Hank Rearden
Hi folks, I'm going to do a fire poker for IITH. I think this will be best suited for my skill set and still a challenge. Below is my sketch.

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jmccustomknives
Looks like a good project. 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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NorrinRadd
Looks good!
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Hank Rearden
I got started tonight. But not what you're probably thinking. I started with preparing the tools. So under this post I'll provide links in a few days to cleaning up the anvil.

The anvil is out of a diesel mechanics shop. So the anvils edges had chips and die grinder cuts weld splatters and so on. So after much self debate I cleaned up the edges and the area that was pretty bad got a nice smooth radius. I did this to help draw the hot metal faster and make the anvils edge useable. overall it was about an two hours work. Here the link for the anvil edge repairs. http://www.theironforgefire.com/post/cleaning-up-the-anvils-edges-8179907?pid=1292855960

Tomorrow morning I'll assemble the guillotine. That also will be posted and linked as well with the steps I used to make the tool in the correct category for reference.  I'll edit this post with an update soon. 

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Hank Rearden
Here's we go. For those with out a shop, You're in good company. Spent one hour setting up and getting tools and the fire going. Started forging at 11:00 finished at 14:00. Storms showed up early. Only to pass over after I shoved off the coals and hustled thing back in the garage. These are the tools I used. Forge was behind me in this pic.

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From the end I made a mark at 3" for the scroll. Then at 3 3/4" for the fullering area. Followed by 8 3/4" for the four bar twist. Then 9 1/2" for the second fullering area. I then measured to the center of the 5/8" square inch bar and marked the area for the twist about every inch.


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I used two chisels. One has a straight edge the other has a curved cutting edge. The curved chisel allows you to walk the tool in the groove.

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I then repeated it on all four sides.


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I clamped it in a vice then with my turning wrench I made four turns. (A turn is 90 degrees) So the twist is a full rotation.

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The end to the twist is 3 3/4". Remember the 3/4' area for fullering. that's 3 " to tape. It's time to drawl the metal out to 5 1/2" for the scroll.

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The technique I used rotates the bar 90 degrees every other hit at the same time I move the bar on the anvils edge. See the link above about the anvil repair that gave me a nice radius that moved the metal easily.


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After a few heats I added a bevel the to end. This allow the metal to fill end square preventing fish lips.

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Altough I used a Diamond brand rounding hammer on the anvils edge. I used the small French pattern hammer to square and smooth the taper. A few hit with a flatter helped.


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Then the vice to start the scroll. Here I made a mistake. I started the scroll first when I should have started the bend in the neck. The curve bends in the opposite direction than the scroll. This is the thickest area in the scroll. Trying to bend it after doing the scroll ended up needing a lot of finesse to get the bend in.


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Next time to the forge I'll drawl the point and possibly the hook.

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NorrinRadd
Great start!
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Metalmelt
Nice!
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Dustin Stephens
That is going to look awesome!
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Hank Rearden
Okay I have a few minutes to start to get the rest of my post complete. I was unhappy with the results of my fullering tool. I should have practiced on scrap first. But I didn't. As a result I felt I had messed up my project. Time for a rethink. I'm glad I did decide to redo some of my work because that allowed me to correct a few other things that I felt could be better. I undid the scroll and fullered it out allowing a better circle and I added some chisel work as well.

   

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I decided not to add a hook for two reasons. First I didn't have time to redo the project if I messed up the weld and two it was hard to see the fire because it was a bright sunny day. I was afraid I might burn the steel.

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I finished with a hot file to clean it up and added  beeswax for a finish. The project took me about 15 hours. Time starts when I open the garage door, drag everything out. Forge and clean up and put it all away. That also includes the 4 hours to make the guillotine. I do believe the next one I make will be about four hours and I'll explain why later. I'm happy with the results this time.
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