As my interest into hand tools has grown, so has my interest in the techniques used to make/repair these tools. I read a post on tempering steel using a homemade forge (I have not been able to relocate the post so the only name I know to credit for inspiration is “Visions”) After reading his post the day-dream came : pulling a piece of molten steel from the heaping coals of a clay oven , shirtless of course, and beating it flat with a massive 5lb mallet baptising the persuaded piece into my tub of water , and pulling out a masterfully crafted chisel…... then I realized I was still staring at the computer screen… so after a little research this is what I have so far
1) the parts
All 3 inch “black pipe”
1-18” piece threaded 1 end
2-6”pieces threaded both ends
1- floor flange
1- end cap
1- brake rotor
(wish i would have went with an old brake drum, but the auto shop was willing to let this one go for free)
2) attach the floor flange to the bottom (inside) of the brake rotor. if you can browse rotors with the flange in hand, you might could even find a bolt pattern that matches. not the case with mine so my father in law did the welding.
after the weld
my temporary set up
insert the haridryer into the 18” piece
Fire started(without forced air)
With hairdryer on low
My tools- a piece of rail (train) a 2lb ballpeen hammer that I actually found in the yard when we first moved in, and vise grips.
Testing it on some scrap. (also found in the yard)
What Ive learned so far,
1) I orginally had the hole covered with a piece of grate form a BBQ grill, its made to with stand high temps right?...wrong. so now i just am using a piece of 1/4” steel (3”x3”) to cover the hole. I was going to drill a few holes, but without them, it makes the edges a hotspot which seems to be pretty useful.
2) I was using scrap wood as a fuel source for the fire, it just burns up too quickly. Ive found BBQ charcoal to burn longer, but still too fast. Im going to do some research on a longer lasting fuel source.
3) Use grease on all threads, the ash instantly turns metal to rust. I painted it with high temp resistant paint for BBQ grills and coated the threads with all purpose grease.
This is gonna be a learning process, but a fun one for sure. my first real project i hope to be a set of tongs. much practice to do between now and then. It is as much fun as i had hoped and more!
**I hope you are able to see how I assembled the pieces, I skiped the photo shoot for that part. If it is not clear I will disassemble it and show that as well. This is a combination of designs Ive found via google/youtube. I claim no credit other than the assembly.