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  1. It followed me home

    Picked up a few pto shafts out of 1948-52 Ford tractors. I assume is 4140ish but I’m going to have to do a little experimenting to see how it heat treats.
  2. Building my own vice for fun

    I’ll make it to one eventually. It looks like that northwest region is usually closest to me.
  3. Building my own vice for fun

    There are two things here I’d like to do, forge a post vise and make it over to one of the salt fork meetings.
  4. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Man, that’s a really sweet piece of work! Good hustle.
  5. Forging Tapers Video.. 4 Different ways..

    That’s a great video. No elaborate explanation, only what’s needed to describe the process. You made each look exceedingly easy.
  6. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    I’d really like to go do some work with Mark but I don’t often get a chance to make a 7hr drive just to go play for a couple of days.
  7. The farrier style is my preference to build as well. They take a little longer but they function well and look nice.
  8. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    That hammer looks great, Can’t wait to see it finished. How long of a handle are you going to put on it?
  9. John, you summed up that video nicely.
  10. Forged Rocking Chair WIP

    Frosty, Iike the kindling splitter too! I’m going to build a couple more but using power tools and taking my time. Jennifer, funny you should mention the shoeing competitions. I was the only contestant that’ hasn’t been a competitive farrier. I don’t know if you follow any of that but there were some pretty big names there as well as being put on by Jim Keith. Here’s the flyer for the contest.
  11. Rant

    I didn’t notice anyone else say it so I will. If you work on both halves at the same time, doing the same step to each side every time and comparing them to make sure they’re the same, you’ll end up with tongs that are easier to assemble and require less adjustment. You’re headed in the right direction. What size steel are you making them out of?
  12. 3/8”x 1” and 5/8” square are great sizes for tong. I know that video you’re talking about and I know the guy who was doing the building. He made that look so incredibly easy it’s ridiculous. You’ve got to keep in mind that he’s currently one of the very best farriers in the world and personally I think farriers swing a hammer better than anyone else. I’m not saying that to dissuade you from giving it a try, just telling you to have realistic expectations from your first try at a farrier style tongs. They’re not as easy as a more traditional style bolt tong. If I had my tong learning experience to do over, I’d make a couple of smaller lighter practice runs with 1/4”x3/4” material before trying some full sized tongs. All the principals are the same but it’s easier material to move and, ideally, you’ll end up with a usable tool for smaller stock. It would also be in you’re best interest to try tradition tongs before diving into the farrier style. jlpservicesinc has some great YouTube videos on making tongs that can be found in the tongs section of the hand tool category of this forum.
  13. Forged Rocking Chair WIP

    Thanks everybody. I was quite a learning experience. My striker and I were pretty burnt out by the end. All my stuff sold at the auction so I’ve got that going for me. Thought I share the coolest bit of forging done over the weekend. A fella named Austin Edens and his dad built a set of working handcuffs using only hand tools and they made it look easy.
  14. Forged Rocking Chair WIP

    Well, the contest is over. I lost each category. I did have a great time, learned a bunch and met some really great people. There was some really stellar work cranked out.
  15. Forged Rocking Chair WIP

    Yesterday we did our traditional category, meaning no power tool at all. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t pretty be were able to make an adjustable kindling splitter. We got it done 5 minutes before the 4:30 deadline.