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Red Shed Forge

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    Bolingbrook, IL
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    Swinging large hammers, building useful things from scrap and working on a sustainable lifestyle.

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  1. My Old Kentucky Haul Whenever my wife and I go south to visit family, we always travel back with many metal goods packed tight. I got a few thick chunks of flat stock, a bar of 3/4" copper rod, two pieces of white oak bed frame that should make some nice handles, along with a few other miscellaneous treasures. My favorite gift of them all, however, is this big 'o slab of steel. 15"x15"x1 1/2", 95lbs. I demoted my 100lbs rookie anvil by removing it from my largest stump so the plate could take its place. I think it will be great for upsetting, chiseling and punching and the corners, b
  2. Yeah, good point, the subdivision and house looked like it was built in the 70's so it's a high possibility. The google machine says the feds banned lead in paint in '78. I will keep my distance when not tending the fire.
  3. On Saturday I helped a friend replace a garage door. The old door was cedar wood so I took that home; it will make good tinder for charcoal, or even charcoal itself. A softwood of course, but I bet it would work just fine. He also let me keep the old coil springs: two 1/4" coils at about 24" long. I'll take it.
  4. As I continue to practice with WI while also tending to other, more pressing commissions/projects/full-time job, I found some time to get back to this. The client has expressed a few times that they are in no big hurry to get it finished, but I am aiming to get it all done before Christmas. Today I practiced with the new Muggy Weld cast iron sticks. I had a broken cast iron swivel base on a 3 1/2" Dunlap bench vise. Although it is much smaller than the yoke, I thought it was a good opportunity to whack two birds with one stone. After some tuning, I landed on 65 amps with the 72's at 3/32
  5. I won't pretend that I knew either of those would work, but we do need lime juice! I could have used our kitchen vinegar though, you got me there. I used all of mine I had in shop recently to de-galvy about 30' of round stock.
  6. Haha cruel? He didn't spend much time with the hammer, but I was explaining along the way how it differs from mild and HC steel. From my limited feel for it, that is. I already waxed it, unfortunately... and I don't have any etching acid haha. Next time!
  7. Last night I hung out with a friend that I haven't seen in about 10 years. We caddied together at a country club here in the 'burbs when we were teenagers. We started catching up about a week ago and he expressed he wanted to come check out the smithy and take a whack at forging. Of course, I couldn't be happier to oblige. With it being a special occasion, I felt the forge should be special too. I grabbed a piece in my stash that I suspected was wrought iron: an old hook with a wrapped eye. It looked like a meat hook, at about 8"-9" long and 1/2" round. Well, I needed a handle for a sca
  8. HA! Oh no, you're right, I'll send out a memo right away!
  9. Well, I got them finished; delivered this morning. I was unable to meet face-to-face with the Event Coordinator -- for each other's safety, of course -- so I'm not sure how they feel about them. I hope they like them. They work just fine... I just know I could have done better, aesthetically. I went with the style seen in the picture below for the remaining 10. They are made from 3/8" coil spring, at varying lengths. After showing the first 15 to my boss, he asked that the rest be made shorter, so they range from 8" - 3.5". I used a flap disk and wire brush attachment on the angle grinder
  10. When I originally went to tackle it the day before, a friend came over with a different, weaker winch and a heavy duty ladder that works short and can extend taller. We straddled the hole with the ladder, hooked the winch to the top ladder rung and tried to crank it out vertically. His winch broke and shortly after it started raining and wouldn't let up lol. Thomas, ya know it might have one in the front, good point. We dont have the 4x4 version though, I wonder if front wheel would have mucked up the front yard. Either way, I was probably just taken away by my hype of getting to use the
  11. I don't have a truck, or vehicle with a hitch to attach to unfortunately. We have a Jeep Patriot, but when looking under the backside, I could not find any safe place to hook a rope or chain... the frame is not visible and I didn't want to hook it to the wrong spot and cause a bigger problem. The original plan actually was to use my 55 barrel and the Jeep, but I talked myself out of it for that reason. Would have lagged to the actual post too, but it was all rotted and falling apart.
  12. Thanks, guys. Frazer, you are absolutely right. I did over-promise for the time frame. I actually had to prioritize a fence repair in my backyard; not only was weather demanding I fix it very soon, but other factors like my 2 dogs escaping and privacy in general influenced the decision. I have 15 done so far, but I spoke with the marketing company and they had no problem giving me til Wednesday this week to finish them up. I did continue to make a few in different style, but you're right, sticking with one style will help with speed. And yes, I did test them on junk mail and have not see
  13. Last week high winds knocked over the gate to my backyard. With the weather getting colder and raining more often, I thought it was time to dig out the old post and replace it before the ground freezes. It's no fun digging a large chunk of cement out of the ground, so I got a little creative. I whipped up a bracket(?) from 1/4" round mild steel at the forge and anchored it to the top of the cement using cement lags. It was hard to find 2 strong spots as the majority of the block was in pieces and crumbling. From there I tipped my 100lbs anvil and attached stump onto a dolly and lugged it
  14. I hired myself for a letter opener job. Well our family accounting firm did, anyway. I met with our local village magazine publisher last week because it was time to renew our ad and, of course, her opportunity to pitch us on an upgrade. A few times a year the publishing company sends out gift baskets to new residents of the community; in the baskets are little gifts from local businesses advertising their services or products. She says, "We have clients who order little things like cork screws and key chains, but for you guys I was thinking we could order some letter openers!" The
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