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  1. That doesn't look too hard to make. I just checked out Brent Baileys web site. Great looking tools. I have seen some of his youtube videos too but the name didn't register until I saw his picture.
  2. OK I will search for that. Good idea on the handles too. It took a long time to get the cut off sledge handle sanded down to fit and look even remotely right. I will see if I can find some small axe or hatchet handles to get drift measurements. We only had 2 slits and 2 drifts for both the hammers and axes and I got the point of how it was done anyway. I think the class is new and may still be evolving. Maybe I can give some feedback for different axe and hammer drifts.
  3. The axe is forge welded. The instructor handled that part. I will be giving it a go on my own this weekend though. I will also be making my own drifts and such I am looking for dimensions now so if you have any advice I would love to hear it. The axe cut and the hammer hammered lol the endurance test will take some time. The eyes are a little off center so I will be working on that also. Lots of practice ahead but it was fun making them. Is a cheek plate like a flatter or is it a different tool?
  4. Just took a course at the Mesa Art Center for hammer and axe building. These are my first shot at it. It was a great course and I can't wait to practice what I learned and clean up my technique a little. We started with basic billets and the handles were shaved down from sledge hammer handles. comments and tips welcome
  5. It's fine with me. I'm just bummed to hear Renaissance fairs aren't historically accurate lol.
  6. The legs were about 3' long each. I am not sure where everything sits in the cooking position as I did not measure it. I did not think to date it. It never even occurred to me someone would try to pass it as an antique. Looks like I have some research to do to find out a little more about these before I make my next one. I just kind of did what looked right from pictures I saw.
  7. Yeah it's 5/8 thick. That was one thing I learned. Go smaller lol I wouldn't add those set to my backpacking gear but it's fine for them. They have a camper.
  8. Made my first camping tripod for my brother in law's family. I learned a lot making this and have some ideas on how to improve next time.
  9. AZGUY


    Awesome, thank you.
  10. AZGUY


    Is the wedge what keeps it tight against the mount?
  11. Disappearing post issue is striking me again:

    No a piece of strap stock say 1/8 to 3/16 depending on how much umph you need will work fine.  There are many ways you can gussy it up a bit. I like to split the end a ways up forge the pieces square and then octagonal or round and then curl them up into spirals to rest on the sides of the moving leg while the center pushes out on it.  Also rather traditional is to bend the top over 90 so it catches on the top of the mounting bracket (the spring goes between the mounting bracket and the stationary leg and then down and is bent out to rest against the moving leg.)

    1. AZGUY


      Worth a shot, as long as it doesn't damage the tool worst case is I learn something.

  12. AZGUY


    I don't need any particular type of spring steel or anything?
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    Picked this up the other day, Craigslist find for $80. The cheapest I have seen in a while. Does anyone make a replacement spring for these? I know most people make their own but I don't think I know enough yet to put the tool at risk of a bad part. Disassembly and clean up begins soon. Anything I should watch out for?
  14. Sorry, charging family was supposed to be a joke but I appreciate the candid response. Other than maybe paying for the materials I wouldn't charge them. I enjoy doing stuff for family and it would give me the opportunity to try new things and learn. If other people asked about it I would have them tell them they paid for it though. That way I am not doing favors for strangers. I am just starting out in my metal working hobby and I enjoy new opportunities to try different stuff and experiment. Besides the wife can't get mad at me for spending time in the garage if I am making things for her parents. Are there any standards out there for figuring out gauge of metal for gates and fences based on length or height? I flew by the seat of my pants on this one but I was curious if there were industry standards. here is our big dog. Australian cattle dog/ shepherd mix I think.