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    Making a saw blade

    I never imagined such a high activity in this thread. Many thanks again! I hope you don't mind that it took a while for me to answer, i've been on a business trip. I don't think that a combined knife with a "saw back" is a good idea. I think that saw back will damage too much venison when handled too careless. That's my intention. That's too long. Maybe you should ask the search engine of your choice for pics about "Aufbrechsäge". I hope that helps you to understand what i mean. What an interesting link! Not for cutting bones, but maybe there will be a wood saw following.
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    Making a saw blade

    Thank you all for sharing your thoughts with me!! now i know what you mean! sounds logic to me. I do not know the correct term in English, but when you killed the animal you cut open the gut to remove the entrails to cool the body down as fast as possible. to do so you also cut open the pelvis. sometimes you need a saw for that. There are solutions to purchase, but my intention was to make a foldable saw.
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    Making a saw blade

    Many thanks for your interesting answers! Will W. I think spring steel will be a good choice. High flexibility is a good point, but i think the saw blade won't be longer than 3 or 4 inches. you're sure? the butchers saw i found looks like cutting on the push...
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    Making a saw blade

    Dear community, i used the search function of IFI and google, but most of the threads are about what to make out of an old saw blade or which steel they are made of. If this is not the right section for this thread please feel free to move it where it belongs. A good friend actually made his hunting exam and i thought it would be a nice gift making a "knife and saw kit" for field dressing. Anyone with experience in making a saw? Which shape should the teeth have for cutting bone? Are there measurements to pay attention to? Hope you can help me! P.S: I'm definitely able to google for a butcher saw and try to copy it. But want to UNDERSTAND how it works and how it's made
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    A2 for a hammer eye drift?

    already made hammer eye drifts out of 1.2343 (pretty similar to A2). Afterwards not necessary. hard to forge, narrow might be mentioned, that the drift can't be cooled while using, neither with water nor with oil. Lubrication only with Uri Hofi's Wax Lube. Due to the air hardening the hitting face of the chisel or whatever has to be soft-annealed carefully. essentially to much effort. 1.7225 (or 4140) is a pretty versatile steel. pardons a lot, even imprecise heat treatment, but air hardens a bit too. "...hard to forge, narrow temperature window for forging..."
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    Избушка на курьих ножках (мангал)

    Awesome! Great work! I know Ба́ба-Яга́ very well from my childhood!
  7. 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
  8. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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...
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    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.
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    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!
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    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!