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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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Not sure yet, Don.  I've got so much wood here it's unreal.  You have to realize, I used to be a custom furniture builder and pretty much all the wood I used was pretty fancy.

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Well, after over a year of the Lithuanian nightmare... wife told me to go ahead.   So today I got my new toy from Majestic forge.  It is called the Two Burner Multi-Purpose, and I am looking forward to giving it a go.  Gotta put it together first, but this should be fun.

 

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Gee Ben, that looks awful new and purty to me. What do you call that color on the inside? Nothing in my shop that color. I forget the forum but folk called such necessities, "Toyls." 

Frosty The Lucky. 

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A trio of out-of-cert propane tanks, from a friend. Now I have to decide whether to trade them in at Airgas or make them into something. Decisions, decisions. 

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Cut one into strips and use it in pattern welded . . . things. While I don't know the grade, propane tanks are not mild steel and the examples I've seen show nicely in blades.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Spent the day helping my little brother clean his garage.

He gave me a drill press, a 6" bench vise, 20 or 30 some files, and a toolbox they were in. Along with a bunch of firewood.

On the way home, I picked up my belt sander from my buddy. A long day, but great one!

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Nice when your son works in the heavy metal industry and brings home goodies like these bearing balls. The large ones are 40mm in diameter. A quick estimation (4x pi x 2x2x2 and divide by 3) would make a volume of about 34 cubic centimetres. That's enough high carbon steel to make a good long knife! And lots of scrap art possibilities:

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While I do not have any pictures, a new welder and auto-darkening helmet followed me home, they are both Hobart products! I am pumped to be able to use the welder to create new tooling and expand what I can make....hopefully my welding skills get better soon :lol:

-GolFisHunt - That is a really nice looking vise, whats the jaw size and weight? I have a post vise that looks extremely similar, do you know the maker? Or are there any visible markings? 

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No pix, but the mail lady followed me in my driveway with my signed, dated and numbered (#108) copy of "The history of Fisher&Norris Eagle Anvil Works" by Joshua Kavett. Initial perusal looks pretty good. Thanks Josh!

Steve

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Marcus_Airelius,

It was suggested by the previous owner, a very knowledgeable gentleman and dear friend, that it is a Peter Wright. No markings whatsoever. The jaws are 5 1/2". I haven't weighed it, but guessing around #75. It was a pleasant chore hoisting it out of the treasurer trove. Here it is all cleaned up.

 

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GolFisHunt,

Excellent, I originally thought I had a Peter Wright as well. Only recently I was able to positively identify mine as made by New London Vise Works of Connecticut. The shop was operated by a blacksmith named Joseph Hyde, it closed down in 1925. I have only seen one other picture of one of these vises, that is why I asked. I will post pictures of own vise when I get the chance. 

Besides small differences, the two vises look vastly similar.

Thanks for the reply,

Mark

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 Swung by the industrial surplus place today and got this interesting cart in the hope of using it for a hammer rack:

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Although it turns out to be a bit big for the space:

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Also stopped at a garage sale and got a bin full of files and a hammer:

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The files turned out to be quite a good selection (if rather dusty), including a number of knife-edged files. 

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All told, a good day’s haul for about $35. Now to figure out what to do about the rack....

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