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  1. I have to say that this post was an inspiration to make openers. I am pretty new at this, and these are bottle openers numbers More playing with making bottle openers. 2-7, so they are not as polished or nice as the ones here, but I am learning. I am getting faster at forming the eye, and am quickly learning the order of doing things in making one of these. I still have more tooling to make, and I might get faster still. All advice, ideas and criticisms welcome. 1/2 inch square bar, cut and twisted the end. 5/8 square, pretty heavy, just a twist. crappy 3/4 c
  2. This one works great. Very easy to open a bottle with. My openers still need some refining, but I'll get there. Good point on the twists (no pun intended) Thanks, I'll give the ball pein hammer a try. I have a few that can be messed with.
  3. Ok, yesterday I made number 2 forged opener. I was out of 1/2 inch square, so I used 5/8. I did better, and was faster too. Changed the tip of the chisel into a better more pointed shape (wow, what a difference), and made a couple bigger drifts. Thanks for the tips all. Now I just wanna keep making more. Merry Christmas to all!!
  4. Great info. Thank You! I will give it a try. Hopefully this weekend.
  5. That's funny. I have a couple of big bolts sitting in some vinegar now, for that exact reason.
  6. Please offer suggestions. It's hard to learn if you don't hear suggestions or constructive criticism. Thank you for posting. Really, what I need to do is make the appropriate sized tooling to make this a bit more efficient, and then on to practice and more practice. One question I have then, are you punching the end as it is, or do you upset it or flatten it out some? I watched Black Frogs video, and have been looking at the various bottle opener posts, and it seems everyone has their own way. Those openers are great, by the way. Thanks Again
  7. Thanks all, I will try using a drift on my next one. And I need to make some better punches. I can see this becoming a pattern, make a project, make new tools to make the same project easier, repeat. Oh, and the opener works quite well I am happy to say. It was going to be a birthday present, but now it is a present for me. I'll post more pics as I do them.
  8. I am pretty new to forging things. I have heated up and bent or straightened things, but haven't really forged anything. I have to say, it is pretty fun moving metal. This is my first bottle opener made from start to finish. I have done some others where I started with something (like a wrench or even a sphere) but this was just a piece of old threaded rod. This was my third try, the first two were on 1/2 inch square bar. but both of those split at the opening, so I thought I would give it one more try with this. There was a hole already where I planned to make the eye of the opener, b
  9. Well, I finally got time to play around with my little forge and try out a couple of things. I recently finished up a press break to put bends in angle iron to make some furniture legs that I have had on my list for quite awhile. There may be a faster easier way to do this, but this is what was in my head. I had to do a little persuading at the second bend, as the metal flared outwards a bit, but I am relatively happy with it. I need to do a little more tweaking on the break, since the channel I used was not quite up to snuff for the 20 ton press. In fact, I need to do some tweaking on
  10. The trees are great. As with those above, I say kick the habit! As for pictures, what I did and it seems to work well is: make a photo box. I used PVC pipe, made an open 4 x 4 x 4 foot cube. Go to a thrift store and get an old sheet, I used white-ish. drape this over the top and the two sides, secure it with clamps. Then you can order seamless photography paper, comes in various colors in a long roll. have that hang down from the top back to the bottom front in a gradual curve. On a nice bright day, set the thing up outside and take pics. If you have a good camera, put it on
  11. That is awesome. You'd get my vote too!
  12. Here are pics of the forge and the blower. I still need to disassemble the blower and clean it. From what I have read on here oil is better than grease for the bearings, the interesting thing is that this blower has zirk fittings for grease, and from what I understand they must have been added later, not originally. Forge looks to be about 1/8 inch thick. For the liner, I like firebrick idea if that will work. I will have to move the forge to use it, so keeping the weight down would be great. If mixing up a sand cement type liner is far superior, then fabbing some wheel mounts to one en
  13. Hello all, I am new to all this, but thanks to my brother have caught this blacksmithing bug. I have spent a lot of time reading old posts and generally becoming more inspired. I have a new to me buffalo forge (will take some pics tomorrow) my question is; should the bottom be lined with sand or anything to "protect" it from the heat? I will most likely use charcoal to start. I have read a lot of the old posts, but have not read anything on this one way or another. Thanks in advance, and I look forward to posting some pics of projects.
  14. Hey. Gonna try to get to Berkeley next week.

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