hand forged dandelion digger

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Project by bobasaurus posted 05-09-2016 05:24 PM 722 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this dandelion digger for a Mother’s Day gift, including forging the steel myself. The handle is walnut with a brass ferrule, finished with shellac and wax. The steel is O1 drill rod that I hardened and tempered to just below a spring so it wouldn’t snap when prying. I tried it out today and it seems to work well.

I’ve been trying to learn blacksmithing recently to make things like this. I also made a drift (for forming hammer eyes) and touchmark (for hammering my logo into hot steel):

Here is my driveway forging setup:

It is very fun, but tiring to hammer.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 05-09-2016 07:49 PM

Bravo !!! It’s a work of art.

Like you, I love working on projects that make the neighbors think I’m crazy. :-)
Your driveway forge is over the top !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 07:59 PM

Thanks John. Fortunately the neighbors mostly find it interesting. I live in a pretty blue collar area, thankfully. Kind of wish I wasn’t on display, though. I could do it in the backyard but then all my stuff would have to live outside.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 10:41 PM

Great project. A very nifty forge.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#4 posted 05-10-2016 12:13 PM

That looks really good. I am sure your neighbors like it when you are hammering too.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#5 posted 05-10-2016 02:13 PM

Wow! It’s a beautiful shop made tool. That blacksmith equipment looks very portable. I’d like to find out more about your equipment. Did you build it? I had a really nice blacksmith shop in my machine shop but hadn’t set it up yet. I lost the whole kit and bootle in a fire.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 05-10-2016 02:40 PM

Very nice!!! I cant wait to see what you make as your skills progress! I bet your neighbors love your hammering!

-- Putty

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#7 posted 05-14-2016 06:02 PM

Thats awesome. I dig the forge

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#8 posted 06-04-2016 04:52 PM

Great work!

-- Currently turning lumber into sawdust at The Foundry,

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