I’ve talked to a few people lately who are interested in setting up a forge for the metal shop. I thought I would start this thread to see if we can get all the support in one place for a committee
I seem to remember having a small forge at the old building.
All the parts should still be there to build the forge. we had a burner, fire bricks, I cut a propane tank for the housing, and purchased the coating for the wool that was donated. There should also be a thick plate cut out to mount the anvil to a custom built stand.
I believe the small forge was sold a couple years back.
If it just needs assembled, that’s great. I was hoping for something for larger work, ideally 3-4’ work but I can work with what is there
The forge at douglas was going to be hooked into the main gas line. Not sure if that is a current option at booth. We has a 60gallon propane take at one time, but it was not supposed to be in the building due to code. Most people interested in blacksmith stuff had joined the Blacksmith guild in Haysville.
Admittedly, I’m more used to working a coal forge than a propane one. City codes aren’t as strict if you aren’t connecting to utilities. You still have fire codes to worry about though.
I have not seen the small gas forge since the move. If you are interested in coal forging, there are 2 coal forges at the CSMA (Central States Metal Artisans) Blacksmith Shop in Haysville.
I’m not particularly interested in driving all the way to haysville just to forge. I’m hoping to get my own build up next year, but I would love to have one at the space too so that classes can be had
It might be worth checking with Jai to see if there is a good spot to tie into the gas line that was added for the heaters… plan B would be to run off a tank or grab some drums of coal ash.
I think there is a box sitting in the hot metalshop by the red pan/brake/press with fire brick in it and some white woven fabric. They’re still working on the electrical in there, so it may be sitting somewhere else now.
I for one would be intrested in taking a Magic of Metallurgy in Making that talks about all the stuff you can and can’t do with metal. For instance I just saw this dude put a plate on the back of this hole and weld it from the front. Then just pulled off the plate. Like… the weld didn’t stick or something? Did he spray it with crisco? What da heck. Or sometime they heat something red hot… drop in in oil. Now its black and rust proof. Does it work on everything?
Schnazzy Shop Schtuffin…
And a automatic hammer while we’re asking for stuff for Christmas lol
Power hammers are just lazy
Sign me up im older and I have had Rotator cuff problems
In serious now, there are a couple fairly cheap power hammers out there. Having one in the shop would be pretty cool
I have used the WSU natural gas forge.
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND A NATURAL GAS FORGE!
Gas forges are very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing,.
The natural gas forge has an open gas line directed into the inlet of the blower.
The quantity of gas is regulated with a quarter turn valve. Note the WSU forge is a 1 inch line taken from a 6 inch main.
To light a natural gas forge
START THE BLOWER, low speed.
LIGHT PAPER AND PLACE IN FORGE.
Add gas until the forge lights.
4 Balance the gas and air by feel. No two forges are the same and may vary by the day.