Chelonian

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  1. Chelonian

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Same situation for me, but I'm going out to look at the eclipse no matter what! (the weather makes it so I can't forge anything though, since my setup is outdoors )
  2. Chelonian

    Show me your anvil

    I'm pretty sure it was forged, not cast, due to the presence of handling holes in the body.
  3. Chelonian

    Cutlers Anvil 292lbs

    I think I remember seeing one just like that on Craigslist yesterday. Possibly the same one? Looks like it's in great shape! Nice find.
  4. Unfortunately I don't have a welder, but adding wedges does seem like it would work. I'll see what I can do. Buzzkill, the anvil I have is missing its heel, so no hardy hole. Thanks!
  5. I don't have a vise meant to withstand hammering yet, so clamping it in a vise isn't an option. Could you elaborate on what would makes the cement a bad idea? I'm not doubting that you're right, just trying to better understand this type of thing for the future. I suppose that leaves me with your recommendation of mounting it in a stump. I'm assuming (correct me if I'm wrong) that you mean to carve a slot into the stump that the back of the axe head fits into snugly. The possible problem I see with this option is that since the axe head is shaped like a wedge. Wouldn't this make it be able to wobble back and forth in the carved hole, making it difficult to cut metal with? Thanks for the help!
  6. Will an axe head work decently well as a hot cut? I seem to remember someone on this forum mentioning that they had done it, but I can't find it now despite much searching. The main reason I'm wondering is because I got a Douglas axe head (if Douglas happens to be a sought after brand, please let me know before I potentially modify it irreversibly) for free in a box of rusty tools, that I don't really have any other use for. If there are no problems with using an axe head as a hot cut, what would be a good option for mounting it upright? Would encasing all but the top few inches in a block of cement be a viable option? Thanks!
  7. Chelonian

    It followed me home

    That's very interesting. Thanks for letting me know!
  8. Chelonian

    It followed me home

    SLAG, Thank you for that information! I had always thought that files were ruined once they were dull. I'll definitely do some research about it and give it a try.
  9. Chelonian

    It followed me home

    About a week ago, a neighbor gave me a box of "junk" tools that they had found cleaning their basement. Given how rusty they were, they mostly seemed like just scrap metal to me at the time. However, since I had been wanting to try using electrolysis for rust removal for a while, I decided to try it on a few of the tools. I'm very happy that I did, since after removing the rust from the good tools, here is what I was left with (there were also some that really were junk, but here are the good ones): First from left to right is a 16 inch Nicholson file. I've never seen a file this big and thick before. It's a bit worn in the middle, but the first and last few inches are still sharp, and cut incredibly well. Second is a large Williams 737 open-ended wrench, with an opening of 1 1/8 on the small side, and 1 1/4 on the large side. Third is what looks to be a very old wrench. There aren't any markings on it other than a large X cut in with a chisel. Fourth is a front rack adjustable wrench marked "FAIRMOUNT CLEVE." After being cleaned up a bit, it seems to be quite a nice old wrench. Fifth is a small ball-peen hammer. The head didn't have any visible markings, but I made a handle for it out of a scrap piece of cherry anyway. The next three are just random wrenches, one marked "T77", one without markings, and one marked "BARCALO BUFFALO" The last from the left is an interesting one. It's marked "TRUFFAULT-HARTFORD SHOCK ABSORBER" I didn't think much of it to begin with, since it didn't seem very special at all. However, after googleing around for a bit, I found that it is a kind of rare wrench meant for adjusting the friction applied on an early shock absorber. If anyone knows anything more about any of these tools, I'd certainly appreciate hearing them!
  10. Chelonian

    Milwaukee anvil

    The shape looks kind of like a Brook's anvil, but I'm no expert. Definitely wait for someone more experienced.
  11. Chelonian

    Inba anvil

    The photos look normal to my eyes. What makes them look altered to you?
  12. Unfortunately, today was really busy and I was unable to get a photo of it. Basically, all I did was extend the height of it to around 5'6".(that's when it's on the ground, it's quite a bit taller once it's sitting on the forge) I didn't have any more stovepipe, so to make it taller I made a frame out of hardware cloth, and covered the frame with aluminum foil. I'm not sure how long it will hold up, but so far it's been fine. I'll try to figure out a way to make the input smaller. Thanks!
  13. I have extended the height of the chimney since I last posted, so I'll try to post updated photos of it tomorrow. I've found that it works pretty well, at least on days with not much wind. Whenever the wind kicks up, the chimney can't keep up and the head-hunting smoke gets its way. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. It is of course another thing for me to carry back and forth every time I get my forge going, but I still like having to deal with less smoke. One thing I was wondering about: should the the intake be smaller than the output end? Because I think currently the input is a bit larger. It just seems like it might get better suction if it was the other way around.
  14. Chelonian

    Show me your anvil

    Do you have a photo of it?