I’ve started doing some metalworking, and one thing that became clear to me very quickly was a need of a forge for heat-treating steel. The claptrap you see above is my very first forge that I built this week. I dub him: Tiny Forge!
He’s tiny, but packed with over 1000 degrees of Celcius power!
Tiny Forge also has a sidekick: Old Motoroil in a Coffee Can - The Quenching Trough!
I’m teaching myself how to make knives and small hand tools.
On the left is the raw material I’m using. It’s a blade from a lawn edger. Just a rectangle of steel, about 1/8″ thick with a centre hole.
I’m using very basic tools, mostly grinders, drills and files to achieve the final shape.
The two tools on the right have both been hardened in Tiny Forge, a knife and a pry tool. I heat them until they are cherry-red, then quench them in used motor oil. After the main heat treating I’ll oven bake them to anneal the metal and remove stress.