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  1. Hi all so i've recently acquired a small workshop that im using for my woodworking cnc business ive set aside a small corner of the workshop front to setup my blacksmithing "hobby" that i would like to progress further into a viable add on business. ive got a good 25ft x 20ft empty work area in the day which i need to keep clear at night to store my business van. So ive managed to install my 3phase power hammer in a corner and i plan on making my equipment movable into the empty space and stored away at night. my question is what is the best way to do this? ive thought of drilling anchored threaded bars into various areas the floor that is raised enough for me to move the equipment onto and bolt down securely and remove, but is there something else i could do? would appreciate any feedback and thoughts thanks Mike
  2. Thanks daswulf that's great to know Hey Glenn that I beam idea sounds real good thanks
  3. Thanks for the suggestions guys really helps I shall look into it more. On another note I want to make a sheet metal piece of art soft of life a portrait and was wondering if anybody has had good results with acid etching as a finish thanks for your help and suggestions guys
  4. Hi all I'm completely new to metalworking and blacksmithing I've made a few small timings in my spare time, anyway I found an old scrap length of 7mm thick rusted steel along my travels and decided to make some heart based items from it - No forging on this project just plasma cutter and a good old stick welder - They're patina is pretty good I like the well worn look but ive been struggling with the overall finish and look of them I tried applying an oil stain whilst they were hot didn't like it and then a standard black paint finish but was wondering if there was something better I could do to make the details of the patina stand out. The material was a dark rusted red colour to begin with. Any help would be appreciated thanks guys
  5. loving the comments guys especially Frosty - "People who are laughing pay closer attention and remember better" hilarious and absolutely true. Yes i've no interest in making swords or knives axes just decorative pieces people can enjoy and sell well. im hoping for , key rings, bottle openers, etc for small start ups and sales work a few markets maybe etsy - (has anybody had much expierence with etsy? if you have let me know thanks) - and with some work and a lot of help looking through forums move on to candle holders kitchenwares such as pot holders, racking etc. Rose and all types of flowers i really enjoy making and researching other peoples methods and they are always a hit with the wife so win win haha you know when you walk in some place and there's a really poorly built put together something or other and your other half wants to buy it and your saying to yourself i can do better than that - that's where i want to be. and yes shes still waiting for the fruit and veg racking, the scroll shelf brackets etc i promised three months ago lol. luckily enough shes understanding although it does come up from time to time thanks guys
  6. Thanks a lot for the welcome guys I hope to learn a lot along the way. Yeah unfortunately some people don't seem to see the value or the possibilities in blacksmithing and the old equipment usually goes languishing somwhere unloved until its tossed for scrap. People I have spoken to call it a dead art or forgotten past time but we all know different and I'm out to prove it's alive and well like all of us who understand and love and live the life.
  7. Hi all thought id introduce myself, im a 30 year old trained car mechanic from the Wales. I first started getting into metalwork design, projects and pieces about two years ago and having the experience of welding grinding etc has really helped me along the way to deciding i want to get into this more. I've mad a few small projects for family and friends and want to get better and work harder at this field and hopefully run a successful small business from my work and all your invaluable help and information. im really interested in making small personalised items for people home decor etc i'm not equipped or experienced at looking for large projects. Ive got a corner of my workshop im currently setting up after purchasing my first anvil, a 3 burner gas forge and a treadle type power hammer as well as a plasma cutter some hand tools which i really want to expand on either by making my own punches drifts formers swages etc or purchasing along the way as i find. I look forward to talking to you all and discussing our shared interests in blacksmithing thanks guys