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Finished this pair of curtain rod holders. Made of 44x7mm old (~100yo) MS. This stuff is my #1 favorite to work with: forges like butter, but no problems like WI can have.

Bests:

Gergely

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I bet your wife loves you more than mine loves me, things like that somehow always get pushed to the bottom of the list. Nice work!

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Did some more work on the guillotine. Almost done with the base: just needs a bit more on the hardy stem. 

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Thank you! 

Comission work for a client - got paid 25% more than I asked (happily bragging face icon). 

Ranchmanben - same thing here ;)

Bests:

Gergely

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yes, nice work.. .Not to sound sarcastic but does that mean you under charged or the people gave a tip on top of the going price?   

Reason why I'm asking is because it used to make me wonder when it happened in my own shop..  Did they take pity on me???? 

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Jlp, I'm sure it meant that they were overly happy with how the item turned out and that they either felt you deserved more for your work or that they had a price in mind and you were way under it and we're happy to pay a bit more because it was worth it. I don't see pity in any of that. Consider it a tip. Some people see value. Others want anything just as cheap as possible. 

Just my 2cents. 

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Finished welding the guillotine, shown here in position on the portable hole.

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The stem that fits in the hardy hole. 

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View from above. Note that the die is centered over one of the legs, to better resist the force of the hammer blows. 

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@jlpservicesinc

I think Das said it right. - This lady is one of my best clients. She always lets me create the design completely freely and she always pays more than I ask. I do consider it as a tip. Although this time I'll make a small gift for her.

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Gergely

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8 hours ago, Daswulf said:

Jlp, I'm sure it meant that they were overly happy with how the item turned out and that they either felt you deserved more for your work or that they had a price in mind and you were way under it and we're happy to pay a bit more because it was worth it. I don't see pity in any of that. Consider it a tip. Some people see value. Others want anything just as cheap as possible. 

Just my 2cents. 

@Daswulf Being at this as long as I have it's not uncommon..       The reason why I asked is because of " What is the right amount to charge"??????  Undercharging and being given a tip.. Is it better than not charging enough for your work to begin with????

I've had a few jobs that came in and were super fast jobs that were quoted properly and the people dropped huge tips... Then I've also had customers that complain when I charged them for a bolt that wasn't included in the original quote..  It varies so much...

The question of what to charge..  Or   Am I charging to much?     Or " Am I not charging enough"?.     Back in the 90's I was getting 60.00hr + materials+ coal+ misc.. 

Seems a lot of people today are only getting 50.00hr or less per hour today..   Either because they are retired and have a full time income or just because that is what they charge..

The Money "question" is the reason why I retired from blacksmithing to begin with and still the reason I will never become a full time blacksmith ever again..  Just to much juggling between what quality work should be paid vs what is paid and then having to justify it to the client..

Sorry if I crossed a line..    It's something I have struggled with for over 38 years when it comes to charging what ones time is worth in the blacksmithing trades..  Again, my apologies..

 

@JHCCWhat is the throw on that tool?  What sized stock was it designed to work up to?   Very interesting and nice job..

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3 hours ago, jlpservicesinc said:

@JHCCWhat is the throw on that tool?  What sized stock was it designed to work up to?   Very interesting and nice job..

I haven't cut the dies yet, so this is still theoretical, but I calculate that it should be able to handle stock up to 1-1/2" thick. There's going to be 3/4" of the bottom die showing above its holder, and from that point to the bottom of the upper die's holder is just over 1-1/2". One of the things I'm planning for it is fullering down pieces of car axle to make the stems of bottom tools.

With the angled supports (based on @Frosty's guillotine design), I should be able to reach about 3" into a workpiece. Not that I'm likely to need to, mind, but it's nice having the flexibility to move the workpiece around without running into side supports.

(On a side note, I'm pleased to announce that every single bit of metal on this thing -- other than the welding wire -- was either salvaged or a gift. The frugal skinflint in me is well pleased. Also happy that my welding is getting at least a little better.)

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jlpserviceinc i really liked your post on what to charge i had really busy fall and i am about to have a busy spring and i have been asking myself the same ques am i pricin to high or low.I think im to low so im goin to increase the custom work to see how it works out if it don't i'll have a half price sale in the summer lol...

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@BOUNTY FORGE be careful with copper and brass for jewelry, as many alloys contain lead to ease machining. 260 brass is lead free. The machine shop I worked at used literal tons of brass and copper. Our main copper alloy was a leaded nickel alloy, so that would be a double whammy as some people have nickel allergies.  Many mills today are shifting away from lead added alloys due to health, and environmental concerns. 

 

@jlpservicesinc don't know if you saw it yet, but a few years ago we had a thread titled Pricing your Work, and it had some interesting insights from around the world. 

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Taking inspiration from ausfire, I made a cat face hook from an old open end wrench. The BOA meeting is something made from a wrench for the trade item. It was fun and with more practice they should get better.

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Donating some stuff to a cancer benefit auction for a friend. I asked my lovely lady what I could make. She said roses because everyone loves them. I reluctantly agreed, because roses are a pita for me. So last night and tonight I've been working on roses. Tomorrow I'll get em all together and finished.

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Forged bottom swage for striking anvil, will mainly be used for forging top fullers and cross pein hammers. Also forged a 3lb hammer, only pictures I have are o it with an unfinished handle.. Also a very small copper snail. Have done alot just don't have pictures of everything.

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On 1/10/2018 at 10:31 PM, Daswulf said:

Donating some stuff to a cancer benefit auction for a friend. I asked my lovely lady what I could make. She said roses because everyone loves them.

Never seen copper look that color before .... interesting ......

 

 

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Did some eyeball engineering on a treadle hammer, debating whether to scale it to the anvil or to the portable hole. 

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5 hours ago, rthibeau said:

but do you have a dragon fly made ?

I always have some dragonflies. ;) 

your dragon wood burner on the other hand will take a bit of time. 

Realized my dumb bass used galvy for the petals so after the first round the other batch is soaking to remove the galvy. Surprise! Ugh. This one got soaked as well. Guess I'll finish them up tomorrow. Also made a quick horse shoe heart.

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Nothing metalworking but had just enough daylight left when I got to the casita to cut a scrap 2"x3" to make spacers for one of my bookcases and install them before heading to dinner & Bible Study.   (to keep paperbacks from sitting so deep on the shelf it's hard to see the titles.)

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