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  1. Has anyone ever worked in a plastic shed before? Thoughts on it? I worked in ne for a good while and have since upgraded to the steel shed adjacent to the plastic:D. From constantly welding and grinding to forging and forge-welding and everything else that goes on, the only problem I ever had was if I dropped a piece of steel that was hot the floor would begin melting... but other than that, she worked like a charm!

  2. Good choice, I worked in shops with dirt and gravel floor in phoenix and still do to some extent and from what I've seen, concrete is the best for us out here. You don't have to worry about water coming in, which as I'm sure you're aware of is a big deal during a monsoon being that the ground hardly absorbs anything, you don't have to worry about critters *scorpions, snakes and squirrels mainly* tunneling under you and popping up, and it is better as far as insulation is concerned. A dirt or gravel floor out here just sucks cold air from buildings like its nothing. Sounds like the shop will be great!

  3. Mild steel, A36, rebar, spring steel, files, rasps, stakes, tie rods, old worn out wrenches, old worn out hammer heads, rail road spikes, old dull drill bits that are beyond sharpening, broken punches and chisels, car axles, pretty much any piece of steel as long as it is NOT GALVANIZED!!! I repeat NOT GALVANIZED!!! And it is obtained legally. I wish you the best!

  4. These are some GREAT suggestions guys, I really do appreciate them all! I have a few a ideas now that range from leaf-keychains to full blown car detailing! I may need to pick up a partner in crime for though. And we digress, you guys haven't got an idea how much it means to me that you were willing to help me out here, as always Thanks-a-million!

  5. So I'm at the point in my life were, I want things, things cost money, money that I dont have. So I would like to call upon you guys' wisdom and knowlegde for this. What did you do at my age for some extra cash? (I'm 14) I would shovel snow but, ya' know how the desert is, cutting grass is a dilema as well, not to many people have grass that needs to be cut here. But, any and all suggestions are welcome and appreciated!




  6. Welcome to the site Owen! I'll beat everyone else here to it and say that a more specific location on our profile would be great, you never know there might be a fellow smith in the next town over! What part of New Jersey? I used to live in Hamilton, (right next to Trenton in Mercer!) but I recently moved to Arizona some four years ago. Anyway, hammer on and make beautiful iron work!



  7. My father is very much in love with trains, both model and real life. So for him I'm thinking of making a railroad spike slingshot. (he already has an old knife I made him) As for my Mother I am very much indeed stumped... Not a clue as to what to make or buy her. The rest of my extended family will get an array of both bottleopeners, corkscrews and other trinkets for the younger generation. But, any ideas of to make for me mum would much appreciated.