Chelonian

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  1. Chelonian

    Dust Control in a Barn

    About a month ago I moved my forging setup into a barn, which has been a huge improvement over what I had previously been doing. The biggest drawback for me currently is airborne dust. The floor consists of a mixture of sand, dirt, and fine particulate matter (this is what causes the dust). Just walking back and forth from the forge to the anvil kicks up significant amounts of dust. What would be a good way to reduce the dust as much as possible? I'd really rather avoid having to wear a dust mask while I'm forging, if at all possible. I considered wetting down the floor a bit, but I'm worried the increase in moisture might not be good for the old beams that the barn is made of. Perhaps I could make some type of wet-filter setup? Currently I'm thinking about something along the lines of a box fan (I already have an old nasty one that would be a great candidate for this) blowing air at a wet rag, capturing the dust in the rag. Or would simply having the fan circulating air out of the barn be more effective? Anyways, I'd love to hear any ideas you may have. Thanks!
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    Wilkinson anvils?

    If you're wondering about the 58lb difference of mass beneath the hammer, I don't think there would be too much of a difference using a 2.5lb hammer, assuming you aren't doing a lot of heavy work. A local smith I know does all his work on a 70lb Fisher, and he makes a LOT of really nice stuff.
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    Wilkinson anvils?

    I've had a truncated (heel broken off, stamped weight of 213Lbs) 185# Wilkinson anvil for about 5 months now, and it's a great anvil. For reference purposes, the face plate is 1/2 thick, and I don't think it's ever been milled or aggressively ground, since it still has the crowned face from the factory. I paid 125 USD for it ($0.66 per weighed pound). The largest ball bearing I have is 7/16", and that yielded a rebound of about 80%. Hopefully some of that information is useful. Good luck!
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    Found My Dad's Old Anvil

    If you're ever confused which is positive and which is negative (anode and cathode that is), just remember the word "PANIC" as an acronym. It stands for "Positive Anode, Negative In Cathode." I never used to be able to keep the two terms straight until someone showed me that trick, and now I never forget.
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    Found My Dad's Old Anvil

    That anvil looks to be in very good condition. Have you read about not doing any grinding or milling on the hardened face?
  6. Chelonian

    Anvil Identification

    Sure is shaped like a Hay Budden though. It even looks like it has a waist weld.
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    It followed me home

    The way I look at an anvil with damaged edges: as long as there are still a few good spots on the edge to use, it's pretty much just as functional as if the entire edge was perfect. When do you ever need more than about 1.5" of edge at a time, apart from making it look nice?
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    It followed me home

    It's not really possible to tell if the face plate is de-laminating just from looking at it. Does the anvil ring nicely, or is it more of a short buzz? If the latter, then I would be inclined to believe it is de-laminating. Otherwise, there's a good chance it's fine.
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    It followed me home

    The feet do look like that of a Hay Budden to me, but there my also be other anvil brands that look similar.
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    20lb anvil?

    Using the common rule of thumb to not use a hammer more than 1/40th the weight on the anvil, you would need to use a >1/2lb hammer on that anvil. Don't get hung up on having a "anvil shaped" anvil, or a hard faced anvil. Just find a large chunk of steel.
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    Need help identifying vise

    Great save. Looks a lot like my 3.5" jaw Wilton: It's a great bench vise, just don't use it like you would a post vise (don't hammer on it). What is the jaw width on yours?
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Or the Gimli Glider. It was an airliner in 1983 that was accidentally loaded with 22,300 pounds of fuel, instead of the required 22,300 kilograms. It ran out of fuel and had to glide in for an emergency landing.
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    Bolts for forging

    You are not mistaken. Cadmium is not nice stuff to have in your body.
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    Type of steel for geologist tools (hammer and chisel)

    Welcome to the forum! Just as a proof of concept, you could go to a flea market or similar, and purchase a large old ball peen hammer head. (you can usually find them just about anywhere for >~$2) You could then forge the ball peen end out into the pick, reshape the hammer end if you wish, and make a handle for it. This would avoid you needing to punch the eye of the hammer yourself. If you do decide to do this, I would go for a fairly soft temper. There's no way to know exactly what kind of steel the hammer head is, and you don't want it to chip and send shrapnel at you.
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    Family Heirloom Anvil

    140lbs is a great weight for general forging. If you're itching to get started forging, you could always go look around at a scrapyard to see if there is a large chunk of steel to use as an anvil until you get this one. It will let you practice your hammer control, and even after you get the real anvil, you will always find uses for a big block of steel that you don't have to be too careful with. Just an idea.