Pr3ssure

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  1. Pr3ssure

    Disc and belt brands.

    Thanks Steve.
  2. Pr3ssure

    Disc and belt brands.

    I definitely want norton belts but I don’t like they only go to 180 grit. For a sander I’m gonna be using for wood I need more than that. I plan on getting norton pads for my grinder though.
  3. Since I’ve just acquired a 4x36 belt and 6” disc sander combo I’m trying to find the best brand for a good paper. I would like to get ceramic belts and discs but for my wallet to be happier for short term for now what’s a good aluminum oxide brand. I’ve looked on amazon but I don’t like buying from there unless it’s a known product I’ve had. Too much hardware stuff reflects the super cheap price and costs more in the end.
  4. Pr3ssure

    First hook.

    That’s something I’ve noticed youtubers having. Basically every step in progression done on different pieces of metal.
  5. Pr3ssure

    Hitting the flea market

    Yeah, I was bummed I didn’t see any hammers I could use except ball peens and I have plenty of those. Almost bought a nice big wooden bat but I was satisfied for the day.
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    Hitting the flea market

    Yeah, I didn’t think I was gonna spend anything. There was a nice 6 inch bench grinder but he wouldn’t come down on $40 so I didn’t need it so I passed. Ive got a 10 inch bench grinder but would have liked another smaller one. When the guy with the belt sander and drill press got set up I was interested. I just got em both all cleaned up and running nice, very happy with that $45 purchase. Probably could have found them a little cheaper in six months but the drill press is something I definitely could have used more than once already, not even with smithing just in general. Since he gave the deal on the press and sander I couldn’t pass it up. I’m happy with the drawknife too, it’s definitely gonna get its use. Got it nice and sharp.
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    Hitting the flea market

    Good deal Thomas, I held out on the drawknife for a while. Came back before I left, didn’t look like he sold anything. He just kept say, you look online you’ll see how much they cost. I wanted to say this is a flea market, but I needed a drawknife. So I pulled out $24 and he took it. I’m about to go clean everything up now though. I’m just waiting until spring to come back. Hope theirs more sellers then. That top drawknife looks exactly like the one I just got, what’s the deal with one handle having a peened piece of metal at the end and the other not? Plus the ends look capped.
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    Hitting the flea market

    Yeah, it turned out to be mainly a bust. I got a few things. I paid $45 for a small drill press and a little belt/disc sander. He wanted $35 and $25 so I offered $40. I got a pretty nice drawknife. He was firm on $25 but I won when I only had a 20 and 4 ones. Didn’t want to buy it but it was nice quality and worth it.
  9. Hoping to get me some (semi) quality goods at even better prices today. Been a while since I’ve been to the local flea market. Hoping to get at least one good score. Should have broke all my 20s to 1s and 5s last night.
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    First hook.

    The books a good idea. I actually have a book in the garage I was using to sketch out and do math on materials I’ll need for my own shop when I come to trying to make one. So I’ll have to start doing that. This is why I love this site, what started as me showing my hook turns into me learning a lot for the next one. You guys are awesome, I’m glad I stumbled upon IFI almost 2 years ago when smithing was all I could think about. Ive definitely learned more here from countless nights browsing old forums from any of the books I’ve bought. Books still have some golden nuggets I’d never think to research though. Oh the time we live in.
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    First hook.

    Yeah, I kept it on the long stock but I was finding it hard to draw out the hook part since it wasn’t an end piece so I thought it might be easier if I just cut it off. Turns out my tongs were too big so I just used pliers and quickly gave up. I haven’t been to the forge in a few days because of rain but I’m hoping today is clear. Also trying to hit the flea market Sunday. Appreciate all the advice and kind words as well.
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    First hook.

    The tongs I have aren’t small enough to handle the stock I have, so once I cut this off after doing the nail part I had to use pliers to forge with. It was too big of a pain trying to taper so I just did a little and left it. I’m gonna try to modify a pair of v bit tongs I have though to fit smaller stuff. I need to welds some reins on them first though. Lol Got em for a few bucks from a bucket.
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    First hook.

    I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do that. Good idea if you’re putting a lot of weight on it. I wasn’t able to do anything today but hopefully it’s not raining tomorrow and I can try and make a few more.
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    color coding on steel

    If you got steel from Lowe’s and it was painted red and marked weld steel, everywhere says that it’s probably a36 or some other low carbon steel.
  15. I made my first hook. It was kind of hard after I cut it off the main stock because I don’t have tongs that fit 3/8. So I used plier. Also used two pairs of pliers for the twist. Kind of marred it up a little bit.