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New to Blacksmithing

Dustin D Ehli

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Been pondering this for a while but finally started tooling up to start ornamental blacksmithing this spring,
Keeping my workstation mobile at the moment so built stands that have wheels on one end for wheelbarrow effect.
Just have a small old solid fuel forge at the moment but want to get a gas one soon as well.
Don't really know what I'm doing but trying.
As you can see my leafs are improving from the two pics, tried a mouse but screwed up the ears so it looks stupid but learned a few things.
 

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Dustin D Ehli

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Re: New to blacksmithing

Here is the forge I currently use, and my main and auxiliary stands for working on.
Like I said they are set up to move like a wheelbarrow, works pretty good.

I'm always looking for more reasonable priced anvils and equipment if anyone has any
 

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s100

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"Don't really know what I'm doing but trying."

Judging by your pictures, you are off to a very good start indeed. I really like the portable workstation idea too.
 

Dustin D Ehli

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Leafs came from 1/2 hot rolled square.
Mouse attempt was 3/4 square hot rolled
 

Dustin D Ehli

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Since I use the small rail pieces for finishing and small work it is plenty strong in my opinion, trust me.
We have had some fantastic weather this weekend and looks very nice through the coming weekend too so might do some more.
As crazy as it sounds me and a co worker might try to make our own hammers this spring, we are currently talking to a friend in the steel business to source us some heavy steel plates ( thinking 3 inch thick) to make striking anvils out of for heavy duty sledge work
 

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Looks great Dustin, I too am going to try out blacksmithing soon, our club just yesterday approved the construction of a blacksmith shop, and we have a seasoned veteran blacksmith to learn from.
 

Dustin D Ehli

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These are the tongs I have to work with at moment, bottom one is a brand new 1/2 v bit. Of course I occasionally use a non blacksmithing approved tool like a needle nose pliers but oh well.

If I can convince my wife to film a couple times iight start uploading videos to my YouTube, of course they will suck but someone might get enjoyment out of them
 

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Pete Spaco

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I have seen more than one guy using visegrips for tongs.
Many years ago we saw a group of Hmong blacksmiths who didn't use tongs at all. They simply had a bucket of water and a bunch of rags. They'd dip a rag in the water and use the rag in one hand to hold the work.

Your stands look quite similar to Farriers benches that I have seen. I have worked on those benches often over the years and they are quite acceptable.
By the way, the Farrier's benches have flat wooden or steel work surfaces, making it easy to hold tools and stock close to the anvil, etc.. Even a coffee cup.

Pete Stanaitis
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Whoops! Sorry! I looked at your pictures again and I see that your stands have storage surfaces, too.

I meant to mention that a great source for hammer head stock is Caterpillar track pins. They come in many different sizes, as you might expect. The SOLID ones.
They are 1055 steel, which is just right for hammers. Every time a track wears out, you get a whole bunch of them. I guess the "modern" ones are hollow and may be clad in some abrasive-resistant material, so I wouldn't use them.
But, if you start asking around, sooner or later you will find them. Many "local" Cat dealers used to repair tracks but I don't think that's so common any more. I think they send them away to some place that specializes in that work.
But you never can tell what an old Cat dealer might have in a barrel out back. Or what you might find at a blacksmith event where tailgating is common.



Pete Stanaitis
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Dustin D Ehli

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i was thinking the same thing, i could use a few more pairs that have bigger openings in them.
they dont look too complicated. and the good thing is they dont have to be pretty to be useful
 

Dustin D Ehli

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Have made my first set of tongs, I wanted some that had a larger opening when the handles were closed, for holding thicker stuff.
I think they turned out OK, I cheated and used a bolt for the pivot.
Made a few more leafs as well
 

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Dustin D Ehli

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Filled with dry sand, didn't want the oozing oil mess if the welds were not perfect.

Hint, if you place an ergo mat under the feet you can use a sledgehammer and it doesn't even wiggle.
Looking forward to abusing the hell out of it.

Gonna work on a big hammer eye drift tomorrow from a car axle
 

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I would recommend "The Backyard Blacksmith" By Lorelei Sims as a great book to get. Order it from her at blacksmithchic.com

It has great color pictures & good instructions on how to do the projects in the book. A great resource!

Dave Huffman:)
 

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Have made my first set of tongs, I wanted some that had a larger opening when the handles were closed, for holding thicker stuff.
I think they turned out OK, I cheated and used a bolt for the pivot.
Made a few more leafs as well
Nice work on the tongs! You might forge a V in the bits AKA ends of your tongs. Just use a piece of square stock on edge to form the V. Does not have to be to big of a V but you will get a much better grip on your stock. Hope this helps.

Dave Huffman

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Striking anvil done, gonna use for heavy duty work
Mass is your friend for anvil stands. Been there, done that & got the T-shirt:bonk:
 
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