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Cranked up my forge today...first time I've had an opportunity to forge in a while!

Made some horse shoe nail hooks, practiced punching and slitting techniques. Worked on my camp fire tripod project by making the hanging chain for the cook pot. Made a hot cut hardee from a brick set chisel.

Today was a GOOD day!

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Thanks Mikey4!

Wish I'd get more me time in than I do.....Paying the bills come first.


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Good to see you back at it!!! I like the chain!

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SandDawg...You have some real talent there. Enjoy your time doing it!

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Nice work. Wish I had some talent like that. Enjoy that campfire tripod. Sounds like a great pot of pork & beans coming!!

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Thanks Everyone!

Paul, I'm glad to be back at it also. I've enjoyed my time hammering out projects.

Here's the key holder plaque I made with the horse shoe nail hooks. The board is from a weathered Oak pallet scavenged from work. used router around the edges, hand held router kind of got away from me and butchered the top edge. I'll get / make a table router one of theses days!

Copper nails were used to mount the hooks to the plaque. Nipped nails off sticking out the back and sanded copper flush with the wood surface.

First pic is the natural finish which I like, second pic is of the first coat of gloss polyurethane applied.

Glad I didn't sand off all the cross cut sawblade marks off the front surface....kinda gives it an interesting texture.

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Got the camp fire tripod almost finished, will work just fine as is but want to put some decorative touches to it.

Used three lengths of 1/2" square stock, cut to 5ft long. Guy on Youtube suggested using 3/4" round stock of course he owns a power hammer! Took me awhile and many forge heats using 4lb hammer on three legs to beat them into the shape I wanted....I'm going to feel muscles I didn't know I have in the morning for sure!

Like the Youtube man's idea so followed his design, it can be a tripod or configured into a cross bar hanger using the same legs.

For my first try, I'm happy with it!

The last pic is of the cast iron cooking pot that was used as the forge's fire pot. Last night's forging of horseshoe nails and 1/4" round stock melted the side of the pot out. I'm wondering how it handled tonights full blast while heating 1/2" stock?? I'll see in the morning. Luckily the homemade kitty litter refractory mix seems to be handling the heat better.

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SandDawg,

That doesn't appear to be a Craftsman Brick Chisel but I've seen thousands of them forged. Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing, makes hammers, axes, flat bars, brick chisels, nail pullers, etc. are made in the small town I live in. I worked there years ago, mostly on the finishing end though.

I believe the 38311, short handle mini maul, similar to your hammer was and still is my hammer of choice for brick chisel work or any other time you are striking a tool that needs to be held with the other hand.

Nice looking forgings.

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That doesn't appear to be a Craftsman Brick Chisel but I've seen thousands of them forged. Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing, makes hammers, axes, flat bars, brick chisels, nail pullers, etc. are made in the small town I live in. I worked there years ago, mostly on the finishing end though.

I believe the 38311, short handle mini maul, similar to your hammer was and still is my hammer of choice for brick chisel work or any other time you are striking a tool that needs to be held with the other hand.

Nice looking forgings.

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The brick set is of Chinese manufacture....I wouldn't use a good brick set as a hot cut hardee.

I buy tool junk boxes at yard sales for $5-20 bucks, I usually come out on top with one or two good tools hidden underneath the junk. Gotten a lot of good tools this way.

The mini sledge with the red handle (the one you're talking about?) has K4L stamped on the top. Guessing it's a 4lb hammer, the red handle is from a 10lb brass headed sledge hammer from when I assembled rubber tired 22 ton cranes for a living. The brass head sledge handle was broken on a miss strike. I found the K4L hammer head in an old barn with the original handle rotted out.

Here's the hammers I've used while forging this weekend.

The black headed mini-sledge and the cross peen hammer I used the most. The cross peen hammer is my favorite GO TO hammer for metal shaping. The red handled mini-sledge is on the heavy side, I use it in short periods when I want to move metal fast.

The 10lb sledge with sawed off handle at the top of pic is my choice to move stubborn things in tight places.

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SandDawg,

Those do not appear to have originated here.

The K4L, we made a lot of this type of hammer for Caterpillar, they did not heat treat them, I understood that they were for beating on the tracks. They wanted them to be softer than the material they were beating on. So if you run across one of those and it is soft, that would be why.

The double face, small sledge looking hammer and the cross pien, we called engineers, but they may have been slightly heavier.

I understand completely about what fits your hand, my favorite hammer is not even made here. I like a Stanley 51-441 16 ounce nail hammer, it just fits my hand. I guess the fewer times you hit your fingers figures in quite a bit!

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I love playing with my forge..!! I made mine out of a F-450 brake rotor, and a 140 cfm blower. Nothing fancy, but have made some useful items, and some just for fun. I saved myself some money when I needed 22 screw in anchors for my new fence, about 6 years ago. Heated rod, then bent the top hook, then heated the other end,and hammered out to a point. Cut the disc's out of scrap from an oil tank mfg., that I used to get 3/16"pieces from. Drilled, and slit, then heated to spread the disc a tad. Slipped on the rod, then welded in place.

Had 2 days in making 22 of them. But, it was in the Spring when it was too muddy to do much else, and I took quite a few coffee, and smoke breaks. Plus, a good way to vent some frustrations, hammering on some hot steel, LOL...
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I love playing with my forge..!! I made mine out of a F-450 brake rotor, and a 140 cfm blower. Nothing fancy, but have made some useful items, and some just for fun. I saved myself some money when I needed 22 screw in anchors for my new fence, about 6 years ago. Heated rod, then bent the top hook, then heated the other end,and hammered out to a point. Cut the disc's out of scrap from an oil tank mfg., that I used to get 3/16"pieces from. Drilled, and slit, then heated to spread the disc a tad. Slipped on the rod, then welded in place.

Had 2 days in making 22 of them. But, it was in the Spring when it was too muddy to do much else, and I took quite a few coffee, and smoke breaks. Plus, a good way to vent some frustrations, hammering on some hot steel, LOL...
Nice forge!

My first forge was made from a dump truck brake drum, notched out 6 inch squares on either side of the drum. Did this so I could run long pieces of stock through to heat the middle. A cast iron frying pan for the bottom with a hole cut into the center, black pipe fittings formed the ash drop and Tuyere. The legs for the drum was from an old radio antennae lattice tower. For the blower I used an electric blower from one of those bath tub bubble mats. Had a slide box valve to control air flow to the forge. The forge worked well for parts pulled out of junk piles.

I gave this forge to a friend who was interested in getting started in Smithing.

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I saw something similar to this on a page, where a fellow was making artsy things out of horse shoes, so decided to make one. He was selling his for $400. Ended up making 4 of them, 3 were sold at fundraiser auctions, for our horse club. Mine only brought $100 ea., but was still pleased with that. Kinda' fun making each shoe different from the others, in it's own unique form. Lefty's, Righty's, and straight.

Hardest part was cleaning the shoes..!! You can't see it in the picture, but put a clear coat on it with multi-color metal flake.
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I saw something similar to this on a page, where a fellow was making artsy things out of horse shoes, so decided to make one. He was selling his for $400. Ended up making 4 of them, 3 were sold at fundraiser auctions, for our horse club. Mine only brought $100 ea., but was still pleased with that. Kinda' fun making each shoe different from the others, in it's own unique form. Lefty's, Righty's, and straight.

Hardest part was cleaning the shoes..!! You can't see it in the picture, but put a clear coat on it with multi-color metal flake.
NIIiiice!

Instead of a clear coat may want to try beeswax or boiled linseed oil.

I like this Blacksmith he has some good videos out, he's demonstrating the boiled linseed oil application here:

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