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Old 01-17-2020, 04:10 AM
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Leaving aside the semantics..........

I possibly need this tomorrow afternoon so have decided to crack on before I have the ability to bend flat bar sideways. At the end of the day the handle, point and everything else is the same. I just unbolt one hook and bolt on another.


I cut the bar to length and was looking at options for drilling. I think an m8 is the minimum I want here and drilling that out of 16mm bar doesnt leave a whole lot of meat.

I'm in the forging frame of mind and was thinking if only I was ready I could flatten the end of the round bar a bit.

So in answer to the question in my other thread. On a cold winters day, the fireplace is in fact the quickest, dirtiest forge!!!

No action shots, but it got orange and was softer than hammering cold.



Oh and I'm now making a peavey!!
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Old 01-17-2020, 07:43 AM
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John,
Now you see the crap I put up with, hence the name.
Too many lawyer/English teacher types.
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Getting you one for the weekend....

The first one I made, no torch, bending, or forge was used.

I simply cut and welded (stick welded) the pieces (IIRC 1/2" x 1")
the angle joint, the point on the end (pre ground it on the bench grinder)

And made (2) little ears from same, welded them to some pipe that was the handle. Predrilled them for a 3/8" dia. bolt.

The plasma cut one brings up a question to you.
If I sent you the DXF file, do you have a friend locally that could plasma cut it for you ?

I don't have any pix avail right now.
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I could get it cut, but I think I'd rather try and shape a bit of flat, I've all the bits for a forge gathered.


print it out and use it as a template.



So the first iteration is done, last weekend got cancelled so took the pressure off.

I have these cheap chisels/punches from aldi (german discounter) they're pretty chinesium but still harder than mild steel. they cost about a buck a piece and are very handy for cutting up and using as hard steel.

I'm going to use one as the point on the pole (not that one, just the first one I found)

it'll be driven up into a hole drilled in the end of the shovel handle and then tacked in place.

I used my bent bar for now and welded on an offcut ground to a point. I'm sure it'll bend too easily when I get overly ambitious, but it'll do fine for now to figure out my point geometry
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Looks good, no need for "forged from solid" welding (arc or mig)
is fully acceptable.
I think the tooth on the end of the swinging part is supposed to contact higher up the handle.
The sharp point is for poking the logs around in a pool. Sort of "out of the way" when torqueing.

When you start really torqueing on the thing, that pointy chisel might bend.

Naming it...."pub wrench" and you'll sell them like crazy.

"what you wife uses to pry you sorry a$$ off the
barstool to get you home"....

You can figure what the pointy end doubles for...

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