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  1. JHCC

    Wobbly Bottom

    Very nice, Lionel h. Good to see a nice Mousehole (aka The Undisputed King of Anvils) put to use.
  2. JHCC

    hay budden anvil

    Welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet. please READ THIS FIRST!!!
  3. Nice project. Why not start a thread for its restoration?
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    Wobbly Bottom

    A much simpler solution is put a layer of latex caulk between the anvil and the base. Not only will it secure it solidly and compensate beautifully for any irregularities of either anvil or stand, but it will also significantly dampen the anvil's ring (which is much easier on the ears).
  5. Also, welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!! (And also, if you're considering anthracite, read this too.)
  6. Having smithed in a two-car garage using a coal forge with no hood or flue, I cannot recommend it. Even with (barely) sufficient ventilation with the door open and a fan running, you still get soot everywhere. If you're not able to install a chimney, I would recommend either a gas forge or putting the coal forge next to the door and running out a flue that can be set up and taken down for each forging session, thus:
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    Advice Request - Shark Skin Handle

    I gather that traditional Japanese hilts often include a layer of ray or shark skin attached with rice glue and wrapped in cord. However, these hilts are designed to be removed and replaced regularly, so a water-soluble starch-based glue might not be best in your particular challenge.
  8. The clear superiority of forge time does not render other means of learning valueless, and these should not be denigrated. Properly used, forum discussions, reading books or magazines, listening to podcasts, watching videos, visiting museums, and sketching ideas can all contribute to making one a better smith, as the theoretical knowledge thus obtained both informs and is informed by the physical experience of actually molding hot metal with hammer and anvil. The challenge -- the common pitfall -- lies in succumbing to the temptation to confuse broad theoretical knowledge with actual practical expertise, to forget that true skill is only earned through repetition, attention, and sweat. Another good reason for the occasional smith to be able to rely on mechanical means for heavier work. Thank goodness for the treadle hammer!
  9. Yes, there's an important distinction between "facing the screen when you could be facing the anvil" and "facing the screen when you can't be facing the anvil".
  10. JHCC

    just joined. wanted to say hi

    Keep a grill and some hamburgers ready in case the authorities show up.
  11. I built my anvil stand from I-beam.
  12. I don't know what your farrier supplier is charging, but I see that TFS has the 300 lb blacksmith's anvil listed on their website for $1,432. If memory serves, Holland Anvil (IFI member "foundryguy") has a 190 lb anvil for a couple hundred less than that (plus shipping). The price-per-pound is a lot more, but you're getting H13 tool steel rather than ductile iron.
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    Treadmill motor pitfalls?

    Cannibalize the parts from a trashed shop-vac! Attach it with duct tape!
  14. Check the forum for reviews of TFS anvils. I'm not a big fan of ductile iron anvils, but others may have different experiences.