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How to Keep a Cooler Cold for longer? by Frederick Worthingworth - Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:57:32 EST ID:cH700ISX No.36554 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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SO my friends and I are headed to a big festival In TN next week, maybe some of you are going, but I need ideas on how to keep my shit cold for a long time so I can keep my drinks and food cold so I can save money and not buy 15 dollar bags of ice and 7 dollar waters. Please help??
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Molly Sarringkodging - Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:51:16 EST ID:SN8UgL41 No.36665 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>S-video same connector as ps/2
Simon Packleway - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:54:53 EST ID:kkPImhsF No.36690 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>S-video same connector as ps/2
Shitting Missleville - Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:59:27 EST ID:lKjWZn4b No.36695 Ignore Report Quick Reply

In all colloquial fairness it does look the same
Hannah Clandlekat - Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:56:59 EST ID:kkPImhsF No.36696 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Um, cause they're both round or something?
They don't even have the same number of pins...
Hamilton Manningchitch - Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:58:33 EST ID:lKjWZn4b No.36704 Ignore Report Quick Reply

wow ur so smart u got me.

Perhaps same was the wrong word. Similar. Flat piece, pins in groups of two(usually, don't be a cunt), round shaped end piece usually in similar shapes. I wasn't even the person that made the comment. Get off my dick.

Betting / Matched Betting / Gambling by Edward Sunninghatch - Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:51:27 EST ID:KhrpPwHI No.36661 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What/who do you bet on if you are a gambler? And, what advice can you give a newbie wanting to research all this online matched-betting advice? There's literally loads to sift through and most of it seems crap or sponsored.

I'm trying to put my math degree to some use
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Charlotte Bardwell - Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:29:17 EST ID:+fg3kcW9 No.36677 Ignore Report Quick Reply
If it was really possible don't you think we'd all be rich, you're stupid OP.
Jarvis Grandstone - Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:26:51 EST ID:h4NpXkzT No.36684 Ignore Report Quick Reply
You can stack the odds in your favour, as a player It's called advantage playing. If your the house it's called cheating.
Rebecca Gundlehark - Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:45:20 EST ID:JvtlWg12 No.36685 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It's been done before, and people are doing it now. Just because you don't have the mental capacity to learn what to do doesn't mean others can't
Edward Dottingfoot - Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:19:17 EST ID:FuIxvRnV No.36688 Ignore Report Quick Reply
OP i've seen a lot of people win money thru online sports betting. Use sites like bodog/bet360/pinnacle. It's very addictive so watch your ass and your wallet OP.
Rebecca Sablingmitch - Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:19:48 EST ID:vxJIThVs No.36694 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>online gambling

Math can predict things nicely in a perfect world, but it can't account for the human element. They want people to press their "luck". They lure you in with a few small winnings here and there, and then they start sapping money from you until you realize that you've been had and finally quit in shame, but by then it's too late. All of this matched bonus and frequent player points crap is just icing on the cake to entice you to stay and press your luck just a little bit longer. They have all your information, so if you try it again later they'll just keep robbing you blind without letting you win anything more. Sadly, a lot of people are gullible as shit and fall for it, and I'll bet some of these marks are even math nerds who haven't learned enough human nature or themselves. They don't understand how vulnerable they are.

Put your math degree to use at a real job and just play for fun, where the game is still honest.

How do you find out when things are on? by Basil Dangerfoot - Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:36:10 EST ID:K+10ciTv No.36594 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I have a problem in that I have no idea when specific events are on or how to find out when they are.

My friends talk about the gigs they are going to and movies coming out and whatnot, but I just have no fucking clue how to find this sort of shit out. Someone told me "just use facebook" but even then I don't know the basic mechanics of this information. It's getting to be a problem because I broke up recently with a girl who would find things to do for both of us, and now I have no idea how to for making plans with other peeps.

>TL;DR: Where specifically do you find out where and when cool stuff to do happens?
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Priscilla Gublingman - Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:18:54 EST ID:qOimIlVj No.36603 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Facebook, ticketmaster/ another ticket site.

Your favourite club / venue's website or facebook

Your friends
Ebenezer Billingstock - Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:16:14 EST ID:K+10ciTv No.36609 Ignore Report Quick Reply
What if I've never gone out and don't know the clubs?

What if I don't have friends?
Fucking Bardford - Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:05:06 EST ID:KTlOIK4L No.36660 Ignore Report Quick Reply
try with
Priscilla Cummleshit - Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:11:26 EST ID:kyj8jAo9 No.36662 Ignore Report Quick Reply
just find someone who sell heroin. Every night's an event then
CrazyFolksTribe !loJSOMZg0g - Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:19:10 EST ID:gvwXiWsn No.36664 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Best advice so far.

Credit card thread by Jarvis Brinnerstone - Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:00:10 EST ID:twjD60kq No.36631 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What card do you have, what cards do you recommend and which ones to avoid?
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Ernest Wuzzlestedge - Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:41:47 EST ID:C7I/mV43 No.36643 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Its like it should be, your credit with the bank is decided by income+assets
not how big debt you previously managed to pay off.
Sophie Dartbury - Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:35:42 EST ID:xLhYtXSn No.36644 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Any card that you have to pay a flat fee per month stay away from, even if the APR is low. You want your credit card to pay YOU not the other way around.
He has a good idea, discover is a great company if you have a good credit history. And a credit card is the best/fastest way to build/ re-build your credit. Ideally you should have three to four cards and around 10,000$ worth of credit, BUT NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE use more than 30% of your credit. Because your credit score will tank and then you wont be able to get any decent loans for houses or cars. Most importantly always pay off your credit card as fast as you can. Treat it like a direct line to your bank account, or you will find the credit card company's dick so far up your ass that you will be spewing cum from your mouth.
If you have any real questions just look around for financial planning offices, they will be super help full and generally the first visit is free.

Yeah if you use them incorrectly, but if you show you are smart with your money and have a good credit score you can get loans with super low interest rates. You only become there slave if you fail to plan, otherwise you can make the system your bitch. Oh and im glad that the central bank in my country's economy doesn't have a negative interest rate.
Fuck Hossleworth - Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:48:56 EST ID:MenuuGe4 No.36647 Ignore Report Quick Reply

This has literally never caused me any problems in my life ever. Actually its saved me money a couple of times...the "cash price" for large items is almost always way cheaper than financing your life with endless debt.

Also when I go out drinking I snag cabs away from people paying with pleb plastic by walking up and telling the driver I have cash.
Charlotte Pabbercocke - Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:09:29 EST ID:twjD60kq No.36658 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>the "cash price" for large items is almost always way cheaper than financing your life with endless debt
Except if you buy parts to make a computer from newegg, you can't really barter the price of the parts. As long as you have the money to buy the parts, you just put it on your card to build your rating. Then you get a bill and pay them back exactly (no interest or anything more than what you would have spent) what your computer cost.

But if you can hook your buddy up with an ounce in return for him building one for you, you might as well do that.

Also, yeah, cash is great in certain situations (buying a car, buying a pack of gum, etc) but there are times when it's better to have the credit score. If you can get by without one, that's fine, but other people do fine with needing one and not being in debt.
Fucking Busslefare - Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:29:13 EST ID:KYcHL+6N No.36659 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I have a credit union card, and I recommend credit unions because low ass rates and massive credit improvement upon payback

Side income by Barnaby Blythewell - Sun, 08 Jun 2014 14:21:10 EST ID:Ji8J0nhS No.36565 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Let's think of some simple ways to earn a bit of extra money on the side.

I think I might start selling animal skulls on ebay, saw a set of 3 common bird skulls go for £20 on ebay and a reptile skull go for £15 and I bet I can find a whole load of skulls if I go on a walk, worst case scenario is I have to bag up a head and rot the flesh off or something. Doesn't really sound like a lot of hard work at all.

Post your ideas.
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Faggy Turveystock - Sat, 21 Jun 2014 05:35:26 EST ID:KYcHL+6N No.36621 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Piece of advice, keep coming up with ideas, eventually you'll get a golden goose out of nowhere
Nigel Nedgekerk - Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:47:00 EST ID:twjD60kq No.36624 Ignore Report Quick Reply
If you're friends with a local store that ships a lot of stuff, you can ask them to ship stuff for you.

But for the most part, the buyer pays shipping. Free shipping is only for people who are trying to drum up business or people who ship out a ton of stuff. has some links and info to get you started.

Also, hollowing out books doesn't sound like a bad idea. It's a lot of work at first, but if you have the time and are willing to invest in tools, you can get them done faster and faster.
Charles Bocklewater - Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:06:05 EST ID:TxGFaVKy No.36625 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I looked on that Etsy site, and a lot of people are already doing it. Some as cheap as 5 dollars. I guess you could still try amazon or craigslist. Thanks for the link, mang
Nigel Nedgekerk - Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:27:15 EST ID:twjD60kq No.36626 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Yeah, etsy is fairly popular for stuff like that. A 5 dollar one probably isn't going to be large or well done though, so keep that in mind when you price your own books.

Selling locally allows you to price your stuff relative to your location but you reach a much, much, much, much smaller "target audience" and may actually make you less money. Having a combination of online and local stuff is usually the best way to go.

Oh, and if you do sell stuff locally, get business cards with a link to your online shop. You can either throw them in with your books or hand them out to people who are interested.
Charles Bocklewater - Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:38:21 EST ID:TxGFaVKy No.36627 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I was thinking, maybe if I throw a flask in there I can raise the price and also set myself apart. A book is like the perfect place to hide alcohol, lol. Just need to find a place that sells them cheap. And the business cards are a good idea.

I couldn't find a selfhelp board so I guess this is it... by Wesley Pittridge - Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:13:32 EST ID:F2aJBZPv No.36590 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So I started researching recently on how to think on my feet, only to come to the conclusion that thinking on my feet isn't my problem, I can think on my feet. I mean when I started researching I found out that people who can't think on their feet get that rabbit in the head lights look when you ask them what they think of a particular situation. I'm not like that.

My problem isn't thinking on my feet, my problem is strategizing. When faced with a big all encompassing problem, what can I do to improvise a meaningful strategy that will work?

So for example, I play videogames, but it takes me a long time to get decent at anyone game because for me it's literally trial and error until I figure out what works. That's why I don't play a lot of videogames. Now my friend, on the other hand, can play most games on the first go and do so decently. Obviously he stumbles at first but develops a strategy pretty fast.

And it's not just this, in school when we had gym class and we'd start playing a new sport, I always had trouble getting in the right positions or getting into a position where you could either start or be part of a good play. On the other hand, some of the other students would be able to pick up on the right strategies to use almost instantly, and it's not because they were experienced, because this would be the case in made up games or games no one ever gets a chance to practice on like net ball.

So yeah, does anyone have any good tips on strategizing on your feet effectively and being able to improvise solutions to complex and general problems? I feel like I'm really lacking in this and I'd really like to improve, especially if I want to get a management role in my field of work in the future (engineering).
Shit Sanderwell - Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:59:21 EST ID:twjD60kq No.36599 Ignore Report Quick Reply
/qq/ would probably be better, but you know the basics already. Stumble at first, but develop a strategy. And there'll probably be a better strategy, so don't be afraid to develop a new one.

It might help to look at strategies as if they were systems or puzzles.

Do you have a specific thing you want to make a strategy for?
Emma Honeyforth - Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:12:21 EST ID:7jAoDtYf No.36601 Ignore Report Quick Reply
This guy.
You think he's strategising the videogames and not adapting because if youve played enough videogames you pick up little things that happen in all games, play more videogames and youll learn how to play all games better. Be pro, fag.
Fuck Brerrynirk - Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:25:30 EST ID:/eS+wcjQ No.36617 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Top down or bottom up.

Basically for any given situation there will be thousands if not millions of legitimate solutions. However you need just one to work.

So you can either Go from the top down.
Take all the individual concepts that make it work and figure out which one is causing the issue.
Or you can go from the bottom up.
Which is to basically start at the most likely causes (Ie: a computer not being plugged in) and then work backwards from there.

Both have there merits and demerits and both require trail and error.

Let's take that new sport you're playing.
Top down method would be to:
recognise the positions, Mainly you have frontal offence, mid offence, mid defence and back defence.
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howto ukelele by Barnaby Sivingwater - Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:07:28 EST ID:g+bOblIG No.35533 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So i bought a ukelele, i have no expereince whatsoever in instruments (i'm 21, never too late to start i guess)

so give me advice, guides whatever you can think of.
It will be a source of income when i'm traveling so thanks a lot
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Angus Poshnure - Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:49:13 EST ID:VJuEufIc No.36119 Ignore Report Quick Reply
nahhh strum with index finger, makes it easier to do finger picking.
and good luck making money playing uke OP
Jack Seblingwell - Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:54:43 EST ID:atwOfqZU No.36147 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Hey OP,
gratz on getting an ukulele. I got myself a ukulele a few years back (I was 23 back then) best 3-am-and-totally-baked-decision ever. Easy to pick up for people without experience with other instruments.
Luckily, the internet community is pretty cool. Go to for some great tutorials, I learned a lot there.

And one BIG advice: Get some good strings on your ukulele. If its a rather cheap one, it probably has cheap strings. I had a Ukulele for 25 € and bought strings for 15 €. Totally worth it, the sound became clearer, louder and lasted longer - go for Aquila Strings.
Phineas Drodgedut - Sat, 07 Jun 2014 17:42:02 EST ID:xYaI/UHv No.36562 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'm interested im starting to busk, I'd love to see that thread.
Ernest Honeystock - Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:39:40 EST ID:twjD60kq No.36563 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>Oct 2013
Sorry buddy.
Lillian Fusslebadging - Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:44:32 EST ID:VwSIvo5y No.36579 Ignore Report Quick Reply
> Then you'll start realizing they sound like chords you've heard in songs you like

you'd be amazed at how many songs are a "4 chord song"

Egg Shells by Fucking Clayhall - Sat, 17 May 2014 21:30:24 EST ID:MUDO+c0r No.36486 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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How to remove the shell from boiled egg?
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Doris Happerlock - Wed, 28 May 2014 01:42:40 EST ID:GXAu08Xz No.36522 Ignore Report Quick Reply
You could crack a peel from both sides at once.

I generally would bring to a boil and boil for 6 minutes take of heat/burner
and let sit in water for four minutes, them immediately put in ice water bath
until cool, take water out and let stand for about 5 minutes.

The warm water bring to a boil works well when you get it down right.

A dry and green looking yolk means it was overcooked.
Doris Happerlock - Wed, 28 May 2014 01:44:41 EST ID:GXAu08Xz No.36523 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Also age quality of eggs make a difference. When use by date on packaging
from stores reach close to expiration stores will send them back to be repackaged, at least that was the case in the not so distant past.
Simon Bocklechitch - Fri, 30 May 2014 13:33:06 EST ID:cmdMAbeZ No.36535 Ignore Report Quick Reply
You can crack it in one piece. Cracked at the bottom and boiled right, it should peel away in a single piece.
Synthetic !ryBONGJej. - Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:33:32 EST ID:YXUnIPhO No.36547 Report Quick Reply
OP, here you go:
Lillian Bunwell - Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:17:38 EST ID:Oqm0ihlY No.36551 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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2 egg whites

Welding by Augustus Brindleman - Sat, 17 May 2014 03:44:57 EST ID:sXF04IER No.36483 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I would love to know how to weld. Ultimately I would like to be able to build a cargo bicycle. I do not know the first thing about metalwork, so where do I start?
Phineas Pammerwell - Sat, 17 May 2014 11:30:56 EST ID:twjD60kq No.36485 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I knew I'd seen a welding thread around here somewhere.


This should get you started while you wait for replies here.
Matilda Goodman - Mon, 19 May 2014 01:44:48 EST ID:86ztX94/ No.36495 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I took some welding classes for about 2 months at a community college. Ended up dropping out cuz I couldn't make the hour trip each way 5 days a week while also working. Plus I just wasn't that great at it. You better have good fine motor control and an eye for detail. Stick welding is a good place to start, especially if you can't afford to go to school or have time to and are more of a hobbyist instead of someone who wants to make a career of it. A lot less dangerous than oxyfuel and gmaw/smaw. Though gmaw is probably the easiest to learn. As for a place to start, I'm sure there's a trade school near you. You can kind of teach yourself stick on the Internet but you really need a professional to guide you if you want quality welds. Plus this shit is dangerous man, you're dealing with temperature high enough to bond and separate metal plus said molten metal plus all the gases and shit. It's no joke. Trade school is also discouraging because most of your class is doing it for the certificate and already know how to weld because their dad does construction or some shit but nowadays most places need you to have a certificate for legal reasons.

Sorry for the wall of text kind of tipsy. Good luck
Simon Bocklechitch - Fri, 30 May 2014 13:29:52 EST ID:cmdMAbeZ No.36534 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Welding is incredibly easy, if you have what you need.
If you don't gotta decide what kind of welding you want to do, table/hand tools, etc. Grinder, sander, saw, anvil; all pretty useful.
As far as actual welding like >>36495 said stick (arc) welding is probably best, portable, but high temps so will melt metals. Gmaw is best to learn first, easier to control heat and general weld. Gtaw is for thin and detailed welds, which is probably what you'd need for a bike.
Schooling would most likely be essential no matter what. The investment would be better than having to get everything and have no idea. Metal is also pretty expensive.

Scrap metal by Hamilton Drengerlock - Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:09:12 EST ID:twjD60kq No.36334 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Any of you guys have any first hand experience or good resources that have to do with scrap metal?
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Doris Shittingbanks - Mon, 26 May 2014 20:47:50 EST ID:M4nbCmHU No.36519 Ignore Report Quick Reply
lead is awesome, though. why would it be called plumbum if it's not to be used for plumbing and regular human contact?
Phoebe Norringstone - Wed, 28 May 2014 04:15:39 EST ID:cH700ISX No.36524 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I don't see what's so funny about it. I don't have a job and am trying to pay for school..
Hedda Gabbler - Wed, 28 May 2014 07:24:38 EST ID:aVtOAz4B No.36525 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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By destroying artifacts that are:

highly technical/expensive
extremely cool
no longer made

For peanuts
Frederick Tootworth - Wed, 28 May 2014 13:51:32 EST ID:gwHZsC/m No.36526 Ignore Report Quick Reply
use something wooden at least. those things can carry a charge that can kill you.
Phoebe Norringstone - Wed, 28 May 2014 15:11:53 EST ID:cH700ISX No.36527 Ignore Report Quick Reply
First off man if its cool I keep it. I have a pair of extremely collectable Heil Subs from the dump, a working 1940s radio from the dump.. My barn if full of too much shit haha
I always ground them before I start

Identifying crystals, geodes, gemstones that you can find and what type of areas can you find them. by Emma Ginningcocke - Mon, 12 May 2014 04:23:18 EST ID:+UIddZJh No.36464 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Anybody know of any resources for identifying raw stones in the wild?
Eugene Wettingfuck - Mon, 12 May 2014 09:22:43 EST ID:70vgI+oF No.36465 Ignore Report Quick Reply
This will give you the most common rocks.
Will give you all the fancy stones that mostly only new agers/gypsies are interested in.
And for any actual scientific processes or you just want something a bit more trustworthy and interesting.
Caroline Fommermog - Mon, 12 May 2014 09:59:25 EST ID:twjD60kq No.36466 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'm not OP, but I think I might try to complete the rock table in your first link. I wish I still had a rock tumbler, though. Anyone know a simple way to make one?

Rocks are neat.
Hannah Clabberpid - Mon, 26 May 2014 08:17:56 EST ID:O7bNlcoX No.36515 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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blacksmithing by trayanise !rU8mq5Ca7M - Tue, 20 May 2014 14:45:54 EST ID:3+YkKe/8 No.36500 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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how do, /howto/? my google-fu has failed, so now i come to you.

for a long while now, i've wanted to get into blacksmithing, but i haven't a clue where to begin. i know the basics- acquire/build a forge, anvil, hammer, tongs, water trough... but i don't know the specifics of those.
what size/weight of hammer? what variety of tongs? where the hell do i get an anvil, and how big do i need it?
the trough is easy enough- 2"x6" or 2"x12" boards cut and assembled, with a sealer, filled with water, big enough for whatever i'm gonna be hammering. the forge seems straightforward, like a big brick bbq pit with a bellows, filled with coal, and a nice big hood to protect the flames from rain and such.

any recommendations for the hardware? any recommendations for metal supplies? i can't exactly grab a pick and go wandering the countryside chipping away at mountains.

once i'm up and running (assuming that ever happens), i'll be sure to take plenty of pics as i learn the nigh-extinct trade and share my learnings with all y'all
Cyril Blummlemuck - Tue, 20 May 2014 22:38:13 EST ID:hCwfRJkL No.36502 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Sounds to me like you've got the fire, but you've still got some serious research to do. Don't worry, there's a steep learning curve, but it's totally worth it. I've been forging knives and other smallish things for the past 6 years or so, and started with just reading on the internet.

So lets keep it simple for now, I'll attach some links to good sources of more info, there's a TON of it if you know where to look.

To begin, you need to have a little clearer idea of what you want to do to determine what kind of setup you want. If you just want to make knives, or cute little puppy keychains or other small stuff, you really don't need much. But if you're planning on forging wrought iron gates for your country estate, you'll need much more overhead.
Assuming you just want to do little stuff, you really don't need much. Hell, I got by for a year or so using a little piece of railroad track as an anvil and a propane torch stuck into a couple hollowed out ceramic bricks. Also, if you want to make anything look clean and/or shiney, you'll need to have some grinding tools. At the very least a set of files and patience. It's amazing the kind of stuff you can do even with improvised tools, to an extent.

But if you really are looking to bite the bullet and drop some cash on a shop, here's my recommendations: Don't fuck around with coal. It's dirty, heavy, bad for the environment, and really finnicky to work with. This is the 21st century, go buy/make a propane forge. You'll thank yourself you did. For a hammer, just about anything (besides your everyday claw hammer) will work. Most people rely heavily on a cross peen, some use ball peens. Something with a head between 1-2lbs is best for extensive use, heavier will wear you out and be harder to be accurate with, lighter and you'll wear yourself out by trying to make it move the metal at all. just make sure you don't try to forge like the dudes in your picture, that's a great way to blow out a shoulder.

Metal is the easiest thing to come by. If you're trying to make something like a knife or axe that needs to hold an edge, you need a high carbon steel. Old files and car springs work really well and you can get them for next to nothing. But if you're just making decorative or architectural stuff, any kind of steel will do. Rebar is super cheap and available, especially around construction sites. Or you can always buy steel stock from a supplier. For high carbon steel, fastenal is a good company to buy smallish amounts from.

This trade is anything but extinct. There are blacksmiths all over the fuckin place, you jsut have to find them, If you're in america, especially the South or Pacific Northwest, you can find all sorts of blacksmiths and bladesmiths. Odds are there's a local blacksmithing group in your area that meets on a regular basis. Blacksmiths are good guys, generally down to earth and happy to share knowledge and tips.

Here are a few links to get you started:
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trayanise !rU8mq5Ca7M - Wed, 21 May 2014 19:25:24 EST ID:fS737zpr No.36504 Ignore Report Quick Reply
awesome links and info, thanks. for whatever reason, i wouldn't have thought of rebar, and i see it at work all the time. is it high enough in quality to be worked into tools or blades?
Lydia Muzzlehadge - Thu, 22 May 2014 09:25:18 EST ID:gwHZsC/m No.36507 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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rebar wont hold and edge. files or like he said brake springs.
if you have a junk yard around you and dont plan to drop the money to build a gas forge, you can make a brake drum forge pretty simple with instructions on youtube. budget wise, grabbing tools from garage sales or second hand stores is not a bad idea. finding the local junk yard is probably a good idea too.

in short, brake drum some 2inch plumming pipe with a t fitting and cap to create an ash catcher and a hair dryer to act as your billow

for shits and giggles i wanted to see what ebay wanted for an anvil, surprissingly cheap at. idk how big you want but a 55lb one for ~70 bucks shipped.
Lydia Passlestone - Thu, 22 May 2014 17:19:45 EST ID:hCwfRJkL No.36508 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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It's >>36502 me again.

Rebar works for most things, but not anything with an edge.

And another note about anvils. do not. DO NOT. but a cast iron anvil. ever. EVER. if your anvil says "cast iron" or "china" anywhere on it, it isn't an anvil, just a very heavy doorstop. And don't buy anvils on ebay, the shipping alone generally costs more than they're worth. Craigslist sometimes has anvils pop up, that's how I got mine, but its rare. Fleamarkets also sometimes have decent deals on anvils, although the people who have them usually charge out the ass for them. It's simplest to just get a block of steel froma junkyard or use some RR track or even some heavy I-beam (although it'll ring like fuck) until you can drop at least a couple hundred on a decent anvil.

If you do construction and want to use scrap that's laying around, the long pins they use to hold concrete forms in place are usually semi-decent steel. Decent enough to get an edge.

When in doubt if scrap can be used for a blade, take a little piece of your mystery steel and heat a couple inches of it until its decently orange (a magnet shouldn't stick) and then dip it in cold water. Then put the end of the quenched section in a vice and try to bend it. If it snaps clean, you can probably work with it. If it just bends, well then you're SOL.

Any other questions you've got I'll be happy to answer.

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