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  1. This is my latest project....railing with some wood to support a glass top on an 1892 sewing machine table that’ll be used as a bar. Wire is from an old mattress. Brass brush worn out so used a bit of paint for the highlights. Challenging to make multiples of a part all consistent size. Wished I’d been more careful with consistent wrapping of the supports and how the leaf wraps/sits relative to the horizontal, but was too worried with losing heat/speed needed to get them wrapped. Happy everything reasonably straight and consistent, and happy to preserve the sewing machine ( saved the removed t
  2. Back after hiatus...made a handle for a small shed. 16” long piece of rebar. Using some wood charcoal made on the quick in my firepit. Anvil is still small piece of steel scrap on end...but redid the mount and painted stump to help cut down on bugs (was stored outside, now in a shed) I had forgotten how challenging deceptively simple objects can be...getting leaves similar size, getting matching curves. I have a tow hook need to get secure in the vice to use as a horn...that should help with curve making....and of course needs lots of PRACTICE!
  3. Walking to work downtown Boston this morning... found this sitting in gutter next to the curb. Hundreds of people must have already walked right by it, but I picked it up. CM Herc Alloy hook, about 7” high.
  4. Where else but this forum can I read a forging thread and end up googling Dunning-Kruger and be reminded about Pixy Stix. Learned something new and was reminded of a candy I love. This site has great information!
  5. I somewhat wondered how they managed to produce this chain. A bit of googling came up with this interesting website: The Medieval Roots of Colonial Iron Manufacturing Technology http://www.engr.psu.edu/mtah/articles/roots_colonial_iron_technology.htm It compares Colonial iron production methods to that of medieval Europe. It was interesting to note that the Colonies were expected to send their iron production to England: By 1751, Maryland and Virginia alone furnished England with 2,950 tons of iron, one-sixth of the mother country's own production. [20] [21] Finished good
  6. It's just as well I didn't take photos of the longer "reproduction" they had at the island; it was a dozen or so links of laminated plywood painted black! The caretaker was a very knowledgeable fellow; it would not surprise me to find the inauthenticity bothers him. It would be an amazing project if someone with the means could give the Army a more authentic reproduction. The site itself is not easily accessed by the general public. As an aside, apparently in the early 1900s someone was passing off ship anchor chain as being genuine links from the original.
  7. I recently had occasion to visit West Point, including Constitution Island across the Hudson River. There they have some reproduction links of the Great Chain that was stretched across the Hudson River to prevent British ships from passing. It was floated on log rafts across the river. Each link is about 2' long. A short climb through the woods at the island brought us to Redoubt #7, which has a commanding view across the Hudson towards West Point (third picture). Along the way, we passed an old stone wall, on which was resting a rather large abandoned piece of wrought iron. The last pic
  8. I'd also suggest that any formal organization--if the parent/guardian will NOT be present at all times--ensure that adults taking responsibility for youth be given appropriate training and have documented CORI (criminal background) checks to protect both the youth and the organization. It is an unfortunate need in this litigious age of seemingly endless predator stories.
  9. Here's a bad phone pic of the previous version as installed. 1/8" thick x about 2" flat stock (old spring harrow tine). Didn't do so well on the curved ends on that one. Current version is much shorter in how far onto the worksurface it extends, and is only 1/8" x 1" wide stock (piece of scrap steel found in the gutter while walking in Boston). Thanks for all of the tips. I'll keep at it.
  10. Ps.. No felt pads. I want it to grip tight....I just make sure it's real clean so it doesn't mar the laminate when slid on.
  11. Thanks for the feedback. No pics re: jig. I just grab a couple rr spikes or other 2 pieces of scrap stock and tighten parallel in vice with 3 inches or so protruding vertically. I'm thinking maybe 2 or 3 pieces of identical size stock notched to slide in u -channel or similar would work better in the vice. Then the distances between pieces could easily adjust, stay parallel and clamp at once together in the vice. Ill get a pic at work tomorrow of the previously completed mouse tray so you can see the wood part. Thank you...one thing always leads to parallel projects...improving how to bend..
  12. This is a bracket to hold a computer mouse tray/shelf below a desk surface. It friction fits onto the edge of the desk. The lower arm will have a rotating wood tray held with a bolt, large washers and nut. This is the third one I've made...they get incrementally better each time. Hardest part for me are the right angle bends. I need to get some sort of adjustable bending jig made with square stock. My current method is first bend made in vise (easy). Second bend is uses whatever random assortment of square pieces I can get into the vice to make a homemade bending jig. Does not work well, espec
  13. XXXXXX ....I thought he was gonna pull that knife right into his thumb! Still got the willies from watching that!
  14. Your steel would probably work as well--likely better--than what I'm using. You have more surface area and mass. Stand it on end on a log or any stand with some mass, and anchor it to keep it from bouncing. The steel in mine is soft enough to file---see the visible dents? But as a no-cost starting point for learning, it can't be beat. I now have a better sense of what I need etc. and am actively looking for a true anvil (or at least a larger chunk of steel!) Good luck.
  15. elmoleaf

    2014 1213 anvil

    My current anvil. Approx 1-1/8" x 4" x something or other tall piece of steel. Stood on end, caulked on bottom and wedged tight into 2x6 holder that's screwed down to large oak log.
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