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Fleamarket report: 1 ballpeen, 1 crosspeen hammer US$1 apiece, 4 soldering coppers $5, small rockbreaker digging rod $3

Yesterday I helped a fellow smith pick up a band saw from an old junk filled garage, and this is what followed me home, some letter and number punches, and some old tractor drags or something, not sur

I have a smallish spalling hammer I "converted" into a straight pein and the balance isn't good. the Face side is too heavy making it darned tiring to use. I have given thought to cutting the face sid

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20 minutes ago, ianinsa said:

Were you shopping or looting?:D looks like a great deal

It's kind if funny: the previous owner posted a classified asking $75, I contacted him to let him know I was interested, I planned to offer $50, and then he emailed to let me know that it was $50 before I'd even had a chance to ask. When I'd come round to look at it, he said, "So, is $50 okay?", to which I replied, "Sure, especially if you have some bits to throw in!"

The really funny thing is that he gave me all the specialty bits, but kept the twists!

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The hatchet seems to be hand made/forged as there no machine marks anywhere and sharpened quite well.

The cross peen head is a Heller made in USA with the horse logo and it appears that it was used for a bit with the broken haft but in very good condition.

I found these at the Santee swap meet  located outside of San Diego, CA.

3$ for the Heller and 5$ for the Hatchet

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14 hours ago, RICKOFF said:

The hatchet seems to be hand made/forged as there no machine marks anywhere and sharpened quite well.

The cross peen head is a Heller made in USA with the horse logo and it appears that it was used for a bit with the broken haft but in very good condition.

I found these at the Santee swap meet  located outside of San Diego, CA.

3$ for the Heller and 5$ for the Hatchet

Nice! 

There's a great video of how these axes used to be made here.

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On 2/6/2016 at 5:06 PM, JHCC said:

Smallish ( but practically new) drill press with a set of small Forstner bits and a handful of other specialty bits. Fifty bucks.

A small drill press is handy to have, especially if you find yourself needing to drill very small holes. The big floor model presses just don't give sufficient feedback and it's too easy to break a bit. You made out better price wise than a trip to Harbor Freight and probably ended up with a better machine too. Nice.

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i see several potential uses for an old compressor tank like that. First thoughts are along the lines of a charcoal retort, a wood 'stove' for the shop, or maybe a slack tub. I'm sure you'll come with somethin, I usually come up with a project for the 'junk' I bring home but sometimes it takes a while.

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11 hours ago, fergy said:

SPUD GUN :P

we make some real snappy s/s ones

10 hours ago, VaughnT said:

Turn then into gongs.  Same concept as a dinner triangle bell, but bigger and cooler.  

You want me to bother the neighborhood?:rolleyes:

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50 minutes ago, ianinsa said:

You want me to bother the neighborhood?:rolleyes:

Yes.  Yes, I do. :D
 

You'd be surprised at how many people will buy them just to put them in the garden and never get rung!  Check out the guy from "imakebells" dot com.  Very impressive metalwork.

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Some kind of bashed-in sheet metal box from the grocery store parking lot. Not sure what kind of metal this is: there's no rust, but it doesn't look like galvanized. (The reddish smear at the bottom is some kind of varnish or something, and the white powdery stuff is road salt.) I'm going to put some in vinegar and see if that changes anything.

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4 minutes ago, Michael Cochran said:

I thought if was the only one who picks up random bits of metal that nobody can see why I want it. What are you thinkin about doin with that? I'm lookin at the picture and I just can't see anythin unless the metal is thick enough then I might cut it up for candle cups. 

I'm thinking roses.

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On 2/14/2016 at 4:51 PM, Michael Cochran said:

I thought if was the only one who picks up random bits of metal that nobody can see why I want it. What are you thinkin about doin with that? I'm lookin at the picture and I just can't see anythin unless the metal is thick enough then I might cut it up for candle cups. 

Welcome to the club.:D

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