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Home made Blacksmith Forge

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posted on May, 24 2017 @ 12:18 PM
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Built this from a Wheeler Wilson treadle sewing machine base to create a pedal powered forge. Found the blower on Amazon.
The ducting channels air through an "ash guard", sheet metal, into a fire-pot.

Plan to counter weight the flywheel to help spin the wheel past the dead center point on the treadle stroke, where the treadle often jams up.
The lower cap on the "T" fitting is an ash clean-out. Machined the threads off a close nipple above the "T" fitting to form a quick disconnect into the fire-pot.

A cast iron fireplace grate forms the frame for the forge, which is lined with firebrick. My original fire-pot was an aluminum bowl insulated with fireplace mortar, rated to 2000 Deg F. Although this worked, it was problematic, requiring constant repair and eventually burned through. Replaced it with a 12 inch cast iron frying pan. The quick disconnect feature described earlier allows the removal of the grate, which is effectively the "forge", from the treadle-blower base. As the firebrick shields the treadle frame from heat, I can put the frame away while the fire grate cools off separately
I fire with coal and generate sufficient heat to forge tool steel.

Have more photos, but can't load them, every time I try they don't appear in the uploaded box.
Bummer, my anvil was cast in 1819, rings true and illustrates the early English method of measuring an anvil's weight.
In a survivalist setting railroad iron will suffice for an anvil, however Harbor Freight sells Chinese cast mooring...I mean anvils, but even a bad Chinese anvil is better than RR iron.




posted on May, 24 2017 @ 12:24 PM
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a reply to: Wreckclues

Very nice!!! I built my 1st propane forge a couple months ago pretty primitive but it works, I want to build a Coal forge but I live in Cali and no one understands the word Coal would have to buy from the net. I Love moving metal made a knife so far and working on some Ornate Brackets to hang some mirrors.

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posted on May, 24 2017 @ 12:27 PM
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a reply to: Wreckclues Good job!! How much was the cost of the blower? Seems new, brand new. Is anyone still manufacture mechanical ones in that century, lol.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 12:45 PM
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I have always liked the use of a treadle set-up for machines. There is a museum in Berea,Ky. that has many treadle powered tools. Wood lathes, table saws and many other man-powered machines from around the country are there. I haven't been there in a long time so I don't know of any new additions.

There is a man who was a industrial arts teacher on the web named MR PETE. He has many episode of metal working on his website that may be of use to you. There is some vids of forging and casting that are very interesting. He does sand molding in his garage with easily available tools which you may find useful.

edit on 24-5-2017 by buddah6 because: Superior pain medication and no coffee.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 12:46 PM
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How much was the cost of the blower? Seems new


It is brand new, in fact you can by everything you need from Amazon...including the forge.
www.amazon.com...



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 12:54 PM
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would have to buy from the net

Amazon has 16 lb bags for about $23. We still have folks around here who heat with coal so I can purchase it locally.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 12:58 PM
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a reply to: Wreckclues

My problem would be just how much Coal I need for a job - How long will 16lbs burn? I should know we used to heat with coal but I was Knew high in Tennessee used to go to the Coal mines and get truck loads with my Grandpa.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 01:03 PM
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How about charcoal brickets?



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 01:04 PM
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a reply to: buddah6

Tried didn't get hot enough and the Weather really effected temp.
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posted on May, 24 2017 @ 01:04 PM
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a reply to: Wreckclues
Nice. Creative way to foot pedal the blower by re-purposing a thing from the past.
Looks sweet.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 02:05 PM
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originally posted by: Wreckclues

Built this from a Wheeler Wilson treadle sewing machine base to create a pedal powered forge. Found the blower on Amazon.
The ducting channels air through an "ash guard", sheet metal, into a fire-pot.

Plan to counter weight the flywheel to help spin the wheel past the dead center point on the treadle stroke, where the treadle often jams up.
The lower cap on the "T" fitting is an ash clean-out. Machined the threads off a close nipple above the "T" fitting to form a quick disconnect into the fire-pot.

A cast iron fireplace grate forms the frame for the forge, which is lined with firebrick. My original fire-pot was an aluminum bowl insulated with fireplace mortar, rated to 2000 Deg F. Although this worked, it was problematic, requiring constant repair and eventually burned through. Replaced it with a 12 inch cast iron frying pan. The quick disconnect feature described earlier allows the removal of the grate, which is effectively the "forge", from the treadle-blower base. As the firebrick shields the treadle frame from heat, I can put the frame away while the fire grate cools off separately
I fire with coal and generate sufficient heat to forge tool steel.

Have more photos, but can't load them, every time I try they don't appear in the uploaded box.
Bummer, my anvil was cast in 1819, rings true and illustrates the early English method of measuring an anvil's weight.
In a survivalist setting railroad iron will suffice for an anvil, however Harbor Freight sells Chinese cast mooring...I mean anvils, but even a bad Chinese anvil is better than RR iron.



You my friend are what keeps me coming back to ATS.

Absolutely brilliant! I'm impressed



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 05:06 PM
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a reply to: Wreckclues

Very nice Sir. What kind off smith work do you do?



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 05:16 PM
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a reply to: RogueWaterC1

Historical farming. I manage a Conservation trust that maintains an 1867 dairy barn. So I'm forging general farm implements, hooks, hinges, brackets, just trying to keep the upper floor and lofts as historically accurate as possible. Although, I'm hooked on "Forged In Fire" and as soon as I can build an oil quench I'll start experiment with blades



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 06:02 PM
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Won't take long to fry up some burgers on that beast. Nice job.a reply to: Wreckclues



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 06:04 PM
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a reply to: Wreckclues

That's hot....!

I've wanted to build my own forge for years. Someday. Great ingenuity show here.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 06:06 PM
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Looks like it will work pretty well. I have a cast iron forge in the garage, and all the blacksmith tools too. I got it from my stepfathers garage after he died, it is actually both mine and my brothers. Half the blacksmith tools I collected over the years from rummage sales and from older people I knew who gave them to me.

I even studied how to use it but never tried it yet. It uses charcoal or coal or even some hardwood clippings would work.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 06:29 PM
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I have a cast iron forge in the garage


Just picked up an old Farrier's or possibly Riveters forge from my local "Mantique" store, un-marked save for "Clay Forge Before Using" cast in the base, came with a rusted out blower and most resembles a Champion. Blower gears are salvageable, but I'll have to drill out and machine new pinions. The bulk of my blacksmith tools came from an old neighbor who collected Western Memorabilia, the guy had a chuck wagon supporting his basement staircase and a complete Blacksmith shop set up in an anti-room. When he moved he gave me everything he didn't have a provenance on. Been sitting on those things for 30+ years, figured why wait any longer, no better time than the present.
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posted on May, 24 2017 @ 06:38 PM
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That's hot....!


With the firebrick and ash guard it's quite cool too.
Why slave over a hot forge when you can kick back with a burger in one hand and a hard cider in the other all the while pedaling the treadle

edit on 5/24/2017 by Wreckclues because: Damn spell check!



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 06:43 PM
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Well, when you get it finished, it will be an elaborate marshmallow roaster. Thirty years in the garage, I wonder if you will ever actually make something with it? If you are like me, you will get it all ready and fire it up to see if it works then go on to fixing something else up.



posted on May, 24 2017 @ 07:00 PM
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a reply to: rickymouse

The forge is done, fired it about 10 times last year, the tools were hanging around my barn for 30 years.



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