Jump to content
I Forge Iron

Recommended Posts

Will do and thanks for the hospitality. I love seeing actual shops as I've been working out of the back of my SUV for a couple years. 

Pnut

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 12.4k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

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

Posted Images

A friend of mine, who gave me my hand crank Champion Lancaster blower from the family lumber yard (which had a blacksmith shop) founded in 1895 also raised Bison (buffalo). He gave a lifetime supply of all sorts of bones. He is a master bladesmith and retired. I haven't seen him in years.

Link to post
Share on other sites

There's a small herd of bison at Big Bone Lick state park about twenty minutes away from my house.

I love buffalo horn handles. I had a little fixed blade with buffalo horn and antler handle scales when I was a little boy that my great uncle who I idolized gifted to me. I believe that's why I like the material so much. I haven't worked with it though. 

Pnut

Link to post
Share on other sites

The gift card fuelled mini shopping spree is nearly over. It's tricky trying to put together orders that get close to the amount of money left on the cards. 

Anyway I got a 2lb Czech style hammer and a hot slit chisel.

PnutIMG_20210322_134153.jpg.0a25e7b54f2c06c83aebdb3e5a1568e6.jpg

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
51 minutes ago, rustyanchor said:

where did you get yours and how much, if I may ask.

On line. It wasn't much I was trying to spend every penny on a gift card. I believe it was 12 or 15 dollars. It says Peddinghaus but it also says made in France so I'm a little confused. It seems okay though. 

Pnut

Link to post
Share on other sites

I was distracted for a couple of days. An acquaintance moved into assisted living and his family is cleaning out the house. A bit sad.

He told me to look in the basement and take anything I wanted. The electronics and carpentry buffs had already been there by the time I arrived. But a few things followed me home. A 9-inch lathe ...

IMG_9260.JPG.638be54e6080016fefaa15b404374252.JPG

An arbor press ...

IMG_9267.JPG.d7f72b683d52fda710190a2343d2306b.JPG

And an old 12" Craftsman bandsaw. The latter needs some work, but I don't have a bandsaw and the price was right. :) It came with a set of reduction gears so it can be rigged for metal cutting.

These aren't exactly blacksmithing items but IFI does have a "show your lathe" section. So there you go.

It did not escape my attention (how could it?) that both the arbor press and the lathe have a lot more mass than my new anvil. What am I thinking? SWMBO and I have learned a bit about moving heavy objects. :o

Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, rustyanchor said:

think mine was made in France

It says mob Peddinghaus on the sticker. I just looked it up. It's a subsidiary of Peddinghaus Handzwerkeuge sp? 

Pnut

Link to post
Share on other sites

Finally arrived. So of course i had to try it out. That is a slice off of a piece of railroad track with it. Now to find things to cut. There is a piece of metal welded to the other side of the slice of track if it looks weird. 

20210324_122216.thumb.jpg.30c6bc9606d4f1dc5f908cb452b599ff.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

One of my best uses of the Porta-Band was when I realized that my anvil stand was out of level and a bit high: I leveled it out with shims, scribed a line 1/2" above the floor around all three feet, and cut to the line. I don't even want to think about what that job would have looked like without that saw.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Really diggin' the porta-bandsaw action on here today. I got a Bauer from HF on Christmas and have enjoyed it very much since. I go through blades pretty quickly on it, though. Maybe it's the medium-to-high carbon I have mostly been cutting.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Chimaera, many mower blades are a special boron alloy that takes a very specialized heat treatment to harden. Experiment first before investing a lot of time.

Well I just bought a Scotchman 6509 ironworker at an auction. Paid more than originally set out to, but still did pretty good. Watching videos of them the ram goes up and down pretty fast, and at 65 ton capacity it could possibly be used for smithing. Good thing I also won two box trucks, as I can use one to bring it home :D

I'll post pictures once I get it home.

Link to post
Share on other sites

BGD, some of my tool holders are pieces of C channel that were used to set up an ironworker to do accurately spaced sq hole punching for pickets; the spaced sq holes fit a lot of my hardy tools and also some of my armouring stakes.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Lol I have no clue what I’m gonna do with these yet but they are definitely interesting conversation pieces in the meantime. The old guy I got them from said he used to clean them up and weld the guides to the valves and then Crome them and sell them as heavy duty candle sticks! 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the heads up irondragon, I’ve never heard that I’ll definitely have to read up on that. any valves I’ve ever pulled In my small engine shop I’ve just thrown in scrap and never thought about them or reused them for anything. I probably won’t be doing any welding on these big valves myself I just wanted to share the backstory of the previous owner and what he used to do with them. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Good Morning,

Some valves are 'Sodium filled', this helps dissipate heat from the exhaust valve head. Generally there is a tiny indent like a 1/16" deep hole exactly in the center of the valve head, if they are Sodium. Only exhaust valves have Sodium!! Exhaust valve heads are always non magnetic, stainless. This stops the lines of molecules from lining up and becoming magnetic from all the hammering closed, at heat. Quite often the valve stem can attract a magnet, but never the head. Intake valves are never stainless, they always get a drink of cold air so they don't get as hot. You can always tell the difference with a small magnet. Exhaust valves always have more material in the base of the tulip of the valve head. Too much information, SORRY!!

I make repousse' tools from old valves. I Don't heat them, grind them cold after turning to size in the lathe.

One mans junk is .................gold!!

Neil

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...