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I’m in drivers Ed right now, which combined with the rain is why I’ve not done anything today. However I wanted to share a little chuckle I had. We’re watching a video about texting and driving and one man said “I’m not big on technology. As a blacksmith all your problems can be solved by a bigger hammer. More heat and a bigger hammer.” I know it’s not quite accurate but it still gave me a laugh. 

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On 2/22/2021 at 11:24 AM, Nodebt said:

  Too much bother these days.  Throw it out and buy yet another one.  I've gotten a lot of good scrap metal art materials from others "castaways"...

I've gotten many good useful tools for cheep from others "castaways".   The most recent was an air compressor I rescued from the dumpster.  It had quit working, found it had a faulty pressure switch. So, for $25, (cost of switch) I have a nice $300 air compressor.

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2 hours at the scrap yard, bought 292 pounds of steel; 5 pieces. 1 was around 200# and hopefully will make powerhammer dies. It was from the mast of a *large* forklift: 2.25" thick and probably a medium carbon steel. I also picked up 2 pieces of the chain used to raise the forks. Can't wait to forge weld it into a billet.

I also picked up an improvised anvil, about 60 pounds in a single rectangular chunk appx: 4"x6.5"x8". It had a hole through it and so I picked up some 3/8 heavily corroded rod to carry it with and for making "antique" looking items.

After lunch and a bit of recovery I went out and forged for 3 hours with the gasser. Finished up Coat Hook 3, started Coat Hook 4. and started a bottle opener hopefully in the shape of a scorpion for a local contest "scorpion in any material"... 

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Got to work on a new work bench, 1st picture is the workbench that was already in the shed when we bought the house. Made from all types of rotten wood, with the steel surface it was workable but each time I used the vice I had to be careful not to not just tear the whole bench in two.

Now I have a steel frame of 20x20x3 square tube welded and bolted into the wall. This baby is going nowhere, the vice will be detachable within the square tube on the left, way better then a fixed vice that is in the way half of the time.

Next project will be making shelves under the bench to store all my tools. The lowest shelf will be raised 10cm above the floor to prevent any damage if everything floods again (my garden lacks any drains, so if it rains hard enough I have a micro swimming pool)

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Deimos, is it bolted to the walls on the sides too or just the back? Just trying to understand where it gets its rigidity from. Looks like a very clean build though! Nice job!

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The front side legs are bolted to the wall and the two back middle legs. And every piece of steel tube underneath the worksurface is also bolted to the wall. So If you would remove the legs it would still be a workable bench. ;)

 

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That was the plan indeed, angle iron all around the wood on the bottom and halfway between the top and bottom. Underneath the steel surface is 25mm of wood for dampening and the piece on the right is 52mm thick hardwood. There will be some cross braces underneath the surface to strengthen the holders for the vice, now there is only one on the left but I have enough steel to add one in the center as well.

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No problem, two heads are better then one ^_^

The back legs are bolted to the wall, so they wont move anymore. Since the entire table is bolted to the wall all around I don't think there is much to be won with diagonal supports, but correct me it I am wrong in this. This is the first table I build so I am learning as I go. 

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If you really want to know if the cross braces are needed, I suppose you could get  a “fluffy” guy like me to sit on it. If it holds, you are money. If it falls to the floor, shoulda braced it. :D

 

At a stand up meeting back in the lab at work one day, I leaned on one of the tables. Next thing I knew, me and everything else on the table was on the floor.  At every meeting prior to that, at least one or another of the techs had actually sat on it without issue. But then they were only 130 - 145 lbs at most. 230 lbs and the mounts failed.
 

The worst part about it was the fart that escaped as I picked myself up off the floor. No one heard it, or at least pretended not to hear it, so I just continued speaking where I had left off as if it hadn’t happened. 

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2 hours ago, Deimos said:

No problem, two heads are better then one ^_^

I suggest you ask this bicephalic bearded dragon before reaching that conclusion. They very very rarely live to adulthood. He (they?) is a pretty boy, regardless. Can't imagine the shedding, poor guy.

16 Real Photos Of Polycephaly And Two-Headed Animals

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DARN! I thought you were talking about a forged bicephalic dragon, not a real one. I was SO looking forward to a cool forging. <sigh>

I wonder if s/he argues? I guess that's what happens if you let one of the voices in your head get away from you.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Spent a few hours in the shop welding up the uprights for a new stock rack. Nasty, gritty, sticky work, and everything dripping with condensation. 

On the other hand, I had a very good videoconference with a potential client about a custom axe. The deposit should be on its way tomorrow, at which point I will start work on the appropriate eye drift. 

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Yesterday, today and atleast tomorrow evenings I've been/will be rebuilding the front suspension of my jeep. Money has been tight and I've been dealing with a Very annoying death wobble around 40mph.  Time to get it done. Almost all lower steering components, wheel bearings and upper and lower ball joints. New tires on the way as well. Then an alignment. 

Will be adding more rust proofing while I'm into it. My area is rough with rusting/rotting so if I can keep the frame and body from rotting out, the rest is replaceable or rebuildable. 

Doing collision work for a living I see the problem areas and know where to get the rest proofing into. Worst case can shoot some oil in there with an oil can. The spray stuff is better. The old tar like undercoat just isnt enough. 

My bumper jack could use a good refurbish too. 

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What I've been Wanting to do is make a post on making tongs using a sledgehammer head as an anvil and a junky ballpien hammer (that I wouldn't prefer). But. That has to wait. I also have some commissions waiting for me to get done. 

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6 hours ago, DHarris said:

If you really want to know if the cross braces are needed, I suppose you could get  a “fluffy” guy like me to sit on it. If it holds, you are money. If it falls to the floor, shoulda braced it. :D

Since my welding skills are no longer what they used to be (14 years of doing other things will do that<_<) I am very paranoid of making something that is not strong enough, so each part that is welded had me putting my full 205lbs on it.

Some welds cracked, but most of them held. Just grind out the bad ones and retry. 

Eeeh, one animal, human etc, should not have two heads, although it does look very cool. 

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Rained on both of my days off but I managed to get a few hours in before it started yesterday. Heart thing as a birthday present for grandmother - does anyone else find making a symmetrical heart difficult? Getting thinner and thinner as it got to the point where it closes was on purpose but the shape itself. I kept telling myself it was done but then I’d find something else wrong, fix it then look again to find that the fix just made something else look off - and that’s just the heart itself - I tried standing it up only to have it fall over at least 30 times.
And after three weekends the kiridashi knife is finally recognizable but I think its going to end up being too thin. The hole in the knife is the first I’ve ever punched though so that was fun- and I now see why bolster plates are used. 

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