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    . Long Island, NY
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    working with metal
  1. Size of forge buildings?

    I have the same building code - 50sqf without permit. I’ve posted this before - I sectioned off part of a wooden shed I built (and need) for storage and made a tiny smithy at a whopping 33sqf of space. I also made it mostly sound proof since my free time is mainly at night. I wanted to see how much I was going to blacksmith before building a new shed. If you want to see how I did it and the safety precautions I took, look up eviltwinx on YouTube. I have a series called Building a Tiny and Soundproof Smithy. Don’t over think it. Just do it. -m
  2. Saw blade bowl

    Hey ausfire - the blade has a hole in the center to mount on the saw itself. It helps keep the bowl steady.
  3. Saw blade bowl

    Thanks for the suggestions! After I make a few of these, I would like to tackle a larger blade. I’m a big fan of recycling items and retaining some characteristic of its original form. -m
  4. It's not that impressive but I thought it was pretty cool, especially for a beginner project. It was the first time I used a swage block as well. I found an awesome guy who's been smithing as a hobby for 30+ years and he has an open forge every Sunday. I've been trying to make it out to his shop as much as I can. -m
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.