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Issue #221 June 2009

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Forge welding is used to make the long taper needed for this project. Three pieces of round stock, 1/2, 3/8 and 1/4, are first welded together to make a rough taper. Then, the only work is to refine the taper by blending the segments starting at each weld

One of the most useful blacksmithing techniques is the lap weld. It can be used for joining stock and making transitions from one size or shape to another. The string dispenser featured in this issue uses a lap weld to make the transition to the mounting flange and to join round stock when making the taper.