"Castle Cannons" forge world map Machinima

What I've been up to in Halo Reach recently.  Hopefully my machinma skills don't suck even though it's my first time making a video in this format.

Posted by DJ Radio 7 years ago


Idea for a forge?

I was watching deconstructed and watched the episode on transformers and toasters and i was thinking...can i use a toaster to heat a peice of metal to red hot? The episode says voltage is passed through a high resistance nickel/chome alloy that produes high heat (over 1000 degrees farenheit). Is there a way to hack a toaster to heat a peice of steel or such to a high heat using a toaster?

Asked by trf 9 years ago


Grill forge

I have read most of the homemade forge instructables posted here, but I don't think any of them would work for me, because in my fascist city, you are not allowed to burn ANYTHING except for cooking purposes (technically even fire pits are illegal). My idea was to get a cheap grill lid that I can put on my charcoal grill. I would then cut holes in it for air flow (a hairdryer, of course) and an opening. Would this be an effective forge? I need it for detempering, annealing and tempering blades. Also, what fuel would you recommend using (as in, a certain kind of charcoal/wood)? I am making throwing knives and I have every other thing I need. I'll probably make a slideshow when I'm done, as making knives is a pretty well 'ibled subject.

Posted by Wolf Seril 10 years ago


What thing is that red dust? Answered

I am seeing this video about forge welding, and it lacks of captions. Then, I can't understand a word of the speech. At minute 2:20 the smith takes a can containing a dark red dust. ¿what is it? THANKS, anglophones!

Asked by rimar2000 7 years ago


A good, never mind, Great way to start metal forging/casting

I am pretty new, wait, very new to this, ok im a straight complete noob and i only know what i have seen (not much, but i do know how to scavenge anything and modd things to make it work...) and i was just wondering what would be the best way to make a medium sized forge and what to use to fuel it.

Posted by FunkNattidelic 10 years ago


A Good Crucible

Im new to the forge community and i need some advice. I built my first forge useing the charcoal and coffie can method. i melted about 20 or more cans so far and got about 86 grams of aluminum. The crucible i used was a soup that i burned through. I done that twice. While melting I got a lot of slag. Is that normal when melting cans? I also need a good crucible. What can i use for now and where can i get a good one later. I plan to make a propane forge in the near future so a few tips here would be helpfull as well. Any and all advice would be helpfull. Thank you in advance ~Jeht Black~

Posted by Jeht Black 10 years ago


Got An Anvil, W00T!... Now What

I was given a 2ft hunk of I beam for my bday (yesterday). Now what? I've got loads rebar, a nice steel bar pinched from a printer, this slab of steel 6inX1.5inX1/4in, and a big charcoal bbq pit. Any ideas for projects or on firing up the pit to get it hot enough? And how much fuel? Thanks!

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago


Forge refractory?

For a forge i am making i used permilite (or w/e it is called used in gardening) and furnace cement for the refractory...how long will it take to cure?

Asked by trf 9 years ago


How can i make a forge.? Answered

How can i make a small forge. Different materials, ideas, or structures. Oh and no gas forges. Well... mabye.

Asked by tevers94 8 years ago


What kind of forge would you need to forge Damascus?

My current access to a forge, is gas. At I've been told that it isn't hot enough to forge weld metals together. I'm curious what kind of fuel i should be using or alternate methods.  I understand the process to create the damascus alloy, I just don't know the required forging method. I assume coal/coke would be my best bet. Cheers,  Benduy

Asked by benduy 3 years ago



Where can you get/make cheap forging tongs? Answered

I'm wondering where you can get or make easy tongs for forging. I do not have an arc welder, plasma torch or set of tongs to forge them with. I'm also only 13.

Asked by josh1324 8 years ago



Forge using wood?

I'm building a brake drum forge, and coal obviously is the fuel of choice. I understand some guys use lump charcoal which they say works well, because anthracite or bituminous coal is hard to come by in some places-- like where I live. Has anyone used just plain, good old fashioned wood? Or has anyone tried wood pellets? In my area, pellets are 10% of the price of either coal or lump charcoal. I have hundreds of trees on my ranch and I use wood for heating my log cabin. With a good air supply, will Douglas fir, other conifers, or even pellets get hot enough for forging? I'm sure wood was used in bygone times in places where there was no coal, but is it a good forging fuel? Does anyone have experience (good or bad) forging with wood? THANKS!!

Asked by HenryFrapp 1 year ago


Is rebar made out of steel, and if so, how is it on carbon?

I'm going to build a forge, and thusly need a scource of steel to work. Rebar would be great, but I don't know what it's made of. Is it steel? If it is, is it a high carbon steel?

Asked by Fado Korok 9 years ago


Forge Ventilation help?

Hi all, Due to location & noise, in order to continue using my coke forge and anvil I must move indoors, into the shed to be precise. I know it sounds a bit crazy attempting to run a coke forge in quite a confined (10-14 m3), fairly air tight space, but I have researched thoroughly the dangers and safe working levels etc and have the use of a fully calibrated gas analyser designed to measure CO in real time, so safe operation will be measured to the nearest ppm :)  The fans gumf claims 1060 m3/hr which I guess is best case, flat out @ 50hz and obviously does not allow for any other mechanical losses, but even a conservative estimate must give around 45 air changes an hour, which to me sounds like more than adequate clean air coming in to displace combustion gasses. But I guess the first question is will the chimney work as a passive exhaust,  to maintain positive pressure behind the chimney (which will be 12") I will have only a forced air inlet and no other vents other than the chimney itself, trouble is I can see it both working and not working: 1. Inside air will be forced up the chimney as that is the only way out = more ventilation 2.Inside air will cool the air in the chimney reducing the natural draw =  less ventilation And even if the CO issue is overcome will heat just ruin my plans anyway?

Asked by Squibo 1 year ago


How to make a crucible capable of containing molten aluminum?

I am working on melting aluminum/copper and i have enough power to melt them...only problem is something to contain it...I do not have acess to welding equipment/ceramics and any advice on how to make/obtain a crucible without special order would be nice! Even if its not a real crucible but can serve as 1!

Asked by trf 9 years ago


What can i forge out of some railroad spikes? Answered

Got some railroad spikes today and i was wondering what i could forge other than a knife, or at least cool ideas for a knife?

Asked by tevers94 8 years ago


How would I go about making a forge from a pressure cooker?

I am interested in making a forge, and I think the pressure cooker would be a good idea. Am I wrong? Any information would be helpful. It is 18 inches across. Thanks EDIT: I am looking for a metalworking forge

Asked by randone 6 years ago


What type of steel do i need to get to forge a damascus steel knife ? Answered

I know i need high carbon steel and a nickel alloy steel but what kind is the best to get??

Asked by Don,t try this at home 7 years ago


FORGE AND CHAINMAIL

I could use some info on making chainmail. Is there any way make it easier?

Posted by BARBARIANROCKER 10 years ago


Will limestone bricks explode if I use them in a forge? Answered

I going to make a small charcoal forge this weekend, an was wondering if the limestone bricks I have would be safe to use in the forge? I know that some materials like concrete will explode at high heat, so will limestone do the same thing?

Asked by danlab 8 years ago


How does one forge a fencing foil? Answered

How could I forge a foil for fencing? What kind of steel would be good for a flexible blade that wouldn't be at risk of snapping and stabbing my fencing buddies? What should I keep in mind for tempering and whatnot to help with that?

Asked by udadni 9 years ago


Ventilation In A Small Forge?

Hi all, Im trying to build a small forge in my small tin shed (9'x11') , due to noise and residential location everything must be inside and the sound proofing makes it pretty airtight, therefore I'm relying 110% on good ventilation design to avoid CO poisoning. The coke forge is in and flued using the side sucker design and 12" insulated duct, so far this works well with the addition of incoming air from the rear of the shop and I have been able to use reasonable quality test equipment to measure CO at acceptable levels (only under ideal conditions, further testing to follow). I have also thought of adding a propane forge (only one forge be used at any one time) but worry about the increased levels of CO produced, I have toyed with the idea of a hood which encompasses the mouth of the forge which would be ducted at 45 degrees into the main stack for the other forge (I would like to minimise roof penetrations if possible) I have made a rough sketch (in paint sorry) to demonstrate what I mean, do you think a fanned draught inducer is necessary/useful, we don't use them much in the UK so im not sure how much draught they induce :),  is the flue angle/ bends going to reduce efficiency greatly and would adding a fan to the intake to change to positive pressure internally make that much difference?  Any other ventilation advise would be greatly appreciated, including anything to help understand the maths required to calculate correct air volumes etc, I'm fairly serious about doing this correctly, understand in some detail the dangers of CO exposure and would not concider continuing without thorough testing for safety. Thanks in advance, drawing not even slightly to scale :)

Asked by Squibo 2 years ago


Help with fire concrete/ forge making Answered

Firstly "Hello all", I am a long time lurker, first time poster. With that out of the way, I am gathering materials to make a small gas forge to cast some bespoke jewelry for my lady wife. I know there are lots of instructables regarding the process, but all seem to contradict each other in some way. I am going to use Fire Concrete as the lining as I got 2 tubs super cheap, and the pot says to increase temperature slowly over 4 hours and fix cracks that appear which is simple enough. Guides that use fire concrete just say "when its ready" then fire up the forge, but I dont know how to get it to the ready stage, do I need to fire it slowly over 4 hours or just cure it over night? And those that use quikrete say to bake the forge for several hours, but as I am using fire concrete do I need to do that or not? From what I have been reading around I cant do too much to mess it up, but I do need help with understanding how to cure the fire concrete Thanks

Asked by Pondis 3 years ago


Has anyone seen the ghost of halo reach on local maps?

My brother has seen the ghost of Blackout from halo three on Three different maps on reach levels, Boneyard, A forged level called structure depths, and Zealot. does anyone have an explanation for this, or have info to contribute to an explanation? 

Asked by Runeblader97 5 years ago


How can i focus a magnetron beam from a microwave , to make a small metal forge?

hello I have been looking for a number of ways to cast my zinc with, along with just melting other metals namely aluminium. I have come across the microwave method, however i feel that just using a microwave is a wasteful and hazardous means of meting metals like zinc , since the metal vapors are very flammable, even explosive, even as a dust I thought, since the microwave is basically just a box which the magnetron beams microwaves into, why not build a forge, which consist of a crucible laying in the center-point of a magnetron beam. all this would sit outside, done at a distance to avoid exposure to rouge microwaves. I dont wish to introduce anything new into the equation, just use prexisting things form the microwave, and probably some aluminium sheet. Anyone know if it will work better than just using a microwave? and how i should focus the beam? i want to keep the whole thing as compact as possible, probably which the crucible being no further than 10-20cm from the magnetron. Thanks

Asked by oldmanbeefjerky 6 years ago


Can I use plaster-of-paris as a mold material for making an aluminum casting?

I do not have access to any proper mold making materials, only items that can be found in a hardware store or a pharmacy. I would like to know if I can use plaster of paris as a mold material for a simple pour type casting using a lost wax type method. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Asked by Wormlamp 8 years ago


Aluminium casting

Hi Can anyone help this old codger trying his first casting please. What I am trying to make is an aluminium block, 150mm square by 52mm thick with a 100mm hole in the centre, hopefully with a decent finish as I am short on finishing equipment. I am planning to weld angle iron into a square to make the sides, use a section of 100mm steel tube for the centre hole and tack weld them onto a steel plate to make the mould. I also want to fill the tube to make a disc. Does this this sound feasible please, also will the aluminium, as it shrink as it cools, get stressed by the centre steel tube. When I have poured the aluminimium into the moulds, do I slide a scraper across the top to get a reasonable finish. Many thanks Keith

Posted by axus4 10 years ago


Making a Forge

I want to make the inlaid thingies as noted by another instructabler (lol). I need a forge that will melt the metals in this instructable:https://www.instructables.com/id/EAS38HWF4AQNWN4/?ALLSTEPSWhat can I put together on the cheap to produce these results?

Posted by Murdok 11 years ago


Is this a good design for a forge? Answered

I'm wanting to make a forge, and i have 20 extra bricks, so i was thiknking of making a forge out of brick, following this idea i had in this image. If i made it it would be about 35in by 35in and i havn'e decided on the height. It would use a poured concrete base, I chose brick over making the whole thing out of concrete because i thought it would be stronger. But idk

Asked by snowluck2345 8 years ago


Will calcium silicate building stone work as a foundation for a forge or will they crack with the heat?

I'm looking to build a forge, and I was hoping to use the same bricks that are on the outside of my house. They're Calcium Silicate stones, I don't know if they're meant for fire, because they're primarily decorative on houses these days. Will these crack/ explode in a charcoal fired forge?

Asked by Deathcapt 9 years ago


How to remove surface marks on a newly forged knife?

I just forged a brand new knife (my first time) and i was wondering how to remove small surface marks and imperfections? Ive never worked with metal before.

Asked by trf 9 years ago


Would a reversed tuyere system work? Answered

I was just lying in bed thinking of ways to update my forge and boom it hit me.Instead of having an airblast directed upwards with an ash pit at the bottom of the blast upwards,would it not make more sense to have the blower aiming down at the ground so that ash is sucked out of the forge. The vaccum created in turn would move air from above the forge into it and throwing ashes out the bottom.Would this not work?

Asked by trf 9 years ago


Halo Reach forge world Racetracks

So I recently got Halo Reach, and I started messing around with Forge a few weeks back.  After a deleted prototype, I ended up making "Infinite 8", a racetrack map that has nice wide tracks and is shaped like the infinity logo.  It's not quite done (I'm still debating on whether to add grav lift boosters and obstacles) but I have a video of what I have so far on Youtube: If you want, you can post videos of your own forge world maps too! UPDATE:  here is me running a finished version of my course:

Posted by DJ Radio 7 years ago


Where can you acquire NON-Galvanized steel pipe?

Mt friends have found plans to build a forge, and we have all the parts to build it EXCEPT for non-galvanized steel pipe. Because the pipe will be heated up, we cannot use galvanized steel pipe as the zinc used in the galvanization process produces deadly fumes when heated up. We have checked stores such as Home Depot, and Lowes, but neither one has what we need. Does anyone know where (and if), we can get non-galvanized steel pipe? Any help is appreciated, thanks.

Asked by Philisawesome 5 years ago


How to straighten 6"x48" - 3/8 low carbon steel plate warped?

How can I straighten a warped [in y-z axis, 48" axis o.k.] 6"x48" - 3/8" plate low carbon steel?  I've tried heat straightening and hammering but have made one section flat and another worse?

Asked by GreatCthulhu 8 years ago


i'm making a boiler can i use a one way valve? Answered

So i'm trying to make a boiler system so that i can get a little bit of energy back from my forge the idea for the forge is to basically cut open a 55 gallon drum on the bottom flat side and put a forced air pipe in the small orifice normally used as an air hole when dumping the barrel. then i'd cut out the space needed to fit 4 inch stove piping where the larger 2 inch orifice is and carry the exhaust outside and out of mind. then i'd cut a hole in the bottom of the barrel so i can get my work in, put in a steel plate that was cannibalized and drill a few air holes in it, put refractory cement everywhere and bob's your uncle. what i want to do however is to put some water pipe in the fire box and have it turn a turbine or something, i'll cross that particular bridge when i get to it. but the main question is how can i safely store a reservoir of water so that the pipes don't run out of water halfway through a burn cycle? the thought was that i'd invert another 55 gallon barrel and connect it to one end of the pipes with a one way valve. the only question is would the valve guard the second barrel from the pressure generated while still allowing the water to flow in when necessary? or would the barrel just load up with pressure and when i hit 20 psi it just explodes in a hot watery mess? any knowledge about this would be great, stuff like where to get cheap but good pipe in upstate new york, where to get regulators, how to find the valve itself, or even where i can find safety fittings like pressure release valves and temperature control.

Asked by waldosan 6 years ago


How can I make a Nichrome heating element style set up that will allow me to heat iron up from red to white hot? Answered

I am hoping to take the fire out of blacksmithing by using the same technology that turns nichrome wire into a heating element. I don't want to make a nichrome heater. I am hoping to have removable leads that will allow me to attach to whatever piece of metal I am working with and heat it up directly. Anyone ever tried anything like this?

Asked by LIBlacksmith 5 years ago


How could I make an igniter for a waste oil furnace/foundry?

I am making a waste oil furnace/foundry and don't want to have to use charcoal to ignite it everytime, so I am thinking of buying a 15000 volt neon sign transformer and using nails or tungsten TIG electrodes to ignite it. Would this work? I can't find any places near me which sell tungsten TIG electrodes? I was worried about using nails because I think they might melt from the tempature of the flame. Is that true?

Asked by snowluck2345 8 years ago


Is there a colored, yet semi-translucent glaze that can be applied to metal?

I'm making my friend a replica knife from a popular game we both play. In-game, the blade has a reddish tint. Is there a glaze that can be applied to metal that will give it a red tint, yet still be somewhat translucent? Thanks!

Asked by Fado Korok 8 years ago


How do i make an oil burner?

I would like to make a waste oil burner. Yes, i know the hazards of the fumes given off so and so but i have a respirator. Can anyone make me a step by step instruction on how to make an oil burner capable of melting aluminum,silver,and tin. And possibily iron?

Asked by trf 9 years ago


How do high heat burners work?

I know there are various things to be considerred in design. Can anyone explain to me what each thing does? Id like to know about oil flow amount,air flow amount,the venturi,flared or or compressed outlet nozle,and the works...id like to know what makes a burner cause i need a high heat very low wear burner for melting iron.

Asked by trf 9 years ago



Who Here Has Melted Aluminum?

I had my dad weld up an ingot mold out of 1 1/2" angle steel, yesterday, and I started wondering. How many people have melted aluminum here? I have, but here its so hot (Florida...Southern Florida.), that its almost unbearable to melt it anymore. I'm getting into sand casting, and I was wondering if anyone had experience in that area. My .gifs are of my foundry, and how I made it. (they aren't exact)

Posted by John Smith 10 years ago



Where is the center of gravity usually found in a sword? Answered

I'm atempting to construct a sword, and even though its mostly for show, i want to get the weight and balance right.

Asked by The Ideanator 8 years ago


what is a decent price for an anvil?

The anvil I'm thinking of buying is quite small, only 5kg (11.something lbs) and looks to be steel. what would be the minimum price for an anvil of this size, and is it worth it?(I plan on smithing small blades) any help would be useful, but I live in Portugal, so please don't say that there's a really cheap anvil in (insert American mega-store name here), you will hurt my feelings by being insensitive

Asked by flamesami 8 years ago


can i use hair dryer or toaster nichrome to make a lead forge?

Hello, a brilliant idea(as they often are) crossed my mind this morning which was to build a 3 in one heating machine. 1. a charcoal maker, heats up wood to the point where it converts to charcoal. 2. burner gas generator. the flamable hydrocarbons released from the sun bleached wood (hite and crumbly, i got tonns of it literally, like moled plane wood), to make fire to reuse for a stove or heater, for something i may want to heat at the same time. 3. lead forge , for melting lead to fill my lead electrode molds, so i can electrolyze in sulfuric acid and then sell, or use, as lead dioxide electrodes for chlorate making etc. Now, butane and propane are completely unreasonable sources of heat, and too expensive as well, so i wanted to know, if the nichrome heating element inside a toaster or a hair dryer, could reach temperatures in excess of 330 degrees Celsius? i want to wrap the nichrome wire , around a steel crucible , separated by fiberglass of course to prevent the nichrome actually touchings the steel, so that when i apply power, the wire heats the steel (which will not be exposed to air) with the nichrome, and therefore heats whatever is inside the crucible , however, i want ti to also be able to reach temperatures in excess if 330 degrees Celsius, so that i can also melt lead. is this possible? otherwise, what kind of nichrome can i directly apply to 240v (wall output) assisted by large contacts for obvious reasons to do so. i know for a fact that nichrome drawing 5 watts is capable of melting lead, as i have melted lead before with my battery powers 5 watt soldering iron, which's soldering tip is a hollow piece of metal with nichrome inside. i want to be sure that this machine will work before i go and buy some second hand toaster or hair dryer at the dump shop. so, will it work? Ive seen hair dryer heating element used before to heat sodium hydroxide inside a steel crucible, in a sodium electrolysis cell, and it went over 320 degrees Celsius. i think. but i cant be sure. i still need a second opinion, thanks

Asked by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago