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I am planning on making a flatter this weekend. I have made a few hammers so this seems to be next in the progression. I have a piece of heavy equipment driveline, about 2.25 inches in diameter and solid. I think it is from a PTO drive. I don't believe the driveline is high carbon steel but it should be pretty tough stuff. Other than coaxing a couple of friends to act as strikers, does anyone have specific suggestions. I plan to use a short piece about 3-4 inches long (so its long enough to hang onto) then forge a square taper at one end so it will fit into the square hole in a swage block. I plan to then drive the metal into the swage block so that I end up with a piece about 1.25 inches square that I can later drift a hole into for a handle. I hope to end up with a square end (by making corrections to square as I go) opposite the tapered end suitable for a flatter, maybe 2.5-2.75 inches square and about .5 inch thick. Once I get the proper shape and dimension I can cut off any excess from the tapered end (and use it for another tool later). I can treat the flatter end with Casenite if necessary but I don't know if I need to. Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.
I've just picked up a Buffalo blower, Model no2E. It has a Buffalo Forge electric motor attached to it dated feb 13 1918. Looks like It was last used around that time too. I decided to clean it up a bit. De-greased it and color came through. A brilliant green. .....I've seen this green before. I have a never used 4" flatter that I cleaned to find the same color. The same story with some atha and random RR hot cuts, hole punches. All the same color green? Is this a historical thing I've missed? Most all of these items are 60+ years old. And I expect no one has just up and decided to color these in modern times. (then used them to the point that the color faded) Penny for your thoughts.