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Hello all I am new to blacksmithing and I am in the midst of starting to make my forge so I can start actually doing some stuff. I have seen the pic's here of some of the portable forges and wondered if anyone has or could send me a basic layout that will work .Or if you have any tools for sale I know I will be making my own soon but something to start with would be great . Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks AL

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAL Lundy

If you Google "brake drum forge", that's the easiest solution for beginners. I've still got one I made years ago I could let you have for a song, if you are interested. In terms of modifying a brake drum forge, the next step after that would be to add a table, you really miss that. Following that, you'd want a real forge pot, like John Newman ( makes. And then it goes from there, limited only by your imagination and your budget. :-)

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brandow

In terms of forge table layout, my permanent forge table is 32" square, with a 1.5" lip around the edge, 30" off the ground, 1/4" plate and a tong rack. The portable version is 29"x34", 30" high, 1" lip, 1/8" plate, tong rack.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brandow

Thanks for the input David

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAL Lundy