I’ve been working out in the yard a lot getting mulch done and what not, so that I can do another big push on the kitchen. In my spare time I’ve made a few things.
One of the things I made recently is the cutting board above. It turned out pretty nice. I am going to attempt some new patterns soon. That kind of got me in the mood to finally try my forge.
I built this a while back out of a grill and a brake drum that was given to me. I also built an anvil, and then never used either of them. Actually, I have beat the crap out of few things on the anvil. The first order of business was to build a fire in it. Little paper, little coal, little blow torch.
at first the fire was a bit out of hand. You can just see at the bottom of the picture that I have a hair dryer for a bellows, I am just going to point out, that you don’t need to run that thing on high.
but I got it sorted out. (but the hair dryer on low). I need a foot switch.
I heated up the steel rod stock I had, and tapered the end out into point. The bent that into a curly cue.
that right there took a lot longer than you’d think. Once I had it the way I wanted it I bent the steel around the horn of the anvil to make the hook. Then cut it off with a hacksaw.
Then I put the back of the hook in some heat and flattened it out.
again, this took much longer than you’d think. I had a hard time getting bends correct.
Eventually I got it. I took it down to the shop and drilled some mounting holes. I also melted some bees wax on it while it was hot.
I watched a video before I made it, this guy made about 10 of them in about 3 minutes. Took me about 3 hours. I won’t be selling these on etsy anytime soon. I will say, that I am surprised at how straight I was able to get it. It’s definitely functional.