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  1. Hi, so Iv been using a waxy finish for a while and it's alright for batch work because of the minimal residue, and if there is any it's not oily once it has set but if wanted to check out how BLO looks since it seems to be very popular. My issue is firstly I tend to get inconsistent results with it, some parts blacken a lot with a matte look while other parts seem to go to a glossy black, I'm guessing this is due to different temps but what should I be aiming for? Also I tend to find that by rubbing off the residue, the highlights from wire wheeling the edges of twists end up rusting quite qui
  2. Thank you, and yes when I say rivets I mean tenons, is it correct to say you rivet a piece together when setting tenons or is there another word for it?
  3. Yes you'd be correct, probably should have used this picture without logs to give a better view. Appreciate the compliment, only been doing this for a couple of summers in between uni and with my little shed its hard to get set up for production, very surprising how different it is from general experimantal and one off items. I've seen F-clamps used for larger spans but I don't know if they can be too flimsy for heavy clamping? Is it best to stick with the G-clamp style? Cheers
  4. There is a picture of the holders below, as you can see its not impossible to rivet it together as I have already done it both at the anvil and in a vise but It would seem using a torch and the vise would make the job much easier and faster in the future. Trying to hold all the parts together when im setting the first few rivets while keeping everything tight and straights is just such a pain and I think the time saved would be worth it if I'm trying to make a few at a time. Thanks for all the suggestions, may have to wait untill i've sold a few more items but I think spending the extra c
  5. Thanks for the help, I think I'll have to head down the route of an Oxy/Propane torch at some point then. This seems to make the most sense as I am planning on making a propane forge too so saves having to buy more bottles than I need. The items I'm riveting together are some heavy, sturdy looking log holders that I plan on selling if the demand is there just to fund my projects. Each needs 8 rivets setting but the issue is more that all 8 parts that make it up need to be held together so keeping it clamped up in the vise would be a major time saver and much less of a pain to assemble.
  6. I have made a few things using mortise and tenon joints but when if comes to larger items it is a lot of work to move the whole, partially assembled, piece over to the coal forge and back to the vise just to set one rivet. I have been looking at getting a torch to help with this and was looking for some guidance as to the capabilities of different types. I cant afford a large setup so was looking at a simple bernzomatic style of torch. Does anyone have any experience trying to set rivets with these smaller torches? I usually use 10mm round tenons as I have the tooling for it but I dont wa
  7. Great! Thanks alot! Very informative! I'll go ahead and pick it up later this week in that case! Cheers!
  8. Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me identify whether this anvil is cast or forged? Also if there has been a plate welded onto the top? I was plan on cleaning up the bumps on the face after buying it as it is fairly flat overall but don't know if it's worth it with if it's cast iron. Fairly new to this but I thought the texture on the top looked cast but then it seemed to have handling holes in the sides so I just don't know. I can try listening for a ring and looking at rebound but it's an hour and a half away to pick up so id rather know before hand. Thanks for any help
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