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  1. Locating and setting the anchors into very old brick was a little scary, but the installation went well and the client is happy. And so am I.
  2. Thanks man. The client said she didn't like "curlicues" and fancy stuff, so I kept the design pretty basic.
  3. Hopefully I can install it tomorrow and get some pictures then, but here's a couple more
  4. Finished my first wine rack today. Learned a lot, didn't scrap too many parts, and hopefully the client is happy.
  5. Did you buy this from the manufacturer, or are you the manufacturer? The website has nothing for sale, although it mentioned a production run starting in February. How easy is it to change the tooling? It doesn't appear to have any way to quickly switch dies.
  6. Possibly a copper clad grounding rod, the kind used for electrical installations on house exteriors. Does a magnet stick to it? I'd grind it down to bright steel, or burn it off outdoors and downwind of any humans. I did some forging after a couple days of copper sanding and the copper dust was in the air and getting burned in the forge. it felt like a horrendous whiskey hangover the next day.
  7. After reading another thread about flame straightening/shrinking and the incomplete understanding of the process that some had, I thought this website would be instructive. Free advertising removed is the best in the business, and the damage they can correct using torches and come-alongs is nothing short of miraculous. Having used some of these techniques with varying degrees of success, one thing I can say for certain is that while the torch alone can move some metal, the process is way faster using mechanical means(winches, come-alongs) to hold the work in tension/compression. Another g
  8. I'm finally getting some paid instruction from a local smith and it is so absolutely worth it. He has been teaching me his tong method, which is far more practical than it is traditional, but metalwork is my only source of income so I need to get it done quick. The greatest insight I had so far was comparing his tongs to the store bought (drop forged) equivalent. He had me put some material in the vise(1/2" round) and grab it with the tongs, and then he said "pull". So I did. Then he said "PULL!", and I used my best tug of war technique and those tongs were locked down tighter than a pit bull.
  9. I needed to get some 1.5" holes drifted into 1.5" x. 188" flat bar. It was a struggle getting the slit hole opened up, so I rigged up this spring loaded bottom tool. It supports the work nicely without leaving any marks and gets the hole about halfway opened, at which point a swage block (or in my case, a chunk of DOM tube) finishes the drifting.
  10. I came back from lunch a few years ago to find this snake up on my table. I guess the aluminum was just the right temperature
  11. Slag spider. Almost hit him with the wire wheel, but he made it out alive
  12. I purchased a Metalsmith model from Diamondback forge last year (the one with 3 doors) and have put about 400# of propane through it. It is the first and only forge I have used, so take my beginner's opinion for what it's worth. There are some design shortcomings that render it more of a forge for the amateur /hobbyist than a forge to make money with. The "smooth bore burner bells" are simply pipe reducers with the threads mostly machined off. There is still some root of the thread left, not that it makes much difference, but it's hardly a well constructed venturi. The burner perfor
  13. I'll put it in the gas forges section.
  14. "The Key to Metal Bumping" is well worth the price. Old school knowledge at its finest, back when turret tops were the latest automobile construction trend. I have a few books by guys named Ron, but this one explains the repair methods better than any I've seen. https://www.eastwood.com/key-to-metal-bumping-book.html
  15. I purchased a diamondback forge last year and I am ready to sell it and build my own. Owner's politics aside, it has some shortcomings in the design that make it unsuitable for anything above hobby level usage.
  16. The only suitable material I had on hand was 1.5" 4140 round bar. I turned the shank to fit my press, and laid out the design with a prick punch. An assortment of files and some work on the belt grinder finished it up. My blanks were around 3/16" thick and they cooled too quickly to obtain a good impression from the punch, so I set up my torch right next to the press and squished them as quickly as I could. 12 tons is barely adequate for this shape and material.
  17. I was asked for a fundraising donation, so in the spirit of St Patrick's Day, I made a shamrock tool for these key fobs. I learned a lot, more what not to do, but it worked
  18. It's just a 6" rule with a 4R graduation. Eighths and sixteenths on one side, 32nds and 64ths on the other. FleaBay has some Starrett rules for around $15
  19. I considered that, but to get the proportion right it would end up being a heavy opener. I did 4 more today out of 3/4" round bar, two of them work well.
  20. This is my second kayak opener. I did this one out of flat bar, but the third one I did out of 3/4" round bar came out even better. I sold it before I remembered to take a picture, oops
  21. I am still tooling up my blacksmithing side of the shop, so today I tried to make a simple swage block. I have a 12 ton press with only 3/4" travel, but I was able to get 3 different radii on one side and a dishing die on the other.
  22. Steel costs less than apples on a price per pound basis. There are much better dumpster scores out there, take a pass.
  23. I saw an auction advertised today for Murray's Iron Works . There should be some good stuff in there if you can make it, it's on March 13. What a shame that a shop of that magnitude is closing down. I wonder if Edgar Brandt could have survived today's market conditions.
  24. This is my first attempt at a texturing tool. I cut up an old file for the tooling, and used mild steel for the rest. It has a hardie post to keep it secure. I don't know how long it will last, but it works.
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