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Finished a handled punch (hardened, tempered, and hafted) and made a business card holder for my office. 

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I need to make a trip to Ohio.... You are making some awesome looking hammers.

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No, I’m just photographing them from their most flattering angles!

Seriously, though, you’d be welcome anytime 

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So this is my first project from my class that actually got hung up.  I made a hook for my wife to hang her keys on in the barn.  Nothing fancy but she really likes it.

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BTW JHCC - nice card holder - I may have to "borrow" the design if you don't mind.

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Go right ahead!

A co-worker liked it so much that she ordered a pair!

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Hmm a little chisel work and you could have shark teeth on those!

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There's a thought!

If my uncle were still alive, I'd make one for him. He was Peter Benchley's editor when the latter was writing Jaws.

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Playing with the scrap bucket contents today.  Spiders are fun, especially since I'm terrified of the real ones!

 

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1.25 lb round hammer done just for fun. The handle is recycled from another hammer. 

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Well, that's a pretty nice looking "just for fun" hammer! Enjoy.

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No pics, but I made a whole bunch of hooks!  

Next big project is going to be a hook-bending jig with a handle and everything.  It's going to allow me to bend cold, which is far better than bending hot, in my opinion.

I'll probably design it at the same time I design the big bender I have in mind.

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Vaughn for myself it became a large factor as to using bending jigs vs not..  Production wise you can't beat a jig or a bending jig as it simply is repeatable and fast.. 

I had the mind bending of perfection in hand work..   For each one I could make the time frames got shorter and shorter and the ability to make the hooks faster and faster.. Of course it has a limited time frame as it still takes longer by hand.. 

Congrats to moving over to production work.. It shows your shop is growing.. 

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We’re packing and getting ready to head out on a family trip, so no time to fire up the forge. However, I did sneak into the shop long enough to cut apart and put away the leaf spring packs I got yesterday and to weld a loop onto the hardy adapter for my bench vise, so I can wedge it tightly onto the striking anvil. 

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It’s not meant for striking. The hardy adapter is so that I can hold it solidly on a rigid base (e.g., for filing or drilling something), since I don’t have it mounted on a bench (nor indeed a bench to mount it on).

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That'll be handy John. It'll be at a good height for file and other hand work. I vote it a "Well spent shop sneak out." B)

Frosty The Lucky.

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Agreed. In the striking anvil, the top’s at just over 36”  

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And in the post vise, it’s at about 48”.

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Three sizes, actually: 3” ID at the very top, 2” ID in the middle tier, and 1-1/2” ID for the bottom tier. The 3” is offcuts from the driveshaft that forms the center pedestal, and the rest is salvaged water pipe.

I had planned a two-tier rack, only to realize after welding it up that it wouldn’t hold any more than the old rack. Fortunately, I had enough of the smaller pipe that I could make the third tier without any major issues.  

By the way, here’s another sneak-out quick welding project, just finished: an adjustable scrolling jig for the post vise. 

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Forging the springs for my 4 boneshakers. Tempering tomorrow.

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Oil furnace works a treat. Free fuel!

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The last one is still in the works at the time of this shot

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nice work,,   do you use a mill to finish off the head set or just punched and bushed?   Is this an order or just for fun? 

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Neat scrolling jig, JHCC. Any reason the two angle iron sections are offset?

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