Hey there /diy/
I decided I wanted to start learning about Blacksmithing and Metallurgy. I plan on taking a shop or basic welding class, but I figure the best way to learn would be to actually practice out in the backyard whenever I'm feeling creative.
I saw a great video on how to build a powerful forge out of simple homemade parts, it looks it'd be a great starting point.
Is anyone on here familiar with working on a forge, or putting one together? It looks like a lot of fun, and it has the potential to make a lot of money.
All kinds spikes, leaf springs, rebar, I've done 01 and a little stainless. And stainless only gave me trouble when I would use charcoal but when I threw in actual coal it didn't give me any trouble.
And down here it cost me 40 to make.
it is also quite possible to heat with renewable fuel
Yep. although depending on the metal, it may be necessary to make a charcoal retort and cook wood into charcoal first. (Yes, I know it's actually burning it in a reducing atmosphere and not just heating it to allow self contained endothermic chemical reactions, but IMA CALL IT COOKING ANYWAY)
I've been learning how to blacksmith with wood, I'm in Georgia so wood is easy to come by free. Once the first few pieces are reduced into coals you can add 1 to 2 pieces on top of the metal you are working in the fire.
This thread is of interest to me. I've been wanting to get into sand casting for a while. Don't know what metal I'd use though.
Would bits of lead be good to practice on (because it can be melted on a cooker) for starters?
pewter is safer.
(most pewter is tin with a small amount of copper, nowadays).
lots of people have an absolute fit at use of lead, and frankly, its over-hyped. if you're not growing still, and you're not eating it, its not particularly dangerous, but its still a heavy metal and does carry health risks, so using a safer metal is far more sensible if you can.
I've done this with a few of my friends and we did aluminum and it worked great. We didnt use that tutorial we used this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHD10DjxM1g
and it worked great ill include some photos of the end products we made