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Well, today I christened the new work truck.

Now I have a Iittle more variety to select from as I make my first two knives to pay for the Olive Trunks from which the scales will be made.

It is seldom a good idea to haggle with a business owner when he or she most certainly has more pressing concerns at hand.

I paid the owner of the rental yard a premium of my own choosing, as she was quite helpful and generous with her valuable time. She also pointed out two 4" x 10"or 12" trolley girders, which I estimate to weigh in @ 400 - 600 # each.

 

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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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Greatly surprised at how empty the fleamarket was today,   Winds were not to be a problem till after lunch!  

sustained speeds around 25 to 35 mph with gusts from 40 to 50 mph most areas.
However gusts may exceed 55 mph over isolated locations

I did find an adz at a decent price, of course I have several already; sigh, and one more! (also the set of tempering tongs made from pulloffs? I found previously at this fleamarket,  Turned down a badly abused adjustable wrench; yes it was old but old and abuse does NOT mean it justifies a high price---not collectable abused!)

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Gents, sometimes if I see your bounty, big pickup trucks and huge scrap piles, I ask myself are you scrap metal traders/buyers or blacksmith’s? :huh:  Think you must be booth’s.

Here in Belgium its quit difficult and expensive to get especially wrought iron. Even on flea markets they ask between 1.5 – 2.5 dollar/lbs.

I have to surge for more scrapyards and demolition companies in the neighbourhood to build up a good stock pile to, with wrought iron pieces, car springs and peeled copper for smithy and foundry.

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Well, it was half-price day at the industrial surplus place, so I got two fire ABC extinguishers (10 lb and 18 lb) and a 20 lb roller chain for five bucks each. 

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On 3/25/2018 at 5:22 AM, Hans Richter said:

huge scrap piles

I think the technical term is "Iron Midden".

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How about their mascot, Eddie, looming with a hammer in his hand instead of an axe.  He can be surrounded by piles of scrap.  I would buy a few of those!  

Now to go listen to some Maiden.....

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9 hours ago, Kevin Olson said:

Yup. That's a big chain.

Yes, it is — and it wasn’t even the biggest one there. 

I saw it online before I got it and had been thinking about ways to attach it to the anvil stand. Now I’m thinking that about all I’d need is a T-handle in the middle to aid in lifting it and draping it in place. 

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Oh man! This came to me today with Elizabeth's aunts on a visit.  Might have to upgrade to a 12" flue since that's what it is. I'm running 10" now and could use a new cap. Man I could just imagine that thing spinning in the breeze shooting out coal smoke. Oh well for now it will have to hang out in the to do pile. I always liked them. :) 

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This found its way into my truck while I was out galavanting around today. Cutting edge from a bulldozer, 13" wide by 47 1/4" long by 1 1/4" thick, couple edges are even already beveled to weld together. Should make for a nice anvil if I can't get those fork tines I've been eyeballing.

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If it's dead flat or flat-ish it would be a killing planishing table. With all those rectangular holes in it for tooling... man! Just some heavy legs under it and you're golden. :)

That's what popped in my mind anyway. 

Bests:

Gergely

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Had some unused vacation time that got paid out and have been looking around at enclosed trailers for a while. Just need something to haul the smithing equipment and sculptures if I go out to demo and or sell. Just so happened I found the perfect trailer for me. It's 5x8' and has a locking roll out floor. It'll ride great right behind my jeep. Yeah, I'm excited. 

Also when I went to look at them ( the guy had 3)  I met some folks also looking at them that are starting up a farm market a few hours away, and with a little chatting the were asking me if I would demo there. Talk about timing. 

 

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Steve, does it do more then look really cool? Honestly, I don't know. But I really like them. :) 

I'll have to get some 12" pipe before I can use it but that'll be one of a thousand projects this spring. 

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I’ve been lucky in that regard. The only one I’ve spotted on the left-hand side was on the wide shoulder of a divided highway. That one turned out to be a 14’ tow chain with both hooks. 

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I picked up this Carolina horizontal bandsaw a little while back and commenced a bit of a refurbish job. I replaced the underpowered 3/4 HP motor with a new 2 HP one, new conduit, switches, and wiring. A new coolant pump, copper plumbing, braided stainless steel flex line, and improved fittings/needle valve. I made an oak handle for the stock holder carriage adjustment wheel. New guide bearings, blade & tires for the drive and idler wheels. I also fabricated a new base with locking casters.  On top of a thorough cleaning.

it works great and cuts true!

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