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    brake drum forge build

    This how far I'm on my brake drum forge. Today I put the trash door on and the feet. I still have to build the deck and wind screen and hook up the lectric.
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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Very cool and creative.
    Great job.

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Looks good. We are having trouble buying blacksmith quality coal in CA any more. Do yo wet your coal down to "coke" it before using it? That seems to be Ca's problem, because of the smoke it emits.

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Quote Originally Posted by sqznby View Post
    Very cool and creative.
    Great job.
    Thanks sqznby..

    Eventually I want to build some 3 1/4" wide 12" high steel wheels for the back so I can move it around the shop and outside in the dirt.
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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Interesting concept. I'd like to see it finished & a first hand account of how well it works. Good job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gizzardgutz View Post
    Interesting concept. I'd like to see it finished & a first hand account of how well it works. Good job.
    Thanks gizz, I'll be working on it next week, i'll post updates...

    I want build a step vise for it and I'm pretty sure I have router speed control unit out in the shed I can use to adjust fan speed. If not I'll need to put a threaded insert in the fans body and use a swing plate across the air intake to regulate the draft.

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    That looks great. This is something I've been wanting to build as well. Where did you get the fan?
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    Re: brake drum forge build

    I like it

    I'm also interested in the coal question.

    Around here I can get blacksmith coal about 2hrs away. A little far so I would consider other options.

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    It is coming along very nicely. I'll check back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodoldluke View Post
    That looks great. This is something I've been wanting to build as well. Where did you get the fan?
    goodoldduke I got the fan from Colemans Military Surplus on e-bay. I just checked, and they have 0 left, but there are many vendors that sell them..

    MinnesotaDave I haven't checked yet but read I can buy my coal at a steam museum about an hours drive from me. It has working trains so we can meet the daughter, SIL and grand kids there and make a fun day of it. www.hesston.org

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Nice, looking forward o seeing this complete. I am trying to build a forge so I can cast some aluminum from time to time. Do you plan on using steel or ceramic crusible?

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Quote Originally Posted by deuce217 View Post
    Nice, looking forward o seeing this complete. I am trying to build a forge so I can cast some aluminum from time to time. Do you plan on using steel or ceramic crusible?

    deuce as far as I know this type of forge is not for melting metal only heating it, but I could be wrong. Maybe someone out there could educate the both of us.

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Got the deck burned out and tacked on today. Next Job is to go around the sides with 3" X 3/16 flat stock to keep the coal on the deck and then comes the sheet metal windscreen sides with top and chimney. I think it's going to be a handy size to move around the shop and put in my pick up if I ever get good enough to go to a hammering or county fair. :-)
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    excuse my lousy pictures, resizing them down to 800 X 600 distorts them...

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Tackit,
    there well be a black smithing hammer inn this month in Pontiac,I'll.
    check out the IVBA web site, the IBA,or the UMBAonline.org for more info,you do not need to be a member as it will be oper to all comers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelsmith101 View Post
    Tackit,
    there well be a black smithing hammer inn this month in Pontiac,I'll.
    check out the IVBA web site, the IBA,or the UMBAonline.org for more info,you do not need to be a member as it will be oper to all comers.
    There are three clubs that put this weekend together and there will be tailgating sales,all typs of tools and equipment for sale.
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    Re: brake drum forge build

    I don't know if you saw these when I put them up in 2011, but there are some interesting OLD books about blacksmithing & forging at this website for free. Some of the info & techniques can still be used today, altho there are probably some newer methods to consider too.

    http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php?t=56040
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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Very cool, nice job!
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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Quote Originally Posted by gizzardgutz View Post
    I don't know if you saw these when I put them up in 2011, but there are some interesting OLD books about blacksmithing & forging at this website for free. Some of the info & techniques can still be used today, altho there are probably some newer methods to consider too.

    http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php?t=56040
    Thank you, Thank You, Thank You gizzardgutz, There is a ton of valuable information there to glean. What truly amazing vision,engineering skills and craftsmanship people back then exhibited. I'll be taking advantage of it.


    Thank you too WeldingMachine... I love having my peers critique my projects. I learn the most when members here with skills and knowledge much greater than mine are good enough to take the time to help by correcting me.

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Looking good, so far.

    What are your plans for a tuyere/clinker breaker?

    I built my forge a few years ago and just made a slotted grate for the tuyere that lifts out for cleaning.

    It works pretty well but after putting it through its paces for a while I think it would really benefit from a clinker breaker so I don't have to dig out the fire after a few hours of hot work to get the clinker out of the way.

    After reading some of the comments on coal availability I realize I'm pretty lucky here. 2 places within 30 minutes of me sell bituminous, currently for around $20/50lb bag. (I remember when it was about $6.00, though)
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    Re: brake drum forge build

    I don't want to be a critic, but since I know all there is to know about blacksmithing and forges (NOT).

    Shouldn't the fan have a control damper of some kind? From what I have seen blacksmiths only add extra air when they are actually heating the metal. If you run the fan all the time it will make your forge consume more coal faster.

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Quote Originally Posted by ConductorX View Post
    I don't want to be a critic, but since I know all there is to know about blacksmithing and forges (NOT).

    Shouldn't the fan have a control damper of some kind? From what I have seen blacksmiths only add extra air when they are actually heating the metal. If you run the fan all the time it will make your forge consume more coal faster.

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    I just so happens that I had to run out and get (3) 50 lb bags of coal today, $16.32 per 50lb bag including tax.
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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Quote Originally Posted by app-ironworksllc View Post
    Looking good, so far.

    What are your plans for a tuyere/clinker breaker?

    I built my forge a few years ago and just made a slotted grate for the tuyere that lifts out for cleaning.

    It works pretty well but after putting it through its paces for a while I think it would really benefit from a clinker breaker so I don't have to dig out the fire after a few hours of hot work to get the clinker out of the way.

    After reading some of the comments on coal availability I realize I'm pretty lucky here. 2 places within 30 minutes of me sell bituminous, currently for around $20/50lb bag. (I remember when it was about $6.00, though)
    app, I was thinking of making a grate too, but now that you brought up a clinker breaker I would appreciate you sharing your ideas on how to go about building one, Thanks.

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    Re: brake drum forge build

    Quote Originally Posted by tackit View Post
    app, I was thinking of making a grate too, but now that you brought up a clinker breaker I would appreciate you sharing your ideas on how to go about building one, Thanks.
    Here's some good discussion about them.

    http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...inker-Breakers

    After reading some of this I may stick with what I have.
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