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Back after hiatus...made a handle for a small shed. 16” long piece of rebar. Using some wood charcoal made on the quick in my firepit. Anvil is still small piece of steel scrap on end...but redid the mount and painted stump to help cut down on bugs (was stored outside, now in a shed)

I had forgotten how challenging deceptively simple objects can be...getting leaves similar size, getting matching curves. I have a tow hook need to get secure in the vice to use as a horn...that should help with curve making....and of course needs lots of PRACTICE!

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Good to see your AVATAR in my inbox Elmo!

Pretty nice door handles, simple and clean is good. It'll come back quicker than you think. Honest.;)

Frosty The Lucky.

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This is my latest project....railing with some wood to support a glass top on an 1892 sewing machine table that’ll be used as a bar. Wire is from an old mattress. Brass brush worn out so used a bit of paint for the highlights. Challenging to make multiples of a part all consistent size. Wished I’d been more careful with consistent wrapping of the supports and how the leaf wraps/sits relative to the horizontal, but was too worried with losing heat/speed needed to get them wrapped. Happy everything reasonably straight and consistent, and happy to preserve the sewing machine ( saved the removed top so it can be put back in future if needed) . Also found it challenging to work with the long piece...kept rotating in my hands etc until I put vice grips on it for added leverage point.

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Good to see you posting again! That turned out pretty darned nice, well done! 

Yeah, making multiple products that match is an intermediate skill in my opinion. It isn't nearly as easy as making a single.

I'm thinking the top rail would've been a perfect place for twisted square stock. That's not a criticism, just a thought. Maybe reverse the twist at every support or centered between them for flavor. 

I like it a lot, my younger Sister has our grandmother's treadle singer in the stand just like yours. Actually I think she has a couple now. Anyway, it's a beautiful piece of furniture I'd be proud to have it in my man cave. IF I had a man cave, I have my shop so can't complain. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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I've seen just the cast iron basses come to the scrapyard recently; wish I had the space/time to rework them!  And when doing leaf/tendril work I think it looks better if they are not exactly the same---much more "natural".

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