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  1. Yes, I have totally gotten the fuel and air supplys under control now. That blower and funnel combo always had too much air or not enough, I could never find the sweet spot for blower placement and aim, then having it on a switch made that worse. Plus the headache from the sound, the blower was the first change. Built a box bellows with the remaining 6ft of plywood I had left after building the Jabod. Also moved the forge into a safer place, a larger clearing further away from the garage now that I didn't require the bench vise for the twist tongs. And my first retort, hole low on
  2. I may give forge welding a post on an attempt one day. I don't seem to have a shortage of large scrap, er.. stock, coming my way. The screw is awesome, didn't get it fully out to look in screw box but it turns freely and easily until almost out. A touch of dry graphite seemed appropriate, then screwed back in. The bottom hinge point needed an over night soak with liquid wrench, then a little working with wd-40, but eventually it took in some chain oil, and moves very freely. I will probably just mount it tilted a degree or two forward so I don't need to worry about the spring right a
  3. I have decided to attempt to make/keep a log of my blacksmithing progression here. It will be nice to look back on, and also help me progress through feedback and criticism. I have been hammering or reading in my spare time for a couple months. Although I definitely don't seem to take as many photos as I want to be taking. I will just start with some photos of my first setup. Broke down and just bought a tiny anvil to start, and a big hammer. An odd sight but an effective combo nonetheless. My first supply of charcoal, expensive and definitely needed some smashing. Was impossi
  4. Went with the girlfriend to pick up some horse stuff today, seemed like the kind of trip to take extra cash on. I'm sure glad I thought so. These were laying in a corner of the old horse barn. Canadian Forge and Blower Co. No.614 post drill. And a 4.5" vice, unfortunately the vice has been cut at some point during its life, but a cut vice is better than no vice. I will have to fabricate a feed arm for the drill, and clean it up good. Might paint it up nice depending how the patina looks under that grime. And the vice will get a touch of lube, mounted up and put to use as is.
  5. Really awesome read, what a journey. Very impressive skill set you have developed, not many people can say they have such a wide variety of skills and passions. Looking forward to hearing/reading more of the story as it is added.
  6. i know im late, but another alternative for the tires would be to remove the valve stems and fill them with expanding spray foam, it will be easier if you lossen the rubber on the rim and put it in through the sides, it will be messy, after it expands and sets cut away the excess and good to go. It makes a rough ride if used for any sort of trailer or ride on equipment, but its a good inexpensive never flat tire for wheel barrows and carts
  7. Amazing work and progress Justin! truly an inspiration! especially how fast you are progressing. i just finished reading this whole thread, very impressive work and information being shared by everyone. The two trades Machinist and Blacksmith have been combined fairly heavily for a long time, that is to say most machinists had/have to know atleast the basics of smithing. In highschool i had a friend whos dad told us of starting an apprenticeship for machinist that he didnt stick with because of the blacksmithing element, he claimed most of the first year schooling was smithing. He went fr
  8. Hi all. My first post, but i have spent a couple hundred hours lurking/reading. I am a total rookie, i have only ever banged hot steel in a vise to make "minor" changes, using an o/a torch for heat. (The males on my dads side of the family are all mechanics/machinists/welders or some combination, actually my grandfather is also a millright and tells storys of straightening/"pre-warping"? the 4'+ sawmill blades. He is probably the last member of my family to "properly" use a "real" anvil) I just want to say that this one thread has pushed me over the edge, (i already knew about jabod's) i
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