Ranchmanben

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  1. Ranchmanben

    Show me your anvil stands

    I could see that use. Luckily I’ve got other anvils I can use for that.
  2. Ranchmanben

    Show me your anvil stands

    Jennifer, I’ve never had much of an issue with not being able to pass material through the hardy hole. If I need that kind of room I go to the post vise.
  3. Ranchmanben

    Practicing collaring scrolls

    Take a looks at the second Mark Aspey book. Tells you everything you need to know about traditional joinery and how to make the tools you need. They’re sort of pricey but the best, easy to follow smithing books I’ve seen.
  4. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Good hustle Mark! I hope the sales were good.
  5. Ranchmanben

    Practicing collaring scrolls

    Looks really good. You light look into making a collaring vise to keep everything tight when closing the collar.
  6. Ranchmanben

    Steel and concrete anvil stand

    I guess the idea is that you’ll be able to unbolt it from the floor and move it if you need to?
  7. Ranchmanben

    Steel and concrete anvil stand

    That’s not going anywhere fast. One question I’ve got, how are you going to make sure the concrete fills all the voids underneath the steel plate the anvil will sit on? Never mind, I think I see now. The steel plate will not be in place when pouring the post. Let me see if I have the process right. You pour the concrete to a level just flush with the top of the angle iron then screw the plate to the angle iron? If this is right, I’d suggest welding some rebar stingers to the bottom of the plate to extra reinforce the connection of steel plate to concrete.
  8. Ranchmanben

    To wedge or not to wedge

    I don’t guess I’ve ever seen a wedge that’s an X. I’ve had a couple that were straight with two cross bars on them. I kinda like the idea of a little x.
  9. Ranchmanben

    Anvil stand build

    Thanks Arkie. When building, I took it as an opportunity to try some things I’ve not tried before like collars, wedged tennon joints, flush rivets, a different kind of finial and scrolls. It’s kind of all over the place from a design standpoint but it works well and I learned quite a bit.
  10. Ranchmanben

    Anvil stand build

    Finally got around to finishing up the swinging table/tool rack for the stand.
  11. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Thank folks. Papy, like every other hammer I make, this is the one I’m going to keep. I’m already telling myself that about the missing mystery hammer. I’m not sure when it’ll be done but it’ll be fancy.
  12. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Thank Das. Trying to be consistent and clean.
  13. Ranchmanben

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I’m with you Jennifer. I quench everything I can in water. I forged and annealed five hammers Monday. Did some grinding Tuesday evening and heat treated and final polish on the faces Wednesday evening. Hopefully I’ll get them hung this evening. Four 2lb and one 1.25lb that was a special order. One of the 2lb didn’t make the cut for the store order. Nothing wrong with it but it just didn’t look enough like the others. I’ve got special pans for it
  14. Peter Wright’s haven’t got a serial number and so can only be give an approximate age. After 1910 imported products had to have the country of origin on them. Since that one has got the England stamp is 108 years old at the oldest. They didn’t have that stamp before then 1910. Good luck with the sale.