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  1. Hello I have actually just recently done exactly what your trying to do so maybe I could help. I’m not sure what your were having problems with but I can start with saying what I did. I started with pipes same as you. I first cut them into smaller chucks and clean them. I cut off any piece that had solder or anything simply because I didn’t like the idea of lead or anything to contaminateing the copper. Then when I melt it down I have to borrow a friends propane forge because the coal forge has a hard time heating up a large amount to melting temperature. After pouring into a long bar shaped mold I made I forged it like a would forge a piece of iron. I dont see any reason not to forge it hot as long as your mindful of its melting temperature. The picture shows some of the stages I did it in raw pipes, chopped up smaller, washed and sorted free of solder/brazing, poured bars, and a forged leaf. as for “deoxidizing” the copper I never did anything like that and I was also surprised that there was absolutely zero slag on the surface before pouring. I’m not sure what I did right to have it work out so clean maybe because I cleaned it a lot in advance I don’t know.
  2. So I cleaned the barrel as good as a could and sprayed it with some rust paint. Hopefully it holds up.
  3. I actually keep a square of plywood over the barrel whenever I'm not useing it and that's been enough to keep out mosquitoes, other bugs who end up drowning, and algae. Do you think that's why the oil is turned to slime and making the water cloudy? This happened within 24 hours of adding water so it's seems pretty fast acting for algae. It doesn't smell weird or at least not yet.. I think I'll throw a old copper pipe in next time around to be on the safe side. My real problem is the rust I think I'll try to find some of that Rino liner or do you think a can of normal rust paint would hold up?
  4. So a few weeks ago after the snow had melted (yes that just happened recently where I'm from) I decided it was time to fill up my water barrel again. It's sooo much nicer having a huge barrel of water compared to the ice cream Pail that I have to make do with in the winter but the water always gets real weird. Last year due to my barrel being metal the water quickly became brown with rust but a just dealt with it for the rest of the year. This year I coated the intire interior of the barrel with canola oil to prevent rust. The oil that was supposed to keep the barrel water nice has already done the opposite. It's developed a strange white slime which is making the water turn white. It's also starting to rust as the slime wears off.. So what I was wondering is if anyone has had similar problems and found solutions? If anyone has any recommendations I would love to hear them. (Pay no attention to the green snake he's friendly)
  5. Although it is unfortunate that your heal is snapped off and therefore have no hardy hole you do have a very flat face and a good horn. You can always take any hardy tools that you have and use them in the vice. I kinda doubt there's much you can do to repair this. I would just plop it on a block and work away.
  6. Originally I thought it was a PTO shaft off an old tractor but now I'm starting to think it was an axle maybe off an old grain truck or something like that. Probably wouldn't make a huge difference either way. It was 1 3/8" so I guess that means it could be 1040H or 1541H Either way my hammer is all finished now and I'm very happy with it. I've been using for a while now and it seems to work well. Not to bad for my first hammer.
  7. Look at this funny looking anvil it's got a screw and a hollow area. It's about 20lbs. Does anyone know what this anvil is for or what it's worth?
  8. Here's another picture from the top i couldn't figure out how to add it to the original post
  9. So quite a few years ago I found this strange piece of metal in the field that I now regagnize is a harder tool. I'm pretty sure it's more than just a bending fork because it doesn't look like it would work very well as a bending fork. As you can see by the picture it's been in the ground a very long time..
  10. I got a faces hardened good now. I like that hot drift idea I think I'll give that a try. I know the body is soft because it never went in water but it would probably be best to have a gradual temper coming from the centre rather than all the same. I'll probably do both to be sure. This is the first hammer I've made so I'm not taking any chances.
  11. I think your probably right that it was auto tempering but I think I have a solution. I cut off a 0.5" disk of the shaft and quenched that in water which hardened quite well. I couldn't dent it and when I sanded it smooth there was no cracks which was what I was worried water would do. I also couldn't brake it in half in the vice which was a bonus. So I think I'll be able to harden the hammer if I try it in water. Any recommendations on how I should temper it? I was planning on putting it in the oven and heating it up to straw colour.
  12. Hello I've made myself a hammer head but I'm having a hard time Hardening it. So far I've tried quenching the faces in canola oil twice with no luck.. I know the face is to soft because I can dent the surface way to easily with even mild steel. The hammer head is made out of a pto shaft. Wish I had more info about the metal in terms of numbers but I got a picture of the grinder sparks if that helps. If anyone can tell me what I should do that would be awesome.
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