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  1. And that's a fact! Most blacksmithing videos just show a glimpse of a how to. I really enjoy your videos 'cause i have no blacksmith nearby i can ask about how to do this and this. So i need this kind of video (in german it's something like "stealing with your eyes"). Of course the "ordinary" blacksmithing interested audience does not need the information. But for me they are invaluable! If i want to see entertaining videos i'll watch the videos from Alec Steele, but ... um ... no, i won't... his videos are just hectic with no educational value
  2. And again an awesome video from you! Thanks! I've seen this method but i never could convince myself that the twistet parts are strong enough.
  3. Chisel tong

    JHCC - Thanks! I agree, the transition looks a bit thin. But i made the tong out of an old drive shaft, so i hope i've got some bonus in strength. jlpservicesinc - The wood splitter is about 2 inches in diameter, so 3-6 lbs suits i think. Didn't weigh them.
  4. Chisel tong

    Hi folks, I've got the honor to refurbish some wood splitting wedges for a coworker. Due to the fact that the wedges can't be held with ordinary tongs (especially when working on the head) i made a pair of chisel tongs as shown in Blacksmith's Manual Illustrated by J.W. Lillico. Maybe not the most perfect tool i made (could have been forged much cleaner), but they work really really fine! I hope you like it and maybe someone has some helpful critique.
  5. Workshop Flooring!

    Due to the fact, that my workshop kind of developed over time i've got several floor types (concrete plate, brick, dirt). A cast concrete plate has the disadvantage that it transmits the vibration of everything directly to the walls which makes everything a bit louder for your neighbors. Standing on concrete all the day also isn't pretty good for your joints. The dirt floor on the other hand is good for standing on it, but when you loose something, especially tiny parts.... And you carry the dirty everywhere. The brick floor without mortar ist the best floor in my eyes. If you want to mount something heavier you just remove the bricks and cast a concrete socket.
  6. These nails are driving me nuts...

    Yes, i first drilled a hole and then punched it. Works too, but if you have a close look at the shank you see it. Additionally you have to keep in mind that you have to drill the hole smaller than the desired shank size. I did not. Next stept will be a nail header beeing punched completely. Lesson learned...
  7. These nails are driving me nuts...

    Successfully made some nails and a nail header today (you may now imagine me grunting like a real man). Still not sufficient, but i hope i'm getting better.
  8. These nails are driving me nuts...

    Thank you so much for the information and the friendly and objective discussion. Seems like making nails is not that easy But i think I've got an excerpt of what i can and will do better. Thanks again for the active participation everyone!
  9. These nails are driving me nuts...

    @Glenn @swedefiddle Of course it's usually a matter of time, practice and patience. But you know, sometimes you're in a blind alley (is that the correct term?) and have to return to the beginning. See, it's sometimes really frustrating making really good tools and so on but not being able to make simple nails. And then you need a push into the right direction. And that's what this forum gave me thanks for that!
  10. These nails are driving me nuts...

    @ausfire cooling the nail in the header is a good hint. Thanks! @ThomasPowers Touching the edge of the pitchel hole. Could have find out that too @Glenn Thanks for the layout. It's the first time to see a nail header with a hour glass shaped hole. The problem is that i have taught my self everything about blacksmithing by watching videos, reading books and asking people. And most of the nail header tutorials tell to taper the hole from the bottom. I even saw a blacksmith making nails in an old hinge with a square hole cause he had no nail header at his fingertips. That's why i'm surprised but i will definitely try it. Thank you all so much for your help! I'll keep you up to date about my nail making progress.
  11. Hello Community, I badly need some help! I'm at my wit's end. I already made so many things successfully. Tongs... Knifes... Axes in different sizes... And many other tools and things. But I'm currently not able to make a simple nail! I made several nail headers, drilled holes through 'em an drifted them to a square cross section tapered to the bottom side. I shouldered down the stock on two sides and draw out the tip of the nail. But every time i forge out the head, it's not centered. No matter what i try to move the metal in a direction.Also after "forming the head" i turn the nail header and the complete nail is crooked or just won't slip out the header with out brutal force. If there's one nail (out of ten) satisfying my image of a nail, it deforms while hammering into wood. I've got the feeling that i'm kind of deadlocked. So I want to start from the beginning. Are there any helpful hints about what i can do better? I would be very pleased if someone could help me find my way to a reproducible nail. P.S.: I tried to use the search function, but the search engine is not that helpful.
  12. Flattening hammer (easy way)

    Nice work! And if it does the job every thing is fine. I made my flatter the "blacksmiths way", that means forging down a large piece of steel at one end, putting it into the swage plate and smacking the xxxx out of it with a sledge hammer. Works fine too and took me less than 1,5h, punching the handle hole included. Mod Note:Your images have been reworked from over 4 megs to less than 100K in size.
  13. that's really a amazing video. All you need is some "mud", a bit of fibers for stabilizing the mud and wood. The videos shows that you definitely do not need much effort to make charcoal. I prefer a little bit more modern way with an old barrel using the TLUD process too.
  14. Moving a heavy anvil

    "...oh, the tire's got quite little air ... but only on the bottom..." When i got my power hammer (75kg ram, 3.5 tons in total) i had the same experience. I expected not more than 1.5 ton, so you can imagine how underdesigned the equipment was I'm looking forward to it! Just contact me when you're in Germany! I'll post a pic of the anvil, unfortunately i do not have any picture of my self engineered construct. I agree, i'm in contact with Refflinghaus, and he has never seen such an Anvil...
  15. Moving a heavy anvil

    Uff, i do not have any information about the manufacturer since the anvil might be made in 1975 or so. The only mark is the 400 for the weight. I don't think it's a Refflinghaus, i think it's "just" a mass product from a soviet or GDR-mill. It's not that easy to read if it is meant in a sarcastic way or not, especially when just that one sentence is quoted. First thing i thought when i read the post was "oh, now they all think that you where pregnant with the anvil"