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#16 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted January 29, 2018 - 08:20 AM

I also use a piece of a railroad track as a pounding and bending tool. Works great!!
 

Where are all these railroad track anvils missing from!


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Posted January 29, 2018 - 08:38 AM

Lump charcoal is available from Lowes.

 

https://www.lowes.co...arcoal/50330091


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Posted January 29, 2018 - 08:42 AM

If you can find a track section  that was replaced because of wear it will be a little harden from use also there are different weights per yard so the bigger the better for homemade anvils  .   

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Posted January 29, 2018 - 09:05 AM

I have 2 nice pieces of rail, one is a bigger size than the other. I can cut a piece and ship it, you pay shipping! LOL.


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Posted January 29, 2018 - 02:10 PM

Hi well this morning I dusted of the carbon arc torch and played with it it worked ok with some practice it maybe a useful tool, question for Chris I watched your video (good video) and noted you set the welder ro 105 amps is this normal operating temp/amps or does the size of the carbon rods change the amp setting? I looked online but really could find any good information.

Will try it again this afternoon to see if I can improve my skills :( 


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Posted January 29, 2018 - 07:26 PM

Hi all well this afternoon I tried the carbon arc torch for heating some flat steel 2" X 7/16" to bend and angle to build a "A" frame for a 3 pt tool bar, well it worked but its pitiful slow process it took approx 5 min to get it hot enough to bend I switched to the oxyacetylene torch and it heated the steel to bendable temps is approx 1 min. So yes it works but you must be patient but if you don't have a gas welding set up but do have a ac welder that is 220 VAC powered its an option here's a link to making your own torch

http://www.instructa...-volt-stick-we/

 

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Posted January 29, 2018 - 07:33 PM

Hi all, back to the original post question here are some pictures of the anvil I have and a picture of the forge, the forge is really back behind a lot of other stuff so I got within about 20' and used the tele-photo lens option to get a picture

 

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Posted January 29, 2018 - 11:04 PM

Hi, sorry for not replying sooner, been outside all day.

First and most of all that is not my video. Donnyboy73 deserves the credit. He did a nice job and that happens to be the same torch I have. 

Yes the larger the carbons the more heat you can run. If you think about it 100 amps run an 1/8" welding rod and would take quite a while to heat the iron you used. Most of the time I'm not heating large iron. 

At first 5 minutes might seem like a long time but if you consider how long it would take to heat a forge to make a couple of bends the 5 minutes doesn't seem that long. I think you will find that running your welder at a 100 amps is less costly than running a rosebud on a torch. 

Also you could purchase quite a few old buzz box welders for the cost of a set of tanks not to mention comparing a gas torch set against a carbon arc torch. 

Yes I'm trading time for money but being retired I have the time. On top of that it is kind of fun to do things the old way and the Grand-kids get a kick out of it. 


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Posted January 29, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Or you can use 2 piece torch tip and burn cheaper propane gas.


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Posted January 31, 2018 - 08:12 AM

Hi all, back to the original post question here are some pictures of the anvil I have and a picture of the forge, the forge is really back behind a lot of other stuff so I got within about 20' and used the tele-photo lens option to get a picture

 

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That is a really nice forge. Take the time to clean it up and service the blower gears before using it. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 06, 2018 - 07:45 PM

Nice score on the forge. I have a piece of anvil also works great. I need to mount it on a stump, now I just drag it around on the floor. I'm thinking about carving on it to give it a real look of an anvil. They got some nice ones on YouTube.

I've been wanting to build a forge too but waiting to get a large truck brake drum. I have a water pump tank that is very thick that could be cut in half & would make a good pot. I'm thinking to set the brake drum in the middle of it. The area for the coal doesn't have to be that large just a good size pot around it so you can feed the coal as needed. Again go on YouTube there's dozens of home made forges on there.
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Posted February 09, 2018 - 11:31 AM

I had thought about building/buying a forge.  Most of my projects don't require a lot of bends so the time to heat the forge would be a big negative for me.  The two tanks for my Oxy/acetylene are going on their third year so the cost is not a big factor for me.  Beside I like the quickness of the torch.


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Posted February 09, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Hi chieffan, like wise I like the quickness and ease of use with a torch just out of curiosity do you know how much a tank of acetylene  is in your part of the country last I bought here in WC MN it was about $90.00 that was a couple of years ago this past fall I needed oxygen and it was $101.78 these are large tanks.


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