The main reason I have gotten into blacksmithing is to make the tools I want. A lot of what is out there is machine made and not in my price range.
I have just built a new forge. The brake drum was a good start but I could not get anything big in it.
I was having a problem with the shavings from grinding and filing in my wood shop. This allowed me to get the metal work outside.
I took my brake forge flange and attached it to the table. Then I welded angle iron to the table to give me a lip to keep the coal around the forge. The large metal pieces are tractor weights that give me the ability to arrange the forge pit to the size I need.
In the video you will see my attempt to forge weld braided steel cable to a drill bit. The video shows the outcome. I also wanted to make some stop dogs – bench dogs. You can see it as fig. 6 on this Roubo plate.
I am still in the process of tweaking my hold fast pattern. I made some more changes to the two I have made. I want the hold fasts to hold small and large material with little effort on the setting of the fast. I will get there.I am working from picture and make a change then test.
In black smithing not all of the work is forge and hammer. A lot is file and finish. I show the metal finish I am using in the video. It consists of Boiled Linseed Oil, Wax and Turpentine. This is applied when the metal is hot enough to melt the wax but not burn it. It works well because of the wicking action that the heat causes. This allows it to get in the nooks and crevices of the work piece.
I want to thank you for tagging along on my journey. I am learning and hope you pick up a little information along the way.
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.
On another note my daughter is in the hospital with her water broke. I am awaiting my granddaughter Ayrabella Rose.