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I have a problem selling at what I consider a ridiculous price, even if other folks call it the going rate.  So I try to sell to friends who are happy to pay what I consider a reasonable price.  I have also regretted selling many tools over the years.

Off to look at the triphammers!

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Mr. Dragon,

Has cogently stated,  concerning stuff     "...  My experience has been buy high and sell low".

Aha!    another person with that track record.

We must be kindred soles.

SLAG.

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Thomas you could always extend you friends outwards. :)  I'm looking for a few items.. 

Of course I'd say to document the find but I know how you feel about cameras. 

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On 1/14/2020 at 5:27 AM, jlpservicesinc said:

Larger holes? Better spacing? 

Jennifer,

One big hole straight out the end of the pipe, as shown.  2.86 times the previous opening area.

The old tuyre was never intended for forging, and once I discovered my wood stove worked for forging, I have had a mind to replace it.

Material is 1.410" ID x 1,490" OD, .040" wall welded steel tube. From one of those car port tent things. As you can see, it is consumable:

In fact, it slides in and out to change the position of the hot spot. This tube also naturally aspirates and heats my steel when not being blown. Not much ash coming out, six scoops of charcoal fines in for the session, looks like fifteen scoops of charcoal made (net scoops).

Who can keep up with all the great posts on this thread?

Robert Taylor

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Had a bit of a productive day in the shop but didn't get anything made, moved everything around to give myself some more room and put the anvil closer to the forge, cleaned up some hammers and started making a punch from a cold chisel, any tips on how to finish it from here ?
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2 minutes ago, KingAether said:

how to finish it from here

You probably want to grind the tip back a quarter inch or so to give it a flat tip and also grind it so that the punch looks like the last picture on your post from any angle. that will let it punch material more easily. nice job on the hammer dressing!

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Drifts are bettertapered at both ends, and the finish size/shape of your required hole on the central portion so they can be knocked through and finish size the hole being made.

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Use the one you made as a drift, and it will be producing an Hexagonal shape hole

If you need some practical advice you are welcome to come along to one of our BMASW members days at Westpoint Forge, Exeter, second Saturday in the month, and we can chat and show you what we use, and discuss various options.

 

 

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I finished a rr spike back scratcher. I also made my first attempt at a horse head bottle opener.....this isn't it. This is the third attempt. 

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you don't need a drift to make bottle openers.. it can speed up the process but as long as you have a round punch or a slotting or slitting punch you could just open up the hole to get to the correct size.. 

The making of and enlarging a hole is a basic skill and one well worth understanding. 

I in 40+ years of smithing have never made a bottle opener.. LOL.. 

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Here in the USA, one the diameter of a US Quarter works pretty well.  I have a bullpin (alignment pin for structural steel) that is just right at the top for truing up openers.

GFH: from the Addams family movie: Eyes Fingers Toes the combination to the family vault.

 

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Ahh.

I usually get movie references, but not that one. Well played 

I was thinking the six fingered man should "... prepare to die!" (Princess Bride)

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