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  1. Well after this past week today was a great day to get out in the shop and do some making.. Since I offered to make the forge tools for the NEB group it was a good day to get started.. I made 4 handles all of a different design though 2 share the same concept.. Well maybe 3 if you consider a twist a concept.. The 4th tool was just to have at it and push the boundaries.. Feels good getting the cob webs off the old brain and things are starting to make more sense again.. Lot less hits on the anvil to maintain cadence and lot more work being done at each heat.. Anyhow, I made the 3 rakes today and 4 straight pokers.. The rakes were a lot of fun to make and the last one was especially fun.. a few more forging days and I should be back in pretty good shape.. I'll add the shovels to this thread at another time since I still need to make them.. still not sure on handles.. Shovels can take a little longer to make since I have to make all the parts.. Ah..
  2. this started life as a 1/2" round.. The finial shaft size is about 3/8".. It is a rake or Side poker for forge coal fire maintenance..
  3. The plans for my forge were from a book by Randy McDaniel's and it was made from steel scraps and material donations from friends. The total cost of my forge was a $40 angle grinder (the $20 angle grinder caught fire) and $10 worth of cut off blades. The blower was from a clothes dryer, and had a rheostat, but the air restrictor on the intake worked much better. I spent a long time on the clinker breaker, but never used it and it would work better without it. Five pounds of coal gives me about 45 minutes of heat. If you continuously load it, that time is infinite. The 600° high-heat paint has never burned off, no matter how hot I run it or how long I worked. You don't need a lot of expensive tools to start with. When I started, I held the metal with Vise-Grips, then made simple tongs, then cut-off tools, coal working tools, hammers, froes, knives and a giant screw driver, so you make the forge first, then use it to make what you need. I get all of my coal out of the ground, so it is very economical to run.
  4. Quarry Dog

    Forge tools

    A roughed out drift and a set of forge tools. Flux spoon, Rake, Poker, and a coal shovel.