Iron Poet

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    New York, near Kingston, Ontario.
  1. It followed me home

    Very likely. They sold quite a few leather working tools, harnesses, and saddles. I really only bought it because of the name.
  2. It followed me home

    It probably exceeds it's duty cycle and either shuts-off or starts to melt.
  3. It followed me home

    All of these were saved from the scrap bin, I was at a small amish auction and no one was bidding on these so I managed to get all of it for about $20 Personally, the most interesting thing here is the "Little Giant" (rivet setter?) Considering I never really thought about what else they made.
  4. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    It hungers. Also the dies are 1/2" thick and 4" wide. Both are made of mild steel and will more than likely be completely fine, going to test out some square and round ones later.
  5. Ideas for Christmas 2017

    No offense but that seems like pretty expensive candy canes. Just be cheap like me and twist some angle iron, or champher two mild steel bars, forge weld them together and then twist, that way you still have that nice dividing mark.
  6. Scrap metal question

    Zinc isn't a huge problem otherwise literally thousands of welders would be dying like flies it's really only an issue if you have other lung issues that can be exacerbated like COPD, the metal fume fever isn't good either. The other stuff like beryllium, cadmium and lead are NOT on friendly terms with the human body and so you really don't want to be huffing the fumes those coating put off.
  7. Beginner to Known Steel

    A36 is fine for pretty much anything you want to do that isn't a knife or an axe (the sharp bits) the only significant problem over something like 1018 is that the consistency is awful, a friend of mine found a tap as in a "tap and die" in a bar from where they didn't bother to properly mix it. Needless to say you can run into a few hard spots if you plan on drilling.
  8. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I posted this in the other thread but I thought I might as well post it here too.
  9. Motorcycle chain holddown

    This thread convinced me to make my own variation that has ideas stolen from a few different sources. The weights work, but I think a foot pedal provides superior clamping force. The chain can easily be kicked off the peg welded to the pedal, and the pedal and chain can be removed entirely with just two pins.
  10. How to tell if your forge weld will hold

    I primarily use sound and sight to determine if a weld is good. Typically if there isn't any demarcation between the two pieces then it's probably good, because if it's welded at the surface it's probably welded inside. Sound is also very important because if the weld is bad the metal will sound dead, if you correctly weld 1/4" rod together for instance, it should sound exactly the same as a normal length of the same material. I forge weld a ton of 20 gauge sheet and 1/8" and smaller for flowers and such, just practice and you'll get it eventually.
  11. Most Swageblocks have holes that you can put hardies in or even attach vices.
  12. Bladesmithing

    You may wish to check out the blademithing subforum
  13. Cost of Gas vs Coal?????

    My workshop isn't considered a permanent building where I live so building codes don't apply to it. There are some pretty good benefits to living in a rural area.
  14. Cost of Gas vs Coal?????

    It works very well, the only time I even get a whiff of smoke is when I first light the fire.
  15. I find that vinegar helps loosen seized tongs, I have a 5 gallon bucket that I use for popping the scale off small delicate stuff, I leave the tongs in there overnight.