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    I think the heated tongues is the newest way to heat treat cold material
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    I started forging my nippers into tongs. Im having trouble forming the V shaped jaws. I think i need to make a v swage. I tried om the edge of the anvil and in the vice but that didnt work out so well. I looked at a video made by blackbear forge and he used a fabricated v swage. And a v shaped punch that he called a fuller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2 Welding View Post
    I think the heated tongues is the newest way to heat treat cold material
    They don't even need to be heated. Body temp seems to work fine. (...apparently)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Need Advice View Post
    I started forging my nippers into tongs. Im having trouble forming the V shaped jaws. I think i need to make a v swage. I tried om the edge of the anvil and in the vice but that didnt work out so well. I looked at a video made by blackbear forge and he used a fabricated v swage. And a v shaped punch that he called a fuller.
    I used a length of square steel stock clamped in the vise, and pounded the Jaws to fit/shape.

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    Speaking of burr bits - how the hell do those that use them keep the filings in check???

    I'm about ready to buy some Tyvek bunny suits keep them off me...
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    Some of them can be very aggressive. As much as you dislike bathing in metal slivers (something the more masochistic of us seem to enjoy) the bigger issue is protecting your eyes. I made the mistake of wiping my brow on a hot day with a contaminated glove once. One more trip to the ER with metal in my eye... If you could ignore the intrusion, I don't see why someone couldn't make a guard similar to what some of the cutoff wheels use to protect approx. 160 degrees of the revolution... somewhat of a revolutionary solution if you will...
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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Eye protection or face shield and a hat.

    FIRM grip on the die grinder.

    And most importantly only buy QUALITY carbide burrs. DO NOT cheap out here.




    I find I use my electric one (as opposed to pneumatic ) if possible because the longer gripping area gives better control.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Eye protection or face shield and a hat.

    FIRM grip on the die grinder.

    And most importantly only buy QUALITY carbide burrs. DO NOT cheap out here.

    I find I use my electric one (as opposed to pneumatic ) if possible because the longer gripping area gives better control.

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    I bought a Dewalt electric grinder at the flea market for $25. It had someone's name carved in it but i just ground that off. The chuck has surface rust on it but it cleaned up nice and it works well.
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    Here are some pics of some tools i made today. The first one is the bottom of a v swage block that i made. I welded a bar to the bottom for added strength. The top weld is kinda messy and the second is far from perfect. I was welding by the door and a huge gust of wind came in and effected the shielding gas, but it will be ok i think. The second pic is of some twisting wrenches i welded while i had the welder fired up. Im not too good at welding pipe, that's something i need to practice more and welding in general. I need to do that bead exercise where you weld multiple beads onto some plate. My welding isnt great but it will work. The last picture is of my homemade anvil. I still need to do some grinding on the horn and cut a hardy hole too.



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    Im not sure what happened to the images i posted. Edit, i fixed it
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    There's a sticky on posting pics you may want to read... I still don't see your attachments.
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    I use my burrs in mini die grinders (pneumatic)... they get into tight quarters and I can control speed. I tried a cheap Chinese electric once but I took it back because the variable speed sucked. Never tried a Makita or DeWalt... might have to look into that... because you know I'm really still short of tools...
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    I use my burrs in mini die grinders (pneumatic)... they get into tight quarters and I can control speed. I tried a cheap Chinese electric once but I took it back because the variable speed sucked. Never tried a Makita or DeWalt... might have to look into that... because you know I'm really still short of tools...
    I've never been smart enough to appreciate the value of variable speed tools. I'll blame it on my upbringing having to always go full bore to get things done.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Need Advice View Post
    I started forging my nippers into tongs. Im having trouble forming the V shaped jaws. I think i need to make a v swage. I tried om the edge of the anvil and in the vice but that didnt work out so well. I looked at a video made by blackbear forge and he used a fabricated v swage. And a v shaped punch that he called a fuller.
    I made 2 V-swages for tongs. One from 1/4" x 1" angle iron the other from 1/4" x 1 1/2" angle. You're shaping yellow to red hot steel, so you don't need anything super heavy/strong. You could go up to 3/8" x size if you just felt the need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    There's a sticky on posting pics you may want to read... I still don't see your attachments.
    I checked out the sticky thread on posting images. It doesn't seem to make sense according to what i see. I used the "insert image" tool so I'm not sure what went wrong. At first the images appeared in the post but then later only a link to the attachment appeared. I can click on the attachment and view the image but that's all.
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    Testing images. Forgive my welding, i need more practice. Like i said before, the wind was effecting my shielding gas.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shortfuse View Post
    I made 2 V-swages for tongs. One from 1/4" x 1" angle iron the other from 1/4" x 1 1/2" angle. You're shaping yellow to red hot steel, so you don't need anything super heavy/strong. You could go up to 3/8" x size if you just felt the need.
    I used 2" bar stock because its all i had to work with, otherwise would have used angle.
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    I had problems taking and also uploading my pictures, i used copy past for the images at one point so that may have been what went wrong but im not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Need Advice View Post
    I used 2" bar stock because its all i had to work with, otherwise would have used angle.
    That will work just fine....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Need Advice View Post
    Testing images. Forgive my welding, i need more practice. Like i said before, the wind was effecting my shielding gas.
    That's better... they're visible now... cut and paste doesn't work here.
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    I doubt I'll ever need to bend angle steel but if i do this idea seems good for that purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootr View Post
    Speaking of burr bits - how the hell do those that use them keep the filings in check???

    I'm about ready to buy some Tyvek bunny suits keep them off me...
    But we still want to see the pics of you in your Tyvek bunny suit...
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    The v swage and v shaped punch worked out beautifully. The first half of the tongs are a bit rough because i beat them up trying to forge the v shape in the tongs without the swage, but the second half came out nice. I'll post a pic when im done. I'm letting them cool down so i can put a bolt and nut in the boss. I dont have a rivet or round stock large enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    But we still want to see the pics of you in your Tyvek bunny suit...
    No. Not “we”.


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