PVF Al

Lever Forge

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Started rebuild of a "lever forge" today. That's what my hard cover, 1902 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Cat.#112 called it. Looks like their No. 24V1008 , cost $5.95 in1902!

Some one decided, years before I got it, to cut some holes in the pan sides, but other than that everything will work. I do need a 1" x 52&1/2" leather belt to make the blower turn. Does anybody have any idea where to get something like this in the USA. Will accept alternate ideas. Belt will have to lace together, the blower fully is inside a casting, no way to roll a solid belt on it.

 

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Leather is nice, but I've used nylon webbing in a pinch.

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I have been using the belts you use to strap things (Can't remember the English word.) It CAN be put together using paper staples. I did that first but the result was rather noisy with a lot of vibrations. After that I took it off, cut the ends using a carpenetr's chisel, solidified the ends by heating them and then stiched it together pulling the thread in a figure of eight pattern to get a butt end joint. If it slips I add a coupe of drops of oil - yes it works. It sticks by smearing.  

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Hey PVF...  can you give me the measurement of the handle from the pivot point to the eyelet, and the length on the connector link ?    I have the same forge, though it's the older 4 legged version, and I am missing the handle, pivot and link. trying to get those measurements as exact as possible. Yours looks to be as close to original as I've seen.

BTW, the 3 holes are for a heat shield, the missing chunk..... sadly, it's missing.

   Thanks, Todd

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Hi Todd, Pivot to eyelet is 10". Connector link is 7". I finally used a piece of old tiedown strap and made a belt, which seemed to work fine. Had to make a ash dump gate, even made a smaller firepot from an old cast iron pan, so I could get a deeper, smaller, bed of coal. Started a heat shield ,but never installed it. Was never able to get the blower to sustain a good air flow. Ran out of playtime, disassembled the whole thing, and put in storage for...someday. Al

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Awesome, thanks a bunch !
Mine was missing the dump cover as well. I assume those rotted away rather quickly given the corrosiveness of the ash and age of these forges.  I just cut some sheet and used a screw with a spring under the head for tension. works fine.

As for the belt, if it's too tight it won't allow the flywheel/blower to spin fast or for long. Mine had a cloth belt that was way too tight. being made of cloth, it slipped easily prompting the original installer to make it tight. No Bueno.

I don't believe these were never meant for FORGING but rather light duty farm work, periodic shoeing, riveting etc. no way to get a deep fire even with piling the coal up high.

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On 2/9/2017 at 4:21 PM, PVF Al said:

I do need a 1" x 52&1/2" leather belt

Talk to your neighbour who does Leather work and makes Belts (yes, for your pants). Don't over-think the situation.

Neil

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Hey Im in the process of restoring that same forge you have there

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I used a serpentine belt with a rivet. It blows pretty hard, not sure how well it will cook my coal though.

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