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Blacksmith A Wall Hanger

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Using traditional blacksmithing techniques, make a hook to hang things in your home!

This is my first instructable, made in ye olde village smithy at The Crucible. This hook design is taught in the beginner blacksmith's class. This is intended as a teaser for the full class, which will go much more in-depth on the specific techniques addressed here.

Be Wary! Treat all metal within a shop as if it is hot. You're working with very hot objects and serious damage can happen if you don't know what you're doing. Wear gloves! Wear eye protection!

Wear earplugs!!!!!
 
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Step 1: Gather Tools

You will need:
1. A forge (I used propane, but gas will work)
2. Blacksmithing hammer (10 lb)
3. Tongs 
4. Anvil 
5. Punch
6. Twisting Wrench

Step 2: Place Metal In Forge

Getting a good heat is the key. You want a cherry-red-orange as your optimal working temperature. Be careful-everything in a blacksmithing shop can hurt you!

Use your tongs to place the material in the forge, and let it heat up. Gloves highly recommended. 

Step 3: Flatten Wall-Hanger Portion

Remove metal from forge using tongs. Firmly grasp the end with your tongs and place the metal about 1 inch overlapping with the edge of the anvil. Hit the metal with your hammer using consistent, overlapping blows. It will give you a nice shoulder and a flat space to mount your hanger to the wall.

Be sure to hold your bar level with the anvil! It should thicken to approximately 1/2 inch wide, with a good shoulder to mount on the wall. 

Step 4: Punch Screw-Hole In Flat Portion

Reheat the wall-hanger end to a nice cherry-red, and ready your punch. Use a punch plate to preserve your anvil.

Place punch in desired location and use it to pin your hanger to the plate, and punch through the metal with a few hammer blows. Be sure to hold the punch completely perpendicular to the anvil face to get a clean puncture.
tootall112110 months ago
I can't see most of us having access to the proper tools, but maybe substitutions could be made. An acetylene torch with a rosebud tip could suffice, I suppose. Harder to get a nice even heat, but if a guy worked at it, I think it could be done. Maybe an old fashioned coal fabricated, and a bellows or electric blower added to get the higher temp. The one tool that would be pretty much a necessity would be a good anvil. Maybe something else could be used, like a piece of rail from some old tracks could be made to work. At any rate, it seems like a fun little project that is also useful.

You really can't forge well with a torch. You can make a forge out of a can and some insulation. There are instructables here for that. You can make one out of a 30 lb propane tank and insulation, check the internet. Even if you got hotter with an oxy-acetylene torch, it wouldn't work well. You won't get even, sustained, workable heat.

Ray from RI10 months ago
Also if you get a large pair of metalworking round nose pliers you can taper the point of the short end of the J hook and use the round nose pliers to round the pointed end so it has a fancy looking tip to it.....!!!
buchananwp (author)  Ray from RI10 months ago
Good point! Forgot about the metal pliers. Not sure if there were any in the shop, though..
Just a suggestion something to think about for the next round of making J hooks...!
buchananwp (author)  Ray from RI10 months ago
Good point! Forgot about the metal pliers. Not sure if there were any in the shop, though..
xarlock66710 months ago
Excellent! I have a few tips for you though.
1) Use a magnet to find the proper temperature. When your steel is hot enough it will no longer be attracted to the magnet. It is hard to find cherry red in direct sunlight.
2) Bounce your hammer. Swinging a 10lb short sledge will kick your arse in about 10 minutes. Let the hammer do the work for you.
3) Get a rhythm. With it you can get MUCH more done.
4) You can treat your steel with a bit of oil, like 3 in 1 , and it will prevent rust.
buchananwp (author)  xarlock66710 months ago
Thanks for the tips! Will try the oil quench.

Heh, It's pretty hard to get a rhythm when i'm taking pictures of each step!
buchananwp (author)  xarlock66710 months ago
Thanks for the tips! Will try the oil quench.

Heh, It's pretty hard to get a rhythm when i'm taking pictures of each step!
buchananwp (author)  xarlock66710 months ago
Thanks for the tips! Will try the oil quench.

Heh, It's pretty hard to get a rhythm when i'm taking pictures of each step!
Javastar1810 months ago
hey I have made a few of these at the crucible before!
Ray from RI10 months ago
Excellent Post I made over a dozen of these as nail style that you pond into wood....certainly the screw hole type is easier to make and more people friendly....

I hope you post more Blacksmith stuff...!!!
tioga00110 months ago
what size bar stock?
Outerlimit10 months ago
Incredible work. Beautiful Hooks. Thanks!
Morpheus10 months ago
Nice job! I like to heat and dip the finished work in recycled (insert 'old, used') engine or cooking oil. it puts a water/rust resistant layer on the piece, absorbs into the surface pores of the steel and darkens it evenly. Thanks for the clear and informative pictures. my camera doesn't work so well with glowing steel. Cheers!
Winged Fist10 months ago
Great looking hanger!
zenderon10 months ago
cool :)
mdeblasi110 months ago
I want an anvil!!!
gcanders10 months ago
Great! I am always jealous as soon as I see a picture of someone's anvil.
bob303010 months ago
Nice work.
blkhawk10 months ago
Beautiful work of art! Thank you for sharing your techniques. I envy your shop. Lucky dog! :-)