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Cannon Cocker

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    Box Elder, SD
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    Shooting /reloading, fabricating /welding, leather work, forging

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  1. In addition to all of what Goods said if towards the end of your heat (while it's still got some color, but not enough to keep spreading) you set the piece up on edge and push the material back in it will help it keep it's shape.
  2. Ditto on that Das! That will be a fun tool to use knowing the amount of work you put into it, and the fact that it's beefy enough for it to still be around for your great grandkids! Das, after you finish the corocagator you should do a dragon and put a scaled up version of a frosty T in it's throat so it can be fire breathing!
  3. Thanks Billy and frosty. I'm really having fun learning how to make them. This one was 11 12"long sections from an old tomato cage (I burned the galvanizing off outside on a windy day). Then I used half in round stock to fill the middle. (3"on one end 4" on the other.)
  4. You didn't get it that time Billy! I once scored over a hundred pounds of Hobart dual shield wire from the local welding supplies dealer. My co-workers and I transferred it from the box onto empty 33lb wheels using the vice on the back of the service truck and the lathe set at 33 rpms. We did the math and if memory serves me right it turned out to be over 5 miles of wire. I finished another fire poker this time I did an eleven spoke basket twist. And I got started on a grill tool set.
  5. Yeah that looks like it stings! I did that once a bunch of times!
  6. I forge a small kitchen knife or if the cable I welded up. Ground it down to 220 grit and then did a quick acid etch on it. It looks good I'm hoping that it'll harden up and hold an edge well too. I've seen lots of knives and hatchets made out of cable on the Pinterest and the YouTube, but I've also seen a lot of knives out of railroad spikes..... This cable sparks like high carbon so I think it should do fine.
  7. Looks like a good top fuller to me. The nice thing about making your own tools is you get to make them however you want!
  8. DHarris, in the Marine Corps we were taught that one should always be aware of the possible "weapons of opportunity" found in their surroundings! You're right about that candle holder! I'd grab that before a kitchen knife any time! I made my first and second successful attempts at "Damascus". The beginnings of a belt buckle was chainsaw chain. The bar is from 1 1/4" cable. I also finished up a fire poker. The basket is 7 rods. And the whole thing has 5 forge welds in it. I'm really enjoying learning how to weld!
  9. I am amazed that you don't have a crew! I was always impressed by what you put out, but now I'm astounded! The volume of large projects with that quality is amazing!
  10. I put the new hammer to work today. Started drawing out a roller bearing to make my wife a kitchen knife. Then a made a quarter inch drift. After that I made my first attempts at a basket twist and a drop tong weld. Neither of which went smoothly, but I did succeed. The main thing is I had fun learned a few things and discovered that I like the new hammer!
  11. I agree Thomas, these faces turned out thinner than i expected. That's one of the things I'll focus on differently next time!
  12. Thanks DHarris and frosty. I remember reading a conversation between frosty and Jennifer about shaping handles that way. Since this handle was just slightly larger than comfortable anyways I decided to give your method a go. It feels good in my hand but I'll know for sure once I put it to work later today. I got my hands on some good coal so I'm on my way out to the farm to grab my coal forge and a couple of extra propane tanks that I'm exchanging for o/a bottles. Hopefully I'll have something else to post on here this afternoon!
  13. I thought about indexing the handle like that, and still might as it is a store bought one and could use some fine tuning. But I figured what the heck, do the faces this way and it will at least be unique. I'm sure others have done it, but I've never seen it.
  14. I finally took on one of the projects I've wanted to do since I took up smithing. I always wanted to make my own hammer. After the claw hammer and the small mechanics cross peen I had the confidence to try a rounding hammer. I decided to make the flat side square and the rounding side round for easy reference when using it. It came out weighing 2.6lbs and the eye is a little crooked. But for a first attempt I'm pretty satisfied!
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