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    working with metal
  1. Forge Hoods Explained

    My set up starts with an 8" pipe with a slight bend, goes to a 90 degree and reduces down to a 6" pipe. (It's a 3-foot length of double wall metalbestos which passes through my shed wall.) It expands to an 8" 90-degree elbow and extends up to a 4-foot pipe which is 3 feet over the peak of the shed. Crazy right! But it works because I built an enclosure around my tiny rivet forge and made a small opening. Less cool ambient air mixes with the hot air for the coals and I get a fantastic draft.
  2. Well, I'm just starting and still on my first shop which is a whopping 33 square feet. I sectioned off part of a 8x16 shed and made it as sound proof as i could since most of my forging time is late at night. My coal forge, anvil and post vise all fit within this space.
  3. Stuck in the city. Now what?

    Congrats on getting in to Copper Union, I went to SVA. Not sure if there are any places in the city to do blacksmithing. You'll probably need to travel to Brooklyn or Jersey City. If you do happen to find something on Manhattan, let me know for sure. I still work there.
  4. I love youtube and watch all types of videos. Some to learn, some to see how other people are doing whatever I'm interested in. I don't care if someone doesn't practice PPE, or if it's their first time, has improper information, does whatever in a dangerous manner. I've done my research, asked questions, read books, and use a healthy dose of common sense. I enjoy learning from others success and mistakes. I view certain videos as entertainment and not a guide on how to. I have a youtube channel and I'm a newb to metal working such as welding, backyard foundry, blacksmithing, and general metal shaping. I don't teach, I show how a beginner tries. We all watch the experts and they make it seem so easy. Sometimes, just watching a beginner struggle, fail, learn, and hopefully succeed is the inspiration to try or not giving up. I guess it's why I love Chandler Dickinson. He doesn't teach, but shows how he does it. Sometimes he fails, but he keeps at it. He is the underdog that's making it and inspiring others to try. BTW- I do understand the severity of people giving dangerous information or participating in hazardous activities. I just don't promote watching those sites. There was a thread with a list of blacksmithing channels that I thought was super helpful. We should direct newcomers there.
  5. New Forge Design

    I have a crazier setup. My forge goes from 8" pipe to 6" back to 8". The 6" is a metalbestos pipe which is a insulated double wall pipe. I used this because of a tight fit through my shed opening. Too make matters even crazier, I have two 90 degree bends and a slight bend from the forge. I have no issues with draft or smoke coming into my shed. If you close up your opening so a lot less ambient air mixes with the hot air- it'll draft. I have a video if you're interested.
  6. Setting up shop in a 12x7 shed

    I get a lot of comments saying that I should cut a hole in the floor and place my anvil stand through it and also several feet into the ground. That's probably the best solution but I didn't want to do that. Instead, I was able to get a few 18x18 pavers wedge between the floor joists and the ground. It did help. I also made a hollow anvil stand and it's filled with sand.
  7. Setting up shop in a 12x7 shed

    Looks like a great smithy! Enjoy your new setup and let me know how you do with the rapid tongs. I've been debating getting a set.
  8. Setting up shop in a 12x7 shed

    I covered my shed floors with sheets of 1/8 inch plate that I picked up at the scrap yard and most of my walls have old corrugated roofing tin on them. It was't all that expensive to do. I think I paid more for the rockwool insulation that I put in for sound and fire proofing.
  9. Setting up shop in a 12x7 shed

    Hi Chuck, I recently finished turning a small portion of my shed into a smithy. Most of my free time is at night so I needed to find a way to do it quietly and as safely as possible. I used rock wool for sound proofing and fire safety along with old corrugated metal sheets. I'm using coal which is much different in regards to oxygen depletion. You can check out my build series on YouTube. Look up exiltwinx. I'm not saying everything I did is to code and perfect, but I did take the time to problem solve a few issues that might relate to what you're planning on going through.
  10. Grill n' Sand charcoal forge

    I love it. Can you improve it? Sure thing but don't let that stop you from using it as much as you can.
  11. Soundproofing

    Thanks Frosty! Took me a while to complete but I've done a few projects in it at night and so far so good. They say necessity is the mother of all invention. I'm just throwing a little common sense in as well. I love being creative and luckily, it's what I do for a living.
  12. Smelting aluminium with a blowtorch

    That's not going to cut it. If you're just starting out, try using charcoal and a hairdryer. You can use a tin can or better yet, a stainless steel container as a crucible for your first few tries. You'll only get a couple of melts in before they fail but least you'll get some experience with little cost. Also, do as much research as you can. Use protective gear and common sense. It's a fun hobby but you need to be careful.
  13. Soundproofing

    I recently finished making the world's tiniest and quietest smithy in part of a my shed. The space is no bigger than 33 sq. feet. I used rockwool in the walls to reduce the noise as much as possible and for additional fireproofing. It's not 100% sound proof since my shed is built on floor joists off the ground, but I can forge at night without bothering the neighbors. I have a video series on my adventures on youtube. Look up How to Build A Small Blacksmith Shop by eviltwinx. Maybe you'll see something that you'll find helpful. Or maybe you'll laugh.
  14. Wanting to get into casting/melting

    I would start off small and easy since you can always upgrade. Make a simple charcoal furnace and use a hairdryer as the air source. I would also start with aluminum for various reasons. The main being it's lower melting temperature compared to bass or cast iron. Try melting the AI into ingots as a first few projects, an old muffin tray is great to use. After a few melts, try your hand at lost foam casting. I've done a few projects and it's a great hobby. Do your research, ask questions and use common sense. There is a pretty big risk factor with this hobby but it can be done relatively safely. Check out Alloy Ave. It's a website dedicated to the backyard metal caster. I also have a few casting videos up on youtube.
  15. Aluminium Fails

    That's part of "Among other reason" in what I wrote. You'll be surprised how much charcoal dust and forced air will sand blast away material.