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My first project - tongs
March 16, 2017
5:48 pm
Caleb Hale
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February 22, 2017
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Hey all, I completed my first smithing project yesterday and made the tongs I’ll need to hold the bar stock I’m using for knives. They came out pretty well I think, seem to do the job anyway.

Made from mild steel flat bar 1″ x 1/4″ x 3′ and mild steel 1/4″ round bar for the pivot pin.
They’re 25 inches long and meant to hold 2″ x 1/4″ x 12″ flat bars.

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Rounded the handles
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Pivot pin started falling to one side when I hammered it down.
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…and my bolster plate wasn’t thick enough for my liking, but at least it left enough sticking out to make it work
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Holding intended stock
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I had a lot of fun doing it and learned a ton. Can’t wait to get back out to the forge now!

March 17, 2017
6:58 pm
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Good job on the tongs…Now you know why the smith is considered the “The King of Craftsmen”.

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