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is there anything "wrong" with designing/building a two piece die; with the dovetail part bolted to the striking part of the die ?? Seems to me the hardest and thus more expensive part to machine is the dovetail section... Then the striking section could be a "chunk of metal" found at local steel pile/store/ebay/junk and then drilled, tapped and assembled to the dovetail. Or am i missing something.... ??
Hi, I have been looking for a supplier of power hammer dies and a machining/blacksmithing shop within a reasonable distance replied with an offer to make them. They seem professional and all but the material they told me they usually make the dies out of is O2 steel. This surprised me a bit as I have been thinking to have them made out of 4140, 4340 or some H or S steel for the right price. Given the price is reasonable and they would do a proper heath treatment, is there any reason not to have them made out of O2 steel? My power hammer is an old leaf spring hammer with 40kgs ram do not think this matters much, though. Thanks for any help.
I will begin making my Power Hammer soon. I am designing everything right now. I am trying to avail using bolt on dies. This is what I came up with. Basically, a piece of (1.5''?) Hex Bar cut into quarters, and welded into a configuration which would make both male and female dovetails. The Male end will be two pieces of the hex, with a plate on top, to the plate the 4140 for the dies steel will be welded. 1) Hex Bar 2) Cut in Half 3)Cut in Quarters 4)Weld to plate 5) Gussets welded to strengthen the dovetails 6)Drawing of Female Half 7)Drawing of Male End Please let me know what you guys think, and concerns, if it will at all work, ect.
Have a buddy in the smithy for 2 weeks and he is new to "smithing" so we have been tooling, he has limited stuff so I want to send him, home with 20-30 smithing tools and the ability and knowledge to make tools when he returns home. He wanted a guillotine hardy tool. I did not have one I always made spring fullers for all my needs or top and bottom tools. But we looked at several different ones came up with a simple design. Then we thought hey why not make a half dozen of them to sell cheaply to guys in the club. So off to the scrapyard we went-long trip, its about 200' from the front door of my smithy. $27 later we had what we needed and headed back to the smithy. Here is Dan and I fitting the pieces for welding And here I am welding------just in case you may have missed that. Here is Dan welding in the lower corner of the table you can see the welded piece along with the pieces that make up the entire Guillotine. Here is the finished product It took us about 3.5 hours to cut all the stock, weld them up, clean and paint them. We made sure to use a readily available stock for the dies that we could get in mild steel and tool steel