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  1. Well thanks for the link That's sort of what I was thinking of doing
  2. Can anyone identify the machine this fellow used to grind his blades? The accompanying article says he was a stock removal man. Looks like the machine is set up to grind two sides at once and presumably create a hollow grind. Is this something he fabricated or something he modified, or...? The article proper https://clarksonhistory.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/secrets-of-the-dead-the-richtig-knife/
  3. Okey, obviously got the right guys to talk to here. Thanks for the image link G.O.G. What I see looks like a choker chain with a hand made grab hook on one end and a large link on the other. I'll show her that and see what she says Googling about a bit after I posted here, I did find http://store.chainsawr.com/products/keyhole-chain-hook-loggergrab and http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_479598_479598 No way I can make them that cheaply, but I'll see if that's what she wants. Maybe we can trade something. She's got an industrial Singer sewing machine and I
  4. Woman with Haflingers wants a "bitch hook" No, that's what she said, honest. Looked it up, and found bitch hook n. a curved metal device used with a chain to hold or secure lumber or other things, or to brake a sled on descents. Also bitch link. Editorial Note: The unpublished manuscript for the Lexicon of Trade Jargon (circa 1938-39, now at the Library of Congress) includes in its section on “Lumber Workers’ Slang and Jargon” an entry for bitch chain and defines it as a “Heavy, short chain with hook and ring, used to fasten the lower end of a ‘gin pole’ (q.v.) to a sled or car
  5. Don't find a technique forum, so posting here. Apologies if this isn't the right forum. How do you upset to one side of a square rod? I've wanted to make a pair of holdfasts for a joiners workbench since I first read about a guy named Rob Tarule using them in an article in Fine Woodworking. They're very fast and flexible compared to a vise. Since I read that article, Chris Schwarz has gone on a tear and popularized the Roubo workbench, so much so that you can't hardly swing a dead possum without hitting one on the Interwebs. Peter Ross recently made a close if not exact replica
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    forge & blower

    2x4's, angle iron, firebrick and a Centaur forge firepot-tuyere combination.
  7. Had to straighten the tommy bar and re-curve the spring and weld a crack in the bracket near the eye
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    yardsale vise - $6.50

    Guy had been doing auto body work in his shop and welded a length of rebar onto the leg to make it taller. I've got the bracket but have to make a spring and wedges
  9. portable vise bracket for demonstrations
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    Anvil & vise stand

    Neat rig for a small Peter Wright and vise stand
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    Anvil after a bit of cleaning up with a belt sander and painting Stand is 2x12 and Monitor badge was found on the property when we moved in
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    How to move an anvil

    Ask Bubba!
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    My anvil

    167.2 lbs - marked as 172 no name clearly English "jumped up" style - seams of individual welds are evident except on the face
  14. There's a few pics here Groups -> projects -> forge but click on the preview image in the right hand column first because the full size ones are quite large and bound to tie up your machine if you have a slow connection
  15. Either not too many have a favorite, or there are a lot of us using power/air hammers? Or just a lot of Strong-Silent types... I just got a Farriers rounding hammer no name, weighs 2 lbs at a junque shoppe for $5.00 or so last month. Haven't tried it yet, but am looking forward to it. The Japanese hammers strike me (hyuk hyuk hyuk) as interesting, but they're pricey. Also got a 40 oz. Plumb with an 18" handle at the aforementioned junque shoppe. It has an uncommonly sharp peen, to my eye. I splurged on a Sears/Craftsman Cross Peen because I was amazed how good the handle felt and though
  16. Outside, covered, 55 gallon drum(s) under an open shed roof.
  17. Yeah, they've been around awhile Have not taken a class there, but hope to. Wish there were more like them - i.e. not just blacksmith classes but traditional farming methods, wheel wrighting, dry & wet cooperage, etc. etc.
  18. My buddy in Maine who posts on an old tools group made himself a framing slick for an upcoming T.F. class/project. I asked him if I could post the story here and he agreed. FWIW Galoot is an honorif meaning someone who eschews the use of electron burning tools when assaying woodworking projects, preferring instead to hew to the line of our forebears and use old or antique tools. Saint Roy is Roy Underhill of the Woodwrights Shop on PBS. I believe that's all the decoding necessary Gentle Galoots, Short version: got more gifts, finished a slick Long version: I received two
  19. You can see what I'm dealing with by flipping through my snapshots here: Flickr: Photos from coalandice
  20. Forgot to add the link to this one: Gibbins Aprons Darned expensive but nice pattern and weight
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