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Andrew Collington

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  1. Thanks for the great advice! Once I am able to make a decent billet, getting a pattern more than what can only be described as "splodgey" would be a good thing, so I'll try the countersinking like you suggested. I'm thinking the motor on my drill died - there's just no attempt at life when I got the power button. So looks like I might have to buy myself a new tool for the garage... "oh no!" The clamp I made was from scrap pieces of an old "up and over" garage door mechanism. Was about 42mm x 8mm, and the bolts were M8 X 45mm. I can totally appreciate what Frosty said about ma
  2. That's really cool, Chimaera, and inspired me to try similar today. I think I overheated the coins after the first compress and they started to slip apart. Got three of the quarters welded together, though.. so even though my drill press broke when trying to put a bolt hole in the clamp, I'm still counting it as a win!
  3. Thanks Careful Eugene! The middle one was 10mm square, the one on the right was 16mm square, and the icicle was 10mm x 2mm, I think.
  4. Interestingly, anything before 16th May 1969 you're OK to do whatever with, and that sounds like a really interesting project you did! Any photos of it? Here they say you can't melt metal coins down or break them apart, but don't then go on to say "and reuse as legal tender" (though I'm sure that was the intention). https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1971/24/section/10
  5. Great responses, thanks! Thankfully this isn't a "I have to rush to get it done for Christmas" thing, more a "I have time off for Christmas and want to spend it at the anvil trying things out", so no rushing... Just the obvious lack of experience. You're right, Buzzkill, it's just for something "purty". Never would have thought to use a stack of quarters! It's ever-so-slightly illegal to deface UK coins here... but I'm sure the UK government wouldn't mind me defacing American coinage . My wife's American so we try to get back there once a year and quarters usually make it back wi
  6. Yep, I think that pretty much sums it up what I was trying to do perfectly! I'll have a look at doing some mokume gane next with nickel and wrought iron as you suggested. I'm assuming that's pretty much the same procedure? I'll go watch some videos and read some articles on it before attempting anything this time. Thanks for your feedback, Thomas Powers!
  7. Hi there, I've never tried pattern welding metal before, and I've also never used stainless steel before. But my wife thought it'd be nice to have a "simple damascus necklace" and it seemed like stainless steel was a good enough way to go, so figured I'd knock off two complete unknowns for me in one go. Needless to say, it didn't go well. I started with about 1m of 304 and 316 and cut it roughly evenly. I sanded off all the rough edges from cutting and cleaned the surfaces with acetone. I stacked and welded them together as best I could (don't look too closely at the welds - it
  8. Probably simple stuff, I know, but I made some tree decorations today.
  9. Good to know you're happy with the quality and thanks for posting those pictures. Yeah, there are some quite obvious gaps there... So you're just laying a base of the supplied clay (is it refactory clay or rigidiser? Is there a difference? Sorry - no idea about this stuff yet!) and then putting a much more complete layer of Kast-O-Lite over the top of it? Could one option be to remove the blanket entirely and replace it with fire bricks that are of an appropriate size? (The base ones supplied and then some on the side that effectively hold up ones across the top with holes drilled throug
  10. I am considering getting a 2-burner Devil's Forge with a door (the DFPROF2+1D) and came on here to ask if the refactory clay they supply is enough or not (especially after reading the https://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/53239-ceramic-wool-insulation-safety-alert/ post!). I had seen one video of its application (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNOywSx01pM) but have no idea generally how thick the clay liner should be - I just assumed it should be enough not to allow the fibres to break loose. So anyway, it was good to see this thread because it looks like someone else has figured it all out
  11. The 90 or so bricks I got from an old ex-farrier (who I got my anvil from), and he said they were firebricks so I guess I'll just have to trust him on that one. I was pretty sure the others were firebricks... right up until you questioned it But assuming they are, it sounds like it could work out so I'll give it a go! With the reshaping or the pit; I'm assuming the premise to that if you wanted a bit of a longer heat you could widen the pit length a bit (be more oblong than round). But would anything need to be done with the tuyère to enable that? Or does it being in different shaped
  12. Hi all, I've been given a bunch of firebricks, a dozen of them quite large (190mm x 230mm x 45mm) and heavy and 90 or so of them smaller brick size (175mm x 90mm x 70mm) - would they make a suitable base and sides for a side-blast forge? I was thinking of just making a box (like the excellent jabod's shown on the forum), placing some of the larger size ones on the bottom (maybe 2x3), put the smaller bricks around the inside of the box as a wall, get a tuyère in there somehow (maybe between bricks or possibly through one of the brick holes if I find a small enough pipe), and then fill the
  13. Hi all, Hoping to get a little advice on setting up a backyard forge area - nothing professional at all... I live about four miles (as crow flies) from the coast in the south of England, so get a bit of salt air, fog, rain - you know, typical British weather. I was going to set up a small work area inside my garage with a coal forge, putting in a chimney through the metal roof. However, I've recently pulled down a shed which had a nice flat concrete base and thought about putting the forging area outside on that base. I'll probably put up a free-standing shelter over the top of it at
  14. You guys are so creative! To be able to look at some spanners and come up with critters, chairs, tables - it's great! Have loved looking around and seeing things like the rabbit/hare you created, @Daswulf, or the dancing figure from @ausfire... and that horse sculpture @scrapartoz created? Wow! Can't imagine how heavy that thing was to move. I'm sure there's a lot more posted up that I haven't seen yet (it's a shame there seem to be a lot of pictures missing; I get the impression there was a big file loss at some point). The spanners for me are going to be tucked away somewhere in my gar
  15. I went to a car boot sale today (non-uk friends; it's like a garage sale but people rock up in their cars/vans and sell stuff out the back of them) for the first time in forever, and my wife scored me 28 or so rasps for £10 and myself found some really heavy-duty spanners all for a tenner, as well as a few other bits and bobs. Got the rasps so I can practice something like knife making (whether they'll be viable metal for it I don't know, but it's more just for practice and to learn) and had every intention to reshape the spanners in some way… but they're pretty big and something I'm not like
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