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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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I'm not a forger, but I admire you. Any time we get to do what we love is, for sure, a good day!
 

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I'm not a forger, but I admire you. Any time we get to do what we love is, for sure, a good day!
Thanks Mikey4!

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


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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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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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Hello CCMoe,

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

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. :tango_face_devil:

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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. :fing32:

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:

Christ Centered Ironworks:


Here's another Blacksmith I like to watch, Black Bear Forge:

Finishes for ironwork - blacksmithing for beginners


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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...
I understand what you mean! :fing32:
 

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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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