|I thought I would share some of my projects, hope you like them. Most of my homemade tools are made with materials, given or found.
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How to get free steel for the workshop. I work in agriculture and visit many farms on occasion. As well as the farms, we have a factory for processing. You will be amazed at the steel they discard.
One day, I was chatting with the fabricator. There was a pile of steel, some bent and twisted. I told him I have a small forge in my workshop and asked if there was any steel offcuts I could have. He regularly puts steel to one side for me now.
I also had a word with the forklift service engineer. He told me they
have to replace the fork tines periodically, I ended up walking away
with four pairs. These tines are two metres long and weigh about 80
kilos, fork tine steel is hard wearing and makes excellent tools. I should get more at the end of 2019.
I also picked up two sheets of 10mm steel plate two metres by one metre. They were discarded on the roadside, after a commercial vehicle RTA. These will make two table tops and two english wheel frames. I have a load of M24 bolts, enough to assemble one frame. The bolts came from a building site, again, free. The frame build will be similar to the Baileigh.
Also, layby's have lots of discarded materials. I put it all in the scrap pile for use later.
Some YouTube channels I subscribe to.
I love this channel, this is what it is all about for me. Making tools without electricity.
Some great info on tool making by repurposing old steel.
Some great projects here
How blacksmithing is meant to be done.