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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Charles, how is the new forge working out? Love the stand.. Why lower? and how much compared to the traditional knuckle height.. Just curious nothing more..
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    Started Power Hammer Project

    Looking forwards to more progress.. Thanks for posting back..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Personally I do exactly what you are doing.. I sneak up on it very slowly.. the immediate area just behind the horn and a smidge (widest flat bar I will work is the distance) from the hardie hole gets about a 3/16" radius.. But this also gets snuck up on.. It just gets there quicker and I start with just over 1/8" radius right away.. (of course a project will come in and I'll goof it by a cold shut so this helps me move a little faster) I'm very conservative as I know what radius has to be where, but I hate to make a mistake and take to much which is easy to do with a grinder.. I have hand diamond flat sharpeners I use for removing the corners. the Peddinghaus was hard enough the file would skate. I suggest taking the time but the area that is needed right away to be done I'm a little more likely to remove it quicker.. The rest of the corners can take awhile to get where I like them.. It's been nearing 2 years I am still applying radius to areas of the anvil I find I am using more.. .
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Second Anvils suggestion.. They work great and offer an amazing savings in gas/O2 if left going.. Or the time in striking and adjusting the flame again.. (sure it only takes a second or 2 but this time adds up)..
  5. Take advise from many, use this information to figure out "who to" listen to more often.. Experience can weed out a lot of advise as good or bad.. But don't set it in stone till you have tried it at least 3 times with 10 or more being even better.. Don't settle on this as the only information there is.. Keep looking.. Don't take on to large of project or skill set starting out.. it can become overwhelming.. Success breeds success..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    If you look at the edge of the anvil there is a chamfer.. i would just round off the high spots on both corners of the chamfers.. i would not round it out completely or I should say I would not remove any more material than needed to make the chamfers less sharp.. If the anvil did not come with the chamfer than it would have been easier to just round the corners up and adjust in use.. But for some reason the peddinghaus had chamfers also and it meant having to round out as that sharp little step in the chamfer can cause problems vs a nice rounded corner..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Nice work.. Are you loving the new anvil? I do see you have not dressed your corners.. They were beveled at the factory but may I suggest you round them off some..
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    Show me your shop!

    just bolting down the anvil properly will eliminate nearly all the ring.. Ring is vibration and anvils vibrate a lot like a big tuning fork.. I've tried lag bolts in the past and they always loosened on me.. I used some 8" ones once and they also loosened.. I then switched over to the mountings I had shown somewhere else.. While most call it overkill I found it to be the best way..
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    Portable Blacksmith shop

    Been at this a long time.. This is my 4th trailer setup in 30 years.. I hope it will be the last I will build.. Took and old horse trailer and made it a full 8ft wide and 8ft tall inside and 10ft long inside. it is still a work in progress as I had to have it done for a demo day so was only able to get it done enough to use.. Will finish it this week or the next.. The anvil will be on a stand that rests solidly on the ground and will winch up for transport.. Currently using the stand from my other trailer which is light pipe bolted to the underframe.. STill to much bounce.. It has awnings on all 4 sides with 2 on each side, 1 in the front to let bar stock to pass through and the back will have 1 large one on the top. All these to control cross flowing winds, will have a roof much like a sugar shack with windows so they can be opened for ventilation.. Undecided if I should put clear glass or not as the sun shining in when it's 90F out is a big problem.. Yesterday was it's first voyage and it passed with flying colors.. Out in the middle of a field 85F and it was or felt like it was 10F cooler inside.. White color to reflect as much sun as possible but also to brighten the inside with reflected light.. Has jacks' at all four corners..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Howdy Doug. It's 2000.00 for a 275lbs anvil.. The Holland is a little more money for a larger anvil... I specialize in colonial hardware and such and find I prefer a narrower face.. Ideally the larger Refflinghaus is what will be in the shop.. The 275 is plenty hard, has great rebound if you believe in such things (95-98% rebound) and so far has been wonderful.. Would I recommend it to others... For sure.. But because of the work I do the wider face makes the flat section of the heel needed for the work.. I love a double horn anvil.. What I dislike about it is the width of the face and the edges at the face to horn which is typical of the northern German style of anvil.. I prefer a southern style.. Thanks.. I get more and more social media contacts and traffic.. I feel badly because I have 5-8 conversation going on at 1 time.. I then get contacted on another platform and the person brings something up and I can not for the life of me remember who said what or who is who.. Without a face to face.. its so hard to keep it all straight..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Das, that is so cool.. Brilliant really.. fung has shwade..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    arkie sorry about that I remembered someone did.. My memory is like a hose with a hole in it,, the spigot turned on the hose stays full but has a stream off the side.. Once shut off the water eventually leaks out. Charles.. that is an awesome forge setup..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Dogblazer9598, Yes it is..Purchased new about 1.5 years ago Model 12 275lbs.. I think there is some pictures in the trailer build..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    my pleasure I love seeing consistency in forged items.. really very nice..
  15. Forgive people for not understanding what you do.. Don't take it personally that no one gets it.. Ask for 60.00 for each and every visit to someones home for a show/tell/samples which will be included as the credit towards the finished product. Do Not leave samples behind as they will never come back to you.. Don't take it personally that no one gets it so ignore them.. It's not personal it's just business.. Do not take off 13 years as the business you have been successful at creating will be completely different when you come back to it.. When you do finally pick up the hammer again in 13 years.. It will take you 3 years to gain back most of the hammer control and most the memory of techniques you know now..
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    When to start signing your work

    EVERY THING.. EVERY THING.. EVERY THING.. I have early piece I had made 35 years ago before I started signing stuff.. 30 year later the stuff is being put on the market as vintage or historical.. I know this because some of my current customers had bought some of my early works form an antique dealer and paid more than what it cost to make.. sign everything even things you think will never see the light of day.. the ability for someone 100 years from now to see what happened locally will be like mummies in Egypt.. I always want to know who made something when its a piece of history.. I use an in-house makers mark and then my stamp of which I have a smaller stamp and a larger one for larger work..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    That right there is some mighty fine work.. I be thinking you got making these under control..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    John,, Yup and Hiker johnson did the flatter.. Someone I know did to the Round split ring too.. Sadly bad memory and all..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Arkie, Thanks it is amazingly comfortable.. I posted up a thread here on IFI on the flat build.. Please do and post back pictures to the thread page.. I'd love to see what you come up with.. How did the split ring come out? There is a thread on here to.. JHCC , and hiker johnson have been nice enough to post back to the appropriate threads with photo's and experiences using the process which I think is very helpful for others and for myself as then it helps me to fine tune the videos and information.. here is the latest.. Still have a little file work to do.. But it is finish forged.. I'm only showing handles as I have 4 or 5 more variations to show.. This will be a "How to video"..
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    hikerjohnson - boy that post went by quick.. Looks great to me.. Good clean use of materials ..I'm going to file that one with the channel into the books.. Be looking forwards also to your take on it in use.. Busy day on the forum.. Here is the finished flat basket twist finished..
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    Kanca 75kg

    Congrats on the new anvil.. Looks mighty fine..
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    Leaf spring making from mild steel?

    No reason to heat treat before adding the carbon.. Well unless you want to anneal it only then case harden it.. Then harden it.. So, the case hardening will only penetrate so far.. The outermost area will have the highest carbon content equally distributed around the object depending on contact with the carbon and metal.. This outer skin is the carbon rich metal.. which I know you know.. The surface of the metal will have a mottled appearance.. If you do it correctly and do a really deep case hardening the problem is the outer skin will be very high in carbon and the inner core will be less to none.. In a knife you want a nice finish.. the mottled look isn't a big seller today.. Case hardening is desirable for a product that needs to be tough but wear resistant.. . Look up Japanese blade construction, hard skin soft core.. This allows for a very hard edge with a softer more ductile inner core for strength.. Done well and done right it will in fact make a wonderful knife.. but it is a bunch of work that offers little advantage other than the fact of saying you did it.. I had many projects like these myself when I was very young.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Mudman nice.. I would also chisel a few lock notches into the backing plate to help keep the arm from rotating.. I know the hook is downwards I also can see that there will be a diagonal under it.. but because of the round tenon having a way to keep it from spinning is a common thing.. I mention it only because that is what I would do..
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    Leaf spring making from mild steel?

    Yes and no. If you can control the depth of the hardness enough and limit the amount of carbon loss while forge welding you can in fact make a blade with good carbon content throughout.. It for sure is advanced technique. The way they did it in the old days is simply to only sharpen the knife on one side.. The early settlers in the new world (USA) had blacksmiths and the Indians wanted to trade for goods.. Knives, hatchets and such.. Because of the Human conditions many a settler smith sold case hardened blades to the American Indians.. The Indians soon learned only to sharpen one side of the knife or ax so to retain the fine cutting edge.. The best way to do it is to make a high carbon piece and then weld it to a mild steel or wrought iron backing.. Or just do what the Indians did and sharpen it on one side only..
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    Video "How to Forge Chain Makers Tongs"

    This is a "how to" On forging chain makers tongs.. not the only way.. just one way.. These are the tongs used in the video "How to make chain" They are made for 3/8" chain but can be used up 2 standard sizes or anything between 3/8" and 1/2". https://youtu.be/u5ZcvmwIaV8