Underneath the Spreading Mesquite Tree ...
(HOA won't allow chesnut trees, besides they aren't really desert trees)
Just kidding! Found this neat picture and just had to use it somewhere.
(Wish I had that power hammer)
My two burner tunnel forge
My new Habenero
My gas forge has been pulled from storage. The mice stripped most of the kaowool out to make nests with. I bought some new kaowool, rigidizer, and ITC. I've rebuilt the forge and it is working great. Found a metal cart at the local used tool store and mounted the forge on top. Underneath I added two shelves with some scrap expanded metal to hold my tongs and a small slack tube. I've been experimenting with possible items to sell at craft shows.
Well, after all these years and two rebuilds I decided to buy a new propane forge. I looked around at what was available (and the cost) and settled on Chile Forge Company out of San Marcos, Texas. I went with the Habenero two-burner model. I also decided that for what I do I'd like the extra stock support in back (for pass-thru work) and the stand with wheels so I can easily move it around as needed.
My post vice has been disassembled, sand blasted, repaired, painted a forest green, and reassembled. I know all of the comments about "don't paint it, just coat it with WD40 etc., etc., etc." Then I remembered whose vice it was and forest green ruled the day. While it was apart I slathered white lithium grease on the screw threads. Putting it on thick allowed it to fill up all the "nooks and crannies" and hopefully last for years before it has to be redone.
I built a stand from an old dental chair base (courtesy of my brother, Lee) that forms the base for the vise stand. I welded a piece of pipe to stand vertically with a plate on top (picked up a piece of ¼" plate from the scrap bin at a local metal supplier) to bolt the vice to and violá.
My new anvil. Now to "tie" it down to the stump.
After months of looking and pricing anvils I decided against going with a used anvil because they were hard to find in the under 200 lb size at anywhere near a reasonable price. Instead I settled on the anvil from Peddinghaus/Rigid. It's the same as I use at the Presidio and as a new anvil I don't have to worry about rounded edges or hardy holes with nonsquare openings. Gave up on local sellers and went to Amazon. What a difference! Paid 25% less and that included shipping to my residence (via 40' UPS tractor/trailer).
Joint bars and bolts are used to fasten rails together. Tie plates and spikes attach rails and ties to produce track.
My "to-go" anvil. Made from a piece of railroad track with full-toe joint bars on each side and held together with a standard button-head oval-neck track bolt.
Illustrated are the three types of standard joint bars which are currently in service. Six-hole joint bars are provided for all crane rail and new tee rail sections over 100-lb. per yard. New rail 100-lb. per yard and less is furnished with four-hole joint bars.Bolts
Crane rail bolts are medium carbon, heat treated per ASTM specification A-325 and are shipped complete with heavy hex nuts and lockwashers. Tee rail requires standard button-head oval-neck track bolts with heavy square or hex nuts. Lockwashers are furnished on request.
My Fly Press
Started my quest for a fly press when I needed something more than a hammer and anvil to shape metal. Since I live in an area with a HOA (Hell's Own Assholes), a power hammer was out because of the noise. Even in the daytime the noise would drive the neighbors up a wall. A treadle hammer might have worked, but I decided to go with the power afforded by the fly press. While I was thinking about it, I found one in my price range so the rest is history. I've spent more time building tools for it than making product, but that will change shortly.
The real problem is that these things weigh the proverbial "ton". Actually, that may not be that far off. I had to rent an engine hoist just to get it out of my truck. It's certainly not something I want to move around much even though it is on a wheeled dolly I built for it.
Gee Mom, look what else I've found!
- Blacksmith Shop: Old Folk Art and Americana
- Setting Up Shop
- Blacksmithing Work Space
- Lorelei Simms - The Backyard Blacksmith
- Blacksmith Bolt and Rivet Supply
- Tools for Setting up a Blacksmith's Shop
"One thing to remember is to talk to the animals. If you do, they will talk back to you. But if you don't talk to the animals, they won't talk back to you, then you won't understand, and when you don't understand you will fear, and when you fear you will destroy the animals, and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself." -- Chief Dan George