Blacksmithing

Forged farmhouse style coat rack | How-To

 

Tools & Products used:


Forging equipment NC Tools Whisper Momma Forge - http://amzn.to/2xzxaML
Brent Bailey Modified New style hammer - http://bit.ly/2ynazDF
SC Johnson Paste Wax - http://amzn.to/2oNdfJd
Metal & woodworking equipment DEWALT DW872
Cold Saw - http://amzn.to/2nH4KdP
Sharpie (12 pk) - http://amzn.to/2nfYhLr
Dewalt DWE4011 Angle Grinder - http://amzn.to/2oDDrGc
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill - http://amzn.to/2ncJIZe
DEWALT DWE6000 Trim router - http://amzn.to/2o62P5M
DEWALT plunge router - http://amzn.to/2p4qO45
Swanson Speed Square - http://amzn.to/2ovSoHf
Freud Key Hole Bit - http://amzn.to/2xjxiSO

Sliding barn doors from reclaimed prison fence | How-to

Here they are--the long awaited sliding barn doors, yep these are the ones I have been talking about for months on "The Crafted Podcast".

This was a really fun commissioned project! I was commissioned to build two custom sliding barn style doors for a house up in Daytona Beach Florida. The client supplied me with the weathered cypress which was reclaimed from an old prison fence!

Tools & products used:

Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
DEWALT DW872 Cold Saw
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig Welder
Dewalt 20V circular saw
Empire Drywall square
Microig Grr-rip block
Dewalt DW734 Planer
Fastcap Accuscribe
Dewalt 20V Jigsaw
Zinsser Dewaxed Shellac
Swanson Speed Square
Bessey Auto adjust toggle clamp
Empire Abrasives Quick strip discs
Sculpt Nouveau Cleaner & Degreaser
Sculpt Nouveau - Black Magic
Sculpt Nouveau Copper Plate Patina
Rustica Hardware (Track & rollers)
Minwax gloss brushing lacquer
DEWALT DW716 Miter Saw
Porter Cable Forstner bit set
Whitlox Wood Forge

Modern Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table Collaboration Part 2 | How-To

Wow, this was an absolute blast! This was a collaborative build with my fellow hosts of "The Crafted Podcast"--Johnny Brooke of Crafted Workshop, and James Wright of Wood by Wright. 

We each tackled different aspects of the build. I was responsible for forging the two drawer pulls, and fabricating the metal leg, Johnny tackled the slab and the waterfall leg, and James worked his 19th century wizardry on the drawer and dovetail slides.

In case you missed the collaboration playlist links in the video , here is the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njCVFKPt4lA&list=PLRopeQgakyAkLpHHnOnjW-Yj9EeBUgIhw

Also here is the link to the live E-Bay auction, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity: http://www.ebay.com/itm/292088369783?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Tools & products used:

Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
NC Whisper Momma Atmosheric Forge
Rigid/Peddinghaus Anvil
Lincoln Electric Powermig 210
SC Johnson Paste Wax
Evolution Chop saw
Crappy plastic speedsquare...get this one instead
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
Sculpt Nouveau Cleaner & Degreaser

Forged banner for Flanagan's Irish Pub

First off Happy St. Patricks day! 
This Irish banner / flag  may very well be my favorite build yet--I got to really work on developing a lot of new skills here, namely scroll work, forging vines, leafs, etc., and It just so happens that my buddy Jason owns Flanagan's Irish Pub in Dunedin, so I knew just the right place for it!

Tools used:
Dewalt 20V Reciprocating Saw
Fastcap Gluebot
Titebond ii Wood glue
Whitlox Homestead Wood Forge
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Dewalt XR 20V Drill
Dewalt 20V Circular saw
Iwata Eclipse HP-CS (Airbrush)
Wiss Aviation snips

Finishes used:
Generic latex paint(Green, white and orange)
General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain
Sculpt Nouveau Black Magic Patina
Sculpt Nouveau Copper Plate Patina
Sculpt Nouvea Solvent Dyes (Airbrush)
Lacuqer clear coat

Track list:

1. Sláinte - Julia Delaney
2. Hell creature - Amazing Grace

The Ultimate Anvil Stand | DIY

I finally decided it was time to build an proper anvil stand. Unfortunately i've come to find out that most floors/surfaces are not truly level. By going with 3 legs you can eliminate wobbling. I splayed the legs at 10 degree angles. This was a very fun build, that only took about a day and a half.

Tools & products used:
General tools digital bevel guage
Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
Porter Cable drill press
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Bessey Auto adjust toggle clamp
Sculpt Nouveau Cleaner & Degreaser
Sculpt Nouveau Copper Plate Patina
Lacuqer clear coat
Generic propane torch/weed burner
Boiled Linseed Oil

Tracklist:
1. Jahzzar Jardins du Luxembourg
2. Cullah Comfort To You

Enter the big 30K subscriber giveaway, 24 winners!

Alright, What I originally set out to be a 10k subscribers giveaway turned out to be a 30K giveaway. I've got some incredible products to giveaway to you all!

Products:

General Finishes

    (1) Medium Brown Dye Stain

    (1) Candlelight Gel Stain

    (1) Antique Walnut Gel stain

    (4) High Performance Top Coat

Dewalt
    (1) Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder

Empire Abrasives

    (10) Variety packs including 5 cutting discs, 5 flap discs, and 1
          grinding disc.

          10% discount code is ZHFAB

Sculpt Nouveau

    (4) Packages containing Black Magic,  Metal Cleaner Degreaser,
          Metal oil, Matte Clear guard.

          Freebie comment code=ZH Fabrications

MicroJig

    (1) GR-200 Grr-ripper

    (1) Grr-rip block

Track List:
1. La_Barca_de_Sua_-_03_-_Ni_Pensarte
2. Juanitos_-_06_-_Bailando_Boogaloo
3. Jahzzar_-_07_-_sketch_sos

Blacksmith rose giveaway & shop update

So much news! 

1. Preparing for a big giveaway featuring over $2,000 worth of product from DeWalt, Empire Abrasives, General Finishes, Micro Jig, and Sculpt Nouveau.
2. Starting a little preliminary giveaway of one blacksmith rose.
3. The Crafted Podcast
4. New YouTube channel - ZH Restoration
5. Patreon

Thanks!

Crafting a podcast | Blog

I apologize for the bit of hiatus with the blog. I've had so many irons in the fire so to speak I've had to place it on the back burner.

So whats new? Quite a bit, primarily I'm co-hosting a new podcast entitled the "Crafted Podcast" along with Johnny from The Crafted Workshop and James Wright from Wood by right. The idea behind this podcast is to discuss a broad range of subjects as they relate to making and craftsmanship in general. Some of our future topics are to include, metal, leather, the creative process, transitioning into making for money, etc.

As of today we have recorded 3 episodes and released 2, and are already holding position in the top 10 hobby podcasts on iTunes! We live stream every Thursday at 8pm Eastern time, and we feature an interactive chat where you can ask questions and interact with us during the show.

Here is a link to the site: http://craftedpodcast.com/


 

Wine Barrel Chandeliers for Escape brewing | How-To

This is my second commissioned project for Escape Brewing. The first project build video is posted as "Industrial wall sconces for Escape Brewery"

This was actually a very fun build, and the video does little justice to the size of these things--Wine barrels are huge! Way larger than a standard bourbon barrel. And my shop smelled incredible when I broke it open. 

Thanks for reading, if you liked the video please like, share,and subscribe!

Tools & Bulb Used:
Dewalt XR 20V Drill
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Swanson Speed Square
Bulb - Grand nostalgic spiral

Songs in the video:
1. Sul Rebel - Rebel Blues
2. Trevor Flowers and Iheka Chama - Homeland.mp3

Hammer Time | Blog

(Prepare yourselves for a bit of a ramble..)

Well, transitioning into--crafting full-time has made for an interesting month. One of my first commissioned projects involved designing & fabricating wall sconces for a local brewery. We settled on a medieval'ish theme which will also incorporate cues from the old steel banded wooden kegs.

I would be hesitant to call myself anything more than an amateur blacksmith, but it's definitely a craft I plan on delving into further.

Anyway, part of my vision(this word makes me feel snooty) relied upon blacksmith nails, the creation of which require a few specialized tools--namely a cutting hardy & a nail header. Many if not most blacksmiths may find it curious that I would order these tools as opposed to forging them myself.  which led me down an interesting train of thought.

I used to teach guitar & sell instruments, and many times I would encounter enthusiastic people trying to learn on the cheapest instrument money could buy. The problem is many of these cheap instruments or hand-me-downs were simply unplayable--the strings were so high off the fingerboard they(or I) couldn't depress them adequately to make a note, they wouldn't stay in tune, etc. The point is this: I found that despite their enthusiasm, and good intentions, often times people set themselves up for failure before they even get started. I'm not saying they should have gone out and purchased a custom shop Les Paul(a top tier guitar), but rather something that offers value, and rewards their effort.

Yes, I could have made these tools myself, but I also understand my limitations, and I know the results & positive reinforcement I would get from using proper tools would help kindle my blacksmithing experience. Were I to have made the tools myself (with my current blacksmithing skillset) the process of forging nails would certainly have been more frustrating, and less encouraging.

I remember when I bought my first hand plane, I decided to purchase a new plane which was in guaranteed working order, as opposed to buying and restoring an old plane(which is arguably a much better deal). The reason being, without the firsthand experience of using a properly set-up plane, how was I to know how to restore one to proper working order. I have since acquired & restored a hand full of vintage planes.

This blog is more of a ramble than a coherent presentation. I suppose if there is a point I'm trying to make it's this: Don't sell yourself short. Whatever it is you do; building, painting, singing, cooking, etc. Conventions aside, it is in your best interest to do whatever you feel is necessary to create the positive reinforcement that will encourage your progress.