SFC Snuffy

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  1. What did you do in the shop today?

    Spent some time in the rain upsetting donated automotive steel (it came with the appellation "tie rod," but no make or model) into a more usable form; it will eventually become an small axe or tomahawk. We managed to collapse the total length by about half, and the striking anvil worked great, though it's starting to sink into the mud a bit.
  2. What did you do in the shop today?

    I was fairly sure it was an archery target.
  3. ankh cross

    So you leave the center square enough for the shifting spanner to get a good grip. Very nice! I've seen a similar large jig on here where they welded the crescent wrenches to some sort of adjustable collar, which was then fit over a length of black iron pipe or square bar (I don't recall which). With the pipe clamped in a vise, the two supports could be moved back and forth to allow as large or as small an area to be twisted as desired. Rather ingenious, really.
  4. ankh cross

    Those are really nice! May I ask what you use as a turning wrench for small stock like this?
  5. What did you do in the shop today?

    Thanks guys, really. I can objectively say "it isn't terrible" while being subjectively disappointed that it didn't come out the way that I wanted it to, it took me longer and more heats than it should have, etc. etc. Nevertheless, I appreciate the kind words Das & Frosty.
  6. What did you do in the shop today?

    I've been reading a lot lately (seen a few videos as well) about how making leaves is a great learning tool for beginner blacksmiths, so I tried my first today. Predictably, it's not very good but I'll learn and keep trying. I made a bottle opener to make myself feel better and try out my new guillotine tool. The wax finish on the opener looks better IRL (the leaf looks just as bad ).
  7. Complete Beginner

    Looks great! I've never had the opportunity to use a Hofi-style hammer; you'll have to let us know how you like it.
  8. Pass through cork screw

    I've been too chicken to try it. Did you quench the screw?
  9. Bronze sword casting

    Not to mention that bronze is heavier, per cubic volume, than most steels. Not usually an issue for decorative work, but definitely of importance for weapons and armor.
  10. Tall pub table, heavy wood and steel

    Nice joinery! How heavy do you think it is altogether?
  11. ankh cross

    Hey, that's really nice!
  12. What did you do in the shop today?

    JHCC, that's an impressively-sized swage! What sort of interior dimension do you have, and how big do you want/need your starting stock to be? Nick, I made a couple of similar choppers for family members and had many of the same issues with cold shuts. The one that I started for myself I snapped the handle/"tang" right off of it. I'll probably make it into an ulu, but for now it's languishing in project limbo.
  13. ankh cross

    I've also understood it to represent male and female genitalia, though to be fair that could certainly be a misunderstanding of the symbolism. As far as 'looks simple enough,' I wish you the best of luck! ausfire - Looking good!
  14. A few things I've been working on

    You're about four hours away from me. If you ever need a striker on a big project, send me a message and I'll see if I can't get away for a day trip. Are you a member of the Free State Blacksmith Club?
  15. Oak Bench

    Ooh, I've always thought Urals were really cool. I understand that owning one will make you a good motorcycle mechanic. The benches, by the way, are fantastic.