Modern Blacksmith. by Weygers

    Manual de herreria / Blacksmith's Manual. by Luis Lesur

  11. Thank you Thomas!

    Yes it had a lot of drawings and simple tools if I remember correctly.

    I have been asked to try and set up a blacksmith shop it Nicaragua later this summer and I want to take a copy of it down with me, hopefully in Spanish.

    I have been in contact with Glenn about a side draft "55" forge setup to burn wood.

    they have a anvil on hand that looks to be around 150# from eastern Europe or Russia circa 1970   

    I have them scrounging up 55 gal drums, leaf springs, coil springs, buckets and other odds and ends

    I have to figure what I need to take down in my baggage for start up, any suggestions?

    I will only be there 5 days and everything has to go in my luggage at who knows how much per pound over 45 pounds.




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