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post #16 of 47 Old 01-11-2019, 09:43 PM
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If it was something to be hung outside, I'd try the oil, or bees wax. The first one was in a pretty nice house, so just clear coated it,and she could do with it, what she wanted. Liked the sparkles, so kept it as is. Not sure about the rest.

I haven't messed with it for more than several years. Although several friends have been pestering for me to make them something. Those items are on the "to do" list, I've got a ton of things I need to do myself, and playing with the forge isn't one of them at the moment...
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I haven't messed with it for more than several years. Although several friends have been pestering for me to make them something. Those items are on the "to do" list, I've got a ton of things I need to do myself, and playing with the forge isn't one of them at the moment...
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Decided to make a small #10 Coffee Can forge with propane burner. Want to do small items as I have time and not have to crank up my big forge. I hate wasting my forge coal and having a fire hazard while the fire burns itself out.

Had 1" stainless steel pipe from an old house gas heater heat exchanger, cut it up into single tubes. Had the 5/16" copper tubing from an old A/C unit. The brass fittings, hose and high pressure regulator (0-30lbs) are new.

Drilled the copper tubing in the middle of the SS-pipe with a #64 pin drill bit for the gas jet orifice. Drilled 21/64" holes through the SS-pipe about 1-1/2" from the end for the copper tube to slide through. Slid the copper tube into place with the jet hole pointing down the long section of pipe, then soldered into place to hold it. Crimped the short end of the copper tubing and soldered it closed. Took a 1" stainless steel crumb basket (goes into a sink drain) hammered over the lip on top so it would fit down the 1" SS-pipe on the flame end of the tube . This crumb strainer mesh helps keep the flame at the end of the forge burner tube. Next I connected shut off valve, fittings, hose and regulator.

The test firing went good, will be even better while inside a refractory insulated enclosed forge. The pics are of the burner being naturally aspirated by the compressed propane jetting down the tube drawing it's own airflow. I did use my mini shopvac with the hose hooked to the exhaust port to blow air down the burner tube from the rear (forced air burner). The extra oxygen turned it into a small jet engine! I'll need to build an blower air diversion valve so I can control airflow / flame. Sorry no pics, I had my hands full during the forced air tests controlling air flow with my hands.

So far happy with the burner.


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Kinda chilly today with the wind blowing so stayed in the house buying supplies for the coffee can forge along with working on a couple of projects in my study.

Got tired of chasing roll pin guide holders / pin punches around the tool box and tired of being inside. So went out to the shop to make myself a punch holder block from an old Oak pallet. Took a propane torch to the wood to bring up the grain, then a light coat of gloss polyurethane.

Turned out looking good, especially since I didn't lay it out...just eyeballed the spacing and drilled. Still have plenty more room to add holes for the brass punch kit I need.

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Cool I have been wanting to get a forge and anvil for a while now. Just not gotten to it yet. Anvils are always way over priced IMO. I like what you have created so far. Keep at it, practice makes any forger better or breaks em LOL.

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Cool I have been wanting to get a forge and anvil for a while now. Just not gotten to it yet. Anvils are always way over priced IMO. I like what you have created so far. Keep at it, practice makes any forger better or breaks em LOL.
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Anvils are no cheaper on the East coast! Been using a cast Harbor Freight anvil for many years now. One of the Blacksmith Guild members had an old Anvil for sale at our last meeting. Kind of beat up but still better than the HF anvil so I bought it for $300.00, more than I wanted to pay but good anvils are few and far between around here.

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Now you need a nice stump/round of hardwood to mount that anvil on....
Your other work is inspiring so far...

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Now you need a nice stump/round of hardwood to mount that anvil on....
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Funny that you mentioned a stump for the anvil.... I've been saving a Pecan tree stump from when Hurricane Mathew blew it down on my property. Scraped the bark off and began cutting top square / level (using boards as guides). Got about halfway through when my chainsaw's clutch burnt up....That's some HARD wood! Bought a clutch kit, now need a weekend off to repair the saw and slowly cut the stump ends level to mount the anvil.

Got everything I need to make the coffee can forge now, so my next spare time I'll be building it.

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Nice Anvil!! I bet that will be nicer in use then the HF one. A little more solid.

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If you have a forge you need one of these to. Granpa had a forge triphammer use to sharpen a lot of plow shares in his day.
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SandDawg I admire your skill set. There are many people on MTF that have very useful talents and you are certainly one of them.

If you hadn't been forging and hammering for a while and then started back up how did your arms feel the next day or two? I would think you have a very powerful grip and forearms like Popeye. Does your daily job keep you in hammering shape?
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NICE power hammer, would love to have one but no money for one.....there's always the lottery!

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SandDawg I admire your skill set. There are many people on MTF that have very useful talents and you are certainly one of them.

If you hadn't been forging and hammering for a while and then started back up how did your arms feel the next day or two? I would think you have a very powerful grip and forearms like Popeye. Does your daily job keep you in hammering shape?
I felt good actually, correct stance and hammer technique helps....sadly I don't know either! I look more like Wimpy than Popeye "I'll pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today!".

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NICE power hammer, would love to have one but no money for one.....there's always the lottery!

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That's not the actual one but a pic I found that was close. I'll bet it's still out there on the farm unless the guy that bought the place sold it for scrap. He sold off most of the 160 acres to survive.

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That's not the actual one but a pic I found that was close. I'll bet it's still out there on the farm unless the guy that bought the place sold it for scrap. He sold off most of the 160 acres to survive.
Hopefully the hammer went to a good home in a Blacksmith's shop!

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