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    Olympia, Washington USA
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    Blacksmithing, Bladsmithing Gaming, Fishing, Camping

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  1. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    Once I get it done lol... This hole forging thing is a new learning curve. I can only manage to stand up for about an hour per day or so depending on how I feel. Maybe 2 hours. So I can only forge about an hour or two per day. Which of course for me is plenty of time. So I'm going to be slow moving on this one. It will also depend on weather as well. But at least I know its a lot of fun in the long run. The parents came by because I was lighting up the forge I think they were kind of in a shock and aw moment (parents are in their 60's) lol it was like it was something they've never seen. I had just started up the fire when they got here 5 minutes later the fire was hot enough to weld steel lol. Too funny. But yea it's going to be slow going to start off.
  2. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    Nah lol nothing plated I know better. Learned my lesson quickly first time I tried welding on galvanized steel lol. OPPS. The next thing after I eventually get that hot cutter made will be a set of tongs that I can grab larger pieces of metal with. The tongs I currently have aren't the best for grabbing larger items. I think they're meant for more of the flat pieces. Tried playing with rebar. I'm still learning the temps with that. Got some a bit too hot yesterday. It just shattered when I struck it with the hammer. OPPS.
  3. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    Yea I saw those I think I have those saved on my ebay site. I just can't spend any more money for the rest of the month lol. So it will have to hurry up and wait.
  4. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    If I could find something that would work for mine. The ring is deafening but I can put up with it for the time being. I've only forged twice for about an hour or 2. I'm quite surprised at how much coal you can literally go through in only an hour of forging. As for securing the anvil to the block I'm going to have to figure something out.
  5. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    So my progress on the hot cutter has been slow I’m hoping I didn’t burn up my fan motor lol that would just bit I think my fan set at idle a bit too long how ever slowly but surely the hot cutter is starting to form I got it widened out big enough to fit the hardy hole. I’m going to have to cut more material off the over all length of it but it’s starting to come along... Problem is the holes are just so danger small lol.
  6. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    The all threads sadly did not work. As soon as it was dry I did an attempt to move. Anvil and all threads lifted right out of their prospective holes. So I had to clean off all of the silicone on the feet of the anvil. Welp so much for that. For now I think I'm just going to have to deal with the ring until I can figure something out to secure it in better. Because the lag screws I have I can't fit through the top holes of the anvil to sink them into the wood. My brother should be stopping by a bit later Im going to wait and see what he thinks can be done and maybe a better way of getting it bolted in. So I think I'm just going to go ahead and fire up the forge get her lit and start working on my hot cutter. At this point I'm kind of pieved so I think that's the best thing I can do right now is hit hot metal.
  7. AndyB

    Anvil Stands

    I think he's on the right track. On your lower end I would have done those on the opposite side. Unless you are planning on going across both sides and running it through. It would be one set of bolts going across the way the anvil is set. So it would look like a cross with the bolts or all threads. That's another recommendation. I would find a local screw supply store. Pick up something called All Thread. They are about 3 foot long threaded rods. You can get the nuts and washers that fit the size that you are using. It is much cheaper than buying a 10 or 15 dollar bolt at 18 inches. I got a few of them for around 4 or 5 bucks a piece. But so far your stand is looking good.
  8. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    Perfect, yea yesterday when I was testing everything out. Beating on that anvil lol it was deafening. I'm going to have to figure out how to clamp it. I've gotta go pick up a hand truck lol now that I'm bolting the anvil in place. At least that way I'll be able to move it around with ease. I have been completely enjoying myself with this. All of it even the fails. It's been a hell of a learning experience. I was quite impressed at how fast those coals got hot. Literally with in 5 minutes of having the lump wood charcoal going the fire was hotter than blazes. Its actually quite lovely having things going right for a change.
  9. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    @Alan Longmire Okay I ran into a small issue. The lag screws wont fully fit through the hols on the anvil. The threaded section does. How ever I did pick up silicone this morning. If I put a layer of silicone down and set the anvil on top of it after it dries will that minimize the ring of the anvil or will it amplify it. Of all the thing lol yes the lag screws are big enough I suppose the other thing i could try is taking my file and filing down the edges of the lag screws until they fit into the the holes on the anvil itself. I'm having to use some all thread for the anvil bolts. It actually works quite well. So I'm just fitting everything up at the moment before I place the later of silicone down. Half inch if memory servers right. Small note, I've got the all threads in place silicone in the holes as well to help secure them in. So I'm waiting for that to set. I also had the washers I just had to sand them down flatter to fit in front of the feet. So far so good. After I do a re fit on the anvil and the threads I'll be adding in the layer of silicone for the feet. Busy work day for me but maybe I'll get to do some more forging this afternoon.
  10. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    Well in my welding class that I had taken a few years ago now. I had started using my angle grinder with a cut off wheel. I was working on an assignment that required the use of it. Needless to say I had a kick back with it and it went right into my sweater. Luckily for me the sweater basically wrapped so tightly around the bushings on the angle grinder essentially stopping the blade from gashing my gut open. At the time of the kick back I did already let go of the trigger. But yes because of that to this day it holds me back from using cut off wheels. Not saying that I wont use an angle grinder, I love them. I just wont use a cut of wheel. Its one thing you don't want to fool around with if you don't know what you are doing. You know.
  11. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    Angle grinders and cut of wheels scare the crap out of me and for good reason lol. So it will more than likely be a hack saw with that. I use to go to sweat lodges on a regular basis so in some form or another I've always been playing with fire. But you certainly can't beat playing with fire and red hot metal lol. But today is silcone and bolt down the anvil. Gotta get rid of that danged ring.
  12. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    Yep already planning on it
  13. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    I just watched that very informational I will have to give that a go next time I fire up the forge. I’ll cut off the piece I already forged on the piece will be a bit shorter but that’s okay it will be easier to work with. That will be what I do next.
  14. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    I don’t know if I have enough material to make my cutter that big.
  15. AndyB

    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    The main thing I’m trying to figure out is how to get a bigger piece out of the 3/4 inch 1045 round stock that I’m using for it. That’s mainly why I was asking if I should fold it over and forge weld it a bit to make it bigger. Since it being only 3/4 of an inch. It’s about 8 inches in over all length.
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