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today I got some stuff done after school. I made a new hot cut hardy from 4140. I also made some tongs for holding 1/4” round stock. The tongs have forge welded reigns. 
 

 

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My dad had a chat with a bunch of railway workers and the gave him these when he mentioned I’m a blacksmith! Super happy. around 50 spikes for free. I also picked up some stock for tongs. 1/2 inch by 1 inch flat stock and 1/2 inch round stock. 20 feet of each cut into 10 foot segments. 
 

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Long list:  Steak flipper, steak fork, coal rake, spatula, spoon (another), bottle or can openers, book markers, letter openers, wall hooks,  cabinet door hardware, tent stakes, candle holders, miner's spike candle holder, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc...........................................

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Thank you both! So many ideas I’ll have to try! Anyways I finished my first pair of tongs with the new stock. Bolt jaw tongs with forge welded reigns to hold the 1x1/2 inch stock. It was kinda awkward holding it with flat nib tongs but now I’ve got these tongs and they work perfectly. Although they don’t quite look perfect 

 

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Next up is tongs for the spikes as they are slightly smaller than the last spikes I had so they don’t fit right in the tongs. Slowly but surely building up my collection. 

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thanks for sharing your journey.  Nice seeing no snow directly on the anvil.  :)   Your progress is wonderful and appreciate you showing your work and the substantial progress you have made in skills..  Well done. 

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Thank you! And yes it’s been in the 30-40s so snow is all melting away finally. Perfect forging temps too haha. Hopefully I keep making progress! Need to make a tool table/rack so that’s on the to do list now. Too many tongs and hammers 

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Decided to try drawing out the reigns instead of forge welding and this was the result. The reigns are a bit short but I started with two pieces of 1x1/2 inch bar stock. 4 inches long. I’m going to do 5-6 inches next time for room for the reigns. Fits 1/2 inch square and round 

 

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Justin: Man you learn FAST! RR spikes make good tong stock, someone posted a how to video here a while back, anybody have a link? 

The V bits you made for the tongs will be very handy all round but I think you'll be happier if you make box jaw bits to hold the spikes. I've always found it less convenient and more tiring to forge square while holding the tongs at a 45 degree angle so the stock lays flat on the anvil.  V bits are more universal where box jaws tend to only like one size very well. 

You're really putting a nice work space together the bench really brings it up a notch.

When you drive the shot into the block for the cupping tool, make sure the block is SCREAMING HOT and let it soak extra. When you get ready to drive it, have a sledge hammer handy, head on the anvil, handle pointing to your hammer hand. Yes? If you wrap or tape a piece of leather on the hammer face it'll be less likely to break the shot. A piece of say 1" lumber will work for taking the impact shock out of the blow but can be pretty awkward. 

When it's good and hot, time for thinking and planning is OVER, drop the blank on the anvil set the shot and HIT IT!

Have you thought about how to keep the shot where you want it? tongs? Sure sure but a two handed sledge will get the job done faster with less chance of breaking your die (shot) and you may have to hit it more than once. 

For this kind of operation I mark center, center punch it then use a large ball punch or grind an obtuse cone with a blunt end to make a serious divot in the blank. Once you've HIT IT the shot will stay put for seconds. If you have to pick the shot up off the floor for a second blow put the blank back in the fire, the anvil is sucking heat by the second.

Frosty The Lucky.

 

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Thanks frosty!  

Joey van der steeg has a video on it I like. But I’ve got a load of the 1x1/2” stock  and I like it for tongs quite a bit. I think I’ll make some bolt jaw style box tongs For the spikes. Similar to the 1x1/2 inch tongs. They are box jaw style for a more comfortable hold. 
 

 

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Just saw you added more. The plan was to get it to shape roughly and use a rounding hammer and a mild steel hammer or a wood mallet to strike the rounding hammer and set. A divot in the billet for the ball shot to sit in. I’ll get it to welding temp drop it in. Drop the ball on and wack with my 9 lb sledge I appreciate the advise!

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Well. It’s kinda horrible so far. Folded over and I didn’t notice till it was too late. Decide to fix as best I can and then just go with it. Still 1.5” thick so lots of room to flatten and widen still but it is really off set from the hardy hole. Luckily this tool doesn’t need to be perfect and 100% super strong. It will be left normalized unless it should be heat treated? It’s 4140

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