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Blacksmith - forging iron by hand in order to bring a little bit of the wonderful trade to folks everywhere!
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A Great Addition to your Shop! 

In my opinion, Raymond Head knocked it out of the ballpark when he "invented" the economical hydraulic welding table idea because it covers several key points that everybody seems to need.

Firstly, they are small. Some will complain that they're too small, but that really depends on what you're making. If you don't have a lot of room but want to be able to weld, a hydraulic cart is the perfect solution and is far better than the lightweight, fold-away welding tables that you can buy.

Secondly, there's mobility. If you don't want the table in the middle of your garage.... just roll it into a corner. 

Third, while being able to raise and lower your work so you can weld in a comfortable position is nice.... what really makes these carts jump out ahead of the pack in my estimation, is just being able to use them for other things. If you need to unload heavy things from your truck... the cart is ready-made for that. Need to work on your lawnmower, the cart is ideal as a small bench that allows you to get to every part of the engine without any fuss. As a blacksmith, I can say with certainty that one of these would be really nice to have so I'm not stuck trying to freehand the 200# propane tank off the back of my truck every time I get it refilled!

Plus, being "multi-purpose" like that makes it a lot easier to sell the idea to the missus. ;)
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Books for Beginner Blacksmiths


If ever there was a book you shouldn't judge by its cover, it'd be the Engineer's Black Book

I was first introduced to this great book by Adam Booth over on his abom79 Youtube channel and can't believe I spent a lifetime without having this wonderful resource in my shop.
How does it help the #blacksmith?  Well, most of us are in a perpetual state of "you don't know what you don't know!"   How can you look something up on the internet when you don't even know what question to ask?

The EBB is certainly filled with a lot of information that you won't need.   But it's the other three-quarters of the book that you'll find fascinating.... and you don't even know it.

Want an example?  How about being able to find the easy way to space out legs or bolt holes on a piece you're making?  When I was making up my Tool Carousel  last year, I need to space five outriggers for the wheels around the perimeter of the base. I could have looked it up on the internet if I used the right search terms, but it was far easier to just browse through the EBB because I could carry the book with me to the shop and not worry about any batteries dying.

How large of a square can you fit into a circle of given size? Might not seem important to the #blacksmith, but it sure comes in handy when you're designing a floor lamp or coat rack.... or forging down an axle you found because you want to make it into a hammer.

I could go on for days, but I won't bore you by waxing poetic about the Engineer's Black Book. If you don't have a copy, get a copy. Get a copy for your children while you're at it. It's a definite "must have" for the average home shop no matter what your particular hobby might be!
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