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  1. First set of tongs

  2. First set of tongs

    Definitely finish that set even if you’ve got to bolt them together. You’ll be able to size them for thinner stock, 3/16”-1/4” range. The more sets you finish, or not, the more you learn and gain hammer control. As Thomas said, s hooks are a good project to work on for practicing drawing out and rounding material.
  3. First set of tongs

    You’ve got a coal forge that’ll ruin you steel if you’re not paying attention, an anvil and you don’t quit after a one failed attempt! Sounds like you’re off to a pretty good start. Tongs are pretty tricky project for a beginner but you’ve gotten this far so you might as well join the two pieces and have a useful tool. To be perfectly honest, those aren’t too bad. It looks like you’ve got the basic concepts down, now you just need to refine and practice what you’re doing. The first thing that jumps out at me is the thickness of the jaws, they need to be thicker. I like mine to be in the neighborhood of 3/8”. Next is the boss, and take this with a grain of salt because yours will function well, it needs to be a little more defined on both sides. This is somewhat to give it a more finished look but also allows you to grip your material closer to the pivot which will give you more gripping power with less fatigue to your hand. I also like my boss to be 3/8” thick as well. Your reins just look like they need to be straightened and rounded off so the don’t tear your hands up while in use As I said before, tongs are not an easy project and getting as far as you have without quitting is an accomplishment. You’re off to a pretty good start, keep it up and show us what happens. You’ll hear this elsewhere on the forum, put your location where people can see it. There are smiths all over the place and some might be close to you. If they are, they’re probably willing to link up with you and help.
  4. Is a #108 Trenton worth $900

    I think that's a little pricy but in my neck of the woods people would buy it at that price.
  5. Anvil purchase

    That one looks mighty rough. Unless it was free, I'd pass on it.
  6. Need help identifying another anvil

    I'm going go out on a limb here and guess it's an Acme.
  7. Post Anvil Stand Ideas

    If this is going to be in your shop long term, trick it out like your second to last picture. If it's long to be moved around frequently then do the tripod. I really like seeing a well built, thought out vise stand that is also embellished more than is stickly necessary.
  8. What IS this?

    It looks to me like both end could possible been the same in the beginning and one side is a lot more worn from use? It's hard to tell from the picture though. Any chance of a couple of shots from other angles?
  9. I'd scoop that up in a heart beat. Personally, I'd use the edge as is and see if the crack gets bigger. If not, carry on. If it expands, whip out the grinder. It all depends on the size of work done on it too.
  10. Hmmm, I get those strange circles on my anvil too! Wonder what they're from? Might have to have a cold one and think on it.
  11. What are these scales made of

    It's called c tek. Most of it that I've seen was a more unform honeycomb though.
  12. Tong obsession

    The bosses might not be as isolated as others but that's a fine set of tongs. It's good that you are adding in some of things that set apart good pair tongs from a pair of tong. The flaired out reins and the jaws with a perpendicular groove are great additions. Keep working on insolating the boss and you might also want to use more material for your rivet. When you get to the point you are it becomes about working on refining each part, jaws, boss and reins. You learn something from every pair and every pair gets better.
  13. July 2017 Something for hanging on the wall

    I've never contributed to one of these monthly builds but I've been looking at an old Mercury glass mirror that fell off the wall of my house. It would be a bigger project than I've taken on before so I've put off doing it. I might have to tie into it for this though. By the way, it was in the original wood frame when it fell and I don't think the frame can be salvaged.
  14. Anvil i.d.

    Yee of little faith...I agree.
  15. Anvil Stands. Make'em nice and clean

    While I was somewhat playing devils advocate earlier about the anvil stand and what I intially took for the point of this thread, I whole heartedly agree that a smiths shop needs to look as professional as he or she has the means to do. Often times a shop is where a person can showcase their ability, not for other people but for them selves. It shows a pride in their work and a love for what they do. Here are my anvil stands by the way. Both are obviously wood but not your run of the mill stump. I also added a picture of my "tv tray" that I use instead of a shelf attached to my stand so I can move it around as I need it.