SFC Snuffy

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  1. Wow, Lou, that's a really fantastic opportunity. Thanks for sharing the good news and the cool photo. I'd love to see some more pictures of the collection. Do they have a website?
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    DIY Micarta

    Hmph. D'you know, it never even occurred to me that I could make my own? I'm definitely interested in seeing how this comes out.
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    Let’s see some fire pokers

    That's a really nice-looking design! Stylish, but functional.
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    Show me your vise

    I see! If the top of the spring is anchored properly, the bottom will kick out and press against the movable jaw. Thank you, gentlemen.
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    Show me your vise

    Recently picked this one up. It needs some work, the which I've never really done before, but it would be a shame to let it go to waste. It's about 41" overall, with 6" jaws, but no visible markings. I'm not as spry as I used to be, but I'm guessing it weighs about 100 lbs. The screw works nice and smooth, but the spring doesn't. Any suggestions for remedying that??
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Ted, that's a great-looking leaf! I've never used a leafing swage, but I thought I knew how. Yours seems really deep and narrow, though. Would you happen to have a pic showing the swage/swedge with a leaf on it? I.e. in use?
  7. Even with the loss of momentum at the bottom of the treadle hammer's stroke, it has both more kinetic energy (KE = 1/2 mass x velocity^2) and more momentum (mass x velocity) simply because the head is so heavy. Because the KE equation is so heavily weighted toward velocity, it doesn't seem as impressive, but I suspect that momentum plays a bigger role in forge work... otherwise we'd all be swinging 4 oz. hammers as fast as we could.
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    How strong is forge welding

    As with any hypothetical situation, you must make some assumptions. If the forge weld is perfect, or ideal, then there is no weld seam. The material is homogeneous and strength will be rated according to the cross-section of the material, yes? Mokume-gane techniques can produce solid-state welds even between disparate metallic solids. I don't know enough about modern welding to to know how that compares. My limited experience with a MIG welder leads me to believe that you can't effect a large lap weld in the same way that you can forge weld, but I could easily be mistaken.
  9. Apropos of nothing, what was the tool you cut in half to form the upright/arbor? It looks like the world's largest tap wrench.
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    Very new to this...

    Before you commit to a certain type of forge, it may be useful to browse around the forge sections of the forums, bot solid-fuel and gas. The aforementioned JABOD-style forge is designed to be inexpensive and quick to set up. A propane forge can be cheaper to operate in the long run, but will require some cash outlay in materials and labor up front. Is there something about propane that appeals to you? Given the materials and skills that you have available, and the risk you're prepared to accept, other options may be a better fit for you. EDITED TO ADD: With regards to the leaf blower, you can pull it back from - or even out of - the forge so that it's just blowing air AT the fire, rather than dumping all of that too-great volume into the forge. It's not a perfect solution, but it should cut your fuel consumption and oxidation rates down a bit.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Today, I beat a couple of 3/4" Grade 5 hex bolts into mini bearded axe heads, with an eye to turning them into some of those nifty bottle openers. I also flattened out a piece of angle iron and did some preliminary trimming with a hot cut to turn it into a feather. The bottle openers will be for a long-time friend of mine, the feather I'm making just because. I'm sure one of my pagan acquaintances will covet it if I can get it to come out the way I'd like it to. No pictures, I'm afraid. Everything was over- or under-exposed.
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    Very new to this...

    Is that a leaf blower? I suspect it's providing far too much air, which increases oxidation on your stock, increases fuel consumption, and can actually make your fire colder (you're providing more air than the fuel can use). The "Solid Fuel Forge" section of this site, found here, has a great many excellent threads about different aspects of a home-made forge. Start with the JABOD thread and go from there. If knife- and blade-making is your focus, the bladesmithing forum is here, though you should be prepared for experienced smiths to tell you that you have a lot of skills that should be practiced before you try making a knife. Aside from that, your paracord wraps look good. As long as you're experimenting, start with different pre-forms and see what they turn into when you forge in your bevels. Your grinds and surface finish look a little rough, but maybe that's not a big deal for a practice piece. Welcome aboard!
  13. I'm at the opposite end of the experience spectrum from most of you, having only been smithing once a week for about a year-and-a-half. For me, my "finished" pieces are only now started to be not disappointing. I endeavor to forge a piece (and we're talking simple hooks, nails, bottle openers, etc.) to the best of my abilities and get it as smooth and regular as I can. I have had friends tell me that they appreciate the irregularities, hammer marks from miss-hits, and other "character marks" as proof of its hand-made origins. One person told me that if she wanted hooks that looked identical, she'd buy them from a store and that's why she really liked my work. Talk about damning with faint praise! I appreciate the aesthetics of pieces with intentional tool-marks, but for me I desire to forge a piece that's smooth, scale-free, regular in its angles and curves and essentially indistinguishable from one that's mass-produced. Well... It might be more accurate to say that I'd like to get my skill set to that level. Once there, I might decide to leave some hammer marks! Or not. Torbjörn Åhman's work, from his YouTube channel, really inspires me as someone that wants to make tools. The clean lines and smooth finish of his tools and projects is what I aspire to emulate.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Steamboat, that thing is terrible. You should be ashamed of yourself and give it to me for safekeeping. I'll send you pictures when you need to be reminded of your shoddy workmanship.