Iron Poet

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    New York, near Kingston, Ontario.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cost of Gas vs Coal?????

    Militant, I prescribe to the theory that it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission. I use a plain jane 10" 28g ducting, From my forge hood it goes up 4' to a 2' horizontal section (it goes directly through a wooden wall) which connects to a 6' vertical. While running the forge for hours I can safely place my hands on the hood without the slightest fear of burning myself, the ducting itself is barely warm. I personally believe that the danger of coal fires are VASTLY overstated at least from a fire hazard point of view. If you're safety conscious and a stickler for building codes you can easily make a portable coal forge and set it up outside.
  5. It followed me home

    I recently got some rather nice goodies for $250 total. The rusty vice is... useable, it can open about 2" before the broken screw disengages, other than that it just needs a handle and a spring. The other guy is much nicer and is in practically pristine condition, the jaws perfectly mate, it opens up, it doesn't jiggle. It's also quite old, as the leg has been forge welded on and it's been stamped with "H.G.M". The other stuff is a slot punch, the hammer head is a half-round swage, and there is a bolt tong and one for half-round. The rusty one is probably going into iron-in-the-hat at the next meeting, I'm sure someone will appreciate that as a project.
  6. Slitting and Drifting on angles.

    Determine how wide the slit you need to make and mark on the bar the correct length and length. Then take a file and file the area flat to give your punch enough purchase. Placing the bar in a V swage if square or a halfmoon swage if round to stop the bar from flattening.
  7. xxxx, that's a pretty good idea. Why didn't I think of that?
  8. Carving Letters in Steel.

    Have you ever tried printing something off and gluing it to the steel to use as a stencil? I suck at drawing anything that isn't a squiggle.
  9. Grinder and sander. I firmly believe that most people overlook the danger that particulates are able to do to your lungs. It doesn't matter if I'm doing metal or wood or even just forging, I make sure to wear proper PPE. I however run a fairly low tech shop, so the next closest would probably be an cut-off hardie, followed by my welding machine
  10. Ideas for sheet steel

    Practice forge welding sheet. It's a useful decorative skill.
  11. Damascus forging hammer

    I wrapped them up with galvinized electric fence wire, fluxed it really heavily, and then went at it. The chains I used are Stihl, I don't know what they're made of, but I suspect that some of the pins or links have a lot of nickel in it. They weld extremely easily, so you shouldn't have a problem. Just make sure you start with enough material because this stuff works down into almost nothing.
  12. Should I keep going?

    Pretty sure it's the chromium.
  13. Damascus forging hammer

    Totally original idea that I came up with by myself with no inspiration from anything else on this subforum. This is made from chainsaw chain, how many? Couldn't tell you, but this is made out of 4 stacks forge welded together, cut apart, and then forge welded back together to make it a bit thicker. The face is about an 1" square while the peen is roughly 1/2", the head weighs a little over 1lb. Needless to say, this was a lot of work, especially by hand.
  14. A few of my latest projects (photo dump)

    Your tools might have edges that are too sharp. You shouldn't get cracks if the shoulders are nice and rounded, unless you're going from a large diameter to a very small one.
  15. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I'd recommend filing, it's what I do and it does prevent major screw ups. It just takes a couple minutes longer than with a grinder