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  1. Junior Samples

    Junior Samples Super OPE Member

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    Well I thought i DSCF2303.JPG DSCF2301.JPG DSCF2300.JPG d start out on the wrong foot. Mine are all homemade DSCF2302.JPG but work for me.
     
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    This is my worst but it's better than nothing .It's at my house,the better ones are in my shop which is 22 miles away .I'm going to burn the spokes out of the John -Deere A 38" rim and use it for a fire ring .The center hub is broken and for all intents not worth saving .--unless I can find another 38" bare rim from a burn down or something .Perhaps a big combine rim ? I'm about 15 miles from Anderson tractor,a salvage yard .One of the largest in the midwest ,
     

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    Here are mine.
    As I posted on the vises thread about these anvils. The big one on top is about 300lbs and was cast by the Pennsylvania RR in Altoona. It's 36" long and 14 or 16" high. It's in pretty good shape other than someone before I owned it must have had steel laying on it while cutting with a torch and there is a few places that our gouged out pretty bad. I have it all prepped for repair but haven't gotten around to it yet.

    The bottom one is a Nohab from Sweden. This anvil is from the late 1800's to early 1900's. It weighs in at about 125 lbs I believe, I forget it's dimensions. This anvil looks practically brand new or either it was or the Smith's before me really took care of it, sharp corners and a smooth flat face. The face is much harder on this one compared to the bigger one that I have. Interesting story about the Nohab is that the company who use to manufacture them has turned into SKF industries (bearing manufacturer) and they only made anvils for a short time and they are pretty rare if you come across one. They only used the best steel and this whole anvil is cast of high quality steel not like a Peter Wright which was wrought iron with a forge welded tool steel face. Nothing against those anvils but sometimes you have a problem with the face separating from the body although rare. Done with my rant sorry if I bored anyone.
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    Didn't bore me. Great history. I wish you knew more.
     
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    I'll trade ya any two of mine for one of yours. I'm a good trader.
     
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    When you get a chance I'd like to see the one's from your shopa
     
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    Haha, I like the one's that I have. Thanks for the offer.
     
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    Might as well post this. These are the hinges that I made for my blacksmith shop. I figured if it was going to be a smithy that I should probably make the door hinges, plus you can't buy any hinges like this at Lowe's!

    All done by hand on the anvil, this was actually one of the first things that I made. It was a real pain. I have around 40 hours or so in the 6 sets of hinges (3 sets per door). The hinges opened up are 4 ft long.

    My shop was built with old barn beams from a barn that me and @Scotty Overkill torn down. I had to make all new wooden pegs, mortise and tenons and put it back together as such. It was fun to build but don't know if I ever want to do that again. Very time consuming!

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    I just got back from delivering my last tool box to the shop,number 15 .Got a few pics but only found one anvil which I never did finish .Along with it a big vise that was my grandfathers and a leg vise that I think might have belonged to my great grandfather .
     

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    Those are great. Did you make the pattern?
     
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    Thank you! Nope I just wanted to match the size of the hinges to the door so they wouldn't look too overly big. I already had the pattern in my head. It was just a matter of scoring a line to the taper that I wanted, heated the piece in my coal forge then cut the excess off with a hot cutter on the anvil then cleaned up the rough edges with a grinder. As for the bolts I used a square punch to punch the square holes for the size of carriage bolts that I was using .
     
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    That's a pretty nice railroad track anvil that you have there. The post vise looks like it's in pretty good shape from what I am see. Are you going to set something up and do some smithing?
     
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    I've got a big brake drum I had thought about making a forge out of .Weather I ever do or not remains to be seen .I'd need a better anvil though .About the last I've done any of that stuff was hardening a hob for a worm gear wheel I made on an engine lathe ,old trick I learned from an 85 year old man .That's another story though .For that job I just used a rose bud torch tip and a bucket of oil --another old trick .
     
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    An old blacksmith in Pa once told me they used horse piss to quench steel back in the day if they had no oil. mmm smells good.
     
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    Yeah I don't think I could not would want to smell that!
     
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    A friend of mine on the firewood hoarders club site J. Dirt which I believed he is now on the OPE as well just made a brake drum forge. It turned out really well. You could try to send him a PM and get in touch with him if you're interested! I believe he posted his progress on the "Backyard Blacksmithing" thread on the firewood hoarders club if you want to take a look.
     
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    I sit here before the cock crows at o dark thirty in the morning trying to visualize how a person could collect horse piss to use as a salt water quench .
     
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    I have been using a southern crescent which has served me well. I upgraded to a hay budded yesterday. I had been wanting one figured I better bite the bullet before they get any higher. Anvils are going for rediculous prices these days. 253549CB-C168-4782-8DDC-56347BD8904B.jpeg F84DD834-B82C-4143-9623-A93FB6830D91.jpeg
     
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    Once i get it cleaned up I will get a picture on my stump
     
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    Hey. that was what I was told. I didn't ask for details. "True story" lol
     
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