Stop Dogs and a New Forge

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.

New forge

New forge

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.

Look at fig. 6

Look at fig. 6

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.

On another note my daughter is in the hospital with her water broke. I am awaiting my granddaughter Ayrabella Rose.

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.

13 Responses to Stop Dogs and a New Forge

  1. Mauricio says:

    Another entertaining video Dave! Those planing stops came out pretty cool. I’m defenitly riging the marking tool swap so I get you 😉 What does the hook in the middle do? The one with the twist?


    • David Bardin says:

      Maur. Thanks. I hope my marking knife will be sufficient for the swap. I am trying to do them a little bit better but it is testing my smith skills of witch there aren’t any.
      Those hooks are for hanging stuff on. Once you twist them there strength is very high. I made them for the guy that helped me get the table. Those are one of the first skills you learn as a smith.
      The coal is my problem. I think I have a good source now. We will see.
      Thanks for coming by, come again.

  2. Boxcarmarty says:

    Dave, What’s the purpose of the wire and the drill bit besides bailing hay and drilling holes???

    BTW, Randy’s a failure…..

  3. dw says:

    What was the point of the wire around the drill? I’m curious as to what you were going for.

    • David Bardin says:

      Don I have been making marking tools out of large paddle drill bits.
      I wanted to braid two steel cables with a bit of copper. The drill bit already had a twisted grove in it. I welded the braids in the drills flutes. The idea was to forge weld the braid in the flutes. Then forge the bit square and twist it counter to the the flute twist. Finish out the marking knife and see what kind of pattern I got. But FAIL.
      There is a marking knife swap going on and I wanted to bring it up a notch. I might not have the time. But I will figure out something.
      Thanks for asking.

  4. Tom Baker says:

    I enjoyed the video on blacksmithing, very interesting. I too developed an interest in this craft after starting with woodworking, but I limit my dealings to making and heat treating tool steel blanks for molding plane irons. I’ve got too many family members waiting for their wood work projects to allow me time to tinker with the black iron.
    You should post this video on the Lumberjocks site, quite interesting, and stop dogs qualify as a woodworking project.
    My best to you and your new family addition, enjoy the little princess.
    Thanks for posting

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you Tom.
      That is the level I want to get to. Making my own planes, irons and bodies. The sky is the limit. Who knows I might come up with a design that I have never seen. Making something this day and time that hasn’t been done is pert near imposable. I like posting a few items here that I don’t put every where else. It gives my subscribers a little bit more here.
      Thank you for commenting and stopping by.
      You the man.

  5. DIYaholic says:

    I don’t see a failure, just a lesson of a way that did not work. We tend to learn more from our mistakes/failures, than we do from our “first try” successes!!!

    What exactly constituted the failure? What didn’t work, and what will you do different next time???

    The description of the tempering(?)/hardening was done very well.

    Looking forward to many more of your successes!!!

    • David Bardin says:

      Always Randy I break more than I make. I like showing them though. I was like hit hot metal and watch it shatter like glass. I will have to investigate this with more experienced smiths. You bet someone will tell me what happened.
      What exactly constituted the failure?
      Not the outcome you expected
      What didn’t work, and what will you do different next time???
      I have no idea and yes.
      Thanks Randy
      I am going to have a better episode of the processes of forging metal.

  6. JL7 says:

    Dave – looks like the new forge is working well…..I get it now…..looks pretty versatile…..I’ve not seen that bench stop design before – looks quite effective!! Sorry about the drill bit experiment……guess you can chalk that up to learning……

    I can relate to your daughters situation……my son (the first born) wanted to come out earlier than the doctors wanted and it was a long couple of days, but all ended well……Hang in there… best to your daughter and baby…….

    • David Bardin says:

      Jeff it is easier to show how it works than explain it. I love all the room I have. And I can do bigger stuff now. Plus there is less chance of green coal popping. Now I can pre-heat it before adding it to the fire.
      I know this is not my first rodeo. But my baby is having a baby. The first two grandkids were from my son. That was not as close to home as this. I am hanging. You know I quit drinking. As Get Smart would say ” I was this close.”
      Thank you my friend.

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