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  1. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Freshen up on the steps, take it to the forge and make them. Then go back and watch the videos or read up on it again with a better understanding of it. My first tongs weren't very good and thats what I did, it made more sense to me and the second pair came out much better. Not saying your first attempt won't work. They might turn out great.
  2. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Very nice work for your first projects. Deffinately get, make, or modify some tongs to properly hold the material you are using. It saves a lot of time, frustration and potential injuries.
  3. While concrete could work it is likely to crack or break around the axe head. Plus having it removable is good since you might need to to dress it. Yes that was one thought with cutting a slot in the stump. You could tighten the axe head in with a wedge to take up any irregular gap. Another option would be to heat and reshape the back of the axe head to be more square to fit better. Yet another option (if you had access to a welder) could be to weld a spike on the back and drive it in. (You would want to use a block of wood across the grain invetween the hammer and axe edge. )
  4. Daswulf

    Mount for a post vise?

    Ok, here are some pictures of the mount/spring and wedge. The spring on mine sort of takes up the slack for the wedge. Hope this is helpful. measurements don't really matter on mine compared to yours. They are relative to the vise. This is the basic idea and workings. Let me know if anything else would help more.
  5. Dunno about Douglas brand axe heads. But yes, an axe head can work as a hot cut. Don't like the idea of concrete. It would be better to be mounted in a stump and removable. Also could be clamped in a vise.
  6. Flat of the face still looks good. It looks like a very usable anvil. I'm going to say that dressing some of the edge won't hurt the collector value. I wouldnt get too crazy with it or aggressive till you've used it a good while. Then you'll probably know better what you really need/want with it. I believe the serial number should be on the front of the foot under the horn.
  7. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Would be my guess if you were doing what always works well. Not impossible for a piece of steel to have a flaw in it.
  8. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Wow. It looks very elegant. The whole thing looks difficult to me.
  9. Or there is always the junky old axe or splitting maul heads found at fleamarkets junk stores or the like. They can be mounted in a stump or vise for an expedient hot cut. Best to make it removable and don't use a Good axe or splitting maul that you plan to use for the " intended" purpose. Punches and chisels are good first tools to make. There are other threads here on beginner projects so I won't drift off into all that.
  10. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I'll be honest that sometimes i want to hit a like button too. Thomas is right tho. Wow how things change. It is good the way ifi is set up. It Works!
  11. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Saint Valentines day is coming up. Starting some roses. These are stainless steel petals.
  12. Daswulf

    It followed me home

    Nice score! Worth some work.
  13. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Unless it's something that takes hours, doing the first step before the second newer step only refines the first step.
  14. Daswulf

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Looking good Pr3ssure. It could help to upset the stock where it will be folded and welded and deffinately draw out your first point before the fold and weld to draw out the welded point. I find upsetting a interesting and fun technique, but then again, I'm weird haha.
  15. Hard to really tell from a photo. It "looks" to me to be anthracite. I say this because of the sheen of it. The bituminous I have dealt with generally has less sheen and usually has a darker color to it where anthracite I have dealt with looks more like what is pictured. Any chance of getting a small batch to try, or atleast seeing it in person to see how it breaks up?