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What Did You do in the Shop Today?

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I worked some rebar. No, not a knife or anything like that. Just a short column for reinforcing a concrete post (I know, almost shocked me too! :o Rebar for concrete?!) I'll be mounting a, yet to be made, arbor onto for my grapes.

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Just now, John in Oly, WA said:

I'll be mounting a, yet to be made, arbor onto for my grapes.

Will you be forging the grapes? John Bennett has some good YouTube videos on forging vines, leaves, and grapes.

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Not forging grapes - I'll let the grape plants make those.

I'm mulling the idea of using all the scrap steel fence posts I have and heating, twisting and forging them into an organic, vine or tree trunk with leaves kind of look for the actual arbor. I'll check those videos - thanks!

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A square center punch made from 7/8" coil spring, a surprise for someone. I kinda screwed it up, by that I tried doing something different with the striking end, using a set hammer and the edge of the anvil to forge it octagonaly (new word). It got a little wonkey, choppy, and rombusy, all three my least favorite. Man, JHCC is gonna be all over me for this post. Hahaha.

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5 minutes ago, littleblacksmith said:

A square center punch made from 7/8" coil spring, a surprise for someone. I kinda screwed it up, by that I tried doing something different with the striking end, using a set hammer and the edge of the anvil to forge it octagonaly (new word). It got a little wonkey, choppy, and rombusy, all three my least favorite. Man, JHCC is gonna be all over me for this post. Hahaha.

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Dude, "octagonally" is spelled with two "L"s. 

Nice punch!

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:P

Thanks!

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LBS, that look really good! Tools like center puches are constantly used but I, nor many other smiths, think the embellish them. Nice thinking. 

Got to take a break from repairing a windmill today to do a little traditional blacksmith work on a modern tool. Straightened out a part for my neighbors plow that was getting re-disked. Largest piece of steel I've hammered on, 3/4"x 6"x not sure how long. It was bent along the entire length. 

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LBS, you are too hard on yourself. That is a lovely diamond twist to embellish your centre punch. Well done!

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9 hours ago, littleblacksmith said:

:P

Thanks!

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You're welcome!

 

(Oh, and I didn't want to make a big stink about this, but "wonky" doesn't have an "e". ;) ) 

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Ranchmanben; was that piece heat treated any originally? (what was the carbon content of it, I've run across a lot of old implement steel that ranged from 1050 to 1080---back before some of the weird new alloys were used.)

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Not the best for your creativity but these things help pay the bills :) If anyone recognizes this part in the second picture, please tell me its name. Thanks!

Bests:

Gergely

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Wagon tongue?

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