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About masonred

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    Lockhart Texas
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    woodworking, baking biscuits, making sausage, hunting and of course blacksmithing

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  1. Smallest wrench (it's on a 1 1/1 inch piece of flat bar) I've bought, 2$ from second hand shop. Also 2 chisels and a ball peen at 2 apiece. 1st time in over a month looking for used tools.
  2. With my limited experience it wolf jaw will work. That's what I started with. However tongs that are for specific shapes and sizes are much better. I used to think blacksmiths that had dozens or even hundreds was overkill, but you always only need 1 more pair.
  3. PB blaster or Kroil Be patient and let the stuff soak
  4. Thanks I understand, now if I remember and can do that next time.
  5. The rivet forge blower was making noise and the belt was half way off. A leg was leaning so I looked and this bolt had no nut. Replaced and all was running great. I think this possible over a 100 year old bolt needed to be replaced. forge bolt.docx
  6. Nice!! I've never used a charred handle, hope to try one. Those just need hot steel and anvil time.
  7. I do use a square piece of steel for anvil, as stated in the 1st message.
  8. TP I've ask many people with no luck, 20 plus years ago many 2nd hand resale shops had them, sure everyone realizes this and I have been looking for a couple of years. The few found ones belonged to grandpa etc... and folks had to keep them even though nobody used them.
  9. I did see some out of the country but assumed shipping would be to expensive. Thanks Also considered a press or making a treadle hammer, occasionally it would be nice as I do want make a few knives and bearded axes.
  10. Trying to decide if I should get an anvil or more tools. Haven't found a used anvil I could afford so looking at a small NC, mostly good reviews. I don't work on big stuff, 1/4 round or square and 1/8 flat bar is the typical size used for leaves, hinges, hooks etc. I do use 3/4 stock for campfire racks but only make a point on 1 end and make hole in the other. My main need is shaping curves, I made turning forks and use some things like cans and branches. Cone mandrels that I've seen are to big or small and cost to much. I don't have the ability (tools and such) to make one. Using a rivet forge and square piece of steel for anvil, also have a leg vise. I do have basic tools hammers, tongs, angle grinder and a few other assorted things. Suggestions or things to consider?
  11. Good start post more pics as you continue.
  12. You can get handles for doors or gates at a reasonable price. I had planned to make a handle for one but the big box store price was better than time spent cutting shaping and sanding. Good deal on brushes and how did the family like the meat you marinated?
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