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What did you do in the shop today?

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Nice stuff CC. If you are ok with wrestling it around,its nice to put a ball on both ends of the handle. 

Like the book placement idea.

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Das, I thought about putting a ball on the other end but I thought that the spring steel might want to be heat treated so I decided to make it in a way that was removable. So far I don't think it's going to be an issue but you never know. I did however have to take it apart already. The position the handle was in put the rivet end pointing directly up when clamped down on 1/2" material, which is the most common thing I put in the vice. So I cut the rivet off, inserted the handle 180 and re riveted it. 

IFC thanks for the heads up. I've never been bitten by a vice handle. But a couple of wraps of leather can be a good insurance policy to keep my record going!

I guess never being bitten by the handle is a bit of a lie. In the shop at the Mill we have a big machinists vice and when not under pressure the handle swings very nicely. I unclamped a piece one day and let go of the handle. I was standing to the side of the vice so when the handle swung around it hit me right between the "uprights". I think I'd take a blood blister over that!

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Cannon Cocker,

Thread the end of your shaft and forge a small ball.............drill and tap it and you've a two-ended handle for your vise that can be removed any time you have the need.

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Creeksideforge, I don't have any pretty grass on my property...actually there is no grass except for a patch or two of Bermuda, so I could have drug that keel into position without the rollers. Did that with my Post vise and base. Hooked up the Saturn wagon and drug it to where I wanted it.

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10 hours ago, Daswulf said:

Pe3ssure, just know that you'll need to clean the rebar (anodes) occassionally so it's good to make them easily removable. 

I believe Slag was just pointing out where to look online for images to study. It's all good. 

Yeah, they were originally old rusty rebar. With all the time i spent cleaning them up I`ll probably just go buy a 20 foot piece of rebar and cut it to lengths and put them up where they wont rust. it was a huge pain since they have that texture. i may eventually just get some square stock mild steel and that would be easy to clean with a flap disc. I`m loving it though, its working beautifully. The lathe will be good as new in no time now. 

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Didn’t have much time in the shop, but I did get in some good work on the hydraulic press. 

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Pe3ssure, personallu I use thicker plate. As long as it's bubbling and derusting is all that matters. 

 

Built a set on top hood for the demo forge tonight. Not thinking things through about my materials caused me a lot of extra work. I "think" it will work fine. Has a pass through and an area in front to rake more coal in. I'll find out how it functions this weekend. My20190612_000013.thumb.jpg.d7bace940e58dc28c8b2575ed9a073a2.jpg

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6 hours ago, BIGGUNDOCTOR said:

Creeksideforge, I don't have any pretty grass on my property

It helps to live in southwest MI where it rains 6 days in a week during spring time.

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No grass means no grass to mow. I know some people like taking care of the lawn. I do not. I like growing a garden not a lawn. I don't understand the pleasure of walking behind a loud mower in the sweltering heat , but to each their own If you like it fire that snapper up and get to it. ;-). It's been so wet here lately that the grass is growing out of control. I watched the maintenance guy mow the lawn yesterday and was not envious of him. The heat wasn't too bad though.

Pnut

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It’s been so wet that the back half of my back yard is still too wet to mow. Clay soil + bad drainage = MUD. 

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It's been a wet spring here in South Dakota too.  We've had a record amount of precip.  It makes making a living in a log truck a little difficult.  But on the plus side I've had more time in the "smithy" lately!!

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I think if I lived on clay soil with lots of rain I'd be really tempted to put in dry wells near the house and french drains on slopes. Give water somewhere to drain it really helps control mud, road and foundations issues.

Living on glacial till the ground is rock solid and drains well we only get mud where the organically degraded (clayey) over burden has spread. It doesn't take much clayey material to make silty till frost susceptible (FS) and muddy when saturated.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Same here pnut, it is why I moved to the desert.  We get on average 4" of rain a year, with 3 of that during the summer monsoons which should be here in July.  108F and chance of thunderstorms is not unheard of for a forecast.

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Im in the southwest as well. Im sitting at the end of a ridge on a knoll of 'Mancos Shale". Even the Anazazi stayed away from this stuff.  But I love it! 

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Really mostly last week but the two last swings showed up yesterday. Just needs mom to paint it the colors she wants. It's definitely over built.

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On the road for work, I stopped in to visit Arc + Flame in Rochester, NY and helped forge out some spring steel blanks for their next knifemaking class. 

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Boy, stop in for a visit and get put to work. Don't you just hate it when that happens? :D I'd have to drop by more often were it on my commute.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Overbuilt is good for kiddie swings, Das. Nice photo.  I see Ayana has a nice soft landing if things go awry. :D

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Funny enough I used the old swingset at my parents house to do that when I was younger. And that one was built in around the 1920's and about half the diameter pipe. 

Aus, yeah, I laid a nice bed of cedar chips. :) 

 

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Nothing to be proud of this go round (more of a "How did you waste time at the forge today?"), but made some plant hangers for Father's Day.  My dad wanted some with a longer reach (26") to keep the pots from dripping on the deck.  The unfortunate bit here is that after doing the fishtail scroll, the finial, and the 90 degree bend the things wouldn't fit in my propane forge to do any bending of the middle.  I ended up doing that cold in the post vise, and the irregularity in the bends shows it - along with the poorly-matched curvatures.  Just finished forming a JABOD last night, so hopefully I can put heat to these and fix the warts before Sunday.  Either that or make some new ones.

For those wondering, it's 3/8" square stock, and though it's a little springy it'll hold the weight of the baskets they're for just fine (I've already done a test install and load test).

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Das, that looks great!

I've a 6 year old, and I'm not sure the swing set is over built. He has learned all sorts of tricks and my wife and I just close our eyes and hope.

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