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What did you do in the shop today?

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16 hours ago, CWest said:

I managed to knock out a paper holder as a gift. I wish I would have kept track of the amount of material used, in case of similar projects in the future. 

Weigh it, then cut the same weight of stock.

On 9/19/2018 at 11:29 AM, Steamboat said:

have either of you considered creating some visual metaphors or visual puns in steel of well-known things or idioms like "snake oil," "snake in the grass," "snake eyes," "lounge lizard," "toad in the hole," etc.? Might be kind of fun. 

Well, I know we have both made file snakes from rat tail files. And real  file snakes do exist here.

I also make hundreds of what I call 'shifty lizards', because they are made from a shifting spanner. (You probably call them adjustable wrenches). I have also made a dinosaur from a pipe wrench. A Tyrannosaurus Wrench.

Here's a bunch of shifty lizards:

 

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Love it, I love the creativity of the people on this forum.  I may have a go at making a pet shifty lizard to guard my shop when I'm not there. 

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The shifty lizards are great, and yes, we'd probably call them adjustable wrenches, although I grew up calling them Crescent wrenches (popular brand name).

Al (Steamboat)

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7 hours ago, Ranchmanben said:

I will also sometimes dunk my brush before I use it. 

Haven't heard that one before. I'll have to try that one. 

Mudman, excellent idea. 

2 hours ago, JHCC said:

The pseudo-penannular type

I'll have to give it a try. Might have to make it a bit beefier a snake tho.

Steamboat, same on growing up with them called Crescent wrenches. 

I haven't done any real visual puns yet. Could be fun. 

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I grew up calling them Crescent wrenches too.

I like the "shifty lizards" Aus. And they look like they can still function for their original purpose. Can't help but picture someone under their car working on it, with a bunch of "shifty lizards", and other tools turned into animals, all around.

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Neighbor brought by a top platform off a ladder stand ( dumpster find).  Modifying for him and daughter to sit in.

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10 hours ago, ausfire said:

. And real  file snakes do exist here.

Take one to a taxidermist and juxtaposition it into a metaphorical snake file?

Frosty The Lucky. 

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Lit the coal forge in the suburbs last week, hammered out some legs and feet on a figurative sculpture, some flower finials that will be come hooks for the lovely wife's trivet collection, and finally got 200 lbs of coal out of those UV degradable bags and into a bin before they became a spontaneous pile of coal.

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Mighty fine work there Boys.. 

As for keeping scale off/clean work..  Wire brush, Butcher block brush, Neutral fire core..  For removing stubborn scale use a hot rasp and sharpen the end into a flat scraper. .Then you can scrap the scale off without digging into the work..  Also hot rasp is your friend.. It will cut down on time spent at the wire wheel or grinder dramatically.. 

CWest: both methods mentioned will work great for getting a ball park for the metal.. liquid displacement and weight method.. Just remember to add a little for scale losses.. 

Far easier to keep a Steel yard in the shop for those times you just need it fast.. 

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If you really wanted to have accurate sections with complete marking out or forging strictly to dimension you'd have to measure each taper and do the math.. then mark it out for the cross section you are using.. a little more involved math wise but more accurate if that is what you are after.. 

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Quite funny with all this talk of keeping work clean and scale free.. i've been having the opposite issue with recent pieces.

They've been too clean of scale and hammer marks, so i've been having to gently hammer some scale back in to achieve a specific aesthetic

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On one of John Rigoni’s videos (making bottle openers on the power hammer, I think), he sprinkles scale on the workpiece for precisely that reason. 

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I had a go at turning a small ball pein hammer into an axe. Really pleased with the outcome (my first axe!).

Also wired up my blower with a foot pedal, which was super handy and conserved a lot of charcoal.

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Mesquite is a beautiful wood.  Goes well with the new anvil and hammer!  Good job.  Having been born and reared in W. TX, I love it when I see things that folks have made out of mesquite. 

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Thank you. I’m a big fan of mesquite too. One of my other anvils is on a mesquite stump too. I worked on a ranch for a while in Lordsburg, NM, anus of the United States. The fella I worked for had solid mesquite cabinets through out his entire house. They were stunning but the cabinet maker said he’d never do it again. Where about in God’s country were you raised?

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Odessa, Lubbock, Ft. Worth, San Antonio.  (Hated Odessa).  The others were ok.  The only thing we BBQ'd with was mesquite.

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