|Step by step illustrations of the three major topics below plus "Journal Plans" make up the February 1997 issue of the Blacksmith's Journal.
||This forged post, featured in
issue 79, is intended for use as
a balcony railing post. The five
vertical pieces add both mass
and stability. Details shown in
this feature reveal the unusual
way in which the railing horizontals meet the post.
|Although this mini vise looks
a lot like its larger counter-part, it's actually more
clamp than vise. It can be
made in about an hour;
several are handy to have
around the shop.
||Swage blocks are basic tools
found in blacksmith shops.
This feature illustrates how to
make several kinds, shows how
to use them and offers some
suggested uses for swaged bars.