Home made forge question



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Re: Home made forge question

Postby Iodo » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:43 am

Kortoso wrote:One thing that slows a lot of would-be smiths, is the assumption that the anvil needs to be a huge block of iron or steel.
The Vikings often made do with something little more than a iron spike driven into a heavy stump.


No need to worry :P my anvill (for now) is just a heavy piece of scrap steel on a few foundation blocks, I'll post pics later
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Re: Home made forge question

Postby Iodo » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:47 am

Yesterday I tested the forge, finally! The full setup looks like this:

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It's fueled with hardwood charcoal and I'm pleased to report that my strange layout of pipework didn't cause any problems, intact it seemed to work perfectly.
As promised heres some photos of the anvil:

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The anvil has a second plate that fits over the top to protect my flat serface from cuting and punching. It also has a work holding chain which allows me to do activities that would normally need three hands. The only thing that didn't work to well was the stand. The top block ended up cracking with repeated impact so I need to rethink that (i'll possibly mount the anvill on a piece of hard wood first)

Here's some pictures of it working:

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It didn't quite get as hot as I would have liked, I think the next thing I'll be trying is an electric blower and using ether coal or coke. And I've got to learnhow to use it, so far I haven't really made anything due to not really knowing what I'm doing.
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Re: Home made forge question

Postby Greg » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:19 pm

Try talking to a local tree service, and see if you can get your hands on a log. Anything recently cut from a live tree would do the trick. Ask for something that’s as tall as from the ground to your knuckles in a closed fist at your side (minus the height of your anvil). It’ll be a much more comfortable working position, and you can always nail that chain to the stump.

Looks pretty cool, though! Looking forward to seeing this skill progress.
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Re: Home made forge question

Postby Iodo » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:11 pm

Greg wrote:Try talking to a local tree service, and see if you can get your hands on a log. Anything recently cut from a live tree would do the trick. Ask for something that’s as tall as from the ground to your knuckles in a closed fist at your side (minus the height of your anvil). It’ll be a much more comfortable working position, and you can always nail that chain to the stump.

Looks pretty cool, though! Looking forward to seeing this skill progress.

That sounds like a great idea, I think I'll do that, thanks Greg :P
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Re: Home made forge question

Postby Eric C » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:07 pm

Okay, I've been absent for a while... again... Anyway, how is this progressing for you? The forge looks great! It would work well as is with coal or coke. If you want to continue to use lump charcoal, then you may want to consider building up some walls around the firepot using firebricks or clay. This will allow you to heap on more charcoal, it will concentrate the heat and it will shield it from outside wind. You want your air coming from your blower and into where you want it.

I do hope this is progressing for you!
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Re: Home made forge question

Postby Iodo » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:18 am

Eric C wrote:Okay, I've been absent for a while... again... Anyway, how is this progressing for you? The forge looks great! It would work well as is with coal or coke. If you want to continue to use lump charcoal, then you may want to consider building up some walls around the firepot using firebricks or clay. This will allow you to heap on more charcoal, it will concentrate the heat and it will shield it from outside wind. You want your air coming from your blower and into where you want it.

I do hope this is progressing for you!

Well, I have plans to improve the setup, I've found a nice powerful electric blower and did plan to use it with coke instead of charcoal, I have got a ring of metal I can put on the table around the firepot to shield it from wind if the conditions make it necessary. Problem is I haven't had any time, that was last years college project and now I'm mad busy with this years, which is HNC and much harder

This is the only thing I've had time to make with it so far:
https://www.deviantart.com/maygoldworth ... -764036083
And it's not very impressive, at the moment the forge is buried in the garage and it would take me about half a day to get it out
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Re: Home made forge question

Postby Eric C » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:36 pm

Not a bad start. The leather work is really nice too. My leather work could use some attention.
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Re: Home made forge question

Postby Iodo » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:35 pm

Eric C wrote:Not a bad start. The leather work is really nice too. My leather work could use some attention.

Thanks :P
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