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A project I’ve been wanting to make for a very long time.  

The cylinder has actually been cut for over a year, but got moved to the corner of the shop where it started collecting dust.
Remembering my brother’s offhand remark about how he’d enjoyed listening to bells like this when he was at a fair somewhere, I thought of this bell-in-the-waiting that was sitting in the corner looking so forlorn.

Suffice to say he loved it when he got it over the holidays.  Seventy pounds of American iron, first made in 1950, this cylinder was a bear to move as I was welding the loop in place, but I think it was worth all the effort.
Not a lot of blacksmithing, sure, but still a lot of valuable knowledge and experience gained.  Forging the loop from 5/8″ round bar was about as fun as you could imagine, but I got it done before it got me done, so that’s a win.  Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out.  It was a good learning experience for the next bell that’s already cut and standing in the corner waiting for me.
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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 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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The drill press is probably one of the most useful tools to have in the shop, and one that I use more than I would ever have imagined! To make it an even more versatile tool for the shop, when we reach this goal, we will add the excellent table made by Fireball Tools, or by shop for a vintage drill press that has better features, including a larger table. The addition of a larger table would allow for fixturing, the placement of jigs and fences, as well as supporting larger pieces. The drill press extension table sold by Fireball Tools is designed with the small shop in mind. Of course, if you're following along here at Three Rivers Forge, I'm sure you have the same passion for old tools that I do. Adding something like a Walker Turner radial arm drill press to the shop would be an amazing step forward. I can't say if one will be available at the time, or if it'll be available at a price I can afford, but I will certainly consider it an option. Small bricks build big walls, and little additions to the shop can make a tremendous difference in speed, efficiency, and design capabilities, as well as the overall ambience. Thank you for seeing the potential. Thank you for joining the team!

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