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Helped an older couple clear some downed oak yesterday. Managed to find this big old log, just the right size and height for mounting my anvil. :)

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Another book arrived. 

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(Also a new strap for my CPAP headgear, but you don’t need to see that.)

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My landlord was using it for a doorstop. I gave her a brick to replace it. Thought I could use it for cutting and straightening on . Even has a rod to sink in a stump. 

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$1 garage sale find. The only useful things found at early garage sales so far. A quart can filled with various small rivets and a few shear pins. 

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BillyBones, D-2 gets glass hard. I used it for making the cutting portions of die sets that I made for customers. Wonderful steel, but wrong application for smithing tooling in my opinion.

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D-2, incredibly tough stuff. Looking up the heat treating process it looks like you need a science degree. I am pretty sure this is beyond my current abilities to do anything with. So for now it will be a #6 paper weight until my skills get better or i can trade it for something more useful to me. 

 

 

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Might make good trading stock, D-2 isn't the kind of steel that lends itself well to the home shop.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Billybones, on the other hand, it didnt cost you anything. Spend a little time wirh it and learn how to deal wirh it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. 

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Another book. Didn’t really need it, but it’s a library discard that was only a couple of bucks. 

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I LOVE library sales, the local Veterans club holds the sales and there're always juicy deals that help the Vets. Good score John.

Frosty The Lucky.

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The college’s Theater Department came through again! The TD sent me an email with the subject line “Free Metal”, which turned out to be a prison door (from a recent production of “Dialogues of the Carmelites”) made from schedule 40 pipe and flat bar:

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Which I cut up and lashed to my car during my lunch break:

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So, not quite all the way home, but in transit.

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It would have fit in the old minivan (of blessed memory). 

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Oh, and a few interesting drops from my steel guys. 

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My little lot from the steam gas and horse show fleamarket. 

The tongs are 4' long. For $20. I couldn't pass them up.  The light I plan to use in a sculpture and the guy gave me a nice reusable bag to put it in lol. Also can't pass on a functional vise for $5

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I saw those tongs there but I couldn't see me needing a pair that big. Lol

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Make a good pair of long pick-up tongs. 

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On 5/14/2019 at 2:35 AM, JHCC said:

Another book. *The Backyard Blacksmith*

My wife bought me this for Christmas- my first blacksmithing book. I personally found it absolutely excellent. Might be a bit basic for you JHCC, but for a beginner the descriptions and diagrams were fantastic, and there are loads of great ideas for early projects (including tools and tooling) to make.

I'd recomment it to anyone.

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7 hours ago, Pr3ssure said:

I saw those tongs there but I couldn't see me needing a pair that big. Lol

Remember you can change them to what you do need. They look well made. The bits and reins can be modified.

Pnut (Mike)

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They are really well made, and my guess, barely used. There was one guy there with a ton of tools including some blacksmithing tools but his prices were high.

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They look very well made. I'm using my phone so I can't see them so well but the bosses look excellent. Almost like they were made with a swage. Good score for twenty bucks. I'd have snatched em up with the quickness.

Pnut (Mike)

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That's the guy I got the hammer and axe from. I got lucky and found the cross pein and it wasn't $50 but $10. He wanted $15 for the axe but I offered 20 for both. 

You see the Wilton bullet vise he wanted $600 for? That's crazy, if people buy them for that then I got one for sale right now. 

And the $1200 anvil that have half inch gouges in the face several inches long. 

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Thats the guy. Might have been a few ok hammers for ok prices, but nothing I needed.  Before that guy I picked up the vise and two hammers from a different guy there with a side table with "this half anythings $2. And this half anythings $5."

I'm kinda thinking I should have hit the atm and got out a little more to buy the big shears off the guy that had the big tongs I got but I doubted I'd ever use them and didnt want to carry them around. I'm sure he would have taken $40. for them. 

 

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Love the big shears. Got mine for $25 last Quad-State. 

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I think these were even a little bigger. If the situation were a little different I'd have grabbed them just to have them. 

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