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Old 12-12-2018, 05:47 PM
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The easiest way to do it is to roll it smaller and then drift it to the proper size..

Tuck the very end in first ( start the rolling process at the very tip with over rolling it).. Ideally putting a longish taper so the hinge is wrapped vs butted..

Use a drift the same size as the pin or just a smidge larger.. When I need a drift for this kind of thing, I just use the stock I'm making the pin from and as soon as you forge the taper it will make it just a tad larger behind the taper..

I have a video online showing the process somewhere..

JLP services inc on youtube..
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Old 01-14-2020, 05:24 PM
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I finally hit a point where I've gotten up off my arse to make a gas forge.

I bought some fire bricks in the local hardware shop and after stacking them half a dozen different ways I've come up with a setup which should allow me to shrink it right down by popping in an extra brick inside.

I have some vermiculite board which I can line the sides and roof with too.

I have two torches to try out, the one further up the page and this beautiful roofing torch.

I'm not sure how to measure heat output but I'll fire them up and do some testing.

The bricks are wet from being stored outside so I set them up as a wind tunnel with a heater. The bricks sure do work anyway, the heat inside after only a few minutes was impressive.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:36 PM
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I gave the body of my old forge to my brother in law and we mounted a harbor freight weed burning torch on it which is very similar to your roofing torch. It made enough heat, but I don't know how it held up over the long term.
I would take the torch off/away from the forge body when you shut it down so that it doesn't cook from the residual heat. The air and gas flow in the torch helps keep the important parts from burning up during use.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:44 PM
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Hey John, how much did they hit you for the brick?
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Old 01-14-2020, 07:02 PM
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€32 for ten.

I'm gonna let ye convert that into your various dollars.

I will pick up 2 or 3 more to allow it to be choked down fill the gaps at the back and to have a door at the front.
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$35.62 dollars.
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:49 AM
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I just use my rosebud on my Oxy-Acetylene set up.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:08 PM
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If I had one I'd use it, but they ain't cheap to own and I've long fancied a bit of forging


This has escalated from quickest dirtiest though.....

Put a leg underneath to fit into one of my folding stands

Will cut some threaded bar to pull it together and bore the top to take a torch for now and make a pipe burner later.
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:30 PM
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The blacksmith I worked with in Thailand had a forge like this. (Not him but virtually identical.) I felt like the little kid on the air pumps ("bellows"). God forbid you pumped too little or too much air in there. Get it huffing but don't burn the steel and don't waste charcoal. Especially when the smith was about to quench a blade. Oh no, no, no.

But I took cues off of him and watched the process. I learned and got along, unlike Platy's minions in Vermont.
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