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  1. I have just tested it out tonight and it seems to hold but then if you tighten it so it holds so nothing moves. It pops again or just doesnt seem to be holding very tight a little tap of the material and it pops out.
  2. No it pops just a tiny bit back to the 20mm mark and then if i tighten just does that small pop. It is very odd.
  3. Hi All, So I have a small post vice that I have finally got back together but the problem is that when I try to close the jaws they close to about a 20mm gap and then keep popping back open and wont close anymore. I have checked nothing is catching and that the screw box is original and not catching because the screw is to long and everything seems ok. I wondered if anyone else had come across this or had any ideas. Cheers, Luke
  4. Hi All, This was the stall I setup for my first two craft fairs this year. I am pretty happy with it but think I might add some vertical stands as well, which I will get built for the next one. Cheers, Luke
  5. Just bought this drill press so it hasn't followed me home yet but will be tonight
  6. Thanks I was going to do a square base to keep the theme but did not have a piece big enough so went with the legs but I really like the look overall. Dax I did it hot with a friend striking but did it by cutting in at 20mm intervals to different depths the deeper you go the more the cube stands out. Then lock th first section in the vice and twist from the far end.I had to do it in two sections due to the length. Cheers, Luke
  7. I made this for my wife, started it at the museum yesterday and made the base and drilled and tapped the hole today. Had a bit of a scary moment with that as my tap snapped just as i was finishing but luckily it was sticking out just enough to get with a spanner. It is out of 20mm square and is 12inches tall. Cheers, Luke
  8. This is my latest bottle opener it is out of 12mm coil spring the corkscrew was a real pain. I kept losing it to the fire gods. I made the bottle opener end a bit wider to make it easier for the hand to fit and turn. Thanks, Luke
  9. Hey Biggundoctor I only just saw your post sorry. It is really light I will put it on the scales tonight, my sister has ridiculously thick hair I get the feeling when she tries it I will need to bend it a bit to fit it all in.
  10. I did wonder about that but really wanted to add a decorative touch, I might make her a second smooth one that she can also use.
  11. HI All, I made these for my sister yesterday afternoon. The bottle opener is made from 12mm coil spring, managed to lose the corkscrew part a couple of times but got there in the end. Then after seeing a few posted on the site I thought I would have a go at a hair pin for her made from 6mm round. I also made six shelf brackets for the work shop but didn't photograph them they were just 12mm square bent and spread out for the screws. I am pretty happy with both but any critique would be great it is the only way to improve. Cheers, Luke
  12. These two followed me home yesterday. They need a good cleanup but are complete and still move which amazes me. The one against my anvil has 6 inch wide jaws and is really heavy takes a lot to move it around. The other is 3 and a half inch wide jaws the same as the one I have but is alot lighter. I think I will use it for my mobile setup.
  13. Crazygoatlady that heart really looks nice and clean. To flatten them out with out altering the shape you can use a rawhide or wooden mallet or even just a block of wood and give it a smack on the face of the anvil.
  14. You could try this design it is quick and simple and works well as an anvil. The main factor is making sure the railway track lines up with the shape of the I beam. Regards, Luke
  15. Hi, So last weekend I did the scouts blacksmithing experience, it went really well the kids did really well and seemed to really enjoy it. We did have to move under shelter as a big thunder storm hit mid way through but it didn't put the kids off. It was interesting getting all the questions from the kids they seemed very interested in what the difference between the two anvils were and when I said absolutely none except one has the advantage of the horn. Hopefully sparked the fire in some future smiths. Luke
  16. I made this shoe horn at a demo I did on Sunday, at the museum I have been volunteering at pretty happy with how it came out for a test piece. It was a really good day there were two other smiths in the forge so had to share through the day. One of them is 87 years old and been forging since he was 13 he had some brilliant stories. Apparently he left school at 13 because when he told his teacher he could get a job as a smith he was told well he best get to it. Cheers, Luke
  17. Really nice work. Love the look of them.
  18. Really nice, I love the curves on those poppy stems. And I love the use of colour I always like to see bright iron work it just makes it even more eye catching. and also from what I have read and been told by a number of smiths who specialise in restoration work it is actually more traditional.
  19. Oh I know 30C I can cope with not to bad, just really felt that heat in the shop. I used to live in Kuwait and the summers there are unbelievable at the moment it is 61C in the sun and 53C in the shade. But they are really ready for it as everywhere has AC. Just always taught me to drink often and drink plenty
  20. Not today but I made my second pair of tongs at the weekend, decided to make a heavy set of scrolling tongs. Which I have been wanting for ages I am pretty happy with them. It was hot work, it was 30C outside and got to 54C in the forge.
  21. stevomiller I have just seen this, I have just looked up the yorkshire pattern and it does look like a perfect match and would make sense as we are in the heart of North Yorkshire. I just find it interesting there is no pritchel or hardie hole, it rings like a bell so I might add some magnets under the square horn and see if it helps. Cheers
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