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Nice idea for a wine bottle holder, Sk. The hand made nails look good. That fence rail looks about ready to split. Might be just the photo angle.

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Hey Das. Ive managed to make all my tongs nasty looking even though they are pre cut blanks. But hey, they work :-)

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Kevin, That's the main thing, that they work. :) 

Tho. My goal is to make them work and look good eventually. :D..... Practice.... and if my functional practice helps others get a start, that's all the more satisfying. Or I can use them till I make better ones.

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Just some more rose progress. I prefer to do 3 at a time but am attempting 6 in stages. All ready for the torch and pliers now. Then leaves welded on and thorns welded.

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A real production line there, Das. Sure fire sales for Val's Day.

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4 hours ago, ausfire said:

A real production line there, Das. Sure fire sales for Val's Day.

They are already sold. :) 

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Wow, Das! Glad to hear!

Almost finished the Brian Brazeal's ultimate tongs. The ends of the reins are undone, and it needs some fine adjusting and hard testing.

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A half round anvil stake came out, too. It's from an old machine part that already had the half round, so I cheated mostly :) 

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10 minutes ago, Gergely said:

Almost finished the Brian Brazeal's ultimate tongs. The ends of the reins are undone, and it needs some fine adjusting and hard testing.

Those are very cool. Good work!

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Those look great Gergely! 

Its not cheating, it's using what you have to your advantage, and that's just smart thinking. 

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nothing much exiting, rewired foot switch for press as wire was to short, finally wired in a 3 phase socket on the other side of the shop that I had been waiting for an electrician to call in and do since mid december so no more extension lead across the floor.

tested press, deburred a few parts, tested saw ( and swapped phases to make it run right way )

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Hang the temporary extension cords from ceiling supports. It greatly reduces the trip hazard.

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Wow, I came back, and was shocked to see 110 replies!

Got bored, and made myself a little hammer this evening.

Last weekend I worked on some pattern welded steel made from chain for a project that I'm excited about. Also made my 1st and second sea horses, and also made a horse head coat hook. I made the texturing tool for the horse heads, also made a new eye punch. A friend of mine came over, dropped off a bunch of steel, and out of the blue we made a really really nice square center punch with a pineapple twist handle out of some Big (7/8") coil spring for a friend of his that gave him a $500 toolbox for his truck. But, of course I don't have a picture of it.

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An anvil bridge out of a big piece of truck leaf spring.

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Also, worked on a pair of tongs and made a rather rough-and-ready round punch. Had a couple of failed pieces; just couldn't seem to get into the rhythm this evening. Maybe tomorrow.

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22 minutes ago, littleblacksmith said:

Wow, I came back, and was shocked to see 110 replies!

Well, LittleB you created a very valid thread, didn't you? :) This was really good idea.

Good work, very nice mini hammer - now you can tame the mouses to forge, maybe get them a Mousehole, too. ;)

Bests:

Gergely

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Oh, and finally got the hang of resizing photos in my IFI posts.

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Nice work LBS. 

JHCC, is that for punching/chiseling?

here is progress on the 14th roses. Just have to weld up some stuff. Then clean up. A couple need mailed out so I need to finish tomorrow. 

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31 minutes ago, Daswulf said:

JHCC, is that for punching/chiseling?

It's for working on things that won't fit over the heel of the anvil, such as closely spaced tines on a fork. 

I took the idea from one of the drawings in "A Blacksmith's Craft".

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Just a couple of pretty ordinary letter openers and a pair of bottle openers made from railway fish plate bolts for the blokes' smoko room down at the railway.

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16 hours ago, Glenn said:

Hang the temporary extension cords from ceiling supports. It greatly reduces the trip hazard.

For those shop extension cords that get strung out all over the place, use a air hose reel with a winding handle to recover and store the electric cord until the next time it is needed.

It is not advised to have the cord energized while on the spool. It could heat up under certain conditions.

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2 hours ago, Glenn said:

For those shop extension cords that get strung out all over the place, use a air hose reel with a winding handle to recover and store the electric cord until the next time it is needed.

I made up a swing jib from a industrial sliding door rail and hung electric and air line sockets on a trolley which also has hooks to take four angle grinders and a work light and etcetera. It is also heavy duty enough to carry the wire feed unit from the 500 amp MIG or the inverter TIG. The arc swings  over the bench and the assembly area on the floor and it keeps all the cables off the floor. 

I saw a similar crane on a visit to Christof Friedrich's water powered forge in Switzerland and just had to have one. This is the same Christof Friedrich that first demonstrated the Friedrich's split cross at the Saint Louis ABANA conference in the mid nineties. He has a lot to answer for!

Alan

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6 hours ago, Glenn said:

For those shop extension cords that get strung out all over the place, use a air hose reel with a winding handle to recover and store the electric cord until the next time it is needed.

I store mine this way and it's great!  I did discover, though, that you need to UNWIND them ALL THE WAY when you use them!  I had a 50' cord wrapped up like this, only needed about 10' to plug in my skill-saw.  A couple of hours of heavy use later, I smelled smoke and noticed the insulation on the wrapped up part smoking!  Seems common-sense now, but I never realized I was basically making an induction coil. 

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3 minutes ago, Chris Comtois said:

Seems common-sense now, but I never realized I was basically making an induction coil. 

So, you deduced induction?

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5 minutes ago, Chris Comtois said:

Seems common-sense now, but I never realized I was basically making an induction coil. 

That is shocking.

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