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Cleave

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  1. A welder once told me what his favorite woodworking tool was - a match.
  2. Very nice. I once had a bunch of 2x8 lumber to jigsaw off templates, and wanted a fast way to hold it on the workbench. So I cut a cam shape into the end of a few scrap pieces of 1x4 wood. The cam just pivots on a bolt in a hole in the bench, and pushes the work up against a fence. It worked great!
  3. I forged a piece of drill rod (with thru hole like in your picture) into a newbie's timber framing chisel. The handle is drill rod too. I just forged the blade flat closing the hole in that section. It works great so far.
  4. It did actually surprise me how easy it was... in a way. One heat for the weld, a few good taps, and it sticks together. For me it was all in getting the fire figured out.
  5. Thanks for the tips guys, I'm just excited to have done a weld at all. Making a good weld, with the right shape on everything, may come with time.
  6. Yesterday I tried out charcoal for the first time (Cowboy brand lump charcoal). Hithertoo I've just used scrap wood in my trench forge, with varying results due to the varying fuel size and quality. Getting beyond orange heat has been elusive. I ran the charcoal first with the fuego style bellows I made, worked well enough, but took a lot of work sitting there pumping it. I still used maybe 50% scrap wood in the fire along with the charcoal. A few small chunks of construction lumber, and a bunch of hardwood drawknife and hatchet shavings. So for comparison, I got out the electric fan. That wor
  7. Here's a good video covering a variation of Frosty's center punch in the drill press trick, which I've never used but will try.
  8. Good point maybe that was unclear to others. You make the center punch or mark away from the drill press. The tap is ONLY because it has a reliable point on it, to visually align the spindle to the desired hole location. Light pressure on the quill can be used for the ruler trick.
  9. You can also use a tap to line up on a mark in the drill press. Or any accurately pointed object like a center punch (I hadn't ever thought of that) if it is really straight and ground true. For cross drilling in the drill press, to accurately line up the stock in a vee block or vise, take your 6" ruler, put a tap or other accurate conical item in the chuck, touch the point on the center of the ruler, and adjust the stock's position until the ruler is parallel with something horizontal - edge of vise, table, etc. Then clamp the work or vise down, recheck the alignment, then drill. No
  10. Thanks for the video hint, my elbow/forearm feels a bit improved already just following along with the massage.
  11. Thanks all for the advice. I'd much rather make mistakes on something like this than on something I'd lovingly pounded into shape for 3 days straight...
  12. With the campfire forge, I don't know if I'm capable of getting the heat that localized. Or perhaps the forge can do it and I haven't figured out how yet.
  13. Well, my hasty side got the better of me. I got the campfire forge going, heated the blade side to a red, checked on the magnet, let it cool for maybe 10 minutes. Put back in, heated blade side a bit hotter (to make sure the whole way across the blade was hot enough). For some reason, I went straight for the water quench as I only have about a gallon of used motor oil and a #10 can on hand........ Got some warm water in the 5 gallon bucket, and quenched, held her in there and stirred it around for a while. There were a couple ominous pops. A file couldn't touch the edg
  14. Right, I wondered about if the blade was forge welded HC and is gone now. And figured that "cast stee" meant the whole thing was likely the same alloy. Maybe it got in a fire and killed the heat treatment? Or somebody went nuts on it with a grinder at some point? Anyway, the edge rolls a burr within a few minutes of use. May as well try the re heat treat and learn something. It was raining yesterday so didn't light my campfire forge.
  15. I just today got a very similar vise, maybe the same model off Craigslist for $175. Even has the little holes under the jaws, what are they for anyway? Feels very robust, much better than the 35 pounder at the antique store without bracket or spring for $150, been sitting there for a couple years. My first post vise, and feels solid enough it could very well be the only one I ever need.
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