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    I wouldn't call it useless... maybe light duty. I'm trying to arrange tools according to the job I expect them to do. Heavy vises on the welding bench, but I have a light 3 inch vice that will end up on the soldering bench (when it gets built) for light work. That could be an application for yours as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    I wouldn't call it useless... maybe light duty. I'm trying to arrange tools according to the job I expect them to do. Heavy vises on the welding bench, but I have a light 3 inch vice that will end up on the soldering bench (when it gets built) for light work. That could be an application for yours as well.
    I can guarantee you your light 3 inch works better than this thing.


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    Threads beat up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Threads beat up?
    Nope. Regular NC thread not Acme. Just not very user friendly.

    It was hopeless before I installed the spring.

    The bottom screw for securing it to a bench isn't perpendicular in use so doesn't really hold very well. To make it perfect I would have needed to notch the base, bend a bit and reweld.

    I relisted it on Marketplace and sold it in an hour for $45 then bought groceries.


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    I had considered using regular threaded rod to fix my busted RAE.... not a good plan, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    I had considered using regular threaded rod to fix my busted RAE.... not a good plan, huh?
    I would just buy a length of acme with a matching nut. Actually several nuts so that you will have for other projects.


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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Saw this anvil with a sold sign on it.
    $3000 seems pretty ridiculous

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    Yea, 3k is ridiculous. Even though it's in pretty good shape and that price includes the stump with hammer rings, it's still very very ridiculous because that price puts you squarely in the price range of modern, mint condition anvils like the Rathole and such.

    It's a nice anvil for its age, sure, but.... it's sure isn't $3000 nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Not a bad turn of profit!

    Whoever replaced the screw did a pretty decent job, though that "thrust washer" looks like it'll bind more often than not. It needed a new base plate and spring made up for it, but, hey, $40 worth of groceries for a few minutes at the wire wheel and nice oiling? That's a fair trade any day.



    I've never seen one of those vises that I thought was worth the trouble. Unless you're doing a lot of really light work, filing small parts, they're just too small. Great for taking to demo's, but even then you seem to always be torquing down on the things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcguide View Post
    Saw this anvil with a sold sign on it.
    $3000 seems pretty ridiculous

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    I never thought of my anvil as a retirement plan, must be the railroad spikes... anyone know the story on that short cast stand beside it? Some kind of round stake holder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    Not a bad turn of profit!

    $40 worth of groceries for a few minutes at the wire wheel and nice oiling? That's a fair trade any day.
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    I just realized this is a bit of a bittersweet milestone.

    I am finally able to utilize blacksmith tools to make money.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bcguide View Post
    Saw this anvil with a sold sign on it.
    $3000 seems pretty ridiculous

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    Anvil size/weight has to be one of the most difficult things to determine from photos.

    $3000 Cdn = about usd$2300 so depending on actual weight may not be unreasonable for current market values.

    Placing an anvil on an undersized stump is just plain good marketing. LOL.

    I may have even used similar tactics…




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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    Smiths use drill presses so I'll show the Float Lock drill press vise I picked up today.

    The ratchet lock mechanism was stuck but in otherwise good shape. AND the jaws weren't full of errant holes. $25cdn

    It cleaned up nice....








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    Those really are handy on the drill press.

    It's funny you show that vintage pic because I was designing a piece of channel just like that to do pretty much exactly the same thing. It's nice to know that great minds really do think alike.

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    For you fellow Canadians in the upcoming Princess Auto flyer .... the Donald Trump special.



    Not positive, but it may be made by Mighty Forge which has a pretty good reputation.


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    Re: Blacksmithing tools

    It may be on sale, but it's still not cheap...
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    Yeah and it's a baby gas forge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    It may be on sale, but it's still not cheap...
    It must be a misprint.

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    Nope... welcome to our world of tools in Canadian dollars. Anything to do with forging has gone insane since the Forged in Fire series gained popularity on TV.
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    Looks like a halfway decent design. The side opening will allow you to get larger pieces in and out, so you can make dishes and candle holders. For the majority of the time, the end holes will do well enough for most things. Worth $700? Well, not to me, but I'm poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Nope... welcome to our world of tools in Canadian dollars. Anything to do with forging has gone insane since the Forged in Fire series gained popularity on TV.
    I didn't know. Im sorry to hear that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    Looks like a halfway decent design. The side opening will allow you to get larger pieces in and out, so you can make dishes and candle holders. For the majority of the time, the end holes will do well enough for most things. Worth $700? Well, not to me, but I'm poor.
    I built my own forge. Its not the best design but it work for now. I used salvaged materials, even the soft firebrick, but i bought the plumbing parts for the burner new. I got the fire crick out of an old pottery kiln i bought for $100. I ended up with a lot of firebrick but i should have kept it a pottery kiln. I bought it thinking i could use it as a forge, until i was advised against it for safety reasons. I will say one thing, that kiln heated up steel faster than my propane forge does. I would switch to electric if it was safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Need Advice View Post
    It must be a misprint.
    As Les said…NOPE. $700 Cdn is approximately $550usd though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Need Advice View Post
    I built my own forge. .

    Ive built my own also. Not that it really matters but I know I didn’t even make minimum wage considering the time I put into it.

    Of course those that know, would argue that me deserving minimum wage might be a bit of a stretch…



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    As Les said…NOPE. $700 Cdn is approximately $550usd though.
    Sounds like it might be cheaper to buy an American made forge.

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