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Thank you Jasent, and Conrad. Jasent, I like your idea of feathers for wind chimes. I think it would be a good looking piece.  Conrad, the profile of your knife is very pleasing to the eye. Can't wait to see it finished. Nice dice blacksmith-450. Good photography also

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2 hours ago, blacksmith-450 said:

Thank you dudes. Sorry for my frenchie post but sometime it is easier for me. Anyway Google translate and @SLAG are there for us ! :)

In this instance also include Mr.  I Dragon.

Bon soir mon ami  Mr. 450.

SLAG.

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Went to the NM Artist Blacksmith Association meeting Saturday. Robb Gunter was the demonstrator, (some of y'all may know of him from the Gunter/Schuler method of anvil repair), he demonstrated hollow forging of pipe and tube.   Showed some useful tricks for doing a Twisted newel post of tubing, bamboo from blackpipe and even did a 3D apple with blossom, knobs on the base stem, etc.

Got home in time to make another simple coat hook for my office door, forging out the body of a RR spike longer, not wider---my straight peen with the 1" diameter peen is handy for that and I trued the sides with the screw press.  Like the last one I punched the hole with my Whitney punch and put a strip of duct tape down the back and they are holding my computer bag and coat right now.

I also notched and folded and welded up that chunk of ????? I have previously mentioned.  Going to have a friend arc weld a handle to it and start truing it up into a billet and than into a blade---if it sparks well.  May see about getting a test done on it to see what alloy(s) it was to start with.

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My fabrication table is 4'x8' and has been collecting odds and ends from constant ongoing projects; i finally got it all cleaned off. (Probably for the first time since i made it). I use it for everything from steel fab, vice station, and sword polishing; as a flat space it tends to attract objects, so it was nice to get it all clean, which will facilitate some upcoming projects.

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I’ve heard the same thing about reloading benches.  If it’s clean it’s brand new or the owner died

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Ooh, I like those. A good solution to the constant problem of food twisting on the skewer.

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We just used broken epee blades for skewers like that, thoroughly cleaned of course.. 

 Some 19th century and earlier grills used  semi cylindrical bars on a slant and collected the "drippings" for use in basting, gravy, etc.  Harder to wash; but burning them off worked ok...

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I made my first meat flipper and toasting fork, with bottle openers on each. I’m not happy with the openers, the end of my horn is too large so I had to stick a large drift in the Pritchel and use that to shape them. I won’t try another until I make proper tools to work with, but at least I’m identifying what I did wrong and what I need to do to improve. These will be going on the “learning wall” or “what’s that” as my wife says when I show her my latest work  3ED92BFC-BC93-4409-AB9F-C4DC915C7B00.thumb.jpeg.a8f5a7216c1626384c9161793debce92.jpeg

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I don't think the opener ends look bad at all. But I understand not being satisfied with your own work. The twists are nice. You should put them to use instead of putting them aside :)

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CGL, thanks I will use them until I make a set that I am happy with. I had a lot of trouble with the openers, due to not having proper tools, they work, but it was a fight to get them there. Best part was testing them. 

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Quick and dirty mount for an angle grinder. Not as slick as some that I've seen, but serviceable. I also did some work on a drill press vise to keep it from the scrap pile. Also serviceable. 

 

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Good looking job, but I can’t see what you have to secure it I have a large bench vice, that swivels, flat jaws one side and round jaws the other for round stock that I can chuck my 4 1/2 inch grinder, or my portable bandsaw in to use, but I’m always looking for better ideas 

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Been working on a set of custom stairs. Single stringer in the middle vertical 3/4 round pickets plug welded into the tread plates. The wood worker has to slide his wood treads down over 6 pickets on each tread plate. After the treads are installed I have a flat bar which plug welds on top of the pickets. Drilling a 13/16 hole at a 31.8 degree pitch on 1-1/4 x 1/4 flat bar has been fun.

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