Arthur210

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About Arthur210

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    Quebec City, Qc, Canada
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    Historical recreation, archery
  1. What did you do in the shop today?

    I don't have much in the way of tools yet and needed a hot chisel, so I made one out of a rail anchor. I understand the steel of these is 1060. Figured that leaving a few hammer marks when I sanded it wouldn't be a problem for such a tool, as long as it was nowhere critical. Not sure if I have the edge geometry right, I should be able to test it soon to see how well it works. Couldn't flip the pictures on my phone, so they are upside down.
  2. Help making bottom blast charcoal forge

    Is the wheelbarrow made of galvanized steel? If so, use something else as the base for your forge. Heating up galvanized steel releases fumes that are deadly.
  3. What did you do in the shop today?

    Thanks for the kind words, ausfire. Yes, I used a 2.5 pound cross pein but most of the work was done using the flat face. I need to practice drawing out the steel more, I'm still having trouble making it move back towards the stem. I also think my hammer was a bit heavy for such delicate work. Thanks again for your comments!
  4. What did you do in the shop today?

    Cut side slots on my JABOD. Shortened the reins on a pair of tongs. Finally, made my first leaf: I really should have made myself a chisel first. As it is, I used the side of my coal rake to make the veins. A small-diameter fuller would also be useful, since the edges of my anvil are a bit too rounded for a sharper transition between the leaf and the stem. Still, that was a satisfying first attempt.
  5. Help Improving My JABOD

    Here are the pictures of my new test. By angling the stock down towards the tuyere and pumping my bellows solidly (though not crazy hard) I was able to get the steel to light yellow - it was sparkling at one point (no picture of that). Once I shut everything down and removed the coals, I saw that the walls of the trench as well as the tuyere were red-hot. And when I cleaned up the trench, I fished out two small pieces of melted sand. So obviously I'm doing someting right. My guess is that I could make the slot where I insert the stock (between the two bricks) at least one inch deeper. So, in short, between 1" and 2" above the tuyere is plenty deep for a charcoal sideblast.
  6. Help Improving My JABOD

    Thomas: No picture of it running, I'll try to take a few later today. Charles: I've tried angling the stock so that it would be closer to the tuyere, but it didn't seem to help get it any hotter. The amount of fuel above the steel may be the answer. I'll try to add more on my next test. Good to know that a charcoal side blast need to be shallower. My initial version was deeper (almost 8") but after testing it I realized that was too deep. So I've made it shallower in the current version.
  7. Help Improving My JABOD

    Here’s my first forge. It is basically a box of dirt with a few fire bricks on top to keep the edges firmer. I’m using a 1” black pipe for the tuyere and a box bellows for an air source. The V-shaped trench is approximately 4” by 9” in dimension and 6” deep. The tuyere sits 1” from the bottom of the trench. I’m using lump hardwood charcoal for fuel, broken into pieces about 1” in size. I’ve done a few tests with a half-inch piece of mild steel to see how well it works, and in general I am satisfied. My only problem is that I can’t seem to get my steel hotter that dark yellow. I’ve tried varying the speed and strength of my bellow strokes, but can’t seem to get to welding heat. And I’m making sure to keep an inch or three of coals above the steel. Wondering what I am doing wrong. Are my pieces of charcoal still too big? Is my tuyere too large, resulting in too much concentrated air? Suggestions on how I could improve my forge would be welcome.
  8. Workshop Plans

    Finished my box bellows and installed it today. It's made to be operated from either side.
  9. Show me your anvil stands

    Here's my stand. Nothing fancy or original, just 4"x4" held together by 3/8" threaded rods, but it will do the job. I will add a coat or two of oil-based wood stain when the temperature come up enough for it to cure. The center pieces were purposefully cut an inch shorter than the corners, for more stability. The center also has a cavity that I filled with scraps of iron to increase the weight. I'd say the stand weights about 40 pounds, while the anvil is a small 86 pounds.
  10. Workshop Plans

    Long time since my last update on the workshop. Winter was cold here (several week at -20 C), so that slowed down progress. Still, I managed to work a few days and evenings over the last months. I made a stand for my anvil and mounted it. Nothing fancy or original, but that should work well. The stand gave me a more even rebound on the anvil, I'd call it a decent 80% over pretty much all of the surface, dropping down to about 70% on the heel. I then organized the shop somewhat, cutting the old railings and window grates that I got from my brother and parents into bars that I can use, and storing them in a more efficient manner. I also made a side draft box for my chimney. I had some help and tips from my dad, who was a professional welder before he retired. Painted it two days ago and installed it today. The side draft is hungs from the ceiling so that the weight doesn't put stress on the chimney. It will also allow me to move the forging table when I'm not using it. I've started to work on a japanese box bellows that will fit behind the chimney on the wall. It is narrower and taller that the standard design. Overall, I am quite happy with my progress!
  11. What did you do in the shop today?

    This is a great topic, thank you littleblacksmith for starting it, and everyone who has contributed to it. I've been reading it and mining it for ideas when my shop is ready for actual smithing. Lots of great stuff here! For now, I can show you the little side draft box that I've made. Made from 16 gauge mild steel, welded with the MIG/flux core welder I received for Christmas. My dad helped me get started with the welding (he was a professional welder before he retired). Painted it two days ago. I installed eyebolts in the corners to hang it from the ceiling, which should make it more stable and prevent the weight from pulling at the chimney.
  12. My First Anvil. Brooks 64kg/140lbs

    Very nice! Interestingly, I saw the exact same model announced for sale about 2 hours away from me, but at $6 per pound it seemed overpriced to me.
  13. Very nice haul, Pr3ssure. But please, next time wear shoes (at least) when handling metal. Just dropping something on your foot may cause a lot of damage! Cheers!
  14. Workshop Plans

    I plan on using a charcoal forge, so 2 windows plus the door should be enough ventilation. I did a bit of research on formaldehyde gas and OSB, and in Canada there are regulations since 2010 that limit how much OSB can emit. There may still be some, but not as much as before. So far the smell has been fairly low.
  15. Workshop Plans

    Nice tip SLAG. I can get some spider plants easily -- we have some in the family and they are easy to multiply. But I will have to wait until spring at least before I can put any into my shop, as they would simply freeze right now. For now I get plenty of air coming in, as I pass an extension cord through a window for power whrn I am in the shop.