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  1. #76
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Quote Originally Posted by DSW View Post
    Thread on suggestions of where to buy swage blocks for forging.

    http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php...ll-swage-block
    I can't believe how much those block go for...


    I took an old ball-peen and made it into a leaf forming tool... I'm thinking of grinding it down more and do a SI-Brz build up to not make dents like it does now. I didn't realize that leafing and veining were two different process's until I started this

    IMG_0635 by Los Pantelones!, on Flickr

    IMG_0634 by Los Pantelones!, on Flickr

    Also my first time doing a handle... I used a freshly squared stone wheel to shape the "neck" I guess you would call the part that fits into the hammer head. I used the stake and a 2-part epoxy to really keep it in place (I hope...) Then sanded using a D.A. and 80-320 grit. Pecan stain and a light wet sand.

    IMG_0633 by Los Pantelones!, on Flickr

    The more I look at it the more I don't like it... but I know what to do for the next ones

    IMG_0629 by Los Pantelones!, on Flickr

    IMG_0626 by Los Pantelones!, on Flickr
    Alfa Turd 200dx 16'


    A man chooses, a slave obeys... Would you kindly?

  2. #77
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Nothing too special, but for those without a real anvil, if you can cut a hardy hole, here are some cheap tool ideas to help with curves. There are much better options if you want to spend money

    (Bottom picture is the not-a-real-anvil with its very useful new hardy hole.)

    -Q
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  3. #78
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Nail Header made from a 5/8" flange bolt.



    The Steel Puck my dad designed for helping dish out bowls. Way better than a ring or tank end!



    Ring Tongs -- exactly what you need when trying to forge out chain hooks and the like!



  4. #79
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Side-mounted anvil vise. Perfect for third-hand operations!



  5. #80
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    Scrolling tool. You often see these mentioned when doing Penny End Scrolls, but they aren't absolutely necessary for that task. They do come in handy when you're trying to touch up any scroll and need an anvil inside the curve.

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  6. #81
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Vaughn, I'm glad you posted the scrolling tool. I've been looking for something new to work on with these beautiful days for forging lately, so that's my next project. Been wanting to make one of those for a long time.

  7. #82
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Quote Originally Posted by shortfuse View Post
    Been wanting to make one of those for a long time.
    Glad I could help. If I could change anything, I'd make it about an inch or so shorter so it was more stable. I haven't really needed it to be so tall, but that's one of life's lesson learned.

  8. #83
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    Rings and curves... you can never have enough forms. I found some scrap pipe that I cut a slice off of. Then I found some more scrap to make a small cone mandrel for the anvil. They don't get much use in the shop, but better to have them and not need them......



  9. #84
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Just need to fab up a stand..Name:  post vice one.jpg
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  10. #85
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Gorgeous!

    I keep putting off making a stand for mine, but keep waiting until I come up with that "right" design. Maybe one of these days I'll find just the right piece for the stand....

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  12. #87
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    My vise stand is done.Name:  Leg vise stand.jpg
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  13. #88
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Here's a couple of my post leg vices mounted.

    ​Terry

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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Lots of nice tools shown, enjoyed looking at them, thanks...

    I like this guys blacksmith tools, his finished tools are top shelf. http://www.gstongs.com/

  15. #90
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Forged out a bit of sucker rod to make a slot punch. My first time working and I like it. The info I've found online seems to indicate that it's 41xx or 43xx alloy, but it felt about the same as car coil spring when I was hammering on it.

    Started with 7" and stretched it to almost 9" by the time all the tapering was done. The next tool is already underway, though I'm not sure what the working end will look like. Maybe a curved hot cut? Maybe a slitting chisel?

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    Since I've been working on all these new chisels and punches from the Sucker Rod Special I picked up a few weeks ago, I thought it'd be a good idea to make something to contain them.

    I found a short length of 6" square tubing in the scrap pile and added some expanded metal to keep the tools standing upright. I haven't decided on putting a handle on the thing, but I'm pretty sure I'll stencil the shop name on the side of the thing so it's prevalent in any photos I take.

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    I love being organized, but it's so hard to stay organized!!

  17. #92
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    Good idea ! Yes organization for me last until the next project. I will say that my roll around cart is now my favorite for being " project " organized for my artwork. That added HF magnetic strip works well .

  18. #93
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    Since I've been working on all these new chisels and punches from the Sucker Rod Special I picked up a few weeks ago, I thought it'd be a good idea to make something to contain them.

    I found a short length of 6" square tubing in the scrap pile and added some expanded metal to keep the tools standing upright. I haven't decided on putting a handle on the thing, but I'm pretty sure I'll stencil the shop name on the side of the thing so it's prevalent in any photos I take.

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    I love being organized, but it's so hard to stay organized!!
    I like it! Good idea.
    ​Terry

    **FORNEY**
    180
    230
    **THERMAL ARC**
    210 Fabricator
    181i
    **LINCOLN**
    Idealarc 250/250
    SA 200 (2)
    Ranger 305G LN-25 Pro
    **MILLER**
    Spectrum 625
    Maxstar 150STL
    Syncrowave 351
    XMT 350 cc/cv
    MM 350P

  19. #94
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    Got her finished and all prettied up. The label is held on with spray adhesive and then given a quick top coat of poly to protect it a bit.

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    Overall, I'm quite happy with it. The two layers of expanded metal keeps the tools from flopping around and there's plenty of room for more sucker rod tools when I get around to making them.

    And if you thought being a pack rat was a bad idea.... I made the bottom from scrapped stuff I saved!

    Not only did I save the scrapped piece, but I saved the cut-off pieces. All I did was tack them back together with a 1/8" gap for drainage...... and voila, I got a bottom piece!

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  20. #95
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Tongs are not a beginner's project. Good tongs should be light, well balanced and hold the stock securely. Good tongs are safety equipment and make your forging experience more enjoyable and productive. Even after all these years, I still prefer to buy tongs rather than make them myself.

    Sometimes, though, I see something that makes me curious and I have to give it a go.

    Case in point, the small v-bit tong kit from Ken's Iron.

    For about $20 shipped to my door, they're about half the cost of a completed set of tongs. What I liked about them, though, was that they were small and light. Most folks model their tongs after the big industrial stuff from way back in the day... but we don't need that kind of stuff when working small stock. When I saw how small the KI tong kit was, I just had to give it a try since I was needing some tongs for 5/16" round bar that I use to make steak flippers.

    Overall, I give it two thumbs up. Most of the work is done for you and you just need to drill for the rivet, draw out the reins a bit, and shape the jaws however you like. Fairly quick and easy stuff, all told.

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    The funny part is that if you factor in my time and the fuel I used, these tongs are no cheaper than buying a pair already made. Where they shine, though, is giving me complete control over how the finished product looks and works.

    If you want to make some good lightweight tongs, these are a pretty good way to go. I'll be ordering a few more kits in the near future so I can make a few more pairs for small stock dimensions.

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    homemade tools guy here, don't shoot me, not a spammer (PROOF: we're known on 350+ forums)

    Excellent thread! Just a note that we featured DSW's guillotine tool in our HomemadeTools.net newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/buildthreads/class...rt-post-342773

    You may not know it, but WeldingWeb is legendary among homemade tool fans; you guys are in our top 5 sites for homemade tool building forums. We've got 832 tools from WeldingWeb.com listed so far, each one fully credited to its builder, and properly linked to its original post. Here they all are: 832 homemade tools from WeldingWeb.com

    I hope we've been able to send you lots of traffic. You earned it.

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    Wow! Thanks for the post and link to the 832 tools. I frequent the site, but didn't know how much of the tools came from WW. It's gonna take a while to browse thru all those tools!!!!!!

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    Don't click if your project list is already too long!

    You guys are actually our top metal forum for homemade tools, including all welding forums, metalworking forums, machining forums, and blacksmithing forums. WeldingWeb is at #4 out of 2,700+ websites. You can see the full rankings here: http://www.homemadetools.net/sites

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    Quote Originally Posted by homemadetools View Post
    Don't click if your project list is already too long!

    You guys are actually our top metal forum for homemade tools, including all welding forums, metalworking forums, machining forums, and blacksmithing forums. WeldingWeb is at #4 out of 2,700+ websites. You can see the full rankings here: http://www.homemadetools.net/sites
    quoted for truth. Theres some excellent quickies in there though, useful to be sure.

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    Forgot to mention - I actually wrote a roundup of the best WeldingWeb homemade tools last year: 36 best homemade tools from WeldingWeb.com

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