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Found 5 results

  1. Caponejr909

    In need of tutelage

    So I've always wanted to be a blacksmith. How to warp metal and work it and make cool stuff. I have no knowledge of metal.working or forging or anything really related to smithing. I want to dive in asap . If anybody knows of starter kits books teachers classes in the Chicago area. .please let me know.
  2. I am looking for blacksmithing coal in the chicago western suburbs. I have done an extensive search and I can only find coal in southern Illinois. I am hoping someone can help me find some coal locally.
  3. Datolecatfish

    Need help

    I am in the burbs out of Chicago IL I have been trying to find some where or someone to learn how to blacksmith. I am hoping to find a place that's open weekends due to work I only have weekends off. I am looking for any classes, workshops, someone who has a shop that would be into trade labor for teaching. Thanks in advance for anyone who helps me out.
  4. ARKtest

    Canedy Otto Rivet Forge

    I recently picked up an old rivet forge made by Canedy - Otto Mfg Co, usually known for their drill presses and larger blowers. I don't have a lot of info so I hope some of y'all might be able to help. Well I went to work restoring/refurbishing it as well as making upgrade like repairs in the prossess. Here are some pictures of the forge as I got it. The blower does turn but its not smooth and I worry that with every turn it could break a tooth. It's definitely not clean or lubed. Inside the forge is a brake rotor and tongs. The rotor will come into play later. As you can see, its been neglected for quite a while. We'll start with disassembly and wire brushing. It all started off easy, but then there was one stubborn bolt. I cleaned out and cut the slotted head, but it broke one of my flat head bits. So I cut into the back of the bolt, still to no avail. So finally I cut it off with the angle grinder. With a bit of gentle persuasion I got the extension off. As you can see its in pretty bad shape. I continue disassembly with the legs. The hardware was dirty and rusted. A little brush down with a wire brush and some WD-40 got the bolts out. The blower was attached with two bolts. Those came out without incident. Now I get to really clean it. I started brushing it down and found the gearbox had a separation where the lid goes on, so I opened or up. Here is a before and after showing how it is now compared to how gunked up it was. I cut a layer off the rotor so it'd sit more flush to the bottom if the pot. I also cut the pot to fit the rotor. It is so cracked and decayed that I don't feel bad about cutting it to make room. I prepared the metal for welding. As I welded in sections to stress the metal less I disassembled the legs further, wire brushed them, and painted them with rust converter. Put it all back together (plus some spacers under the pot and some new hardware where needed), grease the gears, and you're done! I'll make another post just for all the finished photos.
  5. Hello, Need some help in finding smithing coal near Chicago, IL. Any ideas?