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I returned home from a trip and aquired many feet of old drive shaft and axle shafting. I beleive that the drive shaft was from a well drilling rig. I want to make anvil tools and hammer heads from them. I would like some advice on how others have gone about doing this.

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yup...i have just done a diagonal pein out of 40mm square axle and a hardie block from 45mm...k1045 is the stuff i get, called axle material here. but your local engineer or experienced forum surfer from here should give you an idea of your material make up, do the spark test with a grinder failing that, and the smart cookies on here will inform you of anealing, heat treatment, hammer heat windows if any, sizes, and cautions.

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Contact Brian Brazeal and attend one of his fall 2009 classes in NC, VA, (your area). He will show you how and you will produce your own hammer head in the class.

Look at the 1000 series of blueprints on hammer making.

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