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    Home made forge and railroad track anvil

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    Post by jds6 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:47 am

    Hey guys
    Its been awhile since I have posted on the forum.
    Thought I'd venture out on something that would be helpful in making my crossbow parts. So I have built a forge from a old brake drum and dome smoker. Located a 55# piece of railroad track for the anvil and a old vice from a garage sale. I used 4x4 post for the anvil and vise stand. Build was under $100. Not a bad investment to be able to forge my own levers, bow irons and foot stirrups. Maybe a goat foot lever down the road with more experience.
    Here's a pic of my build.

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    Post by chaz on Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:18 pm

    jds6.

    Nice job ! Looks great ! How about more info. on the construction of the forge, I'm interested .

    I like the stand too!

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    Post by downunderrunner on Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:20 am

    second that comment chaz! good looking setup, is that track flat on the top as found, or did you hae to have it machined?
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    Post by jds6 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:31 pm

    Thanks for the kind words guys. As far as the forge construction, just go on You Tube and type in brake drum forge. There are plenty of forge ideas there.
    The railroad track anvil was just as I purchased it. It is quite flat on top. The edges are a bit curved though, but not bad. Many that I seen(on EBay) were pretty well rounded on top. Took a few weeks to locate a flat one, and have the right bid.(Did not want to spend to much)
    Again thanks for the thumbs up. Looking forward for my coal to arrive so I can get started on some crossbow parts.

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    Post by downunderrunner on Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:41 pm

    why wait for coal? your set up will run on charcoal, and take steel past critical on it! plus, it's easier to get a hold of!

    also, i have a few lengthes on old track set in the ground as fence posts on my farm, they're sinificantly rounded, so i was just going to have them machined flat!


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    Post by jds6 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:32 pm

    downunderrunner, I have tried charcoal, a matter of fact today. The lump charcoal does get mighty hot, but throws off a lot of sparks. (not really good this time of year in Texas) The lump charcoal seems to burn really fast. Will try out the coal when it arrives for comparison. Here's a pic of my lever forged today(first time to forge anything).

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    Post by downunderrunner on Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:13 pm

    very nice work!!! i don;t use comercial chacoal, i make my own, from hardwoods using the "retort" method, low sparking, high heat, but only average "life" in the fire, but the same with any charcoal anway!!

    i prefer to forge on charcoal, as it's something i don't need to bring onto site!

    mainly do knives qnd usch atm, n ot qlot of cause for them atm
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    Post by chaz on Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:48 am

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    Vert nice work indeed. Could you show a photo of the forge ?

    Thanks

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    Post by jds6 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:18 pm

    Thanks again. Here are a couple of pics of the forge. One on concrete blocks and one with the bbq modification.Home made forge and railroad track anvil Forge12

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    Post by chaz on Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:42 pm

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    Very nice, and of course the bbq lid is a great cover when not in use.

    Thanks;

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