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Went by the scrap yard and picked up an old table pedestal. large round base, pipe shaft and small dished sq top.  I increased the hole in the top piece (using the anglegrinder as I needed a 1 5/8" hole) and now it holds my largest ballstake (with 1 5/8" shaft)  much like a gazing ball for the garden but in my armourmaking shop area instead.

 

I also picked up a used drill press table---cratered like the moon; but the shaft on it fits the round hole on my bridge anvil and so I mounted my whitney punch on it as mounting it on the shear table would limit the size of pieces I could cut.

 

20 cents a pound; more than paid for it by picking up new bolts that were dumped!

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 Found this in the woods on a friends farm, 2 pieces of forge welded barge chain. He said that his dad brought them home in the "60's. 1 piece is 6.5' long, the other is 7.5' a total of 57 links, 1" to 1-1/8 " in diameter about 11" of mild steel in each. 

 

The other piece is a raker tooth from a bulldozer I found on my new property. 1" thick and 3" wide

 

What would you do with this? No power hamer or striker.

 

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I found two 22" sticks of 1" x 5 tpi acme in the maintenance shop scrap pile.  Each one had a nut.  Appear to be drop from some "special" machine project.  Even with the tighter thread, ( checked my leg vises and all 4 are 4tpi) these are just begging to be used.  I'm not sure how best to turn the hex nuts into proper screw boxes.  If I used them for a woodworkers bench leg vise, I would just inlay into the fixed jaw. 

I'm thinking salvaged ball hitches would make proper ends to fit the screws to.  Then there's the grease cup for the back...

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 Found this in the woods on a friends farm, 2 pieces of forge welded barge chain. He said that his dad brought them home in the "60's. 1 piece is 6.5' long, the other is 7.5' a total of 57 links, 1" to 1-1/8 " in diameter about 11" of mild steel in each. 

 

The other piece is a raker tooth from a bulldozer I found on my new property. 1" thick and 3" wide

 

What would you do with this? No power hamer or striker.

 

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Whats the plan for those chains mate?

I got some a similar size recently from the local scrap yard to wrap around my anvil. 

 

Cheers

Andy

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Last weekend I bought a 230 lb. Fisher that looks like it's never been used. I paid $125.00. It has 1938 under the tail on the body. Is that the year made?

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When  you find a brand new heavy forge fire pot, you put it in the car and bring it home. About 8-9 inches across the fire pot, 3-4 inches deep, slop sides, large opening for the twyere, and a ring to support it on a forge table.  

 

Just needs a twyere, stand (legs) and table.  

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Went to the local flea market here (quite a big flea market). Was able to nab both of these Pexto swages. My Pexto plate has square holes, and the bits I bought are round and hexagonal. Will have to change that! Nabbed both for $3 a piece.

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DanielC, those are not stakes, they are hand tools held like a chisel and struck with a mallet, used for seaming sheet metal. They create a channel so that the folded seam lies flat. There is an opposite concave tool that flattens the folded seam.

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DanielC, those are not stakes, they are hand tools held like a chisel and struck with a mallet, used for seaming sheet metal. They create a channel so that the folded seam lies flat. There is an opposite concave tool that flattens the folded seam.

 

Thanks for the info! I was hoping you would duck in this thread and explain what they were!

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Brought my 30" hacksaw to the scrapyard yesterday and cut a 3" pipe for the 4" ball brazed to the end, picked up some expanded metal for forge grates (about a years supply worth) and a piece of grating to scrape mud and goatheads off our shoes at the door.

 

20 cents a pound!

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Local old timer passed away near here. Had 3-4 acres of stuff he had collected over the years. Like a scrap yard only very little ever left once through the gates. I scored two blowers on stands. the little one turns very well and throw lots of air the large one is tight but moves, need some cleaning up to work. and i got the tongs. grand some of $57 Australian dollars . There was heaps of old wrought iron wheels, chain etc. could have a had a field day if i had more time etc. Shame is in next few weeks it is all being scrapped the big excavators were already getting into the back 2 acres which the public could not enter into.  Tis a sad day.

 

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Went back today being 24/02/13 and picked up 3 wagon wheel rims, a couple of forge tools, some weights for in the shed and a sledge hammer head which i rekon would weigh 5 to 6 kilos at a guess.

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I took a picture of the sledge etc. i weighed it and it weighs 6.6kg or 14.55lbs . id hate to swing it myself but couldnt let it go to scrap.

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Also got a drive shaft from a farm truck i think. about 4ft long and 1.5" thick

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Scrapyard on Saturday; not much there this time though I did pick up 20-30 feet of 1/2" sq stock and some other little bits---35# worth at 20 cents a pound

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Found a Mankel 3 burner forge in my area and went by to see it.  It followed me home with 3 propane tanks (5 gal each).  Once he fired it up and he turned on the blower, I was hooked.  I tried not to show my excitement, but he knew by my drooling I wanted it.  It is a serious forge and I'm so happy to have it.   

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Greetings Dave,

 

I too have a Mankel forge  My friend Tim Carr in now making them  He bought out Ken Mankel and is doing a great job...  He is on the internet and has some great information....  Stand back ,  fire her up  and let the fun begin    Tim is a great guy and is very helpfull. 

 

Jim

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Ok...its about time i actually had something to put on this thread and what a haul it was!!    a 25# Little Giant PH.....$1800.......a traveling bellows forge with post vise ..$250.....a very good condition 1920s vulcan 100lb anvil..$150....and a mess of coil springs of varying sizes..FREE......a double handful of horseshoes and 2 buckets of coal...$10..   now i need a bigger shop!!!!!   have 3 coal forges and 1 propane...3 anvils and the power hammer amongst all the welding equipment and mechanics tools and of course the 1939 SB lathe i got off craigslist a cpl yrs ago for ....wait for it..........FREE!!    and as a test of the power hammer (have never used one)  I hammered out this spiked war hatchet out of an old chipping hammer i had laying around....test SAT!!!

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Nice scores Keith! How's the LG feel? Ain't a powertool wonderful?

 

Frosty The lucky

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Greetings again,

 

You'l have fun with your new hammer ..   OXYMORON    it's not little and it's not big  butttt it sure works well...   A LG 25 is the only hammer Francis ever had..    Can't see does it have a brake....  If not look into it... 

 

Jim

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Man you guys are lucky. I live in Flint, MI. A heavy industrial town with TONS of scrap yards. Theres is not a yard in town willing to sell anything out the yard. I mean nothing. Once it makes it through the gate it cannot be resold. One guy even told me he thinks its actually illegal here to resell scrap.

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