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    Vasa, Finland
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    Blacksmithing. Wood work. Gym. Violin.

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  1. Made a new layout iteration. The Mammutwerke doesn't run in its current state. They couldn't get it to work so they gave up. I'm much more hopeful. Nothing is broken. Maybe the motor is too small, could be many things. Will be fun to fix. So I will put the Bahco there on a mobile base so I'll have something to use. It's true as you say that the arrangement might change later. I'm pouring the floor 6 inches thick according to the structural engineer's specifications. It would be much easier to pour a wider pad now and then put the hammer somewhere on that than to cut the floor open again later. The pad doesn't have to be that deep or that wide but still somewhat oversized. I'll have to think about it. Thanks to everyone for your feedback. There's so many variables here for me to consider.
  2. I hear you about the rust problem. I could put the Bridgeport inside the brickhouse-farm-building. It doesn't have a complete floor and it's extremely dirty. But I guess I could pressure wash a corner and pour an even floor there.
  3. It's good to have you here, Frosty. I appreciate yours and Thomas' advice. You've got to let me push back a little. It wouldn't be great either if I have my mind set on something, and you tell to me do a 180° and I follow blindly. But I have taken your advice to consideration now. I could put my home-built 40 kg hammer in storage. And the 25 kg hammer I might put on a mobile stand so I can move it in sometimes and then move it out if I'm out of room or if I find I'm not using it. So I'm only committing to the big Mammutwerke. I see no problem in looking at other shops for ideas. What else should I aim for? And did I ever compare my skills to John's +20 years? And what do you know of me? You really could adjust your tone. Thanks a lot! It is a girl, and she's moving around a lot! I want to give her other toys than simply dolls. Some construction machines and such. Thanks, Frosty. Only time to build, no time to forge...
  4. I know I'm still not that experienced to actually need three hammers. My skill level could be described as Intermediate. And I should listen to the veterans who knows best... But I'm young still and I think I know best! ;-) Three hammers is a lot but just look at Black Bear Forge or some production shop, they have many hammers and presses. Torbjörn Åhman has two hammers. I agree I could get by with only the big one, but it would hurt my brain to leave two hammers in storage. I'm planning on forging axes. I'm building this shop mostly as a blacksmithing hobby shop. Car maintenance and farm equipment maintenance is a welcome bonus. I made a new layout iteration. I like the forge against the wall.
  5. I could mock up some hammer like cardboard cut outs. That could help sort things out. I know what you mean Frosty. It would be good to separate it. But it should be fine for the moment because it won't take much abuse. Because I'm not that proficient a blacksmith! So I'm not going to be grinding and blasting scale very often for the time being. I have to build an addition to a house and renovate it after this workshop is finished. Also I will become a father in two weeks. And we have a small farm that needs some time. I'm putting underfloor heating pipes in 2/3 of the floor for future heating possibilities. For the near future I'm not sure. I only need 10 degrees C and I only need heating for 5 months of the year. So it's not that crucial. For now I think I'll use any electrical air heater, gas burner or diesel burner, and use the floor heating in the future. I plan on burning wood chips to heat the house, and likely my parents house also as they are getting old, and might want to stop using firewood. So I might heat the workshop also with that same heating system. One heating unit for 3 buildings, perhaps it's called central heating. anvil, correct. I don't have much experience. And the car wouldn't be there. I only leave space for a car. I'll drive a car in there sometimes for maintenance. My layout has 3 tables for example I could reduce to one or two.
  6. Hey, I've been building my workshop for a year now inside a barn. My dad and I put up the ceiling over the summer. Next up is the floor which we will tear out, insulate and pour anew, but before that I have to pour the power hammer foundations. I have 3 hammers. One for each hand! I'm just about to start digging the pits. Funny thing is the power hammer foundations can't be moved later, so I've got to look over the layout well before-hand. The layout as it is right now is certainly not set in stone yet, or concrete. I'm making all this up as I go. Perfect way of doing things. Looking at the layout now, the big 75 kg/165 lb Mammutwerke hammer could perhaps be put where the electrode welder is, in front of the window. Having the forge right in the middle might not be smart. Gotta look it over a little more. Anyhow, I will ask you guys and gals for advice here as I go. I'm planning on doing very similar to what Torbjörn Åhman did: pour on top of ground soil in a form, 6,5 metric tonnes. My hammer has small round holes that aren't suited for T-bolts. The holes are 35 mm, (1 3/8''). I'll most likely use threaded rods, 30 mm, (1 1/8'') to hold down the hammer. I would put pipes in the concrete and on the bottom end of those I'll weld plates with nuts welded onto them, and a piece of pipe again, welded shut. I thought about using T-bolts and sinking them down before-hand and lifting up the bolts through the holes. It kind of seems like a hassle to produce the bolts, and it would be a bit wonky to lift the anvil on top of them (see the photo, the anvil shall be bolted also). I would design the hammer foundation in the same way as Torbjörn also, instead of as in the original plans. I want the foundation to be not so deep, to limit effects of bad soil (mud and silt, sinking?) or ground water, and I want the hammer to hammer in the centre point of mass, so the block won't start leaning. Hopefully the whole foundation and hammer won't have sunk through the floor one day when I enter the forge. We live on old sea bottom! We need to hold up the dirt during all this so it doesn't fall out from under the buildings. What do you think about the bolts? And do you have any suggestions about the layout? The car wouldn't be parked there, it would only be there for maintenance. Feel free to comment on anything. Thanks! This is a big project for me!
  7. I found the book! Here it is: https://ia600205.us.archive.org/24/items/machineryfoundat00crof/machineryfoundat00crof.pdf
  8. Hey all, I was looking for a book here in the forums but I can't find it anymore. I remember reading a old and long thread about Michael Dillon installing his 800 pound steam hammer and in the thread there was a link to a book about machinery foundations. It was about 100 years old, and there were chapters about power hammer foundations. I'm looking into installing my 165 lb hammer sometime in the summer so that's one reason to read through it. Also, it seemed like a gold mine of information. Does anyone have that book as a pdf? In it they even showed how to install a power hammer on the third floor! Greetings, Jakob Staffans Vasa, Finland
  9. It could be made in Dalsbruk, Finland. There was an ironworks there back in the day. I know they made nails and anvils, don't know what else. I'm posting some pictures of DB anvils. Note, one is two-horned. Dalsbruk means Valley Forge.
  10. I read lots and lots of comments here and I didn't notice a general discussion about tripods vs 4-legged stands. 4-legged are more stable, and the argument for tripods is that it gives you more room for the feet. Is an argument also that tripods are extremely stable and stable enough? Did no-one find that they thought a tripod wobbled around too much on a concrete floor? I know it's stable if you don't hammer on it, but when you start doing odd stuff like bending and beating from the side or such, is the tripod still stable? And would you trust a 400 lb anvil on it?
  11. The buyer replied and said they were holes. The casting must have been really poor with holes under the anvil. This along with the side marks make me less inclined to buy this anvil... But .... what the, it's a Claudinon Firminy 310 lb! It's a cool anvil. I think I might have to take this under my wing. The buyer replied and said they were holes. The casting must have been really poor with holes under the anvil. This along with the side marks make me less inclined to buy this anvil... But .... what the, it's a Claudinon Firminy 310 lb! It's a cool anvil. I think I might have to take this under my wing. Thanks, that very reasonable. They can't be seen and the anvil has held up so far. Very reasonable. Also, a question, what force expressions or expletives can I use on this site that doesn't give me a warning? When I mentioned the place down under I got one warning.
  12. Did anyone notice the underside? I was sure it was dirt, but now an engineer friend said it looked like holes, and he may be right. I sent the seller a question again, let's see what he says... I imagine the anvil would hold up fine for hand hammering. Well I do use a 4.5 lb hammer... and I hit with the power of rye bread and occasional porrage!
  13. You grinded the foot also. The marks on the foot likely came from a blacksmith that made edge tools. After hardening and tempering, he would cut a mark in the foot to see if the tool held up. If it did, he'd do the final grinding. So they're marks of craftmanship.
  14. Thanks for the tips, Thomas. Yeah the US is almost like a continent. Best to stick in one area. California, Grand Canyon, something. The seller of the anvil provided me with more pictures and a video of the anvil tapping test. https://youtu.be/09ZA6xElHXM The anvil seems in good shape. Wish he had understood to clean the dirt off! I also managed to find a buyer already for an anvil I have but don't like much, so funding is secured.
  15. I've been to some 8 countries in Europe, and Australia. Haven't been to the US. I considered going to Abana this year but I had no money, and good thing as it was cancelled. Seems my workshop build and possible house build will seep up my money. I've seen California on TV like every week, at least every month all my life. Looks good. But then I read about how 200 000 dollars isn't enough to support a family in California and it makes me wonder. I don't dislike that much about the Scandinavian countries. Seems like we struck a great balance in politics, well, all of western Europe also. I do wanna go to the US and check out the Rocky mountains, California, cowboy Texas, rural south-East. The Grand Canyon. New York. We have no metropolises in Scandinavia. And we have no mountains in Finland. I did see some on Lofoten, Norway. They're a pain move around on by foot!
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