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    Machining, joinery, metal working, antique restoration

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  1. For some incomprehensible reason, I decided to mention that at 3:18 in a video titled "Forging a hardy tool bolster from extra heavy tubing" by John Switzer of Black Bear Forge for Youtube, I see him hold up a tool that is identical to the one this thread is for. He calls it a drift, and intends to use it to make a square hole. That's all. Don't know why I posted. Don't imagine it matters. I'm going back to watching the video now. I really enjoy his videos. Seems a very genuine fellow.
  2. Well now that I've seen it, it makes sense. I found a video put out by a farrier supply called "Punching and pulling clips". Thanks for the thoughts guys.
  3. Well no, not really anything like that. But with so many handy cosigners to follow you down whatever rambling path you take. Who would I be to argue? More like when I know exactly what I said, and my wife repeats it out loud as if I didn't just say it. More like that. But if that reminds you of hunting with one bullet in the olden days...I guess I give up. I've somehow found myself in blacksmith wonderland sitting down to dine with the mad hatter. I hope you and your one bullet don't shoot the white rabbit. I'm gonna go check the CO detector batteries.
  4. I'm not a farrier or even a blacksmith to be honest. But I've been gawking at anvils all over the web. I keep seeing farrier anvils with something called a clip horn. I did a youtube search and I got stuff for hair clips, and one video of a guy drawing a "clip" over the edge of the anvil. That guys anvil had what I think is a clip horn, but he didn't use it at all. So what's the deal with clip horns? Does anyone actually use them? What for? Does anyone have any video they could show, or book that explains? Even an illustration would suffice. Thanks very much for any information.
  5. You kinda remind me of my wife with this post. I'm sure glad I have her, so I'll go ahead and appreciate your post too. I'll remain slack jawed and bewildered as well. Hey Stringstalker82! I'm looking forward to seeing your new anvil when you get it! I prefer the look of the thick waisted ones myself too. But I don't have enough experience to illuminate your decision in any meaningful way. I do know that much at least. Happy Hunting! Start a new thread for it too please.
  6. We used to have an old fellah to come verify a mare was pregnant. As I recall, he didn't use a glove when doing those manual checks. Just a bottle of something that looked like wire pulling lubricant, and a heavy stall door between himself and the mare. I sure was shocked the first time I saw it too.
  7. This is the part that I thought would be something to think about. Copied from the 1914-1915 Hay Budden Catalog. Kanca did something that not even Hay Budden would have done.
  8. The BAM site has a Hay Budden catalog as a downloadable pdf. I had trouble editing it to make it smaller. If you do an internet search for Hay Budden Catalog, it should come up near the top of the results.
  9. Hay Budden had nearly the same disclaimer. Something to think about maybe. I'd be happy to have any of the three mentioned. In fact, I'm happy with my old ugly anvil too. Then again, all's I do is stare at the old girl, and make leaves out of modeling clay.
  10. I have so little (none) experience that I would defer to others about suitability of one material or another. But Charles, is "malleable" the same as "ductile"? Both manufacturers mentioned call their anvils "ductile" iron. I've been reading about that, due to your statement and it seems like they are technically not the same thing. I admit that this is off topic, but I wonder if it's important to differentiate the two types, if they are indeed different, in the interest of information accuracy.
  11. Sure are a lot of nice looking old AND new anvils out there. Wow!
  12. This is forever old, so not sure how useful it'll be. The first mill pictured in this thread is a Hardinge horizontal milling machine with a Rusnok bertical milling attachment. That Hardinge is not a benchtop mill by any measure. You're looking at 800 pounds of cast iron when counting the base. The second mill pictured is an Atlas horizontal milling machine, with a Rusnok vertical milling attachment. This mill can be called a bench top model and is highly sought after with guys who want their machine shop in the basement. The Hardinge could be used in industry and was bui
  13. The way I heard it, he had a new floor down before his wife got home from her weekend spa. He passed the new floor off as an anniversary gift and she was none the wiser.
  14. I bought the little 10x18 Atlas as a pile of parts. Remarkably, almost all the parts had managed to stay together through at least 2 previous owners who thought they'd put it together someday and finally gave up on the idea. It had come from a high school that got rid of its useful curriculum, as so many have now done. I put it all back together over a year of free time. I put a Timken headstock on it, bought a good chuck, rebuilt the apron, rebuilt the fwd/reverse selector, installed new felt, repaired or replaced many broken pieces, and did some painting. I loathe painting, which is why
  15. Yeah I figure if I can get accurate with a hammer on this little thing it will probably improve my skill with a full size anvil. Although I've already had some mis strikes on the regular anvil and it didn't seem to notice, accuracy is probably a fundamental skill to strive for.
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