Blacksmithing at Home

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MochetVelo
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Blacksmithing at Home

Post by MochetVelo » Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:34 pm

I've never seen welding in brass-era cars. Metal parts are either riveted or brazed together. The old principles of blacksmithing were common in early car production. Parts like fender supports and metal panel braces were forged. They can be duplicated using a forge and anvil along with a basic assortment of tools (tongs, hammer, pliers). You can heat steel with a torch, but a coal or gas-fired forge is more efficient. My favorite article on a basic set-up was published by Popular Mechanics magazine... using a kitchen sink! Here is a link to this article:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/ho ... ng/4303543

Here is an even lower-tech forge:

http://youtu.be/71s6HpuG_hQ

The forge is best used outdoors due to carbon monoxide, so portability is helpful. You can also make an exhaust hood for indoor work. Blacksmithing does produce a lot of sparks, of course. Anvils can be found on eBay or Craigslist. Find one close-by, as they are costly to ship. The new import anvils are not great. They are cast iron while the good anvils are drop forged and much more rugged. Here's a good article on anvil history and purchasing:

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Purchasing-an-A ... 709/g.html

Phil

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