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I was given a 4’ bar by a friend. He said it had been passed around to a few different shops but no one knew what to do with it. Other than tongs, I’m not really sure what would be a good use for it. 

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2 hours ago, jlpservicesinc said:

Thanks..  scrap had hanging around or ordered it special?

Here’s a picture of them before I was done forging them to show the scale color. 

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HUh,  interesting..  I have a bar that I am or planned to make a pry bar out of.. I'll have to check it out..   

The last Ti I forged turned black and it looked more like anodizing on alum then orange..  Interesting indeed..    Thanks Ben.. 

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On 12/23/2018 at 7:18 PM, jlpservicesinc said:

 

The ti I forged before this definitely was 6al-4v and it had the same color scale. That’s why I think it’s the same grade. 

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On 12/27/2018 at 12:35 AM, ThomasPowers said:

 

I actually did do it but I didn’t like how splotchy it looked where the ti wasn’t really clean. I tried it again after using the wire wheel and it looked even worse. Did the wire wheel again and called it quits. 

Here’s what they looked like blue/purple. 

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On 4/26/2017 at 10:30 PM, Ranchmanben said:

 

Ranchmanben, these tongs simply look awesome!  I intend to draft them on paper (copy the design, that is!) and have a go at it. Do you mind? Would 3/8x1" starting stock seem right? At the shoulder, you seem to be offsetting from both sides..  any reason?  Thanks, I have been avoiding tong making for too long. I just got into it and I love the puzzle and the satisfaction. Thanks for sharing!

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JLP: Yup, I saw that vid quite a while ago. But it's my feeling Ranchmanben isn't splitting his stock in the middle..  Or maybe I'm wrong ;-)

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for myself  the  Jaw formation and offset is the key with this kind of tong vs rein forging or slitting so figured this was the key point.. Sorry.. 

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No apologies required, really ;-) Sorry if my reply sounded raw..  English is not my mother tong (what an amazing pun!)    I'm just curious as to how Ranchmanben did it...

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On 4/5/2019 at 5:34 AM, jlpservicesinc said:

for myself  the  Jaw formation and offset is the key with this kind of tong vs rein forging or slitting so figured this was the key point.. Sorry.. 

Actually, I think I was blind. This might be it ;-)   Thanks for reposting that vid!

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