Failed Nails and Stop Dogs

To be able to attach my future hardware I need the ability to make nails. The nail is forged to a taper and then a tool called a nail header is used to make a nail head. I have been unable to find a lot of material on the headers construction. So I made it with the information I could find. It was a fair attempt.

Forged Nails

Forged Nails

After further research I have discovered I had the taper on the wrong side and did not have a square hole in the top. I will make another and try again.

My stop dogs have improved a lot. I have them at a good tight 90 degrees and they will sit flush with the bench.

Stop Dog and Shavings

Stop Dog and Shavings

These were used in a larger plane stop. I will be building a new bench soon and this will be implemented. For now I show how to install the dog in a one inch dog hole.

My new grand daughter was born this weekend. Ayrabella Rose Jones. After she was born Friday her Pawpaw had the next two days to make her something for her bedroom wall. I forged a letter A and a hook to hang it with. I hope this will last her many years and give her something to remember me by.

Forged Letter A

Forged Letter A

forged_letter A
Here is a peek at the newborn.

Ayrabella Rose

Ayrabella Rose

This shot was about 2 minutes after she was born.
I want to thank you fine people for taking the time to look at my blog and watch my videos.
Without further babel here is the video.

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Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

12 Responses to Failed Nails and Stop Dogs

  1. roger says:

    Very awesome my friend. That new gal on the block is very precious. Keep on forgin, PawPaw

  2. eddieantley says:

    happy you daughter and baby are home ,know thats a load lifted ,the A looks great ,Ayrabella Rose thats a beautiful name too,your forging is coming along well enjoyed the video you are getting good on these too

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you Eddie. It is good to see you back online as well. I pray for your health and thank you for all the kind words. You are always welcome my friend. William is wanting to come see you again and he wants me to tag along. I cant wait to meet you.

  3. DIYaholic says:

    Another fine lesson learned about the art of forging! Thank you.

    Again, congrats on many a sleepless night, err grandchild!!!

    Love to say more, but got a blog to write….

    • David Bardin says:

      Hello Pres.
      Yes the nights are broken into little blocks of snoring followed by jumping to feet to rescue wet diapers.
      Go writ you blog Randy. We are interested in seeing the progress of the tool lair.
      Thanks for taking the time to read and watch mine.

  4. Boxcarmarty says:

    Nice Dave, Just remember, a bent or twisted nail holds better…..

    • David Bardin says:

      I am learning. My grandfather had me straighten a few thousand of them when I was young. You learn to drive a bent nail fairly well to. Just think they would burn a structure just to retrieve the nails.
      Thanks Marty.

  5. JL7 says:

    She sure is Purdy there PawPaw….so glad that mom and baby are home and you can put your mind at ease…..the sleeping part will need to be determined……

    So the nail fail isn’t really a fail… have simply uncovered a few of the likely many challenges necessary to overcome……you are trying to defy the “can’t teach an old dog” thing….I thought those early attempts looked purdy good…

    The dogs took a few tries and look at them now…….very nice…

    And a nice birthday gift for the grand-baby….

    I heard the birds singing also……a sound that has been missing here for many months……maybe some day the birds will return here…..

    Great post Dave…….

    • David Bardin says:

      Why thank you Jeff. I will get it. I just don’t have a lot of reference materials on some of this stuff. There are two smiths here local that are world known. They do offer lessons but they are $250.00 a day. I may take some but I want to wait a bit so I can get down to some real problems I want to discuss with them.
      The gift gave me something to do till they came home. It is a bit of a tradition in my family to make something for the new born at there birth. I have the quilt my Memaw made me when I was born.
      The birds will be headed your way shortly. It is getting a lot warmer down here. When I am taking a break from the shop. I like to sit and watch the cardinals steel my dogs food. Sometimes there will be 20 or more birds.

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