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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.