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    Prairieville, Louisiana
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    Engineering, highpower rifle competition, gun work, and blacksmithing.

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  1. I have not needed to move this leg vice yet. If I do I will glue another piece of plate to the floor. So far the end of the vise leg has not shifted on the floor plate.
  2. I did clean up a bit before the pictures were taken. Rubber exterior door mats keep most trash out of the channel. The mats can be seen in the first two pictures. My shop vacuum sucks out any trash or grit that may fall in.
  3. Attached are some pictures of my Unistrut bench top. The bench top is two layers of 3/4" CDX plywood. I used roofing felt under the pine boards to make them even with the Unistrut. At the right end of the work bench is an 8" cast iron wood worker's vise. By bolting stops to the Unistrut and using the raised vise jaw dog on the wood worker's vise I can clamp something as long as bench. I hope somebody can make use of this system. It has worked well for me.
  4. I added a tool rack to the two upper ends of all thread as suggested. It will work well. Tomorrow I will trim the ends of the lower all thread.
  5. Correction, there are three runs of Unistrut down the length of the work bench. One run is along the near edge and the other two are spaced 5 1/2" with 1x6 pine in between. I will post a picture of tomorrow without the mats. I have only had this vice for a few days. So far I am pleased with it.
  6. Yes, I think I will attach a tool rack to the ends of the all-thread. Good idea, thanks.
  7. Pictured below is the wooden stand I made for my 30 kg Acciaio anvil. Two 2x12x10’s were cut to make eight panels 24 1/4” long. This will raise the anvil face 30 ½” above the floor as best suited for a person my size. Two pieces of 2x6 were also cut to 24 ½” in length. These 2x6 pieces are needed to form the center laminate. Eight 2x12 sections plus the two side-by-side 2x6’s makes nine laminates. It is easier to center the anvil on the block and properly space the lag bolts with an odd number of laminates. I used two pieces of 2x6 rather than buy a 2x12x8 for this one 24 ½” section. L
  8. I installed my new 5” Kanca leg vise today. This 5” Kanca vise was purchased from Centaur Forge. It was expensive but I feel is a good value. My work bench has a wooden top 30” above the concrete floor. I built this bench several years ago with two runs of 1 5/8” x 13/16” Unistrut channel recessed in the top. The vise mounting plate is secured to a 1 ½” thick plywood spacer block with three ½” carriage bolts, washers, and nuts. The spacer block is secured to the work bench by bolting to the Unistrut with four 3/8” bolts. The end of the leg butts to rectangle piece of 1/8” steel pl
  9. Lineman’s Hammer to Rounding Hammer I purchased a new Estwing 40 oz lineman’s from an eBay seller for $41.89. A little work with an angle grinder turned it into a good rounding hammer.
  10. Thank you all for such a kind welcome.
  11. I am a LSU graduate with a BS in Engineering, 1986. Louisiana registered profession engineer #25201 in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Fire Protection Engineering. NRA Master classification in highpower rifle and Distinguished Rifleman's Badge #2276. I purchased an anvil and a propane forge in September, 2020. Since then I have spent most of my blacksmith time with tool making and improving my hammer control. I get great satisfaction making my own tools while learning a four thousand year old craft. The master blacksmiths on YouTube make it look so easy. My first
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