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About Ranchmanben

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  1. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Finally got another round of hammer making in. There’s are hammers number 3&4. I’m really happy with how the cross pein is turning out. I’m not near as happy with the rounding hammer, way unbalanced. Ah well, live and learn.
  2. Show me your anvil

    That’s a fine looking specimen! Is there a weight stamped in it? I think I’ve got it’s sibling, it’s older and more used sibling.
  3. You guessed it, another tong material question!

    I guess I’ve never personally had much of an issue with cooling my tongs too hot. I know that the problem is out there though. I’ve always assumed the it comes from people using tong clip or things of that nature that keep the tongs attached to the material as it’s in the fire?
  4. It followed me home

    Came across this old gal today and the price was right. Not sure what I’m going to do with it but she’s mine now.
  5. Show me your Bottle Openers!

    By all means, copy away. I’m pretty sure I saw one like this before and am a copy cat anyways.
  6. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I used a piece of coil spring, I had the same worry about what steel to use. It got tested few times last night and it survived intact.
  7. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Corkscrew I whipped out for a birthday party this evening. This would have been a good time for smaller maker stamp.
  8. Show me your Bottle Openers!

    I suppose this counts.
  9. I can’t point out a specific maker of anvils that are readily available but the most common traits are that they’re all horribly abused and over priced. Torch cuts, heels snapped off, delaminates faces and I’ve seen a couple that have obviously been in a serious fire. Seems like people look on eBay, look around til they find an anvil of similar weight and make and completely disregard the fantastic condition. They see the buy it now price then realize that their anvil is exactly like the one for sale or maybe even better. Off they go to craigslist posting outrageous prices and they won’t come off them a nickel. Oh well. After I’d written all that I realized that my small town does have a rather healthy amount of pre WWII Kohlswa. I’ve bought the only one available, I wasn’t for sale until I asked and made a reasonable offer. I know of at least four others here including a 200lb-ish in beautiful condition being used as a yard ornament and a neglected 250ish one in good using condition that sits in front of 50lb little giant that also hasn’t seen use in a decade.
  10. You guessed it, another tong material question!

  11. Who's made a set of spurs?

    Those look great! Did you build everything yourself? I started on a set of spurs to give to the lady for Christmas and all was going well until I forgot to temper one of the rowels after I hardened it. Look like I’ll get them done just in time for Valentine’s Day. Here’s the desired result, although not finished and the other one
  12. You guessed it, another tong material question!

    Thanks Mangler. I’m working on going the direction of the farriers tongs. You’ve basically outlined the problem. Use better steel and risk breakage through misuse or use mild steel and produce a tong that might bend or prematurely wear out. I’ve gotten to be friends with the owner of an online shoeing supply store and it would probably be in my best interest to get his opinion on materials. Mark, For most people, if you remember not to get your tongs too hot or let the naturally cool down, this won’t be a problem. Like MetalMangler said, it’s human nature to blame someone else. If someone quenches a set of tongs I made when they’re too hot and then the jaws snap off when they go to grab something, likely they’ll blame the tongs and the maker before owning up to their mistake. I’d rather not have to deal with telling someone this is their fault and here’s how I can tell. It’s going to happen but I’m going to do what I can to avoid it. Right now it’s between 1045, if it can be sourced at a reasonable cost, and mild steel.
  13. Show me your anvil

    That’s too cool! What’s the anvil and base weight together?
  14. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    You should be!
  15. You guessed it, another tong material question!

    Mark, 1045 sounds like what what I’m after. I’ll have to see if I can locate a piece to play with. I hadn’t thought about that steel for tongs, only hammers.