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  1. MrVader

    First knife

    No offense taken man
  2. MrVader

    First knife

    I'm making one from a broken pipe wrench right now
  3. MrVader

    First knife

    I didn't like the way it turned out so I never heat treated I'll try to do another one soon and treat
  4. MrVader

    First knife

    Found some odd eye bolts laying around so decided to use one for a knife. Turned out pretty decent for my first project. Going to work on cleaning it up and attaching a handle over the next few days
  5. I have a brick that fits perfectly over my air intake the bottom that I use to damper it when I don't need the excess heat. Especially handy when the wind shifts directions and is blowing directly into the hole lol
  6. I made a few minor adjustments to my wood fired forge. Lowered the work space hole and covered the outside in some good ol Mississippi mud. Vast improvement on heat retention and the time required to heat the material to workable temps. Cut some dead trees that were about 3" across into 3" sections and split in half. Put into the top and as they burned, turned to charcoal and dropped the bottom. The "air grate" at the bottom (normal bricks with 3 holes) fed air from the bottom to keep the coal bed scorching hot. Heats up a file to almost yellow in about 5 minutes when the forge is hot. Only major downside is the amount of fuel the forge consumes. I added two rows of brick at the top to narrow the opening to retain more heat and without as much heat and air escaping from the top, it did cut down on the amount used. I used roughly 2-3 five gallon buckets of wood last night in a 2 hour period vs 3-4 buckets when I first built the forge.
  7. Cardboard bellows. I'm a visual person, things make more sense when I actually see them
  8. Wouldn't happen to have a blueprint for that would ya? I just found this fan that I'm gonna try to rig a bicycle to to make it manual
  9. Thanks I appreciate it. Mr Glen gets the credit, I just tweaked it to fit what I had access to at the moment
  10. As soon as I locate something to use as an air supply I'm definitely doing that. I just used the hole I made for air supply to put the product in for right now and let the wind blow through my "ash grate" to keep it hot. Lol I'm going Tuesday after work to start looking for a large chunk of metal use for an anvil. The bricks I was using break too easily. But definitely works good enough to shape the metal I have access to at the moment This was the original design, but without airflow going through the pipe on the bottom left, it was just heating up to orange/yellow, and the piece I had higher want getting hot enough. So I just replaced my airflow pipe with a piece of metal and used it as my forge until I find a blower of some type My next project is sealing the outside with clay I have. I left it just brick case I had to move anything around during the first fire. Thanks for the advice on the scale creating problem, I had to slightly modify it due to having no mechanical airflow and ended up using a much lower hole than originally intended for the time being but will be raising it before long.
  11. Oh yes. It's full throttle now. Thanks again for the advice. I'm really glad I went that route. Feeding wood from the top is perfect for me. Cleans up the yard, AND makes insanely hot coals.
  12. Oh yes I know. I did wear eye protection and will be getting a cross pein and something actually suitable for striking metal on, but I was impatient and couldn't wait until my next trip to town. It doesn't appear as though my photos have loaded though. I'll retry Monday from a computer
  13. First of all, huge thank you to Glen for taking with me last night and giving me great advise. I built my first forge today out of bricks and it turned out fantastic. I'm including photos of the build. I originally intended to put an outside air source, but didn't acquire one so I modified what Mr Glen told me and basically built a rocket furnace instead. The sun was out bright today so it's hard to see, but this build will turn an open end wrench almost yellow in about 10 minutes. I used a claw hammer and spare bricks in place of an anvil because I'm impatient and couldn't wait to acquire one. I also just used sticks from my yard to fuel it. I lined a trench with brick and laid three brick hole side down for ash to fall through. then I left a hole two bricky up for the metal to through to access coals. I hope I explained it well enough and photos load. I'm headed back outside to admire it lol may not be pretty, but she works just fine for me!
  14. I may try to make that. I'll be off that Sunday. Thanks for the info