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My shop in progress. I get to work on it a couple weeks a year. I work in it mostly during the winter. I clearly do not have enough tools.post-29623-0-33647100-1394327782_thumb.jpost-29623-0-41902200-1394327804_thumb.j

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Is that a hand drill operated fan?  I am abut to build a portable 2nd forge and this might be a good option for it. Old fans are much easier to come by than blowers.I never thought about putting a handle on one.

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Is that a hand drill operated fan?  I am abut to build a portable 2nd forge and this might be a good option for it. Old fans are much easier to come by than blowers.I never thought about putting a handle on one.

 

Eddie: Not only can you put a hand crank on one but a little imaginative use of bike parts and you can gear it up to really move air.

 

Nice adaptation there Grymm.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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A nicely made bellows would be a lot easier to use than a brace turned squirrel cage.

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A nicely made bellows would be a lot easier to use than a brace turned squirrel cage.

 No doubt, and I have been looking at bellow pics on Google, but was wanting something more compact and portable. The only ones I have seen were quite large.I have a small work area so this forge will be taken outside as needed to work on longer material I don't have the room to twirl about in the shop. If you have or can point me to plans for bellows you think might be suitable please share. BTW - I happen to have a few decomissioned bikes of varied size in the scrap pile : ) . I have a few ideas rattiling around for them...

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To operate the fan, a foot pedal.

 

Pic is taken from the Angele website.

 

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I've worked forges with single action bellows that were smaller than that blower!  Take a look at *old* bellows instead of just 100-150 year old recent ones.

 

I built my own with the plans based on what I could scrounge.  Based roughly on Theophilius "Divers Arts" and like him I was using charcoal as the fuel.  I still use one I built about 15 years ago for less than a dollar with my Y1K forge (along with a fancier one I bought leather for after the design proved in  They tell me I will have a bellows thrall so I'm going to drag it to the Albq renfaire and work on some viking cooking tools from WI...)

 

Now the big double lunged bellows can be a joy to use if made and set up correctly; but there is well over 1000 years of smithing with bellows before they showed up...

 

Also give a thought to the oriental box bellows.  Not much room needed and can do quite well...

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You can't see it in the pic I posted, but on the workbench my brother and I salvaged the crank and gears from a mountain bike we cut up. We are working on a multi gear setup for the fan.

The fan is actually an old floor drying fan he pulled out of a school demolition job he was on, the motor was fried but the fan blades were fine! Cleaned it up, gutted it out. BAM!

Couldn't afford a buffalo but this has more meaning since it was a project :)

Here's a closer pic:

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A couple shots of my truly Backyard Blacksmithing "shop", just finished setting it up today. I still need to hook a blower up, but then I'll be ready to go. Note the clever disguise at the end, anvil, forge and vise cleverly disguised as barbecue grills when not in use! :)

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I finally had another reason to take a picture of my shop today, so here it is:

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I have so much fun out there, it is really shaping up. The only downside so far is because of how finished it is, putting in a chimney for the coal forge will break the bank.

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And a nice dartboard, too.  Good set up, Danguite!  I haven't thrown in awhile, but I like any sport that allows me to be fat, smoke cigarettes and drink beer.  If I can do all that in a smithy... well that's just awesome times ten.

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And a nice dartboard, too.  Good set up, Danguite!  I haven't thrown in awhile, but I like any sport that allows me to be fat, smoke cigarettes and drink beer.  If I can do all that in a smithy... well that's just awesome times ten.

 

I've found that as a beginner it is nice to unwind with some darts after ruining a project.

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Danguite  we smiths don't have failures. We have learning experiences!  Just ask any of us to show you our "learning experiences" They all take up space over in the corner of the shop. 

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My new smithy, just got this up this year. 18x21 -7' outer walls and 10' 6" in the middle , I love all the open air. Just have to keep everything secure from walking, lol.

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Some photos of my newly completed "Shop". Frame is all new treated pine - everything else is recycled. To give the building an aged look I am painting the new & secondhand timbers with a mixture of sump oil & kero which seems to work OK. The floor is quarry rubble which I think I might pave over as the sand content of the rubble is being tracked out  onto the garden paths. The area of the new shop is only about 11sq m as we only have a small suburban back yard and that was all I could negotiate with my wife. Have joined it to the existing garden shed which will now be used for my storage. 

Will "fire up" the forge next week in it's new home and see how I go with making some weathervanes. 

Cheers

Ron

 

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Around this part of the world that would be seen by some as luxury accommodation for a family of 8! Nice little shop, did you get those 2 handles in 'diagon alley' grin(invisable=harry potterish )

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She ain't much, but she gets the job done (sorta like me, come to think of it!). Because of some storm damage a month or so ago I had to build a new workbench and relocate my shop just a bit. Not as much shade from the pecan tree but the umbrella is called upon when necessary. Someday when I grow up to be a big and strong Smith I'll have a shop as nice as you guys, but for now this works just fine.

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And as part of my ongoing cleaning up project, probably the last time you will see my little forging corner as neat as this. Gas forge goes under the fan and the coal forge stands outside the door. The table is cluttered with stuff and projects I need to make a go or stay decision on.


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Where Did you Acquire that LIL Black Power Hammer Sir ?

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