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What did you do in the shop today?

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I appreciate the encouraging words, thanks! I bought the plants at Home Cheapo which accounts for the plastic pots, but I'll re-pot when I get something nicer.

Aus; those brass inlays are very easy to do. I just drill a hole the same size as the stock, then run a taper half way through each side of the hole. This gives a slight hourglass shape to the brass when it is hammered in and locks it in nicely. I cut the brass about a 16th oversized then grind it flush.

Marc: Since I'm close to the ocean, any unfinished metal self textures quite rapidly all by itself. Also, being new to this work, I usually don't have to try very hard to have a well textured look as it is. I'm still working on clean.

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I had a chance to work on my uncle's old forge this weekend, the bottom of the legs are rusted and splitting, but I wanted to leave it original instead of replacing the legs,so I built a stand around it, with wheels so I can move it when not in use. After mounting the blower I fired it up. First time it was fired up since the mid 50's and the first time I ever built a fire in a forge. Thanks to all on here who have supplied instructions on how to light one up, everything went like I knew what I was doing except my paper mushroom looked more like a squashed zucchini. Then forged my first object, my coal rake. The forge has been leveled in the frame since I took the first picture and I still have a few adjustments and tool racks to add on before cleaning it up painting it, but I had to try it out.

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Decided to give a try at a small grappling hook for the kayak when fishing. Some spots on the river have a smooth bedrock bottom, so i wanted something i can hook onto the roots protruding from the shores. Def a good learning experience for the next. 

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Ooooh, NICE grapnel!

Frosty The Lucky.

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Good stuff Bryson! Funny you posted that, I've been thinking about treble hooks these last few days. But for no particular reason. 

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Thanks guys, i had fun making it. I really like the pull ring on the hook side idea. Thanks! 

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Bunch of little projects. Made a jig for the spiral tong clips:

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Straightened a coil spring and made an experimental scrolling wrench I’ve been thinking about:

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And made another knitting bowl for Lisa:

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I got lucky with the drop bin at my steel supplier and found this five foot piece of 1/8” stock that tapered from about 9/16” to about 3/16”. Perfect for this application. 

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Nice work JHCC, I really like that knitting bowl. 

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Not really what I did in the shop today, but what happened in my shop in my absence.

I arrived at work to find that my joker workmate had rearranged a couple of things. A scrap art bird (that looks a bit like a Roadrunner) was placed so that he was looking at some 'free birdseed" and an anvil swung above his head in the manner of a Wylie Coyote ruse from the well-known cartoons.

It's a bit hard to see from the jumbled background of my forge, but you get the idea. Gotta have a sense of humour.

 

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I love it when I can start my workday with a smile on my face. Congratulations to your workmate on a good one.

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That's great Aus! Hmm... might be a permanent display somewhere. ;) just need a coyote watching from a cliff. 

 

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Das, you could do a miniature version to go on your table at the next Freaky Fair!

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Do a Blacksmith version with "free Coal";   (free Beer works better but it's hard keeping the bait stocked...).

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A stuffed Coyote as a sound damper between your anvil and stand is a classic salute to the Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote.

It's good to have associates who are comfortable enough to go to that length for a laugh. Good mates are worth gold.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Funny thing was we had one visitor who commented that the anvil did not look very secure and she was very concerned for our safety working under it.

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Your visitor is correct. Be careful working under the coyote hammer. A safety helmet might prove very inadequate.

Cheers,

SLAG.

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Slag, her fears were allayed when I told her that I just about doubled the anvil's weight when I painted it!

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In the picture it's realistic enough to have fooled me. ;-)

Pnut

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I use it to fool the school kids all the time. They are amazed at my immense strength when I pick it up by the horn with one hand.

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