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  1. As has been mentioned, it really depends on what you plan on doing. If you main focus will be small items and you will have minimal tools you can get by with a relatively small shop, say 8x8 or 10x10. If you plan on having more tools like a power hammer, hydraulic press, drill press, sander, lathe, ect. you will need more room. If your goal in ornamental work like large gates or sculptures you will also need more space to mock and weld things up. I work in an area around 400 S.F. which contains my anvil, gas forge, post vise, work bench, drill press, 4'x5' assembly/welding table, and its fairly roomy. The barn I'm working in is larger though so if I'm working on something bigger I can move some equipment around and utilize up to around 1,000 S.F. I was planning on saying somewhere between 8'x8' and 100'x100', but these guys already got a little carried away with the blimp hanger.....give us a little more guidance on what you plan on doing and what tooling you plan on having and we can help narrow it down.
  2. I made this one for my wife as a slightly belated birthday present. I don’t know if I would call it brave or stupid, but may have engraved a certain number into the handle. Being very witty she flipped it around and said it was cool I engraved the initials for the State it was made in.
  3. I actually had the exact same thought. Beautiful work there Alexandr
  4. Daswulf asked the same questions I was going to. I also agree with him, for the money I would save up a little more and get a wire feed welder. My first welder was a 225amp AC stick that I think I paid $300 for new. About 5 or so years ago I bought a Hobart 140 MIG for around $400 new.I ran it with flux core wire for a year or so before I got a tank and went MIG. I still use them both, but the MIG gets used 85-90% of the time. I use the stick if I'm welding rusty stuff, 3/8" or thicker material, or 1/4"+ material in a critical location. I learned on a stick welder, but I think it's easier to learn with a MIG. Rod selection (both type and size) are pretty important with a stick, it's easier to dial in wire speed and heat for a beginner.
  5. Yeah, guardrail post for the base, and an old I beam for the upright. I finally had a few minutes to fire the forge up today. I’m ashamed to admit it’s the first time in probably 3 months or more, just been too busy with other stuff. After my second failed attempt at forge welding I decided to switch gears and make a second go at some bottle openers. Making some progress, but need a little more refining.
  6. That’s a fine hammer John, and a nice letter opener. Great picture there Das, there’s always time for making memories. The wife told me a needed to clean up the yard, so I finally dug through the my pile of steel and made a pipe rack. I managed to get all the stuff in yard stacked, but I think I have some more out back in the old mink house. It needs a few finishing touches, but it’s usable
  7. That’s a pretty cool, your mind works in wonderful ways. I love to see the different ideas you come up with.
  8. Very nice job on your first leaf. I would be proud of that as well.
  9. Thanks for the kind words gentlemen. I think I may have nicer cabinets in my mudroom then in my own kitchen as well. I was going to make then to match my kitchen, but I didn’t have any hardwood on hand for paint grade, I just happened to have enough cherry though. The mudroom is attached to the garage so I am under strict orders that if I have been around any of the livestock, or my boots are “nasty” they must stay in the garage. While some rules are made to be broken, I will only push the envelope so far on that one. As I tell my wife, we would have far less “nice things” if I were not able to build them. Building things is something I thoroughly enjoy, wood or steel makes not difference. I believe most true craftsman are capable of their craft because of there mind and ability and are not limited to materials. I would not consider myself a true craftsman, but I am capable of some craftsmanship. Below are a couple pictures of our kitchen I built a few years ago, a little more period for a 1840’s house.
  10. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to light the forge lately as I have been busy in the “other” shop. I finished the set of cabinets for our mudroom in the house a week or two ago, then slide right in to making the third piece of our bedroom set. I think I might make some leaf hardware for the cabinet doors.
  11. It looks like they have a 4 ton multi press for the same cost (actually $160), although it's 3 phase I would think that would be a better option for you. With either a phase converter or a new motor it would still be pretty cheap. A "pull" type press would take a lot of work to make useful. You could do some calculation based on motor size and guessing on cylinder size. I would guess they are in the 1-2 ton range?
  12. I had planned on buying a forge a few months ago, but after I started doing some more research I realized there aren't really any economical options that are good quality. Researching online is actually what led me to this site. What I decided to do was build a 20 lb propane tank forge with a ribbon burner. I think I have under $300 total into my forge, and so far I am pretty happy with it. It's quiet, good on fuel, and gets plenty hot. They really aren't that hard to make. I was nervous my ribbon burner would blow up in my face the first time I lit it, but that was not the case. I used the following references, I can email you some PDF's if you would like Frosty T-burner (sticky at top of page) NARB (Frosty's naturally aspirated ribbon burner - sticky at top of page) Wayne Coe has a nice set of plans on his website - You can also order most of your materials you need from him as well It really isn't rocket science to build a burner & forge. These guys have all the hard stuff figured out already, all you need to do is follow the directions.
  13. Fowllife

    In a quandry

    I have dealt with similar things in other building aspects in the past. Mikey is right, your not going to get a UL cert number unless your willing to shell out $$$$$. My advise is to go over the inspectors head. Hopefully the inspector is not also the Chief Building Official, or whatever they call the head of the building department in your area. Call and try to get a meeting set up with the local head building official and go in there with a letter of approval from the local fire chief and explain your situation. This stuff is all going to be area dependent and even in my area it varies widely depending on the building department that oversees the work. Most of the US uses a form of the International Building Code, I'm not sure what Canada uses. In the IBC there is not such thing as being grandfathered in with a new building. Unfortunately I think your best route would be to remove the forges from the building until after your final building inspection. Hopefully these are not hard plumbed. You may even be able to just tell the inspector the forges will only be stored in the building and will always be operated outside. HERE at least the building inspector doesn't step foot in the building after your final inspection. Make him happy now and as long as there are no life safety issues and the Fire Chief is ok with it move them in after your have a Certificate of Occupancy. It's unfortunate, but sometimes there is no way around it when you have a by the book only inspector. There would be several codes to reference just for this one issue. HERE we reference the IBC, International Fire Code, International Fuel Gas Code, Iternational Mechanical Code, and probably the NFPA 58 (Propane Gas Code)
  14. Nice sculpture tdriack Sorry Daswulf, your right I should have posted finished photos. I liked the more open face better so that is the one I ran with. I ended up giving one of the “practice” ones to my buddy to that was over helping cut some fire wood so he could give to his wife. I got them hot and finished them all with beeswax. I only ended up detailing the stems on the “good” one that I gave to the wife. It ended up being turned into a business card holder for her desk at work. I’m not a huge fan of the transition on the end for the leaf card holder, but it’s what I came up with with limited time. I still need to refine my leaf making, I’ve probably made less then a dozen so far. The stems are out of 1/4” square stock, small leaves out of 1/2” round, and the larger leaf card holder out of 1/4” plate. I use what I have.
  15. Well, from what I remember just a touch over an 1/8." Since I threaded the MIG tip into an 1/8" pipe nipple I was able to back it out a little to increase the air gap and didn't notice much difference. When I get a chance to get back out in that shop I plan on trying a shorter tip.