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  1. Made another tooling for the treadlehammer. A pair of special toolholding tongs. Here a roundpunch hold by this tongs. Made that roundpunch too today. So you still can see the colours from the heatreatment ...
  2. Hi to all out there, I like to show you my new toy. It is a treadle hammer inspired by an photograph out of the book: The Smithy´s craft and tools by Otto Schmirler.He worked as artisan blacksmith in Vienna during the earlier middle of the last century. In his book he gave an immense overview over tooling and the works done with these tools. A little section is included where he showed his design of a treadlehammer, with some measurments. I spent a lot of time drawing the construction via CAD and recently I found the time to built it. Now it is ready, and here are some pictures. It works very fine, the fact that the hammerhead itself describes a circular path is only a little drawback. Frontview Sideview The first additional tool - the watercan The treadle made out of angleiron In use A little closer look Hammerhead complete way down Joints detail, all joints all over the construction got grease nipples A look on the seat (bearing) of the springtube Once more the tubeseat on the inner side you can see two pieces of 12mm square acting as guide to keep the springtube fairly centered. The damper Hope you enjoy Greetings Sascha
  3. Hi Thomas, hoping you survived this dentist thing...! Thank you for the tip with the armor. That may be a good scene to look around for further informations. Greetings Sascha
  4. Hi to all out there, it seems that repoussé often means : working with nonferous metals. But in earlier day´s there was much repoussé-work on iron. Take a look at all these leafwork at older buildings etc. and you know what I mean However, I can´t find books about chasing, repoussé etc with iron? Does anyone know such a book explicit for ironworks, respectively for blacksmiths? greetings Sascha
  5. Get ready one "big" project. My Treadle-hammer. By drawing and constructing this one I was inspired by some photographs in the book :" The Smithy´s Craft and Tools" - Otto Schmirler. He gave some photographs and a watercolour drawing with some basic dimensions. It took me one year (not fulltime ) of brainwork and AutoCad drawing. Now it´s ready and just works fine. sorry for the bad photo. Will take some more... Some first workpieces using the new toy: some repousséhammers (punched the hole) Making two handhammers based on the Bailey Crosspeen design( Brent gave a tutorial in "Hammers Blow" from Summer 2007; Vol.15;#3 ): Now it´s time to make tools vor the treadlehammer. Hotcut-chisle and some fullers and the punch for the small hammers Greetings Sascha
  6. I'm using vinigar of 10%. Stored in a tub of plastic. Works fine over night. Maybe that the salt in your mixture does eliminate some of the power of the vinegar? But I'm not a chemistry, so that must not be true...
  7. Hi John, Thank you very much for the description! Will try it out next time and show the results! Greetings Sascha
  8. Could anyone give a little instruction how to make these kind of twists? Thank you very much Greetings Sascha
  9. Much, much thanks to all for all the ideas... I will play a little bit with the length of the arm and its "springiness" .... if I got a moment or so. If I got further findings... I´ll be back here, with photos :)
  10. Thank you all for your responses. Like I wrote in my topic description above, this was not my first try. As you wrote I believe too, that the lenght of the clamping arm must be longer for a better function. But then it's to long for my anvil. For a better understanding here a photograph of my little anvil. It's an 160lbs anvil of what we here in germany are calling a northern germany style. You can imagine that a longer holdfast may be a little bit impractical So it may be that I have to choose an other way. Something like Thomas suggested seems to be one option to try out. Do you have any pictures of that?
  11. Hey there, this was not the first time I tried to built one of these easy holdfasts. But I wasn´t successfull. It doesn´t matter if I tried out mildstell or some toolsteel with or without heattreatment. There must be one big mistake that I´m always overlooking. Or the principle of this kind of holdfast doesn´t work with my anvil, because the two holes (pritchel/hardy) are to long because they are crossing the anvil to near at the body, if that make sense...? Here two pictures of the last two styles: I would be very pleased if anyone could enlighten me Greetings Sascha
  12. Hi Chris, do you have some example pics of items wich are leaving black marks? I would be interested in how these surfaces/coatings are looking. Greetings Sascha
  13. Hi Anvil, First of all I like to thank you for your endless patience for answering all these details. I guess you're right. I just have to get more experience with this technique particularly with such tricky items like these roses petals. As I posted earlier, with simple objects everthing works easy and fine. What I also really wanted to ask, if you clean up your pieces with alcohol, do you have any "dirt" in your cleaning rag? When I put alcohol on a new and clean piece of some rag and rubb the piece the rag still stays clean. Shouldn't I have at least a little black stuff in my cloth? Greetings and once more thanks
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