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Forging metal
« on: March 19, 2017, 11:13:57 am »
Anyone out there in SOHC land in to forging?  I really don't need another hobby but...
Yesterday I took a class and built a propane forge.  I think I might be hooked.  I am going to try and make rosehead nails.  Every noob has to start somewhere .  Here's a video of the forge I made.


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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 01:06:13 pm »
 Not into forging,kind of like the TV show though, but the price of good anvils have really gone up. You used to see them around fairly cheap but no more unless your lucky. I went to an estate sale Saturday morning where there was a descent anvil on a metal stand and the guy running the sale could of sold 10 of them. It was a mad rush for those guys to the basement. If you see a good old quality one priced right you better grab it.  I'm keeping my eye open on those farm calls etc..  ;)
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 03:19:18 pm »
I got my degree in Mechanical Engineering in Germany and had to do some practical work months, (similar to an internship) as part of the program. That included "forging". I liked it. Turned out a few nice pieces of wrought iron. Candleholders, fence posts etc.
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2017, 08:49:10 pm »
Its a cool way to make levers and brake pedals...not twisted..... But will need some machining..
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2017, 10:02:21 pm »
My cousin did a knife smithing apprenticeship. 
It ended up becoming a family affair with my late Uncle Larry, my dad, and the grandkids and I.
I have some excellent memories in the workshop hand hammering billets together to make damascus steel.

Last time I was at the shop was bitter sweet.  The propane tanks for the forge still had Uncle Larry's last refill date written on them.  That was the same day he and I hammered out a frame for a tattoo machine.

I need to go there and light that forge.  Even if I don't craft anything.  The low roar of the flame and the warmth are comforting.

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 10:37:29 am »
We have a "Blacksmith" close by who specializes in Damascus steel blades. Visited his shop with the local BMW club a while ago.
He does awesome work and is a renowned artist. Will try to find some pics.
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 05:31:15 am »
I went to the local metal recycler today looking for Railroad track to make an anvil.   I found a home made railroad anvil and a 4" x4" x 5" block of steel.  $0.50/lb for scrap steel.   8)

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2017, 05:39:00 am »
I paid $110.00  for a 135lb anvil in good shape.  Not too many chips in the edges, is that a good deal?
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2017, 06:12:59 am »
 Yes I think that would be considered a very good deal depending on its condition. Just for fun look at E-bay completed  under 'blacksmith anvil' sometime and see what some of the big boys go for. There are some over 500 lbs.
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2017, 09:02:37 am »
Never judge a guy by the size of his anvil :D
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2017, 09:35:31 am »
Under a buck a pound for rougher than yours..still a deal.
I got a rough 75 lb er. Fir 30 or 35...lent it to a buddy who then marked it up, antiquing parts that were cold....which pissed me off..
 Then one day I saw it in the sun, and realized top had a strip welded on...... Then I was less pissed.
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2017, 05:43:25 am »
I spent a rainy day making a tomahawk from a railroad spike.  Still have some work to be done.  My wife asked me to find a quiet hobby ;)

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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2017, 05:48:46 am »
 Tell her if she complains your going to buy a set of drums !! My Son went through drums and electric guitars in his early years.

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2017, 05:33:26 am »
No, but I would love to learn. There have been quite a few here who have cast their own parts... which i suppose is close.
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2017, 12:21:18 pm »
No, but I would love to learn. There have been quite a few here who have cast their own parts... which i suppose is close.

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2017, 03:31:54 pm »
I finished shaping, heat treatment and tempering to color.  Not anything worth selling but I had fun.

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2017, 03:53:53 pm »
Nice..good work..
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2017, 12:10:55 pm »
Found a 60 lb blacksmith leg vise at a garage sale.  It's probably 4 times older than my SOHC. 

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2017, 12:22:15 pm »
You show me yours, I show you mine..
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2017, 04:43:13 am »
Oh my Frank what a big leg you have! 

BTW I finished the tomahawk.

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2017, 05:45:44 am »
Made my father in law an Easter Sunday cross out of 1/2" square bar.  A good project for a novice like me

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2017, 04:39:39 pm »
Today I made a nail header and my first nail.  This was far more difficult than I expected.  It will be awhile before I can make one every 60 seconds

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2018, 06:55:53 am »
Been hammering out a small machete with a 15" blade.  Something to do till winter ends

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2018, 01:17:23 pm »
Ground to shape, quenched and tempered.

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« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2018, 11:40:44 am »
Finished grinding and sharpening.  Then chopped a 2x4 in half.  Just need to make a handle.

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2018, 12:44:03 pm »
Is it hard to make the metal smooth after forging?

Or, are those just marks of "character"?  ;D

Would draw filing make the blade too thin?

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2018, 05:44:31 am »
My second attempt at blade smithing and wanted to create a Moro barunga.  I prefer the character of the hammer marks but also want to test the blade for a while just in case I have to heat treat again.  The handle is 6mm.  Blade is 5mm tapering to 1mm at the tip.  Grinding is a boring tedious process. 

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« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2018, 09:35:38 am »
Finished the handle.  Now it's time to chop down a tree then go for a ride.

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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2018, 06:16:05 am »
Brought home a gorgeous 300 lb anvil.

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« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2018, 11:47:33 am »
That is a beauty.  Get a good deal on it?
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2018, 01:55:00 pm »
Nice anything under 600 is sweet, looks very good actually.
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2018, 02:05:27 pm »
My father in-law gave me the anvil.  I used the horn to make a bottle opener today.  Then I drank a beer.  Mmmmm beer

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« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2018, 04:00:28 pm »
 BERCHMANNS, Hop  Nation, or Yakima Brewing ?
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Re: Forging metal
« Reply #33 on: October 26, 2018, 05:53:15 am »
Just finished making this 8" dagger for gal I work with. Not very practical but it's what she wanted
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