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Dax Hewitt

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    Leeds, UK
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    Motorcycle, Shotguns, Smithing.

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  1. I know how I would bend it, heat it up bend it over the anvil with a hammer, mess it up and start again, second go similar to the first but this time using a mandrel, mess it up and start again. At some point I will have x amount of bad ones and I will loose my rag and bin the idea. A few days later I will go back, knock up a basic jig and bend it right first time. The moral of this story is if you take a bit more time to set up correctly it saves you loads of time in the long run.
  2. That sir is excellent, the ballbearing is not to my taste but life would be very boring if we all liked the same thing.
  3. Hi Glen. She wanted it making that way rather than the central loop, apparently it will sit better with what she already has in place. On the bird feeder I tried cold bending it round my former but it was impossible to get a tight consistent wrap so I went back to heating it. Where I went wrong was stretching the coil out before I did the tighter spiral on the bottom and I did it too short. Mk3 will be better.
  4. Finally got a break from work and got the forge fired up for the second time this year. The plan was a fat ball holder for the garden. Unfortunately my forge welds didn't take, 2 did but 2 came off. I don't think I got it hot enough, the steel was nice and clean and when it broke apart there were inclusions or anything nasty. Mk2 was coiling 6mm round bar round some 2 inch round bar then stretching it out and put a hook on the end. The coils are not as symmetrical as I wanted but it works. Finally one of the ladies at work wanted a hook with an eye on the other end to extend a door retainer in her house. I had some nice 6mm stainless bar so I used that.
  5. I'm going to add ear plugs to the list of safety stuff.
  6. Thanks guys. Oil quench and blue it is. I will report back with the results.
  7. I don't know what you call them around the world but in the UK we have a tool called a Fox Wedge. Think a thin wedge about 3 inch long, 1/4 or maybe 3/8th at one end, 1/16th at the other end and a taper ground on the last 16th and about 1 inch wide. You use them to hammer in between machine components to split the faces. I'm going to forge some, mild steel is a bit soft so I'm thinking of using some 9/16th section coil spring that I have from a mate fitting new springs to his 4x4. Does the hive mind think they will be tough enough without hardening? I don't know what steel the springs are and I have not done any heat treating since I made a center punch at engineering college 32 years ago.
  8. Wouldn't the can just cover the Damascus pattern that way?
  9. If I go first the Mrs would sell the stuff and rightly so but if I'm last man standing I want it gifted to someone. My Anvil is a London pattern with a 22 / 6 inch face and is 36 inch long in total, that and the swage block cost me nothing but a bad back loading them in to the van. Now hopefully I will still be hammering on it for the next 20 or so years but you never know. Hopefully in the next 20 or so years this will still be a fantastic forum full of helpful people sharing their advice and experience to other people and if that's the case I definitely want the members of this forum to decide who my gear is gifted to, that could be all to one person or parcelled out to a few people. If the forum has anything like the caliber of people it has today I know my toys will end up in the right hands.
  10. I had not thought about shipping. I will ponder on it, I would rather it remains in the UK because there seems to be a lot more available in the states but then there are a lot of members in other countries too and at the end of the day a couple of grand from my estate for shipping is nothing in the grand scheme of things. I already have 2 executors set up, one is 27 and the other is 18 so I should be covered there. It was an off the cuff idea yesterday but the more I thought about it over night the more I love the idea. I will be discussing it with the Mrs tonight and making her aware of the idea. Unfortunately if I go first she will want to sell up but I will do all I can to make sure my toys go to a good home.
  11. I love that terminology, the latest custodian. Makes me wonder, there is only myself and my brother in our family line. Neither of us have kids and at 48 I'm not planning to start. I would hate to think of my anvil going scrap when I'm gone. Hopefully a long way down the line but still worth thinking about. Sussed it. If I don't find a good home for my forge when I'm too old to use it or I go suddenly I have a plan. We are due to update our will and when I do the executor will be instructed to come to this forum, read it a bit to find out who the shall we we say senior posters are at the time and they can decide who is deserving of it being gifted to. Ideally someone enthusiastic with developing skills but not having much equipment.
  12. Thomas's. My Mrs swears by porridge oats to keep her blood sugar in line. She has me on it too but I use mine to make a thin milkshake that I can down in one. One glass keeps me going until lunch time.
  13. Thomas I don't know if you can get them for pumps but the Mrs keeps her insulin in a close fitting gel pouch when we are out and it's hot. You soak it in water and the evaporation keeps the insulin cool for 12 hours plus.
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