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How do you all finish your metal products. I just made a dinner triangle for the kiddos to hang outside, but don't want it to get all rusty and end up falling apart. What different products do you use for outdoor metals? What about indoors?
Hey pals, just me forging an over kill nail to practice both tapering large stock material and striking/upsetting in a swage block: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LrYuATVaeTE As always a high-res picture of the finished product: Yours - Daniel
Don't find a technique forum, so posting here. Apologies if this isn't the right forum. How do you upset to one side of a square rod? I've wanted to make a pair of holdfasts for a joiners workbench since I first read about a guy named Rob Tarule using them in an article in Fine Woodworking. They're very fast and flexible compared to a vise. Since I read that article, Chris Schwarz has gone on a tear and popularized the Roubo workbench, so much so that you can't hardly swing a dead possum without hitting one on the Interwebs. Peter Ross recently made a close if not exact replica of the holdfast illustrated in André Jacob Roubo's L'Art du Menuisier, the book that started the whole thing, for Schwarz and you can see the original illustration here and Ross' results here http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/workbenches/that%E2%80%99s-not-a-holdfast and some "work in progress" shots here: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/workbenches/straight-from-the-frenchmans-mouth In the first illustration of Ross working on the bar it looks to me like he has upset on one side midway down the bar. The upset is to make the mass for the shoulder of the head. I've upset on end, but not midway and not to one side like that. What's the technique? I know you can make a holdfast by bending but that's not what I'm interested in. Thanks for any suggestions