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  1. Welcome to the forum Dutchforge, please take a little time to add a location to your profile as it often relevent to the answers you recieve, also take some time to browse the forum where you will likely find many answers to this question and all the others you are likely to ask will have already answered numerous times. You may also like to pop over and make a post on the introductions section, and tell us a little about yourself, interests, skills, etc helps those willing to help you give appropriate replies. Yes jackhammers bits can be used to make tools, they are in fact an excellent choice for jackhammer tooling....! Also usefull for many other tools. Can you make tools from them? I have no idea, What tools would you like to make, what skills do you have and what facilities do you have?
  2. A tastefully forged table top lid and a couple of garden seats.....that should keep herself happy! And if you've been using it, it'll keep both your mug of drinking chocolate and your feet warm on those Autumnal evenings!
  3. You'll be needing to hang them from a ring then.......!
  4. Welcome to the forum and to smithing, I think the above replies have stated what you need to know and the only advice I can offer in addition is to make sure all your relatives, friends and neighbours know what you are attempting. You never know what people have sat in the back of a shed just waiting for a reason to dispose of it! Plenty posts here refer to gifted tools and materials, it happens all the time, people just need to know you may want whatever they are throwing away.
  5. Reminds me of a decorative mantlepiece spill holder......they came in all manor of wierd and wonderfull designs.
  6. JHCC, Do you have access to any supplies of solder? Particularly the older solders (reclaimed maybe) some of it is of comparible density to lead. Babbit metal may also be worth considering, depending on alloy. For a treadle hammer which is returned by a ballance spring, the abscence of a rebound seems of no great consiquence to me, but I'm no expert on mech hammer design.
  7. It is not difficult to fashion most shapes in polystyrene for lost foam casting (individual parts can be glued together with hot glue), Lost wax is a superiour process in many ways. Coat in slip (clay is preferable to PoP for anything other than pewter or similar) and set it in greensand. Gating and venting all depend on the shape, of which I have no idea, so cannot comment on. Is it do-able almost certainly, Is great care required....absolutley. Note: if using Polystyrene foam, additional caution is needed as regards casting area ventilation when pouring, nasty stuff burning polystyrene, you don't want to be breathing any in. I also agree with the recomendation to visit the backyard metal casting/alloy avenue site for more information.
  8. No end of variations possible there. very nice peice of kit for intended use.
  9. Victorian kitchens often used straw boxes for shooting trip lunches, meals were prepped and par cooked then packed in the strawbox(es) and loaded onto the coach to be ready for hot lunch in the field (often lavish and many courses), or on the biiterly cold moors in for the gloriuos 12th grouse seasson opener, Also available for fishing trips and long overland journeys or sailings.The Victorians did prefer to rough it in comfort.
  10. Think I'd try a few different quenchants to find out what I prefer. If it's high Mn then would it stand out well in a pattern weld?
  11. "Jack Andrews" thank You Frosty......your memory appears to be somewhat superior to mine,
  12. There was a smith that famously forged in a teepee for years (don;t recall the name). As long as the roof is high enough and there is provision for heat and smoke to exit then all should be good. A hood and flue would be preferable.
  13. My condolences to you and yours Thomas.
  14. If your workspace is an outside building you could make a perminantly fixed full door gate, that would not only keep the dog outside when you need to have the door open to work but woud serve as a security grille when locked down. As stated it all depends on your situation, information you'e not supplied.
  15. From my guitar string experience mostly I recall the wire being a nickel steel, I suspect Frosty's twist method to be the way to go. As for the lower wound strings they are usually brass or bronze wound (oftimes silvered) the core being the same material as the higher strings but usually thicker. This is likewise on classic guitar strings and I've just recovered the windings of a few old sets myself with a view to possibly reusing with a little copper to make some Mokume Gane. (maybe something you could incorperate into a guard, pommel or pin?)