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1 Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:10 pm

I'm going to make an old-fashioned blacksmith's workshop completely from scratch.

It will need some tree stumps and logs so I raided the woodpile and cut them to size. Cut the branch right where it starts to fork and then flip it over.




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2 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:14 pm

First thing I made was some hammers using my mini lathe.
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The anvil is made from pieces of wood glued together and then sanded to shape using a dremel.








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3 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:16 pm

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4 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:21 pm

Nice start! I wish I had thought to use cut trees for something...Where do you get these ideas?

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5 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:22 pm

Mr. Razz wrote:Where do you get these ideas?

I saw a miniature tree stump made from resin for $20 and wondered why I couldn't get the same thing for free from my back yard. Turns out I could Smile


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6 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:24 pm

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Mr. Razz wrote:Where do you get these ideas?

I saw miniature tree stump made from resin for $20 and wondered why I couldn't get the same thing for free in my back yard.

Right after I post about a tree that I cut apart and made an "altar"?...ROFL

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7 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:58 pm

Just a quick point for realism all the anvils i've ever seen are fixed to the wooden stump with big staples diagonally over the 4 lug toes. apart from that it looks great , oh they usually have a square hardie hole in the square end at the back.


i took a course in metal working at school as my dad got me interested, he was an aircraft engineer guess that's why i'm a model maker too


Are you going to make the building forge and bellows too? that would be amazing

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8 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:09 am

This one will not only suit a blacksmiths, but a variety of historical workshops. It is a miniature grinding wheel. The stone came from one of these knife sharpeners.



The rest is made of hardwood, bamboo, and a few pieces of steel wire. I applied a stain to darken the wood but only lightly sanded it; leaving the wood distressed gives it the appearance of being knocked around in the workshop.





Turn the handle and it will (slowly) grind a steel blade.



It has a wooden locking bar that slides aside to allow the stone to be removed. I think I should be able to design a mini foot pedal that will work with it too. Simply remove the wooden handle and slide on the pedal mechanism.



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9 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:22 am

Very nice work on the grinding wheel! Can't wait to see how this progresses!

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10 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:30 am

that is absolutely brilliant

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11 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:29 pm

looking great so far, can't wait to see the finished project. thanks for the documented progress, some nice techniques that'll be handy further down the road.
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12 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:19 pm

Mr. Razz wrote:
shazzdan wrote:
Mr. Razz wrote:Where do you get these ideas?

I saw miniature tree stump made from resin for $20 and wondered why I couldn't get the same thing for free in my back yard.

Right after I post about a tree that I cut apart and made an "altar"?...ROFL

Not really. I've been using the one in the very first photo in various dios for about a year. I've also been using them in miniature gardens for a while now.




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13 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:05 pm

nice conversions into 1/6 scale props not usually seen (or mass produced for that matter)


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14 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:41 pm

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Very neat. Looking forward to the finished project. Not sure how I managed to miss this cool project before. Really great use of natural/found materials.


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15 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:19 am

Every workshop needs a workbench. I cut up some branches from a Eucalypt tree and turned the sticks very roughly on my lathe to straighten them a little and to give them all a similar diameter. Then I glued them together into a bench and sanded the top surface to flatten it before applying a stain.






I have a vise which would be appropriate for some themes but not others. Bench vises never appeared until the 18th century and this style wasn't developed until the early 20th century.






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16 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:52 am

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Great table. The vice is pretty cool, too.


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17 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:50 am

The smithy needs some charcoal. I was going to pyrolise these wooden offcuts into proper charcoal but realised that they would smear everything they touched with black crap so I opted for matt black paint instead.





Can't remember where I got the basket from. It is woven from bamboo so I applied a stain to darken it.





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18 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:12 am

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19 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:43 pm

Dude, everything in this build looks amazing!!! That grinding wheel is my favorite, but damn, everything is looking so slick! I'm trying to be responsible as we move into the Christmas shopping season, but SERIOUSLY considering grabbing that off your etsy store.


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20 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:05 am

Been experimenting with bits of wire - bending them to shape and smacking them with a hammer. They need some weathering but they are made of mild steel so there is no need to paint on some artificial rust. I'll just leave them outside for a few days.






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21 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:33 am

The big thing that is missing at the moment is the forge. I've drawn a sketch of the furnace and planned how to build it, but I'm not sure about the bellows. I'm going to try modifying a set of commercial bellows first. If that doesn't work, I'll have to make some from scratch.


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22 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:28 pm

Man, this is outstanding work. I really like it a lot.

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23 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:09 pm

I gotta admit, I'm liking what you did with the wire...with a bit of weathering, as you mentioned, they'll look great...

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24 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:38 am

Found this flower pot. It is about the right size for a half barrel in 1:6. Should look good as a storage bin in the smithy.




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25 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:20 pm

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Could even work for a dowsing tub. Nice find.


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26 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:52 am

looks like you're all set..!!
any plans to work on a diorama from all these killer props ?


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27 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:34 am

Allotropos wrote:looks like you're all set..!!
any plans to work on a diorama from all these killer props ?

Same question! I am loving all of these, so I'm really want to see photos of them all together. Such a cool project, and each piece looks so perfect, it makes me want to see them all in a scene.

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28 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:07 pm

Of course. I said that in the first post but I can't do much without the forge - the entire scene has to be built around it. I can't make the furnace until I get the bellows sorted out. I'm waiting on a set of commercial fireplace bellows to see if it can be modified. If not, I'll have to make it from scratch.


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29 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:02 pm


Fantastic beginnings with exquisite detail. Great craftsmanship; everything being so finely fabricated.

It does seem that your approach may be somewhat anachronistic with regard to a specific era, but I’d love to see the finished product befitting of a more medieval milieu.

In any case, this is going to be an amazing diorama.


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30 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:06 pm

PureEnergy wrote:It does seem that your approach may be somewhat anachronistic with regard to a specific era, but I’d love to see the finished product befitting of a more medieval milieu.
I deliberately said "old fashioned" rather than "medieval" because I haven't decided whether to do a 18th-19th century blacksmith or one set in an earlier time period. I was hoping that I could do both with only small changes to the scene.


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31 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:27 pm

shazzdan wrote:Of course. I said that in the first post but I can't do much without the forge - the entire scene has to be built around it. I can't make the furnace until I get the bellows sorted out. I'm waiting on a set of commercial fireplace bellows to see if it can be modified. If not, I'll have to make it from scratch.

In the mean time I'm tinkering with other things to add to the scene, such as lengths of chain and pieces of steel. Here are some farming tools I might hang on a wall or leave near the workbench. The shovel is just a plastic novelty spoon to which I added a wooden handle and painted. The hoe is made from steel.




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32 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:55 pm

Maybe it's me, but I don't see why the forge is what's stopping you from putting all of these props together..you're good at 1/6th so I'm imagining that you know about how much space the forge would take...why not build around that? I agree with the others that want to see these props start coming together in a cool dio...

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33 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:47 am

I don't know how much space I need until I get the bellows. The forge consists of the furnace with the bellows sticking out of the side along with the rig to operate it.

Edit: bellows arrived today. I think I might be able to use it so no need for another scratch build.


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34 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:50 pm

shazzdan wrote:I don't know how much space I need until I get the bellows. The forge consists of the furnace with the bellows sticking out of the side along with the rig to operate it.

Edit: bellows arrived today. I think I might be able to use it so no need for another scratch build.

Excellent. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all comes together...

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35 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:50 am

Mr. Razz wrote:Maybe it's me, but I don't see why the forge is what's stopping you from putting all of these props together..you're good at 1/6th so I'm imagining that you know about how much space the forge would take...why not build around that? I agree with the others that want to see these props start coming together in a cool dio...


You know what they say about the rise of Rome, Mr. Razz…  


Albeit divine the hand of Shazzdan; even the universe is said to have taken Him the better part of a week to accomplish.  Not to mention the subsequent exhaustion that necessitated a Holy Sabbath dedicated solely to meditation, recovery and heavy rest…

But, behold!  He hath made, of a spoon, a shovel!  


Actually, it’s all remarkable ingenuity.  However, this idea, itself, is simply too tantalizing, and we must be chomping at the proverbial bit a bit…  


Select a setting already!  

Use your Marvel, of which you are Captain, are you not?  (The Capdan?)

Hurry up and set it up already!  


(No pressure intended...  None whatsoever…)

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36 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:04 am

PureEnergy wrote:But, behold!  He hath made, of a spoon, a shovel!

Not quite as impressive as turning water into wine but I'll take the compliment Smile

Here is the shovel
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-100Pcs-lot-Disposable-Cake-Scoop-Shovel-Shape-Dessert-Stick-Ice-Cream-Spoon/302973098602


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37 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:35 am

shazzdan wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:But, behold!  He hath made, of a spoon, a shovel!

Not quite as impressive as turning water into wine but I'll take the compliment Smile



The man feigns modesty…  


And the spirit was of such light and lightness that those gathered in his midst became as drunken about him…

Thus, “water becometh wine,” my friend…  Smile


So gather up your wee utensils and your twigs and whatnot and assemble the miraculous already!


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38 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:51 pm

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But, behold!  He hath made, of a spoon, a shovel!  


Meh, not a big deal. I do that everytime I eat... Twisted Evil

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39 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:59 pm

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PureEnergy wrote:

But, behold!  He hath made, of a spoon, a shovel!  


Meh, not a big deal. I do that everytime I eat... Twisted Evil


Pardon me, Mr. Razz, but you've got that one reversed...  

I do believe that you mean to say that you rather make, of a shovel, a spoon! Evil or Very Mad


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40 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:06 pm

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Mr. Razz wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:

But, behold!  He hath made, of a spoon, a shovel!  


Meh, not a big deal. I do that everytime I eat... Twisted Evil


Pardon me, Mr. Razz, but you've got that one reversed...  

I do believe that you mean to say that you rather make, of a shovel, a spoon! Evil or Very Mad

No, I said it exactly the way I meant it...anyway, back to the topic...

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41 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:13 pm

Mr. Razz wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:
Mr. Razz wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:

But, behold!  He hath made, of a spoon, a shovel!  


Meh, not a big deal. I do that everytime I eat... Twisted Evil


Pardon me, Mr. Razz, but you've got that one reversed...  

I do believe that you mean to say that you rather make, of a shovel, a spoon! Evil or Very Mad

No, I said it exactly the way I meant it...anyway, back to the topic...



Oh, no, my friend.  You had meant that you use a shovel whereas others use a spoon...  

I shall always tell you what you mean, sir, and absolutely so for free.   Wink


The topic is “Blacksmith's Workshop” - thus, both shovels and spoons remain quite relevant.  


Also, not to be persnickety; but it’s forge, not gorge


And it’s Shazz, not Razz

Razz


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42 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:24 pm

There's so much goodness going on in this thread...

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43 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:59 pm

PureEnergy wrote:
Mr. Razz wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:
Mr. Razz wrote:
PureEnergy wrote:

But, behold!  He hath made, of a spoon, a shovel!  


Meh, not a big deal. I do that everytime I eat... Twisted Evil


Pardon me, Mr. Razz, but you've got that one reversed...  

I do believe that you mean to say that you rather make, of a shovel, a spoon! Evil or Very Mad

No, I said it exactly the way I meant it...anyway, back to the topic...



Oh, no, my friend.  You had meant that you use a shovel whereas others use a spoon...  

I shall always tell you what you mean, sir, and absolutely so for free.   Wink


The topic is “Blacksmith's Workshop” - thus, both shovels and spoons remain quite relevant.  


Also, not to be persnickety; but it’s forge, not gorge


And it’s Shazz, not Razz

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44 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:10 pm

I like it, reminds me of Skyrim forging

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45 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:52 am

You're getting quite a collection of props together. Can't wait to see figures and the forge. Keep it coming!

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46 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:15 am

Finally got the bellows working. Took a lot of messing around to get it right. Pull the lever down and it pumps air.








It is based roughly on examples like this:




The bellows was originally one like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Bellows-Wood-Fireplace-Blower-Traditional-Stove-Fire-Lighter-Fan-Tool-m/282949685082


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47 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:10 pm

That’s remarkable.  

Truly, wonderful craftsmanship.


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48 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:31 pm

Shut the front door...

That's outstanding work, man.

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49 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:57 am

I could have just made a mock-up but I wasn't going to be happy till I had some bellows that actually worked. The furnace is the last piece of the puzzle. I think I've worked out a neat way to make textured stone blocks using nothing but paper.


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50 Re: Scratchbuild - Blacksmith's workshop on Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:51 am

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That bellows is excellent. It’s going to be cool to see the entire thing together.


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