Anthony San Miguel
Almost 200 lbs of un used 1045 round. One 2" round 35" long and four 2 1/2" round from 27" to 30.5". I also got the axle standing next to them and the torsion bar on the floor.

I'm finally going to make a Brazeal style rounding hammer and a lot of tooling with the 2" round and axle and torsion bar. I don't know what I'm going to do with the 2 1/2" because I don't have a power hammer or forging press yet. I might just try some arm and hammer power and see what happens!

Total weight including the axle and torsion bar was 220lbs at 25¢ lb. Woo hoo! Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150801_203932.jpg, Views: 43, Size: 1010.98 KB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150801_203953.jpg, Views: 42, Size: 1.90 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150801_204309.jpg, Views: 32, Size: 969.47 KB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150801_204438.jpg, Views: 32, Size: 2.00 MB
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jmccustomknives
Nice score!

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Hank Rearden
I have two Ford 9N tractor axles in the garage. I want to do a hammer as well. Any idea how to find out the type of steel?
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Anthony San Miguel
Thanks. What do you think I should do with the 2 1/2? I'll probably sell one just to get my money back.
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Anthony San Miguel
Hank Rearden wrote:
I have two Ford 9N tractor axles in the garage. I want to do a hammer as well. Any idea how to find out the type of steel?

I would try a spark test first and then harden up a piece and see how it does. Most likely it is 4140 or 1045.
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NorrinRadd
Nice, you did well. Good luck on the hammer.
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Anthony San Miguel
Thanks. The only hammers I have made so far are simple cross peens and reforged ball peens to make a straight peen or handled punch. This one will be tougher to make. Drifting 2in of steel is harder than some of these guys make it look. For me, at least.
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jmccustomknives
Up to this point I have done precisely zero hammers.  [rolleyes]

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Anthony San Miguel
I started smithing because I wanted to make knives. Then I saw cutler's and dog's head hammers for forging knives and thought wow, I'd like to make those too. I still haven't made either one of those styles but they are on my list of things that I really want to forge.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Anthony San Miguel wrote:
Thanks. The only hammers I have made so far are simple cross peens and reforged ball peens to make a straight peen or handled punch. This one will be tougher to make. Drifting 2in of steel is harder than some of these guys make it look. For me, at least.

I know this is an old post, but I just thought I'd put this out there for anyone else interested in making hammers.
I recently made a cross pein hammer out of 2" material, and drifted it by hand. What I started out using was a small cutting tool about 3/4" wide, and punching through both sides to meet in the middle. When that was through, I went to a small drift that tapered from 1/4"x1/2" to 5/8" round, and after that was all the way through, I went to a drift I made using a piece of axle. I recommend using a heavier hammer, and if possible, a striker. After the hole is drifted you can use the drift to hold the piece, if you need to, or use a set of large tongs.

Also, if you have a striker using a sledge, you can do as much as a Little Giant power hammer, sometimes more.
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Anthony San Miguel
I love going to the scrapyard! My wife went with me a few weeks ago and now she likes it too, which makes it more fun.

This is today's score. Two metal stands, enough stock for hammers, bottom and top tools for a long time, some heavy gauge cable, and probably some 52100. Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160116_145511.jpg, Views: 18, Size: 4.05 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160116_145531.jpg, Views: 18, Size: 3.65 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160116_145524.jpg, Views: 14, Size: 4.42 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160116_145653.jpg, Views: 11, Size: 4.04 MB
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Hank Rearden
Talk about pot luck. You scored quite the sampler. 28 spline ford axle? Stands to boot. Santa in January.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
The jealousy on my end is real. Nice score, Anthony!
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Anthony San Miguel
Thanks, Lol!
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NorrinRadd
great stuff, its amazing what people throw away.
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Anthony San Miguel
I had my best scrapyard score EVER today! 460 lbs of wrought iron boat anchor chain and a large bearing race. I will probably sell 3 or 4 links to make my money back and still probably have some to pass on to my son. Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160116_141049.jpg, Views: 22, Size: 3.23 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160118_125538.jpg, Views: 19, Size: 2.80 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160118_125559.jpg, Views: 17, Size: 2.98 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20160118_125634.jpg, Views: 15, Size: 2.95 MB
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jmccustomknives
now that's sweet.  Scrap yard didn't know what it was, did they?

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Anthony San Miguel
Nope. They thought it was just regular steel boat anchor chain. They had some of that too, but I didn't want it.
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NorrinRadd
Wow man that is very cool.
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Anthony San Miguel
Thanks! I can't wait to slice a piece off and start hammering something out of it. I'm taking a 2 day bladesmithing course at the end of the month where I'm sure I'll get some ideas.
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mtforge
Looks like the kind of chains forged on the youtube videos

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Anthony San Miguel wrote:
Thanks! I can't wait to slice a piece off and start hammering something out of it.
And with that phrase, hundreds of antiques collectors have suffered strokes. xD
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Hank Rearden
I'm still laughing.
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Anthony San Miguel
Skarzs the Cave Troll wrote:
Anthony San Miguel wrote:
Thanks! I can't wait to slice a piece off and start hammering something out of it.
And with that phrase, hundreds of antiques collectors have suffered strokes. xD


No doubt! I've got a collector coming Friday to buy 3 links at $45 at link.
I want to watch those videos, but I'll have to wait until I leave work.
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Anthony San Miguel
I just watched the videos. It's fascinating to see how much work went into forging this chain! I know there was even a specialized anvil called a chain makers anvil.

It makes me ALMOST not want to slice it up. ALMOST.
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